The Consultant poster
The Consultant title card

On-screen title card.

Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant, or simply, The Consultant, is a 2011 direct-to-video short film, and the first in the Marvel One-Shots series. It was produced by Marvel Studios to be exclusive on the Blu-ray release of Thor, distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution on September 13, 2011. It was directed by Leythum, from a screenplay by Eric Pearson.


Agents Phil Coulson and Jasper Sitwell discuss who to send as a patsy to sabotage the release of Emil Blonsky into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody for the Avengers Initiative. Their only option is to send in the consultant.



Performers Characters
Clark Gregg Phil Coulson
Maximiliano Hernández Jasper Sitwell
Robert Downey Jr. (archival footage) Tony Stark
William Hurt (archival footage) Thunderbolt Ross
Deborah Knox Night waitress
Tim Roth (archival footage) Abomination

Mentioned characters


  • The short was designed to elaborate on the post-credits scene of The Incredible Hulk, which featured Stark meeting Ross. There was also a shot of the Abomination trashing Harlem. In the short, Robert Downey Jr. William Hurt, and Tim Roth are uncredited for their archived scenes.
    • Stark was made a consultant on the Avengers Initiative, after his actions in Iron Man 2 made him deemed unsuitable to be a member of the team it was trying to build. But this was released after The Incredible Hulk, so the post-credits scene in the latter would have to take place after the former.
  • This and the second short (also released in 2011) were intended to showcase more of Phil Coulson, especially the former. The budget of the former took up 80% of the budget reserved for the two, leaving only room "for two guys talking".
    • Jasper Sitwell was brought back from his debut in Thor, which ties in with the short film and feature film being included on the same Blu-ray release.

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