‘Avengers Assemble’: ‘Item 47’ review

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Item 47, the latest of Marvel’s series of ‘One Shots’ – short films that are the equivalent of their one-issue, stand-alone comics – is attached to the Blu-ray release of Avengers Assemble.

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Starring Lizzie Caplan and Jesse Bradford, it features a struggling couple, who stumble upon a forgotten Chitauri weapon left-over from the assault on New York at the end of Avengers Assemble, and who use it to embark on a crime-spree, which puts them on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s radar.

As an extra on a home entertainment release, Item 47 is fine, but if we’re being honest, the buzz that surrounded it at Comic-Con promised something more. Caplan and Bradford are fine – and there’s a killer bit of misdirection at the beginning that’s a gag worth watching for alone – but there’s little of substance here. We realise that a short means just that, but this feels like it ends before it’s even begun.

Of course, with the announcement that a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series is in the works, there’s always the possibility that events here could tie into that… so maybe the legacy of Item 47 is yet to be revealed. If nothing else comes of it, it’s just a fun, diverting few minutes – but nothing to really go out of your way for.

Released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 17th September 2012 by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

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