Wednesday, August 24, 2011

MARVELous Monkeyland!

Marvel Superheroes
In March of 2011, Monkeyland Audio was invited to participate in a unique new undertaking by Marvel Entertainment.  In their effort to enrich their ever-expanding superhero universe, Marvel has created the Marvel One Shots, a series of  3 to 5 minute short films intended to provide tremendous supplemental insight into their characters and reinforce the symbiotic relationship between all their hero films.  Unlike the post-credit teasers found on all Marvel hero films, the One Shots are fully flushed-out stand-alone "moments."  Follow this link for some more great insight and to watch a clip!

S.H.I.E.L.D Agent Coulson
Monkeyland was brought aboard to fully design and mix the first two One Shots, both of which follow the exploits of beloved S.H.I.E.L.D Agent, Phil Coulson.  

The first of these is simply titled "The Consultant," and in it, we find Agent Coulson and another agent attempting to figure out a solution to a particular dilemma, one involving a situation with a particular badguy from The Incredible Hulk.  In order to solve their problem, they'll need to request the assistance of "the consultant," a title given to Tony Stark by Nick Fury at the end of Iron Man 2.  In this short, we get a good peek at the S.H.I.E.L.D agents'  thought processes and how quickly and precisely they put their plans into action.

The second one, "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to Thor's Hammer," takes place on the road to New Mexico as Agent Coulson heads out to investigate a mysterious finding in the desert.  This film ties in with a scene from Iron Man 2, where we see Coulson answering a call from Nick Fury requesting his presence in New Mexico.  The second tie-in happens in the post-credit teaser of said film, which shows Coulson arriving at the landing site of Thor's hammer.  Naturally, the events in "Funny Thing" take place during a short pit stop along the way.  What's interesting about the short is that we get to see a very interesting side to Coulson, one that makes him quite a super badass in my eyes!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
The One Shots screened last month at San Diego's Comic-Con, and will be available exclusively through DVD releases of Marvel films.  You will find "The Consultant" on next month's Blue-ray release of Thor (09/13/2011).  "Funny Thing" has not yet been slated for release, but one can speculate that it'll probably be featured on the upcoming DVD release of Captain America.

As a sound editor, I feel mighty privileged to have joined the Marvel universe, and am humbled that they allowed me and the rest of the Monkeys to share in this super journey.  I wish Marvel continued success and I look forward to participating in further One Shots!  

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