In 2011, the Marvel One-Shotswere announced, a series of direct-to-video (Or rather Blu-ray) short films set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first of these films, The Consultant, was released on the ThorBlu-ray.
Basically, Phil Coulson (Once again played by Clark Gregg) and Jasper Sitwell (Played by Macimiliano Hernández) have discovered that the World Security Council (Being the unhelpful dicks that they are in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) see Emil Blonsky (The Abomination from The Incredible Hulk) is still considered a war hero. That incident in Harlem? The one where he turned into a massive monster and smashed up Harlem while the Hulk tried to stop him and General Ross shoot carelessly and randomly into the city? Yeah, that was all Banner’s fault.
What? Are the World Security Council like the sort of murder detectives that go to a crime scene, see a dead body with a knife in their back and think “Yeah, they killed themselves.”
Anyway, the Council of Dumbasses have ordered SHIELD to go and send an agent to ask General Ross to release Blonksy into their custody so he can join the Avengers Initiative. So the two decide to send in the one person they know will piss Ross off enough for him to scream “NO!”
The result turns out to be have partly depicted in that pre-credits scene of The Incredible Hulk. It also turned out that after Stark said that he was putting a team together, he annoyed Ross so much that Ross tried to have him removed from the bar, which didn’t work because Stark bough the bar and scheduled it for demolition, meaning Blonsky will remain in prison. Good.
Yeah, there isn’t a lot to talk about this short. It’s was okay, and it was a lot of fun to find out the real reason behind Stark and Ross’ meeting at the end of The Incredible Hulk. But that’s it. Outside a scene I had already seen, there really wasn’t a lot new that was interesting.
Overall, The Consultant is perfectly fine for the four minutes you watch it, but it isn’t essential. If you get a chance to see it, and have five minutes share, go for it. And while it isn’t at all bad, it isn’t something I’ll be recommending any time soon.