‘The Avengers’ gets spin-off short about SHIELD agent – video

'The Consultant' clip expands the world of Marvel's superhero ensemble

Marvel Studios have released a clip online promoting the short film, The Consultant, described as “connective tissue” between The Avengers films.

The short film, premiered at Comic-Con, is said to be a day in the life episode of SHIELD recruiter, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). Coulson has appeared in Iron Man and its sequel, as well as popping up in Thor.

Talking about the project Clark Gregg said:

I got a call from a rising young executive over at Marvel named Kevin Feige to talk about The Avengers. In that conversation he said they had this crazy idea. They want to do some shorts about a couple of different days in the life of Agent Coulson. Some connective tissue between the movies.

A second short, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor’s Hammer, also featuring Agent Coulson is mooted for release.

The footage, which you can watch below, shows Agent Coulson and Agent Sitwell discussing bringing in the mysterious ‘Consultant’ to bring in a wayward general.

The first short film will be attached to the September Blu-Ray release of Thor.

Last week fans got their first look at the complete Avengers line-up with a post-credits clip attached to Captain America.

The Avengers is due for release on May 4, 2012.