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12 Minutes Of Lizzy Caplan Quasi-Sequel To Joss Whedon’s THE AVENGERS Included On The Blu-ray!!

Published at: July 3, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST by AICNStaff

I am – Hercules!!

“Item 47,” a 12-minute sequel to (spin-off of?) Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers,” will be included on the “Avengers” DVDs and Blu-rays due to hit shelves Sept. 25 “, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The short is also expected to be screened at San Diego’s Comic-Con next week.

Maximiliano Hernández reprises for “Item 47” his “Thor”/“The Consultant”/“The Avengers” role of Agent Sitwell, who this time is tasked alongside a fellow SHIELD agent played by Titus Welliver (the man who would be Smokezilla in “Lost”) to track down a pair of humans who have taken to robbing banks after they stumble upon an extraterrestrial weapon left behind by the invading Chitauri.

The law-breaking couple, Benny and Claire, are played by Lizzy Caplan (“Cloverfield,” “Party Down,” “New Girl”) and Jesse Bradford (“Swimfan”).

Marvel exec Louis D’Esposito directed the short from a screenplay by Eric Pearson, who also wrote the screenplays for two much shorter and less elaborate SHIELD-centric short films – “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer” and “The Consultant” – included on earlier Marvel Blu-rays.

The "Avengers" Blu-ray is also rumored to contain as many as 35 minutes of deleted footage written and directed by Whedon.

Find all of EW’s exclusive on the matter here.

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  • July 3, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    this seems kind of fun

    by Rupee88

    I like the basic premise behind it.

  • July 3, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Naked Lizzy Caplan !!!

    by Monkeybrains

    Much better than faux Naked Mandy

  • July 3, 2012, 9:03 p.m. CST

    buy the Blu-ray for the quasi sequel!

    by Titus05

  • perhaps they will complain but we already have weapons that can kill people really good..can't do it much better, at least on a small scale if robbing a bank.

  • July 3, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Cloak and Dagger movie next!

    by Ditko

    That'd be cool, think about it.

  • July 3, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Ahh--go ahead, stretch it to an hour- I dare ya!

    by rocketeuropa

  • July 3, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    I meant *explain*, not *complain*..

    by Rupee88

    damn my brain is melting...too many drugs I guess. :-/ But still don't see why robbing a bank with an alien weapon is any better than what we have now. Unless they just blow the front of it off, in which case they could have still used dynamite to do that. And what is up with a Marvel exec directing it??? Why didn't they give it to a real director...weird.

  • July 3, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Been saying this for awhile...

    by TDH1138

    Marvel will start producing these to go in front of their features to intro new heroes and villains. It's a NO BRAINER! In a 12-15 minute short, you can get people into characters that they wouldn't sit through an whole movie of BUT would get into as an add on to the Avengers!

  • According to the description, "they stumble upon an extraterrestrial weapon left behind by the invading Chitauri." Perhaps this couple would have used an uzi, had they stumbled upon one of those, but I guess the Izraeli are much better at holding on to their weapons than the Chitauri. Whether or not it's better at robbing banks is debatable, but it still does become a SHIELD interest, because of the potential scientific value.

  • July 3, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    guess they could only afford Downey and Hemsworth

    by HypeEndsHere

    for the packaging featuring their likeness.

  • July 3, 2012, 9:45 p.m. CST

    When robbing banks (hypothetically speaking)...

    by veebeeyes

    it's best not to use a gun at all. Just walk in, calmly tell them that you're robbing the place, and they'll give you the money. That's obviously the preferable course of action. Draws far less attention to you. And those bank tellers aren't going to argue with you or make a scene. They're trained to do exactly what you tell them to, and give you the money. It's no skin off their asses. And even if they think there's zero chance of getting shot, they know that they'll almost certainly get fired if they try to play a hero. Plenty of robbers have gotten away with robbing banks by doing nothing more than writing "this is a robbery" on a deposit slip and then handing it to the teller. Unless you're trying to make a big score, like emptying the vault or something, there's NO reason whatsoever to even bring a gun. And if you're planning a big score like that, then you'd better come up with a different plan. That almost never works. It takes too long and creates too much attention. Want to avoid going to prison, then the plan is to get in and out as fast as possible, while creating the least bit of attention. That means a small score. And in the event that the cops catch up to you, the LAST thing you want is to be carrying a gun (alien or otherwise). That significantly increases the risk of either you or the cops getting shot. And as the robber, both of those scenarios suck. You don't want them shooting you, for obvious reasons. And you sure as shit don't want to shoot them, no you're looking at a murder charge. This is all hypothetically speaking, of course. Not like I'd know anything about it, and I certainly don't want to make it look like I'm telling people how to rob banks. But IF someone were to rob a bank, then it'd be best to not carry a weapon at all.

  • July 3, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST

    She should've been Lois Lane.

    by Shermdawg

  • July 3, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    I'd rather they use the Avengers logo.

    by Retlaw Kciuq

    I swear, Disney has been so fucking cheap with the marketing on this film. IT MADE ONLY A BILLION DOLLARS WORLDWIDE! Design a better fucking cover.

  • July 3, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST

    yeah that blu-ray cover is horrid

    by Rupee88

    I don't see how anyone could think that looked good. And the movie has brought in about 1.4 billion dollars so far. So yeah they can certainly afford it if any of them f*cking cared.

  • And give Purple Arrow some kind of mask...just...try please, it's not like they have to keep them on.

  • Because I don't have Blu-Ray, I'm a second class citizen?

  • July 3, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Heh....Nice Cover...

    by micturatingbenjamin

    MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS by Marvel.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:24 p.m. CST

    How much time do you fucking whiners even LOOK at the covers?

    by Queefer Sutherland

    You pull the fucking thing off a fucking shelf, fucking open it up, then you put the fucking disk in your fucking player and you fucking watch the movie. When it's over, you put the fucking disk back in the fucking case and put it back on your fucking shelf. Time spent admiring the cover art: 2.9 seconds. That's if you're drunk and moving slowly. Shut the fuck up you mewling, pathetic fucktards.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST

    POLL: Lizzy Caplan or Amy Poehler?

    by Gene Cowan

    The question, of course, being, "Would you rather?" The common theme being chicks that Adam Scott has made out with on-screen. 1 vote for Lizzy. Though I have a friend that swears by AP.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:52 p.m. CST

    queefer sutherland

    by Rupee88

    you are a retard if you don't get the point of having a good DVD cover.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    For 2.9 seconds I'm a retard. The rest of the time it's YOU who is retarded.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Nyaaaaaahhhhhhh!

  • July 4, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Second class citizen? No. Cheap? Maybe.

    by gotilk

    I got my blu player for 39 bucks. You gotta admit, that's cheap. It isn't the greatest, but it does a LOT for a 39 dollar player. It does xvid, mp4, mp3, with the USB port, plays dvds blus and... was 40 bucks basically. There really isn't an excuse anymore not to have one, unless you just don't WANT one.

  • July 4, 2012, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Is she Spider-Woman?

    by Ozman X

  • July 4, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    I really hope that's not the Blu-ray cover

    by Nuts

  • July 4, 2012, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Gun looks like Shaq's Rollerblades

    by DougMcKenzie

    Bang Bang!

  • July 4, 2012, 12:26 a.m. CST

    i don't have a blue ray player, but not because i'm cheap

    by antonphd

    mostly, because i have a dvd in the hd tv and i play video games on my xbox 360 i had a ps3, which had a blue ray player, but then the disc reader broke and it would have cost more to buy a new ps3 than to get it fixed, so, i said fuck it, i'll skip a generation

  • I work out with free weights 5 to 6 days a week. Been at it since aug 2011. My build is not as good as either chris's. I read they both used a lot of kettlebell routines. I curl 60 pounds. I really would love a video guide of their weekly workout routines. It could encourage some fans to workout as well. I am seeing less and less workout equiptment in store like sport authority walmart and sears. This country is getting out of shape. Maybe its too late for such a wish to be answered. Bonus content can alway access the web though. Please Marvel. I want too know how to get those results.

  • July 4, 2012, 12:43 a.m. CST

    You had me at Lizzy Caplan.

    by Rorschach1

    I fell in love with her in Party Down and Cloverfield, and with the exception of True Blood, I watch pretty much everything she's in. Fanboy crush, of course, but honestly she's just really talented. She has some serious acting chops. Not to mention I think she's absolutely gorgeous. I didn't need another reason to buy the Avengers Bluray. But thank Joss Whedon I have one.

  • Get thee to some True Blood Season 1 - PRONTO.

  • July 4, 2012, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Seems like a waste of Lizzy Caplan

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    She should be a Marvel superhero

  • July 4, 2012, 1:31 a.m. CST

    @ditko: This short movie could've been the Cloak & Dagger origin!

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Instead of superpower drugs they mess with the gun in the wrong way. If only they'd cast someone more "Cloaky" for the male role

  • July 4, 2012, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Waste. Could've had her play The Contessa or

    by Dingbatty

    another Marvel character..

  • July 4, 2012, 1:40 a.m. CST

    @didntpulloutintimecop Ha! Weird. Didn't see

    by Dingbatty

    you posted a similar comment.

  • July 4, 2012, 1:52 a.m. CST

    So what happened with the rumored Extra Long Re-release?

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Are they waiting til enough people have bought the theatrical version on Blu? Loved the movie, but no way in hell will I buy it twice!

  • July 4, 2012, 2:21 a.m. CST

    thejudger

    by Rupee88

    steroids. I can guarantee you all those actors who get in tip top shape are using major chemical assistance...the same with 100% of all the professional bodybuilders of course.

  • July 4, 2012, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Butterface

    by Dubster32

  • July 4, 2012, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Caplan does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    This news makes me say Lizzy Caplan, who? Oh, she was in CLOVERFIELD? Right. No fucking wonder I dont remember her.

  • July 4, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Avengers has made this summer bearable.

    by Volllllume3

    Prometheus, Spider-Man, Battleship. All giant turds... And Nolan's latest abortion hasn't even come out yet!

  • July 4, 2012, 4:58 a.m. CST

    volllllume3

    by BlueLando

    Prometheus and The Avengers were as stupid and badly plotted as each other. Difference was that Prometheus was endearingly stupid and had beautiful visuals, whereas The Avengers was just an hour of 'FIX A SHIP' and two hours of 'HULK SMASH SO MUCH IT'S BORING' rubbish.

  • July 4, 2012, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Are you aware of Garfield?

    by CuervoJones

    I love Marlena.

  • July 4, 2012, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Captain America is giving the Nazi salute in that cover

    by CuervoJones

    That´s wrong.

  • ...a picture of Downey Jr.'s badly Photoshopped head from 'Tropic Thunder'.

  • July 4, 2012, 6:05 a.m. CST

    RE: cuervojones

    by LLcruize2

    Surely you jest that you think Cap is giving the Nazi salute. But just in case........ Look at the cover again. First thing that is very obvious; Cap is throwing his shield not giving any kind of salute. Even on quick glance that is obvious. Lastly, go check some archival footage from WWII. The salute given by Nazi's has the arm extened straight up over their head and palm facing out. The position of Caps arm even in mid-throw bares no resemblance to the Nazi salute.

  • July 4, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST

    An Avengers cover should have Cap front and center.

    by Dingbatty

    That's why someone else should've been Cap.

  • Of course its ridiculous. But the media will spend time reporting it. It will be hilarious.

  • July 4, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST

    I want Spitfire and the troubleshooters!

    by jellypop

    Please.

  • July 4, 2012, 6:44 a.m. CST

    How about this for a mini-sequel....

    by Mike Holdbrook

    ...SHIELD agents go back to the wreckage of 'Project Pegasus' and a mad, bad Abomination comes punching out of the debris with Samuel Sterns, now with an enlarged cranium, under his arm....

  • July 4, 2012, 7:04 a.m. CST

    I dont know lizzy caplan as an actress all that well

    by emeraldboy

    but she does look like she has been working out in the gym in that photo. so is she playing a character that we dont know about. super heroic character? but which one?

  • That movie was great BTW. Pre-Lohan train wreck.

  • July 4, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    Awful cover for the Blu Ray

    by Bileranter

    Try harder

  • July 4, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Alien weapons did seem kind of cheezy.

    by cookylamoo

    Cap and Hawkeye both took hits from them and shrugged it off.

  • July 4, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    R.I.P Eric Sykes.

    by alan_poon

  • July 4, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    benny and claire = bonnie and clyde - GET IT?!?!?!?!?!?!

    by zom-bot.com

    omg that's brill..tarded

  • how do they get the gun up and running? one thing i hated about avengers (probably the only thing) was the easy ending that is overused where you blow up the mothership (or close the wormhole) and everything left fighting just drops dead by magic. i know, i know, the chitauri soldiers had some cybernetic bond with the base...but you see- they never say that at all..and only the deepest marvel geeks might even know that. so to the average movie viewer, we were treated to just ANOTHER ending where all the baddies die when the mother brain dies. ships crash, soldiers fall, carriers crash... so then you're telling me the gun can be used without access to the source?

  • July 4, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    How the fuck can't you like the Avengers?

    by Volllllume3

    Were you born without a soul?

  • July 4, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    I'd guess this is a set-up for her to play...

    by fattyaaron

    one of the several Marvel super-heroines who started out as criminals. My money is on Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman. Anyone else?

  • July 4, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    That really is a crappy cover for the blu-ray!

    by Zardoz

    Where's the Widow? And why is Cap blocking his face like that? Ugh!

  • ... Don't worry, llcruize2, we know it's not really a fucking Nazi salute.

  • July 4, 2012, 9:21 a.m. CST

    I would rather the Avengers Blu-Ray include

    by Itchy

    a 12 minute montage of Lizzy Caplan's tits from True Blood. She may have the hottest body of all time.

  • July 4, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Lizzy Caplan.

    by UltimaRex

    My choice for Lois in MOS. Oh well...

  • July 4, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    @zombot

    by Johnboy40

    I'm not some super marvel geek....all I really knew was that the chitauri had been in the ultimates tons..but when they all fell over I thought "oh.so they must have been remote controlled or something" Didn't to have it spelled out or me. Agree about the gun till working though. Seems a wee bit odd.

  • July 4, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    llcruize2

    by CuervoJones

    I was joking. Bad joke, I admit.

  • July 4, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    volllllume3

    by BlueLando

    No. I blame high expectations considering the other Marvel Studios films were actually good.

  • July 4, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST

    johnboy40

    by BlueLando

    Oh, they were remote controlled? Brilliant.

  • July 4, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    way to waste caplan.

    by vulturess

    no marvel character for her. and ruffalos head needs 2 b photoshopped on the hulks body on that avengers cover.

  • July 4, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    I see they went with SHITTY cover art for the BD disc ...

    by Judge Briggs

    Who the fuck approves these shit covers?

  • July 4, 2012, 11 a.m. CST

    HAH! What a great idea.

    by D.Vader

  • July 4, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    I would like to touch Lizzy Caplan with my penis.

    by Gabe Athouse

    But then her head would explode like in Cloverfield.

  • July 4, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    cover art

    by Titus05

    the cover art linked in this article is for the 'standard' edition...the 3D version has the better cover art with the entire cast

  • July 4, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    cobes ... itchy ... wwbd ...

    by DrMorbius

    dailymotion ... lizzy caplan true blood nude http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/lizzy+caplan+true+blood+nude/1

  • July 4, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    WTF is up with this cover?

    by Roketopunch

    covering Cap's face looks weird. This is shit.

  • July 4, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    @mr_incredible

    by Joe Damiani

    You saw that photoplasty on Cracked.com too?

  • July 4, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    That box art is horrible.

    by Yelsaeb

    That is all.

  • July 4, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    dougmckenzie? You made me go back and look at the pic...

    by Mistahtibbs

    and then I laughed...hard. you bastard... ;)

  • July 4, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Hey, if Chris Evans can play both Cap & Human Torch...

    by DukieMichaelNamondRandy

    ...then there's a roll out there for the total kick-@$$ being that is Lizzy Caplan.

  • July 4, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    @mr_incredible

    by VideoFile

    *Technically*, Captain America doesn't have any super powers either. He's supposed to be at the peak of human physical perfection, but not technically superhuman. Of course, for all intents and purposes, he is. At least, that's how I always understood it. And in the Marvel Universe, not the Ultimates universe so it may not apply here anyway.

  • July 5, 2012, 3:35 a.m. CST

    videofile

    by BlueLando

    I'd say it's pretty clear he DOES have superpowers. He may not be doing anything that a peak human couldn't do, but Captain America didn't undergo their training. Instead, he got those abilities via an experimental procedure. Now he can't run as fast as Quicksilver, cause as much destruction as Hulk, or throw as hard as Thor... but he can do all those things to a post-human standard. Put it this way, Batman trained for years to perfect his fighting skills. And at best he draws with Captain America, with the creative team of JLA/Avengers confirming that, to them, after a long fight Captain America would win!

  • July 5, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Spider Woman?

    by fattyaaron

    Or another character that started out a criminal.

  • July 5, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    So all the professional athletes who've used steroids...

    by OldDickLemon

    are super-human?

  • July 5, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Thejudger - re: the two Chris' workout routines...

    by None_So_Blind

    Not sure what they did for Avengers, but I read an interview they did jointly right before their individual movies came out. Both reported doing lots of compound exercises with heavy weights (squats, deadlifts, bench press, etc.) for medium reps. They also reported eating a ton, which of course is necessary when you're trying to get a lot bigger. Interestingly enough, Hemsworth said he loved the routine, and kept with it even after Thor was finished filming; Evans noted that he hated it and the constant exercise made him miserable and he couldn't wait to stop it. You be the judge if that is reflected in how they looked in Avengers later on as compared to their own movies (i.e., did Hemsworth remain big or perhaps even get bigger, and did Evans present as smaller, etc.).

  • Agreed with others saying the same thing. Highly capable actor, crazy beautiful without being overt (Scarjo or Angelina, etc), and obviously willing to do what is needed from a character's perspective (her role on True Blood was fantastic and far too short). And butterface? Really? What does that even mean? I get "potato face" with someone like Renee Zellwegger - she's not an unattractive woman by any stretch but she's got those post-child chubby cheeks that leads to the "potato" slight I guess..but butterface for Lizzy Caplan? As in what..soft features? That's bad? Or is it drooping features? Like a girl with big eyes? Amanday Seyfried? Butterface because of big eyes? That's a bad thing? Would Bettie David be a butterface? I liked her in Cloverfield but thought she was amazing in True Blood - beautiful, talented, and unafraid of role demands (she was naked a LOT in TB, forgive my bias) - but a butterface, whatever you potential eunuchs mean it to be, she most certainly is not.

  • July 5, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Reason cover sucks...

    by Will

    They want to sell more of the 3D blu-rays which, by the way, has a way better cover. http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Avengers-3D-Blu-ray/30655/ (Even if it is still a bad Photoshop montage at least the whole team is on the front.) I'm just praying this is just the slip cover and the case looks better. Or maybe some of the stores will do their own variations of slip covers/cases. Similar to the previous Potter or Marvel films. Either way, fail is upon us.

  • July 5, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    eastcoastavenger

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    When RDJ gets tired of Tony Stark and leaves.

  • July 5, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    A Black Widow named Claire?

    by quexul

    http://marvel.com/universe/Black_Widow_(Claire_Voyant)

  • July 5, 2012, 7 p.m. CST

    On Prometheus...

    by The_All_Dead

    What we got was a smart si-fi film that had studio people in the background who were afraid to pull the trigger, but if we give them enough money for it maybe next time we'll get something that doesn't go to shit at the end. right?.......right?:(

  • July 5, 2012, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Darth-Butterface

    by OldDickLemon

    Butterface is a dopey way of describing a woman with a great body but an unattractive face. (I.e. "She's hot, well, everything Butterface (but her face)") Dumb and completely off the mark in terms of Ms Kaplan. She's beautiful by any definition. The fact that she's a good actress and seems to be cooler than shit (think Zooey before everyone turned against her) is just icing on a delectable cake.

  • July 5, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Why did this movie make a billion dollars?

    by Dr. Chim Richalds

    I finally saw it last week, in 3-D (a waste, it wasn't used well). The movie was slightly better than OK in my book - little more than extended fight scenes between different combinations of Avengers, none of whom were ever in any danger from the others. Loki wasn't interesting enough to carry the movie, and the Chitauri were totally generic. Fun at the movies? A weak yes. Deserving of more money than most third-world countries? No.

  • July 6, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    'Deserving of more money than most third-world countries?'

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Awww, you're such a good person!