Last Friday night at Comic-Con, Marvel premiered their latest short film Item 47. Directed by Louis D’Esposito (Co- President of Marvel Studios) and starring Lizzy Caplan, Jesse Bradford, Maximiliano Hernández and Titus Welliver, Item 47 is about a hard-luck couple who get their hands on an alien gun that falls from the sky after the events of The Avengers. For more on the short (which will be available on The Avengers Blu-ray) click here. You can also watch my extended video interview with D’Esposito here.
The day after the premiere, I got to sit down with Jesse Bradford and Maximiliano Hernandez for an extended interview. We talked about being at Comic-Con, how they got involved in the project, if the script changed during production, whether they’ve been signed for more Marvel movies, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
- :23 What do they geek out over at Comic-Con? Hernandez says this is his fifth Comic-Con and talks about wanting the Helicarrier and his obsession with Mighty Muggs.
- 2:27 How did they first get involved with the project? Bradford says he was excited to get an offer from Marvel. Initially Hernandez got a call about Marvel wanting to use the shorts to sew the feature films together.
- 5:17 Hernandez talks about how he should have included Mighty Muggs merchandise in his contract.
- 5:56 They talk about their friends getting excited about them working with Marvel. Hernandez talks about the important relationship between Disney and Marvel.
- 7:49 Talk about how great The Avengers is.
- 9:00 How much the script changed from inception to the finished film. Bradford says structurally it didn’t change at all, but they were given the freedom to improvise and have fun with the script.
- 10:59 When did they first hear that the short would get a big premiere at Comic-Con? Bradford says they were talking about it when they were shooting it, but initially they just planned on screening it in a small room as opposed to having a full-blown theater premiere.
- 12:03 When they sign on, does it mean they get a free Blu-ray box set or ticket to Disneyland?
- 12:41 They say they haven’t signed any multi-picture deals or anything that would have them appear in more Marvel features or shorts.