A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer (2011, Leythum)

The first one of these “Marvel One-Shots” (starring mild-mannered Clark Gregg on side adventures) was pretty lame, but A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer is pretty darn good. It’s a little short (the end credits are almost longer than the short) and the licensing department missed out on a golden Hostess Fruit Pie opportunity, but it works.

The story is slim—Gregg breaks up a hold-up at a desert gas station—but Gregg makes Funny Thing work in his first close-up. Another problem with the previous one was how slight Gregg’s presence was in it; not here. Here, Gregg’s able to sell even bad production ideas (his character listens to big band—at the beginning, it fails, after Gregg takes over, it succeeds).

I’m not sure Gregg could sustain his own movie, but a superhero sitcom series with him might be fun.



Directed by Leythum; written by Eric Pearson; director of photography, David Myrick; edited by David Brodie and Gabriel Britz; music by Paul Oakenfold and Howard Drossin; production designer, David Courtermarche; produced by Kevin Feige; released by Paramount Home Entertainment.

Starring Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), Jessica Manuel (Clerk), Jeff Prewett (Robber 1) and Zach Hudson (Robber 2).

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