Marvel Studios had the unenviable task of following up the dynamite Fox panel. With the X-Men in the rearview mirror, it was time to shine the spotlight on two upcoming Marvel movies - Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Solider.
But of course this is Marvel, Hall H and Comic-Con, so you almost expected there to be some sort of huge announcement. Sure enough, Marvel studios President Kevin Feige lived up to expectations.
There was no mention for Phase Three films. Instead, this panel focused specifically on the next three movies. The presentation was interrupted early when the Hall plunged into darkness. We heard the voice for Loki preaching to the crowd, who cheered him on.
When the lights came back up, Tom Hiddleston was standing on the stage in full Loki costume. He continued to preach to the crowd and asked them repeatedly to say his name. The crowd shouted back, "Loki!" [image via Slashfilm]
He rushed up to Feige who was sitting at the table and, with a finger pointed at the Marvel Studios president, said, "Stand back, you muling quim!"
He concluded his performance by walking off the stage and saying, "Good. I have an army."
Feige then turned his attention to Thor: The Dark World and showed off a grand and massive new trailer.
The panel then moved on to Captain America. We not only saw a new sizzle reel, but a complete scene in which Cap takes on 12 guys in an elevator. It was a scene John McClane would be proud of.
The stars then took to the stage. Here's who was there: Directors Jeff and Antony Russo, Frank Grillo, Emily Van Camp, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson.
Johansson described the film as, "Gritty. There's a lot of fighting in this."
When asked about how his character changes focus in every Marvel movie, Samuel L. Jackson said, "Almost everything that comes out of Nick Fury's mouth is a lie."
Anthony Mackie, who plays Sam Wilson aka Falcon was asked about his character. He replied, "I have wings and guns. What more do you need?"
Feige then switched gears and surprised Hall H with the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy. The cast flew in from London in the morning and were set to fly back after their panel in Hall H.
Who made the trip? Director James Gunn, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillian, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt.
Gillian's character is bald in the comic series and she surprised the cast and Hall H by removing a wig and revealing her bald head. "I was worried I was going to look like an overgrown fetus," she said.
The panel ended with first look footage from the production's first 10 days of filming. It was evident that Pratt's Star Lord is being groomed to be the next Tony Stark as far as attitude is concerned.
You think that'd be it. But as Feige was walking off the stage, he turned back and said, "There's one more person who wants to come out." Then out walked Joss Whedon.
"I don't have much to say. But I do have one thing to show you."
The lights went out and we started to see an obscure figure forming on the screen as the various Avengers voices were heard offscreen. At the very end, we see Ultron's helmet and then... The Avengers: Age of Ultron!
The focus ties in to a recent comic series run whose value surely jumped up a bit after this reveal. Nothing else was revealed, but its safe to say Hall H was very much content.
What do you think of the Avengers sequel looping in the Ultron story arc?
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