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A special edition of The Week in Spandex rounding up the superhero news and talking points from the San Diego Comic-Con, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Doctor Strange, Thunderbolts, Captain America 3, Blade, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Shazam, Justice League, Justice League Dark, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Gotham, Batman Versus Robin, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Superman Lives, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Deadpool and more…
Well, the geek mecca that is the San Diego Comic-Con International has drawn to a close for another year, and naturally we’ve been inundated with superhero news over the past few days. We’ve been covering Comic-Con in depth here at Flickering Myth [check out our archive here], and now here’s a run down of all the big »
- Gary Collinson
Guardians Of The Galaxy comes to cinemas on Thursday and despite that is yet to be released, a sequel is already in the works. This may have something to do with the brilliant critic reaction; we at Thn have fallen in love with the film over the last few months and weren’t disappointed when we saw the film last week (see our review).
In preparation for the release we were invited to attend the press conference at the rather swish Corinthia Hotel. Having been completely smitten by the film we couldn’t say no, and spent thirty minutes in a room with director James Gunn, Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista) , and Nebula (Karen Gillan), as they answered a whole heap of press questions.
- Kat Smith
Both "Thor" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" have been responsible for introducing the cosmic elements of Marvel Comics into their cinematic universe, selling us on alien civilisations and ancient god-like beings - and selling it all with a healthy dose of science fiction.
The upcoming "Doctor Strange" bears the burden of selling the other side of the coin - the supernatural. Mysticism is, in many ways, a tougher prospect to sell audiences on as being part of the same universe that gave us the likes of "Iron Man" and "Captain America". Much like with "Thor" though, Marvel's Kevin Feige plans to use notions of real science to explain the character's magical abilities. He tells Collider:
With Doctor Strange it is a classic Marvel origin story, because he's got one of the best origins ever and it's our opportunity to take that left turn into the supernatural.
Now what is the definition of supernatural? »
- Garth Franklin
Avengers: Age Of Ultron - Directed by Joss Whedon ("Marvel's The Avengers"), the film returns its iconic cast, including Robert Downey Jr. ("Iron Man 3," "Marvel's The Avengers") as Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth ("Thor: The Dark World," "Marvel's The Avengers") as Thor, Mark Ruffalo ("Marvel's The Avengers") as Hulk, Chris Evans ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Marvel's The Avengers") as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Marvel's The Avengers") as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner ("American Hustle," "Marvel's The Avengers,") as Hawkeye, and Samuel L. Jackson ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Marvel's The Avengers") as Nick Fury. Joining the cast are Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Godzilla," "Kick Ass 2") as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen ("Godzilla") as Scarlet Witch and James Spader ("The Blacklist," "Lincoln") as Ultron. Set for release in the United States on May 1, 2015. Ant-man - Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase »
Today is the last day of the Con! And even though Marvel owned the later half of yesterday with their big Saturday evening panel in Hall H, they aren't quite through giving fans a proper tease of Avengers: Age of Ultron. They have debuted two more props on the convention center showroom floor, offering a peek at Captain America's cracked shield, and what appears to be Ultron Mark 1. Both of these were spotted in the footage that wowed audiences yesterday. Check it out, and then read on for more information about how Cap's shield gets destroyed, and why Ultron's first body looks like it was pulled from Tony Stark's dumpster.
Unveiled at #MarvelSDCC booth & in #HallH last night, #CaptainAmerica's shattered shield from @Avengers#AgeOfUltron! pic.twitter.com/F8qserFbNG
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 27, 2014
The Avengers: Age of Ultron scenes shown take place at a party, with all of the Avengers in their civilian clothes, »
Coming hot on the heels of yesterday’s Avengers: Age of Ultron panel at Comic-Con [which you can watch here], Marvel has released a couple of images showing props from the hotly-anticipated film – in particular, Captain America’s shattered shield from the footage that was screened [read a description here], as well as a look at the gauntlet from the Hulkbuster Iron Man suit and Ultron Mark 1…
And here’s a video of Cap’s broken shield…
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release in the UK on April 24th 2015 and North America on May 1st 2015, with Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), James Spader (Ultron), Thomas Kretschmann »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel Studios have constantly raised the bar each and every year at San Diego Comic-Con, so it had a lot of high expectations to live up to in Hall H on Saturday night. Judging by reactions from fans and the amount of content the studio presented, they unfortunately didn’t quite reach the heights that attendees were hoping for.
The studio is known for announcing handfuls of films in advance, showing off footage, and bringing the majority of its casts on stage, but this year they didn’t quite do as much as early buzz and wishful thinking anticipated. There was a very quick panel about Ant-Man, a huge chunk of time devoted to Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the announcement of Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Other than that, there was no mention of upcoming projects like Doctor Strange or an announcement about what films the majority of their newly »
- James Garcia
The Marvel strut was in full force Saturday evening in Hall H. The Disney-owned company rules the comic-book superhero genre for movies and demonstrated once again why they also rule the Con. And Marvel didn't disappoint in touting the more ambitious "Age of Ultron" (May 1, 2015) along with the more fantastical and whimsical "Ant-Man" (July 31, 2015), which will star Paul Rudd as the incredible shrinking superhero. The contrast is further proof that Marvel will keep mixing it up between dark and light to escalate the danger while using gallows humor as an essential escape valve. Aside from the Rudd casting, the big "Avengers" news was that James Spader ("The Blacklist") will play Ultron, Paul Bettany will segue from the voice of Jarvis, the computer from "Iron Man," to the mysterious Vision, and Josh Brolin will play the cosmic baddie Thanos. Meanwhile, Marvel announced that "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" will open in 2017. »
- Bill Desowitz
The actress may have benefited more from her work on the Marvel movies than any other member of the superhero ensemble save for Robert Downey Jr., whose work as Iron Man transformed him into perhaps the biggest box office star on the planet. Evidence of Johansson’s raised profile was on display this weekend, as the actress powered “Lucy” to a $44 million debut, the third biggest female-driven action opening of all time.
- Brent Lang
It looks like almost everyone from Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and everyone from “Ant-Man” (who is directing this movie again?) were at Comic Con this weekend. After the Marvel panel, the cast went to the signing booths and scrawled their names on whatever weird people in costumes gave them to sign. Almost all the cast of “Avengers 2″ were accounted for, with the exception of Scarlett Johansson, who is either preggers at home or promoting “Lucy,” her new Luc Besson movie. Also not present is Robert Downey Jr. and writer/director Joss Whedon. These are the pictures from those two signings. See? Who says you need to be in San Diego to get up close and personal with the stars. The only thing missing from these pics is having to breathe in that smelly guy who has been wearing that Iron Man costume for the last three days while standing in line. »
“This place may be the weirdest, craziest place I’ve ever been,” said actor James Spader (“Ultron”) on Comic Con. “It’s really fantastically crazy.”
Marvel brought their A game to the Hall H audience at Comic Con 2014. The studio’s biggest announcement on Saturday was the sequel to Guardians Of The Galaxy ahead of its release on Friday, Aug 1.
For those who couldn’t make it to San Diego, here’s a look at the panel from Avengers: Age Of Ultron where it was officially revealed that Josh Brolin will be seen and heard as the villain Thanos in director James Gunn’s Guardians film, as well as in future movies for Marvel Studios.
The stars of Avengers: Age Of Ultron signed autographs after the panel for the fans.
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- Michelle McCue
Last night Marvel Studios held its annual Hall H presentation at the San Diego Comic-Con International, where the big news was the announcement of another upcoming release in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which joins Ant-Man and Captain America 3 as part of Marvel’s Phase Three.
However, that of course wasn’t all that Marvel had in store, with Kevin Feige introducing footage from Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron (you can read a description of the Ant-Man footage here, and the Avengers: Age of Ultron footage here), as well as holding panels for both movies, which you can watch in full right here…
Featuring on the Ant-Man panel were director Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd (Scott Lang), Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne) and Corey Stoll (Darren Cross / Yellowjacket), while Avengers: Age of Ultron included Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo »
- Gary Collinson
Yesterday's Marvel panel, in the vast Hall H (imagine what you'd think the inside of a whale looks like or one of the hulls on Noah's ark), was the Valhalla for comic book enthusiasts, movie geeks, and guys who want to dress up like Doctor Who. People had been waiting in line outside the convention center for hours and some dedicated fans had been camped overnight, with a single goal: to watch the Marvel panel in Hall H. And, of course, the thing that was on everyone's mind was footage from next summer's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the almost supernaturally anticipated new sequel. And after seeing the footage, we can confirm that it was indeed mind-blowing.
The clip started with an extended sequence set in the newly remodeled Avengers Tower in New York. The gang is all there: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans »
- Drew Taylor
I never thought I'd see one actor play two characters within the cinematic Marvel universe, but if anyone can do it, Paul Bettany can. As the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark's constant AI companion since the first Iron Man film, Bettany is one of the longest standing members of the Marvel crew. In Avengers: Age of Ultron Bettany steps into the shoes (or cape) of the Vision. A newly created android who is somehow maybe sort of related to J.A.R.V.I.S. - unsurprisingly they weren't telling us a whole lot in advance of Marvel's Hall H panel. Earlier today at Comic-Con I sat down for a group interview with Bettany about the Vision Age of Ultron. He walked up to the table, pretending to read a message on his phone intently, “I'm just looking up something. Yep, I can’t say anything. »
- Haleigh Foutch
San Diego — Rumor had it that during their highly anticipated Comic-Con panel Marvel Studios would announce which actor is playing the new Doctor Strange in Scott Derrickson's upcoming big screen adaptation. Rumor also had it that Marvel would reveal who is playing Captain Marvel, a much-needed super-powered female Avenger that is expected to cameo in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Neither event happened. Instead, the studio announced that a sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy" has already been greenlit and it already has a release date of July 28, 2017. Oh yeah, and they showed a massive amount of footage from Joss Whedon's "Avengers" sequel with almost the entire cast on hand. A who's who of Hollywood stars including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elisabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Paul Bettany »
- Gregory Ellwood
It was also officially announced that actor Josh Brolin can be seen and heard as the villain Thanos in Gunn’s upcoming film, opening in theaters this Friday, August 1st.
Brolin will also play Thanos in future movies for Marvel Studios.
“Josh brings all the weight and stature necessary for a character as iconic and significant as Thanos,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We’re incredibly excited for fans to see more of him as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.”
A #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy sequel in 2017? #YoureWelcome http://t.co/7DTgF2dBxb pic.twitter.com/y4rtIdrwPA
— GuardiansOfTheGalaxy (@Guardians) July 27, 2014
Yes, I’m writing and directing the sequel to #GuardiansoftheGalaxy for theaters July 28 2017. But first go see the first one out next week! »
- Michelle McCue
Anne Marie here, wrapping up coverage from San Diego Comic Con after 8 straight hours of studio announcements. Marvel had some major obstacles to overcome for its brief one hour panel. Edgar Wright's departure from Ant Man had generated negative press, and not everyone was thrilled with the studio's decision to put out release dates unattached to any actual films. WB had been gearing up for a fight, but overall so far Hall H's announcements had been more misses than hits. As the studio delayed 15 minutes into its start time and fans grew mad, the question hung in the air: could Marvel deliver?
Answer: Hell yes.
Marvel president Kevin Feige introduced a panel designed to assuage fan fears: Paul Rudd (new Ant Man), Michael Douglas (old Ant Man), Corey Stoll (confirmed as villain Yellow Jacket), Evangeline Lilly (Ant Man's love interest) and Peyton Reed, who stepped in to direct. »
- Anne Marie
When Marvel comes to Comic-Con these days, it comes big. While the panel was decidedly more low-key than some of their previous appearances – even with the groovy, high-energy, flower-throwing entrance by Robert Downey Jr. and the gang – the definite highlight besides the Avengers themselves was the first glimpse of footage from Age Of Ultron.While Joss Whedon himself couldn’t be there in person (he’s recovering from knee surgery), Kevin Feige brought an exciting clip package that kicked off with the team kicking back in the Avengers tower after a party. You may have seen a picture of this scene, which finds the heroes in a loose, happy, mood, all (bar Black Widow) making an attempt to lift Thor’s hammer – surely more Excalibur than excelsior – and one by one failing. And that’s even with Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark using an Iron Man gauntlet and roping in Don Cheadle’s James Rhodes, »
During Marvel's massive Hall H panel, the main cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron took to the stage, along with Kevin Feige. Even though production is still ongoing, the producer and cast had a little treat for the fans, the first footage from this highly-anticipated sequel!
First off, we reported last month that the opening moments of the sequel include a party scene at the Avengers tower, which gets ruined when Ultron (James Spader) himself shows up. The scenes that were shown take place at this party, with all of the Avengers in their civilian clothes, as each of them take turns trying to lift Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) enchanted hammer, Mjolnir. Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) tries and fails, and he even can't make the hammer budge with his Iron Man hand and War Machine. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) fails to move the hammer, although Captain America (Chris Evans) does »
Marvel kicked off its "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Comic Con presentation with one bit of sad news - Joss Whedon couldn't make it as he was laid up in London following knee surgery and isn't allowed to fly.
Almost the entire main cast was there though - Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobey Smulders, Clark Gregg, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and James Spader with new mother Scarlett Johansson having to sit this out.
Downey made the crowd swoon, coming into the hall throwing roses and dancing to a Jackson 5 number. Along the way he cracked jokes about how with each casting addition he becomes a little less significant.
Hemsworth got a joke in when asked what he'd like to see Thor do. He responded "Turn him into a woman" and joked that doing so would probably earn him an Oscar. »
- Garth Franklin
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