In case you missed the buzz last week, Comic-Con in San Diego happened. It brought together geeks, nerds, fan boys and everyone else to see what the studios are doing with their favorite franchises.
Marvel had a pretty big day with the announcement of the name of the sequel to 2012 blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. What does that mean for the end credit scene with Thanos in “Avengers”? Marvel announced at the Con that Thanos would be part of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” as the main or one of the main villains. For those that don’t know who Ultron is in the Marvel Universe, he is an android made by Hank Pym aka Ant-Man. Now Marvel has also announced that “Ant-Man” would be coming out in 2015 after “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. After the title was announced, Joss Whedon was interviewed by website io9.com saying,
“We don’t have to have him. It works very simply — this is Marvel cinema, not Marvel comics. One thing [Marvel Studios head] Kevin Feige has a genius for is knowing what to hold onto and what to let go of. You can invoke the feeling you had and play with the characters you love and remain true to the needs of the film.”
With all that being said, it would mean that another Avenger like Tony Stark or even Bruce Banner could, in theory, create this android or Joss could bring in someone else in the Marvel Universe to build him. Until we get closer to the release date and possibly a full trailer of the movie I will just say Trust in Whedon.
Other big news released, staying with Marvel, the entire cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy” showed up and talked about their movie coming out in 2014. Big names on the cast are Chris Pratt playing Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector. Unless you’ve been reading their comic or have done some looking online, nobody knows who this new team is. Marvel is hoping to build them up to incorporate the other beings, like the Kree or Skrulls, into the Marvel Universe. They showed some footage but they have yet to cast the voice of Rocket Raccoon.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, which comes out next year, showed a lot of new footage of Cap and Widow. It also showed Anthony Mackie as Falcon and the main villain, Winter Soldier. From what I read, the footage was pretty intense and lots of new SHIELD toys were showcased. Hopefully with the first trailer we’ll be able to see Mackie as the Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Marvel also showed new footage from “Thor: The Dark World” and also brought Tom Hiddleston with them dressed as Loki. After taunting the crowd in Hall H calling it a “Midgard palace” they showed some old and some new footage from the movie coming out this November. In “Thor: The Dark World” they’ll be adding Chris Eccleston who will be playing Malekith, a dark elf and also Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Kurse. You might remember Adewale as Mr Eko from the show “Lost”.
Last, but not least, Zach Snyder showed up with news on the sequel for “Man of Steel”. He had Harry Lennix, who played General Swanwick in “Man of Steel” read something to the crowd that went something like this;
“I want you to remember, Clark…in all the years to come…in your most private moments…I want you to remember…my hand…at your throat…I want…you to remember…the one man who beat you.”
The line comes from the comic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman tell Superman that. It’s still unknown at this time who will be playing Batman in the next movie but we at least know that the entire cast from “Man of Steel” will be back.
You can read more stuff that happened at Comic-Con from my friend Tim English below.
Batman and Superman to team up for ‘Man of Steel 2’ in 2015
Joss Whedon announces ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ at Marvel Comic-Con panel