Comic-Con provided a number of huge announcements from Marvel Studios surrounding four of their upcoming projects. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and director Joss Whedon displayed an early teaser, and revealed the name of the Avengers sequel, “Avengers: Age Of Ultron.” The sequel will make its way to theaters on May 1, 2015. Fans of Marvel Comics may have some insight on the direction of the film as the name gives us a few details: the antagonist for the Avengers sequel will be the robot Ultron and his sentinels as the storyline will likely be based on a limited release (10 issue) comic book crossover of the same name. The series, which was created earlier this year, centers around Ultron, and his attempt to take over the world.
Marvel wasn’t focusing only on the Avengers, as it thrilled many in the audience with a presentation that featured never before seen footage of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Thor: The Dark World” and the lesser known “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
“Thor: The Dark World”
Loki, Thor’s evil brother, took over the Marvel Studios presentation for Thor as Tom Hiddleston, dressed in his Loki garb and seen below, called Hall H “a meager palace of Midgard” before he presented footage from “Thor: The Dark World.” The clip opened with a battle scene in which Thor takes down a huge monster with one swing of his hammer. It appears as if Loki will play a large role in the film, and you have to wonder if he will once again betray his brother. The only cast and crew from “Thor” was Hiddleston as Loki, so there was not a Q&A afterwards.
“Captain America: The Winter Solder”
The next Marvel presentation was a panel discussion with the directors and stars of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” In the film, Captain America continues to struggle with adjusting to the modern world after he was frozen 65 years in the Arctic. The 1940’s world where Captain America came from was a much simpler time. Chris Evans discussed the ongoing issues for his character, “I think in the ’40s it was a lot easier to say, ‘We know Nazis are bad.’ I think it’s a bit harder to know who’s right and who’s wrong today. I think that conflict that Steve’s going through in the movie couldn’t be more updated and more modern. What’s right? Where’s the line? Where do you draw it? It’s so tricky, I wish I could tell you more.”
Samuel L. Jackson who was on the panel, indicated that his character, Nick Fury, attempts to help soften the blow of the changes in the modern world as they work to figure out the details of The Winter Soldier. In the comics, the character is Bucky Barnes’, Cap’s former sidekick who later becomes a nemesis and a sleeper agent for his foes. Kevin Feige noted that the role in the film will follow Ed Brubaker’s comic book storyline very closely. Footage from the film presented a more political tone which is exactly what directors Anthony and Joe Russo said they were going for as the film is “influenced by the political thrillers of the 1970s.”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
The final panel for Marvel focused on “Guardians of the Galaxy” and involved the entire cast who were flown in from the London set. Director James Gunn, Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Michael Rooker (Yondu), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Benicio Del Toro (the Collector), Lee Pace (Ronan the Accuser) and Djimon Hounsou (Korath) all shared the spotlight on stage. One of the most shocking moments of the presentation came from Karen Gillan also a huge transformation for her character Nebula. “I might have done something a little bit crazy,” she said, as she revealed her shaved head after pulling off a red-haired wig. It really stunned those in attendance. She went on to say that “It’s very liberating. Everyone here should shave their heads.” This film will be very interesting in that it’s the first Marvel film that is not really a household name and a few scenes from the film, which has only been filming for 10 days, display a different tone from previous Marvel films. As an example, Star-Lord slowly cranks out his middle finger in one scene. Gunn has said that working on Guardians has been almost like making an indie film with creative freedom with Disney completely supported his approach.