SDCC’14: Marvel Studios Comic-Con Panel (Live updates)

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Here’s the rundown of the Marvel Studios Hall H presentation at the San Diego Comic Con.

Refresh often as we’re going to update this as the events come out.

I have a lot of high hopes for this panel, especially after the somewhat disappointing and awkward WB panel from earlier this morning.

Joss Whedon was not at the panel, as he’s recovering from knee surgery.

There were 6,500 people in Hall H.

This event took place in Hall H… H for Hydra…

Panel is starting really late. No word on the why. One reporter said security is super tight. Disney and Marvel execs have all been seated.

The panel began… 17 minutes late.

The first footage shown featured Iron Man’s ARC reactor, cut together with a montage of bits from various Marvel Cinematic Universe films. The opening included heroes, villains, and footage from… The Incredible Hulk?

Next were clips from Phase 2 films.

Everyone got to see a great look at Thanos on this throne (real throne not toilet, Zach) from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Kevin Hardwicke (@nerdist) was back to moderate this panel, and was joined on stage by Kevin Fiege.

Feige said the company was focusing on 2015, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man.

ANT MAN

With that, Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas came out on stage – Both playing Ant-Man in the upcoming movie.

Evangeline Lilly will play Hope Van Dyne in the movie, and Corey Stoll is playing Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket.

Michael Douglas talked about playing Hank Pym. The actor said he was evnious of Marvel films because he rarely works with special effects. The actor talked up the Silver Age Ant-Man and seemed very knowledgeable about his character.

Here’s a bit of a reveal about the movie – Darren Cross has taken Pym’s company in a direction he’s not happy with and hires Rudd to be the new Ant-Man.

The script is still going through rewrites, and Evangeline Lilly says she doesn’t have a script yet.

Ant-Man starts filming in Atlanta on August 18, 2014.

Footage shown during the event showed Ant-Man riding an ant…

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

The Jacksons’ Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough played as all of the cast members, minus Scarlett Johansson, appeared on stage to greet fans.

James Spader, who plays Ultron, arrived on stage to the sounds of screaming fans.

The crowd broke into a chant of HULK to Mark Ruffalo. He said that is all people know him from, and that people on the street say that to him all the time.

Samuel L. Jackson says he’s been coming to the San Diego Comic Con every year since Star Wars Episode 1. That’s a long time, and a lot of ups and downs.

Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans) said that with SHIELD gone, the only place he feels like he belongs is with The Avengers.

This was James Spader’s second year at Comic Con.

spader man

You know who else was missing from the stage? Clark Gregg. Guess they haven’t sorted out how he moves from television back to the big screen.

Olsen said “mutant” and got booed.

Further indication that the Marvel Cinematic Universe wants nothing to do with Fox and Sony?

Footage was shown of the Avengers hanging out and taking turns trying to life Thor’s hammer. interestingly, Steve Rogers is able to move it… a little before becoming distracted by an old Iron Man suit shambling up to the group.

“There’s only one path to peace,” says Ultron. “Your extinction!”

OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH

“Nothing lasts forever.” – Scarlett Witch.

During the event, the #MarvelSDCC tag on Twitter exploded, to the point that it was barely readable, that is how fast it was moving. Looks like fans can’t wait until next year!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Josh Brolin appeared on stage to talk up Thanos.

Notice the Infinity Gauntlet.

Chris Pratt and James Gunn appeared on screen from London. The duo were at the London premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy a few days ago.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 arrives July 28, 2017!

And with that, the presentation ended with a funky tweak to the Guardians of the Galaxy logo.

Sadly, there was no mention of Doctor Strange or any of the Phase 3 movies. This have been because contracts haven’t been signed or that Marvel learned its lesson about announcing things too early following the problems surrounding Ant-Man.