A long time ago,
in a galaxy at a comic convention far away, there used to be a reason to get a hotel room. Ancient scholars said that when traveling to San Diego for SDCC, one might want to sleep in a bed to get a good night’s rest.
Apparently those scholars never tried attending a Marvel panel in Hall H.
Thor 2: The Dark World
In what is quite possibly the turning point in how future film footage is presented in the holy realm known as Hall H, Tom Hiddleston’s performance as Loki in front of the crowd was……well…….was no less than jaw-dropping. Chris Hardwick was the moderator for the Marvel panels and first on stage was Marvel Studio’s Kevin Feige. Very, very quickly, once a few words and laughs were had, while Feige was just about to talk about post-production for Thor 2: The Dark World, what first appeared to be equipment failure turned out to be one of the greatest events EVER in Comic-Con history. The lights went out and you could hear and see what sounded like thunder and lightening. Then came the voice of Loki. Tom Hiddleston appeared on stage when the lights were turned back on and he was in FULL Loki garb. The booming applause and screams filled the entire space of the great Hall! He goes on to introduce a special extended 3D trailer for the film which had us leaning forward in our seats!
The trailer showed Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba (without his helmet), Stellan Skarsgard, and of course Hiddleston. There were some quick battle sequences shown and in one part in particular, it showed a large battlefield fight going on when Thor comes face to face an enormous adversary. In midst of the battle, the monster roars at him only to have Thor respond with a playful “Hi.” Thor 2: The Dark World strikes November 8, 2013…
Check out Loki’s entire speech in this YouTube clip via Movieguide TV
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Sooo…..how do you beat a surprise walk-on appearance by the God of Mischief himself? You bring forth THE soldier of all soldiers. Kevin Feige announces that he has brought some people with him that wanted to say hi…
<foaming at the mouth begins>
He promplty brought out the directors for Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Anthony and Joe Russo. Then without wasting any time, he calls for Emily VanCamp (Agent 13), Frank Grillo (Crossbones), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), introduced for the first time anywhere Anthony Mackie (The Falcon), Sebastian Stan (formely Bucky Barnes), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), and the Captain himself….Chris Evans (Captain America).
Panel moderator Chris Hardwick goes to ask questions to cast and we find out from Evans how Cap is adjusting to modern life, Johansson says that there’s more action and that the film is ‘gritty’, and Sam Jackson says that Fury has a different relationship with each character. At this point Feige starts to discuss why he chose the Russos to direct, but stops short and asks “Do you wanna hear me talk about it or do you wanna see it?”
<roll the thing (as Hardwick likes to say).…>
The world premiere trailer was nothing short of phenomenal! We got a peek at Mr. Robert Redford himself in the film (we didn’t even know he was in it!), we saw The Falcon in sort of a free fall when all of a sudden he spreads his arms and unveils his wings in midair, and the Pièce de résistance: the elevator scene. And that’s all I have to say about that. Trust me, you’ll want to see it for yourself! Captain America: Winter Soldier thaws out April 4, 2014…
Guardians of the Galaxy
Still with me? Good…….because you’re going to want to hear this. With Feige alone again on stage, at a table with a bank of mics on it, Hardwick asks if he has anything new to discuss in regards to ‘properties.’ Feige replies that they (Marvel) want “something new, something unexpected.” He then goes on to say that even though they were just barely on day 13 or 14 of filming Guardians of the Galaxy, everyone wanted to come and say hi. So they did….
<at this point we started to need oxygen….>
He brings out director James Gunn who then summons Michael Rooker (Youdu), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Djimon Hounsou (Korath), Lee Pace (Ronan the Accuser), Benicio Del Toro (The Collector), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), and Chris Pratt (Star-Lord)! I gotta admit, the coolest part was the fact that they flew in just for Comic-Con!
Yes. Not a lot was said. Yes, they were extremely cagey about the film. Nonetheless, when Hardwick said “I understand you’ve brought a little something,” everyone lost it. The surprising chunk of footage that debuted was out of this world (no pun intended)! I’ll sum it up as best I can: we’re introduced to Star-Lord who is a cocky son-of-a-gun, and then introduced in roll call fashion to the rest of the Guardians…..and yes there was a certain “Raccoon” who looked fantastic! The quick action scene was enough to erase ANY doubt in anyone’s mind as to whether or not Marvel could pull off this cosmic adventure! Guardians of the Galaxy comes into orbit August 1, 2014.
And Last But Not Least…
Wake up!!! This isn’t over yet! Right when things looked finished….they ask for Joss Whedon to come out.
<complete insanity ensues…>
Joss comes strolling out and declares “I don’t really have anything to say…..but I have one thing to add. If we could please…” And with that, San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H was treated to some voice overs from The Avengers while bits of CGI metal was being worked on, sparks flying. As the camera zooms out we see that it’s the head of Ultron! Get ready for The Avengers: Age of Ultron due Summer 2015…
<insanity still going…>
Whew! That was A LOT of information I know. Now if you don’t mind…….I need to go sleep for a week.