Marvel reveals new projects, dates, nerd stuff at Comic-Con: boring or amazing?

All of the Marvel fan-boys and fan-girls nearly fainted over the weekend and I’m still struggling to understand why. Yes, Marvel revealed some new information at Comic-Con. Yes, many of the Avengers came out to Comic-Con. Yes, there was some new footage from The Age of Ultron, but Marvel hasn’t released it online and all we’re getting is reporting on what the footage contained. But that’s it. This isn’t like “OMG, let’s all watch this new trailer together!” I think people are just buying whatever Marvel is selling these days and Marvel knows it. So, Marvel is selling… Ant-Man. And I find it tedious.

So, let’s see… this is what happened:

Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders and Samuel L. Jackson. There were the new additions: Paul Bettany (Vision),Josh Brolin (Thanos), James Spander (Ultron), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch). And that’s not including the Ant-Man cast! And, of course, the biggest stars of the panel: Kevin Feige.

Here’s everything we learned from deep within Hall H:

Ant-Man: You can stop asking her now, people: Yes, Evangeline Lilly has officially joined Ant-Man as Hope Van Dyne, Hank Pym’s daughter (NOT The Wasp, as was rumored). And she was on hand to take the stage with Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll (who will play villain Darren Cross aka Yellow Jacket), and director Peyton Reed. (We missed you, Patrick Wilson!)

After nearly a year of pre-production and countless behind-the-scenes shakeups, the movie will finally start filming in August. But Feige & co. screened the first official look at Ant-Man. And it’s weird. And amazing.

We saw a shot creeping through a laboratory as we heard Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang fighting with his mentor, Douglas’ Hank Pym. Lang: “Doctor Pim, you seem very nice, but I’m no superhero.” Pym: “Superheroes, what a goddamn joke!” Lang hesitates. “I think someone already shrunk your balls,” Pym quips. And then we see, oh you know, MINIATURE PAUL RUDD riding a FLY.

Phase Three: Marvel recently announced a slew of mysterious release dates extending into 2019. Well, now we know at least one of those films: James Gunn and Chris Pratt appeared via video from London to announce Guardians of the Galaxy 2 coming July 28, 2017. No Doctor Strange. No Black Panther. Yet.

Avengers 2 First Look: You didn’t think Mr. Whedon would leave us without a look at next year’s Age of Ultron, did you? Even though Joss was not in attendance (he had surgery in London) he sent along a clip.

[From E! News]

The Age of Ultron clip included all of the Avengers hanging out in Tony Stark’s mansion and everybody’s trying to pick up Thor’s Hammer. None of them can, although Captain America comes the closest. Ultron (played by James Spader) shows up and says something about extinction. Tony Stark sees a bunch of dead Avengers. Something something. Blah. Why does it matter if we’re only reading it? Why not just put the footage online? Here’s the introductory video from Comic-Con:

Anyway, enjoy the photos.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Getty.

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  1. Lady Macbeth (Hiddles F.) says:

    Amazing!! And Chris Hemsworth looks amazing too! And Mark Ruffalo too… and RDJ.. must have gotten the Avengers disease again…

    • Petee says:

      He look’s great.I can’t believe how much he can muscle up for a movie.I personally don’t like big muscles on men but he look’s good.

    • V4Real says:

      I almost thought there was an actor named Robert Kennedy Jr. Did RDJ change his name Kaiser. LOL

  2. starrywonder says:

    Eh. I wish they stop pushing so hard. Everyone will see this movie. And I kind of want to see them all living together. Cracks me up.

    • V4Real says:

      But that’s what you do when you’re proud of the project you’re putting out; you push and promote the hell out of it. They came out hyped as they should have. Unlike Affleck and Cavill, they looked awkward and showed no love for each other or Gal. AOU cast was all hugs and smiles and my hubby RDJ gave roses to the female cast. You can tell they really enjoy working with each other.

      I love that Evans got the second largest loudest applause from the audience, first being RDJ.

  3. Abbott says:

    It seems like Comic-Con has become the Coachella of nerd conventions. Everyone goes and the over saturation makes these clips/previews/announcements… less than?

  4. Lara K says:

    Anytime Chris hemsworth is around people faint. I know I do.

  5. Lindy79 says:

    I love Paul Rudd and Corey Stoll (ding dong) but … Ant Man.
    I just don’t get it. That and the Edgar Wright mess, I have a bad feeling.

    Always nice to see the avengers cast having fun with each other. Renner was a

    • T.C. says:

      I liked Avengers but I’m so over the C-list Marvel films like Antman and Guardians of the galaxy. Save us from comic book hell.

      • 'P'enny says:

        Have you seen Ant Man? did you fly in the Tardis into the future and watched how it turned out? i guess they were wrong in getting rid of Edgar Wright then. Since it’s a C-list Marvel movie.

  6. Duri says:

    For some reason I found the whole cast quite obnoxious except Mark Ruffalo.

    • Shantal says:

      Really? I mostly find RDJ ridiculously obnoxious…from his smug attitude to his ever-growing collection of hideous elevator shoes.

      • V4Real says:

        LOL… Leave my husband and his elevator shoes alone. He needs them to reach my lips.

  7. Eve says:

    All I can think of is “James Spader is playing Ultron — YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!”

    As for Marvel — eh, I’ve basically become their bitch ever since The Avengers came out and I FINALLY got to see Bruce Banner/Hulk, my favourite character ever, the way it always should have been.

    • embertine says:

      Hulk is definitely the most likeable character in that set-up. I love how understated they played him as BB. Also: Ruffalo. YES.

    • Lindy79 says:

      I wish he got his own movie. He is perfect!

    • kri says:

      James Spader is awesome. So naughty. Even now, I would hit it. Sigh. Is it wrong of me to want to touch Mark’s hair?

  8. embertine says:

    Volunteering to be the meat in that Hemsworth/Ruffalo sammich.

  9. Innie Outie says:

    I found the panel and announcements boring/lacking substance, but I loved seeing Hemsworth and Ruffalo in particular. Have a couple of huge soft spots for them ^_^ Although CHemboy has buffed up a bit too much for my taste, to the point where his eyes have become way too small lol. Gimme back the leaner version! Very curious about Mann’s Cyber turned Black Hat with Chris, too, that was also spoken about during SDCC.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      Hemsworth was very good in the Ron Howard movie .

    • Lilacflowers says:

      I think the leaner version will return as soon as filming ends. I’m looking forward to the Mann film. Love that Mann made him learn to touch type. I’ve seen enough films lately *cough Transcendence* where nobody bothered to learn the basics about the job the character supposedly has.

      Looking forward to the leaner Chris Evans too.

    • 'P'enny says:

      Thank you! Someone who agrees with me that Chris has gone to far!

  10. InvaderTak says:

    Ant man….ugh. that sounds desperate. Call me when there’s avengers videos. The rest is just boring.

  11. Catriona says:

    Hot damn, Chris Hemsworth. *fans self*

    I have never seen a specimen so perfect in the looks department, good lord. <3

    • embertine says:

      Agreed, Catriona. He’s not even my type, but I would do things to that boy I don’t even know the NAMES for.

    • Hellsbells says:

      A friend of mine is working on Age of Ultron and she said when Chris walked past her in his Thor costume her jaw dropped and she just stood there staring at him. And he was really nice, smiled at her and said hello. She was laughing about it because she’s a grown woman and he just bowled her over LOL.

  12. Dawn says:

    I am a RDJ girl and have been since the 80’s. But I think Chris Hemsworth is hot too but if I could pick an Aussie it would be Travis Fimmel from the cast of the Vikings on the History channel. Now that is a great show and a very attractive cast as well! But all in all everyone looks good in this article.

  13. Lila says:

    My first thought- Marvel couldn’t do better than Evangeline Lilly? That tells me everything I need to know about Ant-Man.

    The Avengers footage sounds awesome. Only being able to read about, not so much. Whatever to all the rest.

    • Lindy79 says:

      Aww poor Paul Rudd!
      To be fair to her, she at least owns being in these types of movies and happily partakes in all the promo work with a smile on her face, I can’t fault her on that.
      She also seems to have a soft spot for Cumberbatch so she can’t be all bad 😉 .

      • M.A.F. says:

        I loved her in Lost but the Hobbit made me realize she is limited on the acting scale. Ant-Man might fit her just right.

  14. Izzy says:

    WOW. What a difference in demeanor between the DC Superman/Batfleck panel, and the Marvel Avengers panel. The Avengers just seem happy they’re in a superhero movie! DC Comics… not so much.

    • Innie Outie says:

      I was wondering if Batfleck, Cavill and Gadot were trying to stay “in character”? Doesn’t make much sense to me since they didn’t come to the panel dressed as their characters but maybe that’s DC vision.

      • Marianne says:

        I dont see any of them being “method” actors. More likely, they just dont get along. Then again this is their first movie so maybe with time they will be friendlier.

        I mean, The Marvel cast has been working with each other for awhile now.

      • Innie Outie says:

        @Marianne, I didn’t mean staying in character as in serious method actors, rather in the sense that, since DC’s universe is generally dark, maybe the whole team, including actors, is trying to keep this serious and bleak image even during panels? But it could easily be that these three aren’t yet comfortable with each other, of course.

  15. Miss M says:

    My crush on Chris Evans is back! I think the winter soldier was the best marvel movie recently along with the x-men days of future past. I also liked him in snowpiercer.

    • V4Real says:

      Snowpiercer was the I loved it.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      You may crush on my super secret husband. Yes, Snowpiercer was awesome. I have a Harvey Weinstein dartboard now.

      • M.A.F. says:

        But he ended up not butchering the film though. But the lack of a proper role out in the US and making it difficult to find the film makes me want to slap him. I don’t buy very many DVD/Blue-Ray now a days but this one I will buy.

  16. Dee says:

    Thanks for reporting this, I guess. I get that geeky pop culture isn’t to your liking and/or it’s an off-topic subject on this website but… all I’m getting from this article is your derision towards the readers who are into it.
    Every other sentence reads as either aggressive or patronizing. Don’t turn on the readers, man. Turn on the celebrities.

    • Anne tommy says:

      Kaiser can be a bit snarky but I think it’s part of the fun, it gets people talking, agreeing or disagreeing with what’s said. I enjoy a good superhero film though I am not a fanatic. The avengers cast do seen to enjoy themselves, but while it was probably best not to have loki in avengers 2, the publicity stuff is not the same without Tom.

  17. Vi says:

    That tag up there should read Robert Downey Jr instead of Robert Kennedy Jr.

  18. Amy Tennant says:

    Cap could totally pick up the hammer! I call foul!

    Derp, just revealed the extent of my geekiness if that’s my take-away from all this.