SDCC ’13 Marvel Panel Recap: Avengers: Age Of Ultron Announced, Footage Descriptions, Guardians Of The Galaxy Cast And More
Marvel’s panel just wrapped up, and luckily it lived up to all the hype and then some. There was plenty of of great footage shown for Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and even Guardians of The Galaxy. After Thor and Cap had their time in the spotlight to show off some footage and tease fans, the Guardians of the Galaxy assembled for the first time on stage. Oh yeah, Joss Whedon also revealed the Avengers 2 title, which you can see above. Those were big, but the biggest surprise of all took place during the panel’s introduction.
A video of Loki started playing. Everyone thought it was the intro for a teaser trailer. The footage stopped abruptly and Tom Hiddleston walked on stage in his Loki costume. He delighted those in attendance by berating them and asking where ‘their Avengers‘ were now. He told the puny people of Midgard that they should have submitted and let him rule them. He worked the crowd up into a complete frenzy as everyone started chanting “Lo-ki Lo-ki Lo-ki.” Then, with everyone thoroughly entertained, the footage was shown. SuperHeroHype were live blogging the panel and had the most detailed rundown of the footage.
The footage begins in the middle of a battlefield. The Warriors Three are among those fighting. The rainbow bridge appears and Mjolnir comes through first. It hits one of the opponent soldiers and Thor is right behind it. He slams it against the Earth and soldiers go flying. Sif saves Thor from a spear at the last second. Over the hill a giant monster who looks like he’s made of clay approaches. He’s huge and angry. Nearly 20 feet. “I accept your surrender,” Thor grins. The beast refuses and Thor smashes him to pieces with the hammer. “Anyone else?” Thor asks. The Marvel logo comes up and we’re in London. Jane Foster is there and Thor arrives via the bridge. “I gave you my word I would return for you,” he says. We see Jane in Asgard, exploring the wonder of it all. There’s a brief, “Holy s–t” line from Kat Dennings as Thor and Jane vanish via the bridge. There’s a brief, “Holy s–t” line from Kat Dennings as Thor and Jane vanish via the bridge. Thor goes to Loki. He’s get in a prison cell with a big glass panel in front. “After all this time, you come before me, brother?” says Loki, “Why? To mock?” Thor says he needs Loki’s help. We see a hand reach for a broken mask, I believe it’s Malekith. “Your bravery will not relieve your pain,” a voice (I think Eccleston) says. “Your family and your world will be extinguished.” Loki sets off with Thor, Jane, Sif and the Warriors Three for a mission. Jane looks at a monitor and says something about the fabric of reality being torn apart. Sif tells Loki that if he betrays Thor, she’ll kill him. Jane marches right up and slaps Loki in the face. “That was for New York!” she says. “I like her,” Loki grins. There’s a final shot of Thor on the ground, hurt, with Loki standing over him. He kicks Thor directly in the face. Thor reaches for his hammer, but Loki kicks his hand away.
Then the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier took the stage. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Jackson, and Anthony Mackie got a great response from te crowd. They talked up the experience a little, not revealing much in the way of new quotes, but they did show some action-packed footage:
We open in an elevator. Cap is inside, looking out the glass window. I think we’re in DC. We see him from behind. He’s got the shield on his back like a backpack. He turns as more people (Frank Grillo among them) get on. His uniform is new. It looks a lot like the US Agent costume. The music is moody, like The Hunt For Red October. Cap looks Grillo up and down. He senses something isn’t right. More people get on. Cap keeps looking at them. He notices many of them are armed. More and more get on with each floor. The elevator is packed. Cap takes another look at their guns. “Before we get started,” he says, “Does anyone want to get out?” Grillo says something about it “not being personal” and a fight breaks out. It’s a massive fight, mostly shot from above, in the confined space. Cap takes out every single guy. He kicks his shield, flipping it into his hand as he exits. The Marvel logo comes up. We see Robert Redford in an office. He saying that he joined SHIELD to protect the world. “To build a better world sometimes means tearing the old one down,” he says. “And that makes enemies.” We see the Helicarrier flying. Lots of Black Widow action. Fury shaking hands with Redford. Fury is talking to Cap. “I thought the punishment usually came after the crime,” Cap tells him. We see Mackie running from a futuristic helicopter. He leaps off a building and we see the Falcon wings come out! Cap on his motorcycle, fighting the helicopter. The helicarrier falling out of the sky in flames. The final shot is Cap’s shield on the ground, A metal hand reaches down to pick it up, revealing the Winter Soldier.
After the above footage blew fans’ minds, Kevin Feige said it was time to talk about ‘something new’. At that time James Gunn, Chris Pratt, Michael Rooker, Dave Bautista, Djimon Honssou, and Zoe Saldana took the stage. The cast flew all the way from London just to be at Comic-Con for tonight’s presentation. They have to go straight back after the panel because the movie has only been shooting a few days. It was confirmed that Benicio Del Toro will play The Collector and Lee Pace is Ronan The Accuser. Djimon Honsou is Korath the Pursuer. He revealed that he is a disciple of Thanos, very much to the displeasure of James Gunn and Kevin Feige. Karen Gillan was confirmed as Nebula, then she revealed that she was wearing a wig and had in fact shaved her head completely bald! She played with Michael Rooker‘s mohawk and he rubbed her head.
Chris Pratt said Star-Lord is “this guy who lives in space. He’s kind of a jerk. He had a hard time as a kid and now he goes around space, making out with hot alien girls. Through teaming up with these guys, he finds a purpose.” Saldana talked about Gamora, saying “She’s an assassin from space.” Dave Bautista said he’s “humbled to be part of this production” and he fought hard for the role because it was something he wanted more than anything in his life. “When I got this job, I broke down and cried like a little baby.”
Then they showed some spectacular footage. This was a huge surprise considering the movie hasn’t even been filming two full weeks.
Star-Lord gets arrested, disappointed they don’t know his name. We see him being booked on a prison ship and John C. Reilly reading off the passenger manifest. Drax, all practical. Gamora (Zoe looks AMAZING), also practical. She’s described as “Thanos’ adopted daughter by Reilly” Rocket Racoon, just called “Rocket” o word on the voice. But he’s feisty. He spits as his name gets read. Groot, who is all CGI and has to lean down for his mug shot. Reilly calls him a “personal houseplant slash muscle” I AM GROOT. Then Star Lord, who very slowly does a jack-in-the-box flipping off Reilly. When he finishes, he mocks surprise. “Oh,” he says ,”I’m sorry. I didn’t know how that machine worked.” As he’s getting booked, he’s very angry about a guard taking his headphones and listening to them. The call themselves the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’,” Reilly says, rolling his eyes. “What a bunch of a-holes,” says the guard behind Reilly. The logo comes up with “Hooked on a Feeling” playing over it.
The all hell broke loose as Joss Whedon took the stage and announced he had one small bit of info to add to the festivities. The Avengers sequel will be titled THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Ultron will be the major baddie in the sequel. Chew on that one for a minute. Marvel kept saying that they didn’t have too much to show this year, but they surprised everyone in attendance (and us at home) yet again. What do you think of the big announcements? How about those official title cards and concept art?