SDCC ’13 Quickies: Star-Lord’s Helmet, Feige On Vin Diesel Rumors, Avengers 2 Connections, And Thor

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marvel bannerWarner Bros. and Fox had some pretty big panels, but it was Marvel that stole the show and got fans excited the most. They are also the only ones that took part in big press conferences and interview segments after their presentation. Everyone dodged and weaved questions with the best of them, but there were a few interesting tidbits to come out of all the fluff. We’ve rounded up a few of the bigger things that went down after Marvel‘s panel.

First up is Star-Lord‘s helmet. The cast and crew of James Gunn‘s upcoming Marvel space opera, described by Chris Pratt as “the Bad News Bears in space,” had a special exhibit set up at Comic-Con today. The exhibit included Peter Quill‘s helmet, a Walkman, possibly Drax‘s daggers, and a gun. The guards for the exhibit were dressed up like Nova Centurions. This may well be what they look like in the film, but a little more flashy and polished. The images come from James Gunn‘s Whosay account and Bleeding Cool.

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We’ve heard a lot about Vin Diesel‘s meeting with Marvel. The actor said we could expect some sort of announcement by the end of this month, but Marvel Studios‘ head man Kevin Feige says it’s not going to happen. HuffPo got a chance to grill Feige after his panel appearance and they asked him the Diesel question. He says there could possibly be something they’d use the actor for, but it’s so far down the road it might not even happen. He also seems to imply Diesel is using the new found attention to promote his new movie:

Well, here’s what I will tell you about Vin. And I’ll be very honest with you. We did a press day on the “Captain America” set last week or something. The very first question was, “So how did the meeting with Vin Diesel go?” I went, “Here’s the funny thing, it hasn’t happened yet. It happens at 3 p.m. today.” And they went, “Oh, really?” And it did and he came by and met. So, I’ll say two things: One, there’s nothing to announce with Vin. Vin is an amazing guy and an amazing personality.

Could an announcement come at D23?
No. It’s so far ahead it may not even exist. So, there’s nothing to announce. But, I love Vin and he’s an amazing personality. Look how much attention he’s gotten for a meeting. He’s incredibly shrewd. He’s got a Riddick movie that i can’t wait to see. And the “Fast & Furious” franchise, in addition to Vin, is a franchise I admire a lot for turning the sixth and next year the seventh into the biggest and most popular one. As far as a piece of it? Could someday we do a “Luke Cage: Hero for Hire” in that kind of vein. Totally.

Feige also spoke briefly with IGN about how Thanos will be involved with the future Marvel films. One of the actors on the Guardians of the Galaxy panels accidentally let the cat out of the bag (in an official way that is. We knew Thanos would be involved), so now Gunn and Feige can talk a little about The Mad Titan.

We’re starting to hear a little about Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the road leading up to it is long and full of exciting movies. It sounds like the biggest movie to tie into Joss Whedon‘s highly anticipated sequel will be the Russo BrothersCaptain America: The Winter Soldier. Joe Russo touched on the connections in a recent interview:

There’s a very strong connection in the narrative between the events of the end of “Avengers” that drive this film — and there’s a very strong hand off to “Avengers 2″ at the end of this movie. And Kevin Feige’s whole thing is that this is the biggest bridge of all of Phase 2 movies; it really is. It does involve the most amount of Avengers of any of the films in Phase 2, and it has sort of a, you know, there’s a very big shift in the universe at the end of this movie.

And finally we have a few bits of Thor news. It’s been a while since we heard anything about the film’s third villain, Kurse.We know that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play Algrim the Strong/Kurse in the sequel and that it’s a prosthetics heavy part. He was spilling all kind of details about the role and his look, but apparently the Marvel hitmen got to him and told him to zip it or they’ll zip it for him. While he hasn’t said anything in the last few months, we finally get a look at Kurse via one of the Dark World action figures. Bleeding Cool had the pics of the intimidating Kurse.

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And to bring things to a close, we have Tom Hiddleston talking about Loki in Thor: The Dark World as well as how the whole Comic-Con act came about.


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