By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
It was near unanimous with fans that DC Comics’ panel at Comic-Con 2016 was epic. After DC and Warner Bros. released every single sneak peek and trailer online today during their panel in Hall H, they were essentially dropping the gauntlet to challenge Marvel to respond in kind. And while Marvel announced they wouldn’t be releasing all their footage online, their personalities on stage more than made up for it. But it was the announcement at the end that truly put the coda on an epic evening.
The first thing we saw at the Marvel Panel was that Marvel Studios would have a new logo, and that would be the portent of an evening that had fans taking to twitter and complaining that DC brought the footage, but Marvel brought the logos. And that’s a fair criticism. But that’s just because fans were being impatient. The goodness would soon come.
But first, the new logo and score by Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Star Trek Beyond):
Kicking off the panel was the news that Black Panther was starting production in January of 2017, and that Lupita Nyong’o would be joining Chadwick Boseman in the role of Nakia, while Creed star Michael B. Jordan is playing the villain Killmonger. That should be an epic battle. But what was missing from the stage was the presence of Sebastian Stan (Bucky/The Winter Soldier), who was rumored to be in Black Panther in some capacity. I’m not sure what that means, unless it’s a big reveal later. Feige then showed off some teaser footage for the film, which opens July 6, 2018.
And then we were quickly off to Thor Ragnarok. There wouldn’t be a whole heck of a lot here, since Thor 3 began filming this week. But we did hear that Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum confirmed as joining the cast.
Then Marvel showed a behind the scenes sizzle reel which showed that Hulk and Thor were locked in gladiator combat, which had been rumored for some time. Thor Ragnarok will open November 3, 2017.
Then, suddenly the stage went black. With a cloud of smoke and some lazer LED lights, Benedict Cumberbatch appeared on stage in a manner that only Doctor Strange would arrive in Hall H.
The crowd went wild and we then were introduced to the cast, which also included Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, and Mads Mikkelson. Tilda Swinton immediately took on the controversy of the Ancient One not being an Asian character like in the comics, by saying flat out that “Any of us can be the Ancient One…the Ancient One is merely a title.”
Fortunately though, while fans who didn’t make it into Hall H didn’t get to see any of the exclusive footage from Doctor Strange, Marvel did release the second trailer online with which to console themselves, and it would end up being the only footage released online all night.
The trailer looks fantastic, and two of my favorite actors from The Martian (Ejiofor and Wong) are reunited as part of the teachers that guide Strange on his journey. But Mads Mikkelson as the villain will no doubt take his place with the likes of Vader, Voldemort, and Loki. The brief glimpse we got was chilling.
“Amy Paschal is the reason Spider-Man is now in the MCU.” – Kevin Feige
Spider-Man Homecoming was next and Feige confirmed that Spider-Man was now an officially “on the ground floor” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It would be a high school movie with a John Hughes vibe, and that Spidey’s nemesis will be Vulture. And with only a few days of filming, Marvel managed to put together a teaser and released an image of Spidey fighting The Vulture (Michael Keaton), a villain who was supposed to appear in both Sam Raimi and Marc Webb’s film versions.
Then came the highlight of the night, as James Gunn took the stage with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. And he brought along all the Ravagers, who took control of the Hall H stage like an invading hoard. After the entire cast was introduced, including Kurt Russell, actor Michael Rooker came out in character, going full Yondu. You never go full Yondu, but Rooker did and it was a scream.
We learned that Gunn promises that GotGVol2 would be bigger and better than the great original, but would not lose the soul of Volume 1. We saw a grand exclusive trailer that marked the return of Baby Groot, and Yondu being jailed with Rocket Racoon by the Ravagers, who ends up joining the team. Meanwhile, actress Karen Gillan’s character Nebula has hair, prompting Gillan to quip – “I look like a female and not a really long baby.”
We also learned that Kurt Russell would indeed be playing Peter Quill’s father, but as Ego, but that his character’s background is shrouded in mystery. But we do know from the comics that Ego is a living planet, but for the film he’ll be in human form. So we’ll see how that pans out. The film opens May 5, 2017.
And then, Feige dropped the mic on one last treat, as he called out Brie Larson on stage of join the cast of all four films for a Marvel family portrait, formally announcing that she was cast as the title role for Captain Marvel. The crowd had been waiting all night for it and their patience was rewarded. The film opens May 8, 2019.
You wait all night in line and you get an epic evening of eye candy as only Marvel can do it.