Ever since Marvel set out to produce their iconic characters movies on their own, they have RULED Comic-Con and this year’s Hall-H panel was no exception.
The Marvel Studio’s panel kicked off with Ant-Man (which we’ll get to later, promise) but it closed by not just bringing out the (almost) full cast of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but also screening new footage for the 6,000 fans that filled Hall-H. Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders along with new comers Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, James Spader, and Elizabeth Olsen all joined Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige on stage to discuss the next summers big film in a panel moderated by King of the Nerds Chris Hardwick. Sadly, Scarlett Johansson was not able to attend due to her pregnancy and Comic-Con God/Avengers director Joss Whedon was stuck in London due to a knee surgery.
The new footage was the screened summed up what we all kinda thought after hearing that Ultron was the next big bad in Marvel’s universe, The Avengers are taking a going down a slightly darker path than the last film. Ultron (played by James Spader using the performance capture technology) is an artificially intelligent robotic experiment from Tony Stark, created to hopefully fight evil in place of The Avengers. What happens next **MINOR SPOILER ALERT** is an all out battle between Ultron and The Avengers to not just save the world but also themselves. As the footage ends we see a beaten down Capt. America with his usual non-destructible shield broken in half while Tony Stark/Iron Man dons a bigger/badder suit to try to talk on a rampaging Hulk.
When the lights came back on, the crowd was on their feet giving a standing ovation to that little glimpse into what is to come, Josh Brolin [voice of Thanos] appeared on stage with the Infinity Gauntlet, basically signaling that Thanos will be playing a bigger role within the Marvel Universe. Needless to say, Marvel continues their rule of the Con.
Release Dates announced at the panel: Guardians of the Galaxy sequel will hit theaters on July 28, 2017