When Joss Whedon revealed that Marvel's sequel to The Avengers was officially titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans freaked out, mostly because the reveal of the title came from a cool little promo trailer. The video featured voiceover of lines from the various superheroes from the 2012 blockbuster superhero ensemble, accompanied by a visual of Tony Stark's Iron Man helmet smashing against some unknown piece of metal. Then it was revealed that it was the helmet of the villain Ultron on the receiving end of the metal mashing. Now that video is online for your viewing pleasure, along with Whedon's Comic-Con appearance.
"Where are your Avengers now?" What a day! Yes, this video blog is being posted a whole week late (our apologies) but it's worth a quick watch if you want to remember the epicness at Comic-Con last Saturday evening. After watching the big Marvel Studios panel in Hall H at Comic-Con 2013 last week, Ethan and I recorded a video blog about our thoughts on all that happened: from the Loki intro and Thor 2 footage, to the Captain America: Winter Soldier footage, to the Guardians of the Galaxy cast reveal and footage and finally the Age of Ultron announcement. It was an exciting panel and we had a lot to say about all that went down, so even though this is old it's still fun/funny to hear us geek out in our Marvel SDCC 2013 video blog.
How did they pull it off? Can it live up to the book? These are few of the questions running through my mind to ask the team behind the Ender's Game movie, which we've been following closely for years. With the release of the movie a few months away (in early November), Comic-Con was their big launching grounds. I met up with director Gavin Hood and producer Bob Orci (aka Roberto Orci of K/O Paper Productions) for a brief but invigorating discussion on Ender's Game and this sci-fi adaptation. While they're still keeping secrets, we did talk about spoiling too much in the trailer, pulling off the Zero G, and plenty more. Read on!
Big news came from Marvel's Comic-Con panel over the weekend (watch the whole panel here) with director Joss Whedon revealed the title for the sequel to 2012's smash hit The Avengers. With a villain mentioned that made loyal comic book fans go wild, the title for the 2015 release is The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Following the reveal, theories swirled, especially around the character Dr. Hank Pym, the man who would go on to become Ant-Man (a Phase Three title) and inadvertent creator of the bad guy Ultron. However, Whedon has debunked any single comic book storyline as their inspiration, including the most recent series from which the film's title has been borrowed. Now Marvel's Kevin Feige is chiming in on the title as well.
Spidey and his villains. Electro. Rhino. The Sinister Six? Maybe. What about a Spidey-Avengers crossover, or Fantastic Four? I had so many fun questions to ask Marc Webb, and what better place than Comic-Con to have a good chat about our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and his foes. I caught up with director Marc Webb, who I have a long history with (interview in 2009, at WonderCon, in 2012), at the 2013 Comic-Con this year where he was presenting the first footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This was also the big unveiling of Jamie Foxx's villain Electro. It was great to catch up with Marc and talk about the sequel.
In the midst of all the franchises coming from studios today, there's one unlikely collection of films that has just as loyal and rabid a fanbase as any comic book, young adult or fantasy series. Beginning with Shaun of the Dead and continuing with Hot Fuzz, director Edgar Wright has directed these two films which have become the two installments of what has become The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. Named for the frozen treat that appears in each film, the two comedies feature British actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost combining comedy with elements of the horror and action film genres. And now the series that essentially started as a joke comes to a satisfying conclusion with the fittingly titled The World's End. More below!
Two years ago, Andrew Garfield appeared at Comic-Con when The Amazing Spider-Man was still in production. The actor infamously crashed the panel dressed as Spider-Man, complete with a heartfelt speech about what the role meant to him as an actor and a fan of the webslinger. Well, now the actor returned to Comic-Con for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but this time, he showed up late, and not as you might expect. Garfield was back as Spider-Man, but the actor gave no indication he was playing a fictional hero as he appeared in the sequel's actual costume and played around on the panel in character. Watch it!
With a meeting that was comparable to the first assembly of The Avengers on stage back during Comic-Con 2011, 20th Century Fox decided to have a little assembly of their own with the panel for X-Men: Days of Future Past. The presence of Trask Industries and their Sentinels in San Diego seemed to indicate a "surprise" appearance from Bryan Singer's latest mutant sequel, and following The Wolverine panel with Hugh Jackman, the actor introduced the filmmaker, claiming he was behind a recent low profile indie project of his he wanted to promote. But what followed was anything but low profile, and you can watch it!
As is my tradition, I usually make one last run through on the Comic-Con showfloor on Sunday, primarily because it's the only other time I can actually make it on there besides Preview Night, and because I love snapping a few extra photos of any cool stuff I can find before the doors close until year. Tired as always, I still made my annual trek over to the showfloor one more time to find what I could and snap some photos. Surprisingly, there wasn't that much to see for movies this year besides endless toys, expensive props and the occasional hidden gems. Marvel's booth also added a last minute Guardians of the Galaxy prop display.
Before anyone gets too excited, this panel does not have any of the footage show for Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Guardians of the Galaxy. However, Marvel's panel, moderated by Chris Hardwick, itself was still something to behold. Shortly after Marvel's Kevin Feige took the stage to begin unveiling the exciting news, Tom Hiddleston crashed the panel, appearing in character as Loki, to chastise the audience and asking, "Where are your Avengers now?" It was quite the spirited performance where he made the audience chant his name before allowing the Thor sequel footage.
"What's the last thing you remember…" Time for us to return to the glory days of Bryan Singer's X-Men and X2. One of the major panels in Hall H today that will be remembered for years was our formal introduction to X-Men: Days of Future Past, the new Bryan Singer movie out next summer reuniting the new First Class and old X-Men casts for one big time travel comic book movie. We got a look at the first footage ever revealed and they also brought the entire cast, and I mean the entire cast, on stage at Comic-Con. It looks incredible, I haven't been this excited for an X-Men movie since X2. "Please - we need you to hope again."
It's time for Marvel to blow the roof off of the San Diego Convention Center yet again. Wrapping up a full 3 days of movie presentations in Hall H, Marvel Studios is ready to unleash hell and show everyone how it's done. Three years ago they brought the entire cast of The Avengers on stage, can they top that this time? While their listing only mentions Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor 2, word is they might do something with Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy or even more. We're about to find out, and I'm incredibly excited to see how Marvel is going to make fans lose their mind this time. Let's start this up.
Warner Bros. may have some big news leading up to the assembly of Justice League eventually with a Batman and Superman movie in the works, but today they assembled the world of LEGO with a fantastic panel for their animated The LEGO Movie from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller. This is quickly becoming one of my more anticipated movies of 2014, and today the panel got me even more excited. First of all, it was announced that in addition to Channing Tatum voicing Superman and Will Arnett voicing Batman, Jonah Hill is playing Green Lantern and Cobie Smulders is playing Wonder Woman. So at least we get a LEGO Justice League next year. More below!
Following the recent first look photo, the fan fueled film adaptation of the TV series Veronica Mars came to Comic-Con and showed off the first footage from the cult favorite project. The video shown in Hall H acts as a featurette, chronicling the surprising Kickstarter success of the film, even showing fans reacting to the good news, and then leads right into the first official footage from the film starring Kristen Bell, in a short teaser trailer of sorts. Those who aren't fans of the original series might be confused, and the footage feels like a TV movie, for better or worse, but maybe this'll bring a new audience to the property. Watch below!