Now, while HCF have not been attending Comic-Con this weekend (boo!!), we are doing our best to keep you up to date with the important stuff, and naturally the Marvel panels which took place on Saturday and today have been chock full of updates which I will condense into one post here.
First and foremost, our very own Dr Lenera brought you the news earlier today that The Avengers 2 now has the official titled of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The sequel arrives on 1st May 2015, and here is the official title card:
Next up is James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy which probably has the most updates out of all of them. Above you will find a very cool piece of concept art which Marvel premiered at Comic-Con, and also there was plenty of casting confirmations, most of which have already been reported here as rumours.
Benicio Del Toro was on the panel, and he confirmed he will be playing The Collector. Sadly he won’t be playing Thanos as some early rumours were expecting, but The Collector will do nicely. Karen Gillan has been confirmed to be playing Nebula, again reported here a few weeks ago, and Lee Pace has been confirmed to be playing Ronan the Accuser. It was also confirmed that Djimon Honsou would be playing Koranth, a character with connections to Thanos. To learn a little more about these characters, check out a previous story here.
Some footage from the film, which has only been in production for two weeks, was shown and one site described the footage as “staggering”.
Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn and the cast includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly and Dave Bautista.
The film arrives on August 1st 2014.
Will reportedly be set in the future and feature the team fighting an evil race called the Badoom, and in the process they would supposedly travel back in time and cross paths with some of the Avengers team. Speculation says that Thanos, the giant being seen in the post-credits sequence following The Avengers would be in the film andGuardians of the Galaxy would serve as a precursor to The Avengers 2.
Some new concept art was also revealed for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which you can see above.
Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (“Welcome to Collinwood”) from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The First Avenger”). Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release in the U.S. on April 4, 2014.
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Black Swan”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “How I Met Your Mother”) as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo (“Zero Dark Thirty”) as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre (“Death Warrior”) as Georges Batroc. Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Hunger Games”) as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp (“The Ring 2,” “Revenge”) as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Thor”) as Agent Jasper Sitwell.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.
Finally the Thor: The Dark World panel was apparently quite low on new stuff, and reports are saying the Marvel seemed to be more focused on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. However, Thor: The Dark World was also given some cool new concept art, plus a video has made its way on-line showing Loki (Tom Hiddleston) taking to the Comic-Con stage. The video gives you a great impression of the kind of buzz this huge event creates. You can watch it below.
Directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones), the sequel will see Thor (Chris Hemsworth) battling against the villainous dark elf Malekith The Accured (Christopher Eccleston).
The film also also stars Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.
Thor: The Dark World is due for release on 8th November 2013
Marvels “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvels “Thor” and “Marvels The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.