Saturday, July 26, 2014
2014 Comic-Con Thoughts
Greetings from Savannah, folks! I am able to share my thoughts on the big deal itself while it's all happening… Marvel Studios' presentation at Comic-Con! Like the last year's post, I'll be updating this as news trickles out via sites like Screen Rant and their live feeds on Twitter. Credit all goes to them for the news…
9:06 PM Eastern - Ant-Man is currently being presented. Corey Stoll will be the villain, Darren Cross/The Yellow Jacket, and Evangeline Lilly is playing Hank Pym's daughter, apparently named Hope. Cross was Hank Pym's heir; getting some real Iron Man vibes from this. Ya know, with Obadiah Stane and such…
9:10 PM Eastern - A teaser / test clip has been shown. Screen Rant says it's Rudd's Scott Lang in the costume interacting a flying ant, trying to escape from something - Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is his "operator". Seems like they've kept the weirdness of the character and story, which is good. Should quash most skepticism towards this film, which the media is seemingly turning into the next John Carter of Mars/Lone Ranger/World War Z.
9:18 PM Eastern - At this time, Avengers: Age of Ultron's cast has taken the stage… And Hall H by storm!
9:33 PM Eastern - Elizabeth Olsen, who is playing Scarlet Witch, accidentally mentions "mutant"… Hmmmmm…
9:41 PM Eastern - Avengers: Age of Ultron footage reel begins with all of the Avengers at the Stark Tower, partying. All of them try to lift Mjinor. Yep, Whedon has already nailed the comedy aspect like he did in the first one. Steve Rogers, to the surprise of everyone, lifts it a little. Ultron then interrupts and then a montage of action follows, one scene - as pointed out - shows Bruce Banner in the woods and also him in a… Straightjacket! Oh my… The heroes also apparently fight each other too!
Also, Tony Stark in the Hulkbuster armor taking on Hulk!
The footage then climaxes with Tony Stark in space, with all of the other Avengers dead around him. Ultron is reportedly frightening, really frightening.
Marvel has already brought down the house…
9:43 PM Eastern - Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is confirmed to be Marvel's 7/28/2017 release… Hmmmm….
9:48 PM Eastern - Apparently that's it… No Phase 3 slate, no Doctor Strange details… It's like a good film ending before its second act begins.
Anyways… Guardians of the Galaxy 2 opening 7/28/2017… Let me revise my predictions a bit.
Doctor Strange - 7/8/2016
Thor 3 - 5/5/2017
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - 7/28/2017
Ms. Marvel - 11/3/2017
Untitled Solo Hulk - 5/4/2018
Black Panther - 7/6/2018
Black Widow - 11/2/2018
Avengers 3 - 5/3/2019
Basically a minor alteration to the ones I've made prior to this weekend, my assumption was that a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 would precede the third big team-up, and the events of that film would trigger the avalanche of events in Avengers 3… My best guess now is that Avengers 3 could possibly heavily feature the Guardians of the Galaxy, so maybe it won't be just "Avengers 3".
That being said, Avengers: Age of Ultron sounds like it'll be everything a good sequel should be. It raises the stakes… Miles high! It promises a much bigger scope, a much more terrifying villain, a much darker tone but yet will still keep the great humor to balance things out. Joss Whedon appears to have created a knock-out… Ant-Man, from the little we've heard, also sounds really cool and I'm one of the very few who hasn't written the film's obituary, so…
In all, a very disappointing presentation. Just as it was beginning to take off, it just… Ended. Again, like a great first act of film and then the film stops, no more, fin. Maybe Marvel is saving something for tomorrow? Or some other event? Or maybe we'll just hear a series of announcements throughout the year and next year? Or maybe we'll get more at next year's D23 Expo, since that'll after Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man open, thus Phase 3 will already have been started.
But what they announced in that short time period brought nothing but excitement!
On a side note: The Wonder Woman costume for Batman v Superman looks great, but the suit and image are devoid of bright colors. It's no different from Man of Steel, which leads me to believe that the film will have the same dull color scheme and the same mopey mood… Still skeptical of this film, hate to say it, even though Chris Terrio wrote it. The image also confirms that Wonder Woman will be a significant player in the film; I would've been happier with Diane Prince just showing up, setting up Wonder Woman… But no, gotta race right to Justice League right after this!