Marvel Owned Comic Con

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Saturday night I waited up and kept refreshing my cell phone to see what exactly Marvel was going to being out to wow the fans at San Diego Comic Con. DC tried to capture the imaginations of the fans by stating that there is a Batman/Superman movie on the horizon and that a Flash and Justice League movie would eventually happen in a few years. The idea of a Superman and Batman team up flick had people talking but DC lacked “it” or shall I say, that something special that creates memories. Marvel would not make the same mistake.

Chris Hardwick moderated the Marvel panel as Kevin Fiege was the first person from Marvel to make his way to the panel. Then something amazing happened. Tom Hiddleston arrived in grand fashion in character as the God of Mischief, Loki! The place erupted and Hiddleston played the role as only he can. He also seemed to really be enjoying himself!

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Marvel then screened exclusive footage for Thor: The Dark World which I will recap here:

Set Of 'Thor 2' Sightings In London - November 16, 2012

The actual footage from Thor 2 included some stuff we’ve seen in the trailers already. Thor and the Warriors Three are fighting a bunch of dark elves, and they’re annoyed at Thor for horning in (so to speak) on their glory. Then a big giant rock monster shows up and they tell Thor it’s all his. He strides up to it and gives it a chance to surrender, then smashes it to rubble.

The new footage showcased something terrible and apocalyptic threatening Earth and Asgard. Thor goes to Loki for help, and says he wishes he could trust his brother. “If you did, you’d be the fool I  always  took you for,” Loki responds. The Warriors Three threaten to kill Loki if he betrays Thor, and then Jane (Natalie Portman) gives him a smack. “That’s for New York.” “I like her,” Loki says.

There are ominous hints that the very fabric of reality could be torn apart, and then lots of scenes of dark elves and a sinister mask on the ground. Thor says he’ll find a way to save everyone. And at one point, Thor’s hammer flies down a street and around a corner, then into Thor’s hand, so he can use it to smack a dark elf.

Then Loki has, indeed, betrayed Thor — and he asks only one thing of his new evil allies: the chance to watch Earth burn. Thor tries to catch his hammer, but his hand is burned*. “No!” he shouts.

The reason I tagged the word burned is that I have read that Loki actually appears to cut off Thor’s hand at the end of the footage as well. I wanted to be sure to include both ideas as they both could imply different things.

Marvel then brought out the cast for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Hawrdwick threw out some questions for the panel to answer. They also showed footage from this film as well.

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We saw a complete scene, which was very reminiscent of one of the best moments from Drive. Captain America gets into an elevator at SHIELD headquarters, and then Crossbones (Frank Grillo) gets in with him, with a couple of other guys, all heading for Operations. They’re talking about spy stuff, but Cap notices they have their guns out. And then a bunch of guys in suits get in, heading for Operations. And there’s something hinky about them, too. Someone says “fuck you contract,” randomly.

Even more guys get into the elevator and say “Records.” And then Cap is surrounded by a ton of guys. In a small glass elevator. He’s massively outnumbered in a tiny space.

Cap says, “Before we get started, does anyone want to get out?” Nobody does. They attack, and he hits emergency stop, and all of these guys are trying to kill him at once. There’s a wristband which is magnetized, and it gets attached to the wall of the elevator, and then Cap’s wrist is stuck in it so he’s fighting with one hand trapped. He basically kicks the hell out of all these guys, using their own weapons against them. It’s amazing. Eventually Captain America gets his wrist free so he can fight two-handed.

At last, it’s just Cap and Crossbones, who says “it’s nothing personal.” He tases Cap over and over again, and Cap just keeps coming. Cap throws him into the ceiling. Cap is standing in the elevator, surrounded by prone bodies and broken glass, and he reaches down to grab his shield, with a loud clang.

We also saw lots of other footage, in which Cap and Black Widow go into an ancient SHIELD headquarters, digging for old secrets. Robert Redford, as Alexander Pierce, is telling Steve Rogers that SHIELD wants to protect people, but sometimes building a better world means tearing the old world down. And SHIELD has enemies. “You know how the world works,” he says.

We see Scarlett Johanson standing in a graveyard looking sad. We also see Anthony Mackie, as the Falcon, riding in a car.

The latter part of this footage involves showing a lot of super insane SHIELD hardware, including jumpjets, the Helicarrier and various other massive vehicles, while Nick Fury and Captain America debate spy ethics. Fury says “I’ve neutralized  lot of threats before they even happened.” Cap responds, “I thought the punishment usually came after the crime.” “SHIELD takes the world as it is, not as we’d like it to be,” says Fury. “This isn’t freedom,” Cap says. “This is fear.” And Fury tells Cap to keep his eyes open.

We see Cap jumping out of a jet and fighting and lots of stuff blowing up, and Black Widow kicking pretty much all the ass, and abseiling into a super tall structure, shooting  in all directions as she goes. We see a bus exploding and another shot of a graveyard. And more awesome fight scenes, that we just caught a glimpse of.

The Falcon flies into an aircraft carrier while being chased by multiple jets. Captain America is on a motorcycle flying, and there is tons of kickfighitng. And then we saw what looked like the SHIELD helicarrier blowing up and crashing into the river.

And then we see the Winter Soldier, formerly known as Cap’s sidekick Bucky, reach down and pick up Captain America’s tarnished, burnt shield, and look at the camera with his gaze especially intense in black smeary eye makeup.

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After the Captain America cast left, Hardwick pressed Fiege for something new. It was then that Fiege stated that The Guardians Of The Galaxy film has just started filming in London but the cast flew in specifically for this Marvel panel. There were some questions posed by Hardwick but the real highlight was that they brought some footage with them!

Considering Marvel’s huge space opera only started filming 10 days ago, they had an amazing amount of footage to show us. We see a desolate alien world, where Peter Quill, aka Starlord, is going inside an ancient temple. He uses a light globe to illuminate the interior, and then goes to steal an old alien orb.

Some alien cops come in with big guns to stop him. “Drop it now,” orders their leader, Borath (Djimon Hounsou). And he asks Quill who he is. “Starlord,” he replies. “Who?” Borath asks. “Starlord, man. Legendary outlaw.” Starlord is wounded. “Forget it.”

Then we see someone activate a wrist transceiver, and we’re in an alien prison, where five creatures have been arrested on Zandar. We see holographic “rapsheets” for all five of them — Drax the Destroyer, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a personal death machine, Rocket Raccoon, who has over 50 charges of vehicular theft and escape from lockup, Groot, a houseplant/muscle, and then Starlord himself.

Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly) narrates the whole thing with intense snark, especially when he gets to the part about how Peter Quill calls himself Starlord. Listening to this, Quill cranks up his middle finger as if he’s working a creaky machine. Later, Quill is in prison and Drax is listening to his personal stereo, which is playing a bouncy “gamba gamba” tune. Quill is offended — and then he gets tased.

And then we saw a montage of tons of action footage, including a two-headed alien shooting a gun, a prison riot, tons of Gamora putting the smackdown on people, Rocket Raccoon shooting a big gun with a vicious  look on his face.

The footage ends with John C. Reilly saying, “They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy. What a bunch of A-holes.” And we see the five of them lined up, like the Usual Suspects.

The biggest surprise, after many huge surprises I might add, was the arrival of Joss Whedon. He stated that he did not have a lot to say but just wanted to share something.

Whedon basically showed a short teaser in which soundbytes from the first Avengers played over video showing metal being put together, with sparks flying. At first, it looked like a new Iron Man mask — and then we pulled back and it revealed the trademark mask of the Avengers’ great foe, the robot Ultron. And then we read the above movie title.

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I plan on analyzing these individual topics later for Rants of their own but I can not stress how excited I am to be a Marvel comic book fan right now! Once again, Marvel has knocked it out of the park and if people do not believe that the two most searched items on Google right now are Ultron and then Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Make Mine Marvel!!!

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