Marvel Movie News and Updates from Comic-Con

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two

Marvel showed off each of its upcoming projects in its Phase Two cinematic universe at San Diego Comic-Con, and we got a lot of new info. Unfortunately, there are no officially released clips just yet, so we can’t see the previews that those lucky lucky fans at SDCC got to experience, but there’s still plenty of news to keep you interested.

First up, Thor: The Dark World, which will be the next Marvel film released on October 30 in the UK and November 8 in the US. No real news came out of that panel, but possibly the biggest fan explosion occurred when Tom Hiddleston showed up to introduce the preview footage dressed in full Loki regalia. You can watch part of his Loki “cosplay” below, which has the best quality of video, though it does cut out some of his best stuff (you can watch the whole thing here thanks to Screen Team on YouTube.) Just look at that maniacal smile:

Next, there’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, due out April 4, 2014. Entertainment Weekly sat down with the cast for a brief interview here, and they have a recap of the preview video shown during the panel (sadly no video itself) here. We also learned from the panel that the Black Widow is going to be sharing the screen with Captain America quite a lot, and the two of them will develop an “intimate friendship.” Scarlett Johansson described their relationship in detail:

Their working relationship becomes a more intimate friendship. They have some unexpected similarities – they both have their guard up, they have trust issues, and they’ve also both been working for ‘the man’ for their entire career.

Through this unexpected friendship that forms, they both start to question what they want.

Next on the list is a film we probably know the least about simply because it’s the only non-sequel in Marvel’s line-up to the second Avengers installment, and that’s Guardians of the Galaxy, not due to be released until August 1, 2014. And because we know the least about it, we learned the most. Firstly, we have an officially confirmed cast list from Marvel itself:

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” the next epic adventure from Marvel Studios has started shooting at the UK’s Shepperton Studios.  Directed by James Gunn (“Slither,” “Super”) from his screenplay, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn, the film will introduce audiences to a whole new side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt (“Zero Dark Thirty”, “Moneyball”) as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Avatar”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Riddick”) as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit,” “Lincoln”) as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (BBC TV’s “Doctor Who”) as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Amistad”, “Gladiator”) as Korath, with Academy Award® winner Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”) as The Collector,  Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly (“Chicago”) as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction”) as Nova Prime. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is slated for an August 1, 2014 release in the U.S.

We also have some amazing concept art of the Guardians’ good guy line-up:

Guardians of the Galaxy SDCC concept art poster

Again, EW has a recap of the footage shown during the panel, so you can live vicariously through what they saw. And though this isn’t really news, Karen Gillan sheared off her lovely locks for her part as Nebula. That takes dedication. Luckily, she has a nice head for it.

Karen Gillan at SDCC 2013 with shaved head

And lastly, possibly the biggest news from Marvel came from the panel for Avengers 2, due out May 1, 2015, which now has its full title: The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And that’s the big news, because it gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect the next Avengers adventure to be about. Ultron is a sentient robot created by Hank Pym, aka Ant-Man (no Ant-Man panel this year because that’s going to be in Phase 3, but it sounds like Avengers 2 might setup that film considering the Ultron plotline). Ultron sets out on a quest for power and has some major daddy issues, but according to EW’s recap of the footage, it may not be Ant-Man who creates it, since the brief teaser shows Iron Man’s mask morphing into Ultron’s face. So will Tony be the creator of the evil robot? We still know very little about the script, which according to this interview with Joss Whedon, he is just beginning the second draft of. Also, it looks like Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, the Avengers’ newest members, will be stirring things up among the team.

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Whew! That was a lot of new info, some useful, some just fun. What do you think? Which is your favorite part (Loki, Loki, Loki)? Let us know in the comments below!