San Diego Comic-Con 2014 News Reel Part 1
As the final announcements filter through, the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con comes to a lose, but the excitement over the announcements, clips, trailers, and special appearances from the weekend are still fresh. This year’s Comic-Con has been filled with great moments, and once again, Marvel and DC have taken over the spotlight in the now famous Hall H.
Here are the highlights from this year’s Comic-Con.
Just about everything Marvel brought to Hall H this year revolved around the upcoming and highly anticipated The Avengers: Age of Ultron and the end of Phase 2 of their Cinematic Universe. However, both Guardians and the Ant-Man camp had some announcements to make, the latter starting with the reveal of Ant-Man‘s convention poster featuring the hero in full gear riding a winged ant in the foreground of the image, the background showcasing the full Ant-Man suit with the hero holding a very heroic pose with the faces of the film’s two stars, Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, beside him. Check it out below.
Though the film has been plagued with production problems – starting with Edgar Wright leaving the production – Ant-Man still stood strong with a panel featuring the film’s director, Peyton Reed, as well as the established cast members: Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas (Comic-Con newbies). Marvel also toted out the recently announced cast members: Corey Stoll (villain) and Evangeline Lilly (female lead) for their panel where they discussed the production – which begins shooting in two weeks – as well as premiering some pre-visualization footage.
Check out the full Ant-Man rundown here.
Guardians of the Galaxy
At the studio’s official panel with head Kevin Feige, Marvel also announced that even though the film hasn’t been released yet, Guardians of the Galaxy is getting a sequel, which will be released in theatres on July 28, 2017. Something to look forward to.
Guardians comes out this week (July 31 in the UK and August 1 in the US) and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Rooker, and John C. Reilly.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Though Ant-Man had a strong showing, Marvel’s appearance was all about Age of Ultron and closing up Phase 2. Marvel slowly began releasing their Avengers convention poster one Avenger at a time, and the end result is a stunning, two level banner featuring all the Avengers including a look at Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch alongside all their counterparts fighting off a mass wave of Ultron robots. However, the big tease is the shadowy, floating figure above Quicksilver, a figure with a cape flowing behind him that can only be Paul Bettany’s Vision. Check it out below.
At their panel, the whole cast – old and new – came to discuss the film, including Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, James Spader, and Elizabeth Olsen. However, as the new footage from the film winds down, the crowd is privy to yet another surprise, as Josh Brolin – who will play big bad Thanos in Avengers 3 – walked onto the stage wearing an Infinity Gauntlet. Marvel sure knows how to do Comic-Con.
The other big announcements this weekend came from DC and Warner Bros. and their upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The first person to take the stage was director Zack Snyder, who revealed a small but incredibly cool bit of footage from the film featuring the two heroes set to a very dark background. Then, stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot came out for a quick hello, though they didn’t hold an official panel. However, Zack Snyder did take the time to Tweet a reveal of Gadot in her costume as Wonder Woman, which takes a turn from the campy red, white, blue and gold original and creates a very armor-esque look, more like Thor actually.
Check out his Tweet below.
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) July 26, 2014
Check out the full DC rundown here.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer
Though they didn’t have panel representation at Comic-Con, Lionsgate still made sure they had a presence. In their own space, the studio released their 1 minute teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 that will begin the end of the film franchise.
Check out the trailer below.
And at only a minute long, the dialogue revolving around Katniss’ mental state after the games and losing Peeta is what we mainly hear, inter-cut with images of destruction, desolation, and a rebellion in full swing. We get to see our first real look at Julianne Moore as Alma Coin and Natalie Dormer as filmmaker Cressida, and as we are moving further away from the demolished District 12 in Mockingjay, we can expect to see more of the infrastructure of Panem at its worst. The battle of Part 2 is yet to come, but there is a lot of set up in the teaser, and we can start guessing even before the first full trailer is released where the cut between the films is going to come.
Our first reactions to the teaser are somewhat quiet, as though there is a lot of tension shown, the feeling of a set up film with not much actually happening in terms of visuals is becoming present. Though it’s right that Mockingjay should be split into two films, as there is far too much to cover in one film, the end result could end up being that Part 1 comes out as the weakest film of the franchise. Hopefully there will be plenty for director Francis Lawrence to work with to make our hearts thump, but for those who have read Mockingjay, memories of the slow start to the book are still fresh.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Donald Sutherland, and flies into theatres November 21.
Game of Thrones Blooper Reel
Now for something fun! Their panel at Comic-Con was filled with the shows stars John Bradley, Rose Leslie, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Natalie Dormer, George R.R. Martin, Maisie Williams, Rory McCann, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Pedro Pascal as well as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Though the cast revealed a video featuring the new cast members coming into the show in Season 5, what stole the show was the Game of Thrones blooper reel, showing that even Lannisters can fudge lines.
Check out the blooper reel below along with the GOT panel rundown here.