It's been a big day for the Marvel Universe.
When you come to San Diego Comic-Con, it’s a given that the biggest moments of the week happen in the latter half of Saturday afternoon, where Marvel usually closes out the week with a bang. This time 20th Century Fox went back-to-back with Marvel to give the enthusiastic crowd of 6500+ fans a one-two punch of super-heroic awesomeness!
After 20th Century Fox gave us a taste of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with appearances by stars Andy Serkis and Keri Russell, they brought on the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. And what a cast it was: 18 people total, including director Bryan Singer, producer Lauren Schuler-Donner, writer Simon Kinberg, Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellan (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Omar Sy (Bishop), Nicholas Holt (Beast), and Peter Dinklage (Bolivar Trask). Then the footage they showed us, easily the most dramatic and goosebump-inducing of the day, featured appearances from what appeared to be Warpath and Blink among others that weren’t as clear.
Then Marvel took over and kicked it off with an interruption from the god of mischief, Loki, to introduce Thor: The Dark World. Yes, charismatic star Tom Hiddleston stepped onto the stage, dressed as Loki, to address the room full of squealing mortals, never once breaking character, except when pausing to giggle to himself at the absurdity of it all.
Here is the official version of that video (but without the distinct audience reactions of the first one).
Of course, something that huge helped us forget that none of the cast came by to promote the film by sitting down at the table for some Q&A. But no one minded one bit. If more panels would incorporate such fun spectacle in their panels, it would make the Comic-Con experience an even better thing.
Then they brought out the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and showed us a scene from the film where Cap is joined in a glass elevator by a few tough looking soldier-types, then some business men, and a few other guys, before the entire elevator is packed solid and Steve is trapped in the center. He only asks them how they think they should go about this and gave each of them the opportunity to leave the elevator. They all refused, and it resulted in a tightly-packed action sequence where Cap takes down every single one of the would-be assassins in mere seconds. Then they showed a montage of scenes from the film, including a few with Robert Redford, the Falcon flying, and a Helicarrier going down in flames. It finished with a shot of Cap’s shield sticking out of the ground. A person walks up to it confidently and pulls it from the ground, where its wedged. The hand grabbing it is made of shiny metal, panning up to a dead ringer of what most fans will recognize as the Winter Soldier.
Then Guardians of the Galaxy took everyone by surprise – in more ways than one! They brought out the cast (the human looking ones anyway) along with director James Gunn, and proceeded to blow everyone away with the footage they showed us. The movie is actually funny and it’s absolutely cosmic! Benicio Del Toro plays “The Collector”. Lee Pace plays “Ronan the Accuser”. Karen Gillan (Amy Pond on Doctor Who) plays “Nebula” and shaved her head for the part! Nothing I say will be an adequate description of what we saw today. Even though they’ve only been shooting 10 days in London, they did give us full-on action sequences featuring Rocket Raccoon and Groot standing alongside the toughest team in the galaxy.
If you want to hear more, watch for our Comic-Con weekend podcast episode coming soon!