Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and a space raccoon - all inside!Marvel just had its biggest success to date with The Avengers, a film that brought their lengthy Phase 1 to completion including looks at Hulk, IronMan and Thor. Well Phase 2 is here.
At a packed auditorium in San Diego, Marvel unveiled their new slate which highlights their titles into 2015 and gave the audience a glimpse at the future stories of those characters we already know. Here’s a breakdown of that Marvel news in full.
First up were confirmed dates and titles for the follow-ups to both Thor and Captain America. Thor: The Dark World will debut in November 2013 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier will arrive the following April. It sees Marvel move away from the regular numbering system used by Iron Man, and maybe we’ll see subtitles adopted for the third entry in the Iron Man series.
Thor: The Dark World banner Enlarge Iron Man 3 (working title, maybe!) had a big presence at Comic-Con 2012, starting out with the one and only Robert Downey jr entering from the back of Hall H and dancing his silver suited ass off while he took the long walk to the stage. Check the video.
He is something of a showman, just so long as he doesn’t actually think he’s Tony Stark. RDj introduced some footage from
the film (which is still shooting) that showed the new gold coloured armour which has been generating some interesting fan reaction over the last few days. A few other scenes played, including an appearance from former director and actor Jon Favreau which drew giggles and some more moody pieces with some voiceover from new villain The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley.RDj was joined on stage by Don Cheadle, Favreau and new director Shane Black – who we will always love for writing the Lethal Weapon series, The Last Boy Scout and helming Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. All was very pally, with a good bit of time spent reassuring fans that despite the new director, this is the same Iron Man you like and love. Personally, I’d like some changes after the dull second outing. There were plenty of jokes and the odd interesting moment like Dj admitting his contract is up after Iron Man 3 – which should get some corporate types at Marvel sweating profusely since he brought home around $50 million for his appearance in The Avengers.
That’s it for existing characters, but Brit Edgar Wright popped in (after pretending he was in London all week) to confirm the existence of Ant-Man and also show off a test reel which he just finished shooting. Totally incomplete, the reel showed Ant-Man squaring up to some baddies in a hallway, flinging himself from tiny to full size in an instant to dole out some beatage. While the FX were very rough, the response from the crowd was positive, with the hyper-kinetic tone a far cry from most Marvel productions and a tone much closer to a comedy, at least in this brief taste. Wright had no word on casting or a confirmed release date but don’t expect it before 2014.
Finally, Marvel threw the word out that Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theatres in August 2014. They’re a superhero mashup, somewhat in the vein of The Avengers though a lot more obscure, with characters Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora and Groot confirmed by some impressive art unveiled for the occasion. There’s also a sixth character on the banner called… Rocket Racoon. Having no knowledge of the series, I reached out to Wikipedia, where I learned that he has ‘all the normal attributes of an Earth Racoon’ which appears to include being ‘an accomplished starship pilot, an excellent marksman… [and is] an excellent military tactician and leader’. So you heard it here first military types – racoons are super soldiers. Even two years out, this one is looking hard to market effectively.
That’s your lot from Marvel, which was quite a lot really. The one thing missing was any solid news on the inevitable follow-up to The Avengers, and we’re anxious to find out if Joss Whedon will return to the director’s chair. For your reference, next from Marvel will be Iron Man 3 in May 2013, with Thor 2 following in November then Cappie USA 2 in April 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy in August. Captain America: The Winter Soldier logo Enlarge