SDCC '13: Marvel Reveals AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Guardians Cast, More
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Marvel Studios and Joss Whedon moments ago at Comic-Con announced the Avengers 2015 sequel is officially titled Avengers: Age of Ultron, sharing a title with Marvel Comics recent event limited series.
For the past few weeks, actor Vin Diesel has openly discussed talks he's had with Marvel Studios about appearing in one of their upcoming films. Early speculation amongst fans had Diesel in the role of the android Avenger known as Vision, but Newsarama wonders out loud given tonight's news if Diesel would be better suited to voice the classic Avengers foe Ultron, rather than the mostly unemotional Vision.
Earlier this week, MTV Geek spoke to Diesel while at the convention promoting the upcoming Riddick. When asked about which Marvel character he'd like to play, the noted comics fan played up his comics cred noting "there's two Visions, for the record. And people know one was created by Ultron, one was created by Proctor, as you know, if you follow..."
Diesel went on to quickly school MTV Geek about Vision ties to the android Ultron, even going on to mention the connections to Wonder Man and the original Human Torch.
Check out our full coverage of the panel below with news on Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy casting news.
The Marvel Studios behemoth returns to Comic-Con International: San Diego in 2013 with news and looks at Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and more than a few surprises in store. Join us as we cover the panel live with all the news about the movies you're dying to see.
Official Description: Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and many surprise guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe.
Chris Hardwick is the moderator for the panel, and the (of course) still capacity crowd at Hall H went insane for his introduction. Hardwick came out wearing two gun holsters, and Marvel was plastered on the screen, which drew larger screams. "I can't even tell you the things you're going to see over the next hour. It's entirely worth it. As a fan, I'm so excited to show you this."
President Kevin Feige was first out on the dais. "Hello Comic-Con! It always starts right here, this is our good luck charm."
Hardwick asked, "what's coming up next?" Feige said, "We have a lot of things coming up next. We're in post-production for Thor: The Dark World right now." And, the room went dark, and a live voiceover hit, "Humanity, look how far you've fallen, huddled together in the dark like BEASTS!" Tom Hiddleston is out in full Loki garb! "I am Loki, of Asgard! And I am burdened with glorious purpose! Stand back, you mewling quim!"
"In this meager palace of Midgard, the arena they call Hall H. you should've let me rule you when you had the chance!" Always in character. "Yet here you are. Your eyes crave unseen sights. Your imaginations ache and hunger. Where are your Avengers now?"
"Claim loyalty to me, and I will give you what you need. Say my name" Crowd: LOKI! Repeated four times, and Hiddleston finally broke a little and laughed. "Well, it seems I have an Army. Feast your eyes!" and it's clip time.
Giants, dark elves, Sif kicking all sorts of ass, Volstagg, too. The rainbow bridge opens, and Mjolnir flies out, bridge disappears and Thor catches his hammer, leaping and taking down a bunch of enemies at once. Sif, "I've got this completely under control." Thor: "Is that why everything's on fire?" A new giant comes, and Sif says, "All yours" It's one of the Kronans from his early days!
"There are dark forces that have survived" says the voiceover. Thor takes Jane to Asgard. Loki gets threatened by pretty much the whole supporting cast. Foster slaps him and says "That was for New York." "I'll find a way to save us all," promises Thor. And huge applause. The inevitable betrayal by Loki was teased at the end, with him seemingly taking Thor's Hand!
Feige immediately said, "The next one is Captain America: The Winter Soldier," and brings out the directors, then Frank Grillo playing Brock "Crossbones" Rumlow, he introduced Emily Van Camp as "Agent 13 aka Sharon Carter!" Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, Sebastian Stan "used to go by the name Bucky Barnes, now Winter Soldier," Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, and Chris Evans, Captain America are all on the stage.
Evans says it's better every time he puts on the suit. Cap isn't used to the new morality of the world, "It's harder to know what's right and wrong. Sometimes the actions you have to take certain threats compromise our civil liberties and privacy, and that's hard for Steve to swallow."
How integral is Natasha to the story? Johansson: "Integral." Feige: "She and Cap really share this film." Johansson, "She and Cap now have this relationship that they've built. It's an opportunity to see how she is in a more casual working relationship with somebody. It breaks down the barriers that she's put up. You learn more about her each time." She promises the "film is gritty, down, dirty knuckle fighting. A lot of action in this one."
How does it feel every time the eyepatch goes on, Sam? "Pretty bad ass!" Jackson says that Fury thinks of these people as "instruments of justice. Tools. But people that he cares about. He and Steve have a way of talking because they're both warriors. But he also knows Steve has a black-and-white view of the enemy and the good guys. He doesn't know how that changed. That's the grey area that S.H.I.E.L.D. works in. Almost everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie, and sometimes he has to figure out when he's lying to himself."
Sebastian Stan is thrilled to bring this story to the screen, and Feige said that it follows Brubaker's story "pretty close when it comes to Bucky's story."
Mackie, on the Falcon says, "I'm introducing Sam Wilson. I have wings and guns! That's all you need! That's what I got! So me and Cap go out and give him the business, her the business, that's what we do. Hand out the business."
Feige of the directors, the Russos says "we've always been rewarded by hiring really talented people. Let's show you why we hired them."
And it's clip time.
It starts with the Triskelion. Cap's in his Super Soldier costume and looks awesome. He's going down an elevator with some guys with guns who have their hands on the holster. He notices, and is worried. One starts to sweat - something is up. Three huge guys get on the elevator. Cap feels like he's being set up (and is probably right). "Before we get started, does anyone wanna get out?" They all attack him, and he systematically DESTROYS them. Insane applause at the end, and he flips his shield into his hand. "I joined SHIELD to protect people," he says to Robert Redford's character. "Captain, to build a better world sometimes means tearing the old one down." Quick shots of supporting castmembers. A new helicarrier. In fact, many of them. "This isn't freedom, this is fear."
Black Widow kicking ass. Agent 13, too. Falcon dropping from the helicarrier back first and extending his wings. A helicarrier going down, and the logo - crowd goes wild. Shield is down in the ground, and Bucky's metal arm picks it up. And scene.
Joe and Anthony Russo talking about their film next, Joe says "it stems from 70s style political thrillers. We keep saying this is the best job we've ever had. I've read comics since I was 10 and presenting footage at Hall H is a dream come true."
Smulders says Maria Hill's part is "to basically find her way in this new world we find ourselves in."
Van Camp said, "It's been awesome and a little bit intimidating" to join this cast. "It's an awesome experience. We can't say too much."
Frank Grillo as Brock said, "It's a lot of fun and that's as much as I can say I guess!"
Huge round of applause for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and this cast leaves the stage.
"Kevin, these are sequels - do you have anything new?" asks Hardwick. "Do you like new things," said Feige. "We want something new, something unexpected, not just something familiar and that's why we announced Guardians of the Galaxy. We just started filming in London, we're on day 14. But they wanted to come say hi."
Director James Gunn, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Djimon Honsu as Korath (originally heard and mis-reported as Korvac), Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, "and as the next great Marvel Hero, Star-Lord, Chris Pratt."
The cast flew in today and fly back to London tonight, they came just for this.
Gunn said he's thrilled to be doing something totally different.
Hardwick asked Pratt if his "amazing body transformation was for this movie," and he joked, "Nope! No, I got the role like six months ago and they said great job but you're too fat. They got me a personal trainer."
Talking about his character, "Peter Quill is this guy who lives in space! I don't know what I can say, but he's kind of jerky, had a hard time as a kid, now he goes around in space making out with hot alien girls and just being a rogue and a jerk. Through teaming up with these guys, he finds a higher purpose for himself, really cares about something and puts his life on the line. That's who peter Quill is."
Saldana on Gamora, "It's really exciting. I've been blue once, so why not try green. I love being in space. I love being challenged by great roles, especially with a company like Marvel who makes these amazing characters and movies and gives us the opportunity to bring them to life."
Dave, what do you bring to Drax besides your generous physical structure? "I don't know man, I'm still at the point that I go to the set and can't figure out how I got this job," Bautista said. Feige said, "He earned this job, he auditioned six or seven times, and he's tremendous." Bautista admitted he broke down and cried when he got the job. "I'm 44 years old, but I'm still the baby on the set in terms of acting experience, so I try to learn something new from the other talented actors."
Del Toro came in through James Gunn directly. Gunn called him and he "read it, loved the great story, it's cool. I'm the new one here, I haven't started shooting yet, so I'm meeting the cast for the first time here!"
Lee Pace got a huge pop and says of Ronan, "It's the early days. He's a very complicated Kree. He's a beast. He's an iconic character since 1967, but I don't want to say too much right now, because we're going to put it on the screen."
Honsou said he's just started as Korath. He's "a great ally to Ronan and Thanos."
Karen Gillan's Nebula is bald, and Gillan actually shaved her head for the role (and threw her wig into the crowd). "I was a little worried that I would look like an overgrown fetus, but it's liberating! Everyone should shave their heads."
Michael Rooker says, "Merle is gone. He died two times in one episode, dammit, let him go!" then complimented Gillan's head. "So, what do you want to know?"
And there's something her for us, only ten days of filming!
Clip time: Star-Lord exploring some kind of chamber, finds an artifact, and takes it. Soldiers led by Korath come in. "Who are you?" "Star-Lord." "Who?"
Nova Corps members! Drax, Gamora, in full makeup, Rocket Raccoon CGI'ed, he looks like a real raccoon in his GOTG comic outfit. GROOT! Full CGI. "Peter Jason Quill," also known as Star-Lord. "Who calls him that?" "Mostly himself." While the Nova Corps are processing Quill as a prisoner, he's slowly "cranking" his finger into a middle-finger salute. "Oh, sorry, I didn't know how this thing works," he deadpans.
They're being marched through a prison. Ronan! The ship! Groot carrying Rocket as he fires. Tons of action already. Rocket going crazy with a gun. Novas: "They call themselves the guardians of the galaxy." "What a bunch of A-holes!"
The cast left the stage, but Hardwick is still there. And Feige just came back out. "There's one more person here, he wanted to come say hi." Joss Whedon!
"I don't have anything to say, but I have one thing to add. If you could please." And a clip. It's Iron Man's helmet. Then Steve's voice. Then Thor. Then Hulk. Metal clanging as Iron Man's helmet is being dented and reshaped. Finally the final quote of "How do you know they'll come back?" Fury: "Because they'll have to." Finally the camera is wide enough to reveal: ULTRON. Ultron is the villain for the Avengers sequel, and its title is Avengers: Age of Ultron.