So you may have heard of this little event that happened at the weekend called comic-con. Basically it’s the best place to be for four days to get all the juicy gossip on all the up coming films and TV shows that mainly fall into the sci-fi genre, oh and comic books.
Now i’m gonna make a small confession here, I’ve never read a comic book before (shock horror!) and to be completely honest I don’t want to start, for the simple reason I really don’t want to become addicted to anymore things!! However I am very interested in how the stories form these comics are translated onto the big screen.
So in this post I am going to focus on the big movie news that came out of the convention at the weekend.
First off we’ll start with the Marvel Panel, arguably one of the biggest highlights of comic-con. This year the panel started with a take over from none other then Loki, of Asgard, recruiting his army and introducing a new trailer for Thor:The dark world. This was a majestic performance from Tom Hiddleston who had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand, even whilst insulting them. This is such a good clip that i’m gonna share it with you all right now!
The trailer itself is not available as yet but we’re keeping our eyes peeled. I for one cannot wait for this film to be released later this year, especially after the events of The Avengers.
Captain America was next with a large number of the cast present on stage, including Chris Evans, Scarlet Johansson, Samuel L Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders, Emily VanCamp, Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo, and some apparently impressive footage of the film. This included Cap taking on a bunch of bad guys in a lift, the Falcon (Mackie) spreading his wings, a helicarrier heading for water (vertically) and of course the big reveal of the Winter Soldier. There was also a clip in relation to Captain America showing some action from a Marvel short for Agent Carter, which will be released as an extra on the Ironman 3 Blu-ray. Click here for the clip.
Up next on the Marvel panel was Guardians of the Galaxy for which the entire cast flew in from London especially. They have only just started filming but managed to put together a clip for the panel which featured the ‘Guardians’ in a police-style line up. Another surprise for the audience was when Karen Gillian revealed that she had shaved her head in order to play the role of villain Nebula, and took off her wig!
And finally from the Marvel panel came a surprise teaser trailer for the Avengers sequel. Joss Weldon walked on stage to reveal the trailer which shows Ironman’s helmet being scraped and bashed, with voice overs from Avengers Assemble. The helmet went on to be moulded into the iconic mask of rogue robot Ultron, with the title The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Again cannot wait for this film to be released in 2015!!
Now moving on slightly we can look at X-men: Days of future past. Now i’m told that this is a massive story line in the comics and one of the best loved so it’s a big responsibility for the people making the film, but I am incredibly excited for this film, if nothing else to see the ensemble of amazing actors sharing the big screen. Some footage was shown during this panel and it revealed the Wolverine is the one who travels back in time to meet the cast of First Class. There was a lot of banter between cast on stage which shows there’s plenty of chemistry between them and hopefully between their characters. For more information on this movie and quotes from the panel check out the Empire article here.
Another amazing actor also turned up in costume and in character to comic-con this year, Andrew Garfield, aka Spider-man, and stayed in character for a short while. However the main buzz around the spider-man panel was again the footage, which portrayed a more comedic tone than the first outing as well as introducing the ‘big bad’ Electro aka Jamie Foxx. To see a sneak peek of Electro go to the IMDb page, also found here.
Moving away from the world of Marvel superheroes let’s now take a look at some DC superheroes!
First up the big news concerns the sequel to the hugely successful Man of Steel which *drum roll please* . . . . will include Batman! Announced at the end of the Warner Bros panel Zack Snyder revealed there would be a sequel to Man of Steel and then handed the stage to Harry Lennix to read out a quote which went like this:
“I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”
Yes, this is a quote from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and the crowd went berserk!
Right that’s almost it for the movie highlights of this years comic-con but here are just a few more films that caught our eye.
Firstly there were some ‘lovely’ details about on screen kiss between Hunger Games stars Jennifer Laurence and Josh Hutcherson as well as a look at a new trailer for the up coming Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Another epic looking film trailer released at comic-con was for the Seventh Son starring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes. Full of myth, fantasy, action and comedy.
Also revealing new footage at comic-con was 300: Rise of an Empire, which gave a little background to Xerxes character and why he believes he is a god. Starring Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton the action packed trailer can be seen below
And finally bringing it back round to comic book heroes is Kick-ass 2. Showing an extended trailer which has just as much blood, guts, gore and foal language as the first film! For a look at this new trailer and the new ‘heroes’ just click here.
That’s it folks our take on the movie highlights of 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, its gonna be an action packed few years at the box office!!