So here it is, my most exciting part of the entire con, and it took me forever to blog it… part of it was busy-ness, part of it was laziness, and part of me felt that since I’d already blogged about (in my opinion) the most exciting part of the most exciting panel… where was my motivation for the rest of MARVEL? Well after reviewing the photos, I was reminded of how much fun the rest of it was.
So, the MARVEL panel of course started with Loki’s takeover, which I’ve posted at least three videos of in various places… because let’s face it, it was amazing, and unexpected, so major kudos to MARVEL for shocking fans, which is something that they’ve been doing for a couple of years now (something I’ll address further down), and good for them, most fans in Hall H are there because they’re already fans of these characters and story lines, and it can be hard to balance keeping things fresh, AND staying true to source material, which gives me hope for Avengers 2… but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Loki… with a book… you don’t think the fanbase they’re trying to appeal to is nerdy fan girls… do you?
So there was Loki’s takeover (did I mention yet that Loki was in Hall H? Ok, sorry that’s the last time I promise) which was used to introduce a new longer trailer for Thor 2, I’m assuming it’s the same trailer that this teaser, to the left is referring to, but we’ll see tomorrow when it premieres on Geek Week. If it’s not the same trailer then later, closer to the film I may explain something which happens in it, which could be a total game changer, but it feels so spoilery that I almost wish I hadn’t seen it, but anyway we saw the trailer, and right after that we had the panel for Captain America: The Winter Soldier!
Just like with Thor 2, we got a trailer, and it was awesome. The best part of the trailer was what a friend of mine has referred to as “an epic elevator throw down”, but what I enjoyed most about it is, even for those of us that already have some very solid expectations about the story, and the personal obstacles of being a man out of time that Steve Rogers has to go through, I don’t feel like the trailer was over promising in any way ( remember the last time MARVEL over promised… yeah I’m talking about The Mandarin…) which I think is the right way to go about it.
Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson
Photo credit: Beth Riley, of Geek Shot Photography
After the trailer, we got an actual panel!The panel was relatively brief, but they hit on the plot points, without really giving anything away
Also, while it wasn’t discussed a lot, as the photo below shows, Black Widow and Agent Hill play important roles in the film.
Cobie Smulders & Scarlett Johansson
Photo credit: Beth Riley, of Geek Shot Photography
This should hopefully show off the fact that women can also make an impact when it comes to saving the world.
Though it’s still a long way away from film just for a MARVEL heroine… when are we getting Ms. Marvel???
But I digress, the point is, I’m definitely looking forward to April 4th next year!
After that, going by MARVEL’s master planned time frame we can begin getting excited for Guardians of the Galaxy, which was the next panel after Captain America 2.
Now I’ll begin this portion of the blog by stating outright that I’ve never even picked up a Guardians of the Galaxy comic, which may actually be a good thing, because just like with any film made based upon widely loved source material, there’s a certain level of expectations that the fans have, and I’ve decided to not read any, so that I can go into Guardians of the Galaxy without any expectations, except for two things, one that it looks like it’ll be a really fun block buster… especially with the cast they’ve got
Yeah, it’s hard to tell who looks better bald, Karen Gillan or Michael Rooker, because she still looks gorgeous even without the hair!
Photos: Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker, above. Karen Gillan, right. Credit to Beth RileyGeek Shot
and that Karen Gillan will be bald! Yeah, that’s right BALD! She started the panel with a wig as seen here:
Being the spunky Scottish girl she is though, when asked about the fact that her character is bald, she not only took off the wig, but getting carried away in the moment, threw it to the audience, before realizing that she needed it back! She did get her wig back after the panel, though in a slightly disheveled condition.
The trailer we saw gave us an idea of the types of characters to expect, and since the audience did a lot of laughing and cheering (myself included) I have to assume that they did well by the characters.
Now, on to the last bit of the MARVEL Panel… Joss Whedon came out with an announcement about Avengers 2. The teaser we got let us know two things, first that it’s going to heavily include Tony Stark, which really comes as no surprise, but add that to the fact that the official subtitle is: Age of Ultron (of which I know a tiny bit about) it has several fans ranting that Ultron was created by Hank Pym (AKA Ant-Man), and Ant-Man (again hats off to MARVEL for their planning) isn’t slated to come out until after the second Avengers movie, in November of 2015 (man time flies when you plan it out based on film releases) .
So as one fan I know (who has much more Ant-Man and Ultron knowledge than I do) has stated “if Stark creates Ultron… why are we getting an Ant-Man movie after, or even at all?”
Here’s my two-cents on the issue, as I stated above MARVEL has twice now, pulled the wool over fans eyes, at least that I was present for. The first being the Iron Man 3 panel last year, where they made The Mandarin out to be the ultimate villain… and he wasn’t, but I spent a whole other blog griping about it, so what I will do here though, is commend their creativity and execution. The second would be (and I know I promised, so I’m sorry for bringing it up again) Loki’s takeover, and fans completely missing the fact that an entire panel (Thor 2) was actually missing from the lineup, and I’m going to go out on a limb here, for a third unconfirmed surprise, because I did an entire blog focusing on the fact, that despite MARVEL’s love of Loki, that I think he won’t survive Thor 2.
So what does all of this add up to for me? That I think it’s possible that Hank Pym may actually be in Avengers 2, and may still create Ultron, and that MARVEL is keeping it well under wraps, I may be wrong (and eventually may have to create a blog section on this page just for theories) but until that theory is debunked I’m going to have faith in MARVEL to make Avengers 2 awesome, fresh, and hopefully stay true to their source material as well.
Thanks for reading this excessively long blog, if you have any thoughts about the panels or MARVEL’s planning please post them in the comments!