SDCC ’12: Marvel Panel Recap and Reaction

One of the highlights of this year’s Comic-Con was the return of Marvel to the main stage. Last year marked a huge departure with all the Disney and Marvel projects choosing to abstain from Comic-Con and instead focusing their efforts on Disney’s 23 Expo (aka DisneyCon). This was a massive disappointment to fans and it’s hard to say if films like John Carter were hurt from this decision.

Luckily, this year the studios wised up and brought one of the best panels to the Con! Opening with a highlight reel of all their previous con panels (2006 – 2010), it showed how they’ve debuted footage, leaked information, and really feed into the fan’s passion for these characters. Side note: I’m proud to say that I was at each and every one of these panels!

In the clip reel, Edgar Wright was shown talking on the Marvel as early as 2006. There have long been rumors of an Ant-Man, and finally, finally it’s really happening. They showed a brief snippet of test footage showing the miniature hero making his way through a hallway, changing in size to keep some ass. For being totally unfinished with very raw effects, it was still very impressive! Wright changed his costume to be a bit more contemporary and practical, but still influenced from the Silver Age costume. Wright also dropped what should be used as the tagline: “Ant-Man will kick your ass 1 inch at a time.” Honestly, I’m not too familiar with the character and the concept really didn’t grab me but after seeing the badass footage and hearing Wright talk about his involvement with the project, I’m all in!

Next up was Iron Man 3 with Shane Black, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, and of course Robert Downey Jr. One of my favorite non-footage focused moments from the Con this year has to be his dancing entrance. Spotlight at the back wall, RDJ comes dancing down the entire length of Hall H to some upbeat tune. One Iron Man glove on and the other giving random high-fives to the fans – this is what I love about Comic-Con, the absolutely random moments that give some hardcore fans the memory of a lifetime. These Iron Man fans can now hold on to that awesome moment where they got a high-five from Robert Downey Jr. himself!

Watch his entrance here:

The footage shown was all from the first half of the film since that’s what they’ve shot so far but it was definitely epic and good sign of what’s to come. Many agree that Iron Man 2 is the week link in the Marvel franchise,  seeming to exist solely to set up The Avengers, without being fully functional when looked at on its own. So while fanboys were salivating over the footage, it was more than just that that swayed me from a skeptic to truly excited for the next installment. Let me count the ways:

1. This will be a return to a Tony-centric story. They said that all these interlocking parts will work together in to one cohesive storyline, “not like Spider-Man 3″ where it was all separate parts.

2. Happy Hogan is like Swingers at 40. Now that Jon Favreau isn’t directing, Happy gets to shine a bit brighter. For the previous films, he always shot his scenes last since there was so much more to focus on elsewhere. Now he can have fun and just focus on his role. He’s “like the proud grandpa. I don’t have to change the diapers, I just get to play with the baby.”

3. Robert Downey Jr. will likely be back for more. While his deal officially ends after Iron Man 3, he’s happy with working with this team and loves this character. Talks will definitely happen and I can’t see them letting RDJ get away considering what a power house he is in this role.

4. They were aware that they had to make the third one it’s own film that didn’t just feel like a culmination of a trilogy. Their approach for this one? “To stay on top, you always have to touch bottom.” They really dug into the myth for this one, realizing that’s where the best stories lie and that’s what the fans want.

5. Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. After a ton of back and forth and rumors, it’s finally, without-a-doubt confirmed that Ben Kingsley is in fact The Mandarin. His voice over in the footage was phenomenal and I can’t wait to see this villian in action!

In other news from the panel, Thor 2 will be…. Thor: The Dark World. 

In theaters on November, 8, 2013.

Also, Captain America 2 will be…Captain America: The Winter Solider. 

In theatesr on April 4, 2014.

And Latino-Review broke this story over a week ago, but we got a first glimpse at the team in Guardians of the Galaxy. 

The cutest hero by far is Rocket Raccoon!

What do you think of the upcoming Marvel projects? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Kristal Bailey

Kristal Bailey

With a soft spot for movies that fall into the “So Bad They’re Good” category, Kristal Bailey regularly watches B-movies, 80s comedies, and sci-fi from the 50s and 60s. She also refuses to grow up if that means she has to hide her love for Disney and Pixar films.

In her free time, she enjoys reading graphic novels or books that are soon to be turned into movies, watching hours and hours of television, and spending way too much time on Twitter.