Ten minutes after the grand finale of Comic-Con is supposed to start in the 6,100-seat Hall H, a chant begins: “We want Marvel! We want Marvel! We want Marvel!”
They got what was coming to them.
The lights went down soon after, and the panel began with a reel of highlights from all the past Marvel movies, leading into a new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy (which comes out next Friday.) It ends with a long look at Josh Brolin as the cosmic villain Thanos in a throne that is free-floating in space.
“It always starts with you guys in this room,” said Kevin Feige, chief of Marvel Studios, as he took the stage. “What we’re going to talk about today is 2015. We have a movie called Avengers: Age of Ultron coming out. Then we have something new—Ant-Man is finally coming out.”
When he said 2015, he meant it. For the most part, the panel stuck to that year and didn’t confirm any of the other “untitled” movies that Marvel Studios has planned through 2019—even ones that are known to exist, such as Captain America 3 and Doctor Strange.
Feige is starting small. Ant-Man has some big hurdles to overcome, and largely did it on Saturday. Now the movie, which starts shooting in August, just has to live up to the hype.
Feige introduced the cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, and Evangeline Lilly, along with director Peyton Reed, who started by giving his Comic-Con bona fides, an important part of this presentation, because the Yes Man and Bring It On director is taking over for beloved geek-icon Edgar Wright, who dropped out of the film in May after eight years of development.
Reed said it was his 20th anniversary for Comic-Con, and that the first year he attended was the year iconic Marvel comic book artist Jack Kirby died. “I’ve been every year since then, minus a couple years where I was shooting,” he said.
Rudd and Douglas, however, had never been to Comic-Con before. “I’m popping my Comic-Con cherry,” Rudd said.
“I’ve popped enough cherries,” Douglas added.
Hall H was getting a little R-rated, but much more remained.