You smell that? That’s the smell of Comic Con cooling down. This year the smell wasn’t too surprising. And by smell I mean footage and announcements (Minus a few). Don’t want to read through all of them? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with the biggest movie news coming out of SDCC 2014.
In recent years, it’s come down to the Marvel vs DC Saturday showdowns during the Hall H presentations. This year was a little different as neither studio made a big announcement, instead opting to showcase what they were already working on.
DC is technically a subdivision of the Warner Bros panel, and they decided to swing the doors wide open this year by opening with footage from Batman v Superman (I refuse to add the Dawn of Justice subtitle because it’s bad and they should feel bad) and a look at Wonder Woman. Oh, and Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot all took to the stage to smile and wave since they’re in the middle of filming. Say what you will about Snyder’s skills as a filmmaker, he loves to showcase his projects. The footage shown of Batman v Superman was Batman turning on a bat signal to see a furious, red-eyed, heat vision ready, Superman staring down at him. The real surprise for me wasn’t even the footage. It was the fact that Wonder Woman actually looked… good. Gal Gadot might still be horribly miscast from an acting perspective. That won’t stop her from completely owning that outfit (Very much a Xena vibe in the best possible way).
But then one has to wonder, what the hell was all that teasing about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson being Shazam for DC? I guess that DC movie lineup from Nikki Finke might be a bust after all.
Other Warner Bros. Highlights: Jupiter Ascending is actually gathering some sizable buzz after showing off a sizzle reel. A Mad Max: Fury Road makes its presence known at Comic Con with a full trailer here (It’s pretty badass). The Hobbit and Peter Jackson bid farewell to the world of Middle-Earth one last time. For the minute to minute rundown of the panel check out the liveblog from firstshowing.net
Before the Marvel panel went underway, there was a little panel called “Women Who Kick Ass” and I’m really disappointed to not have seen it. Nicole Sperling moderated the panel as Katey Sagal, Sarah Paulson, Tatiana Maslany Nicole Beharie, Maisie Williams, and Natalie Dormer discussed the current struggles of women in the film industry. EW has a rundown of events here.
Marvel didn’t go huge with any announcements of their future movies (All 3,000 of them) but there was some Ant-Man footage shown along with the cast announcements of Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellow Jacket, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Pym, and daughter of Hank Pym. Some more test footage was shown but no heavy questions were asked about Edgar Wright’s departure from the film. Then they brought out the big guns with the Avengers taking the stage. One by one, everyone from Robert Downey Junior to Cobie Smulders met a crowd of cheering fans. Joss Whedon couldn’t make it due to knee surgery. The occupants of Hall H were then treated to footage of Avengers having a party in Avengers Tower… I’ll let you read the description yourself (Hold on to your butts)
We start on a city scape and the whole team is assembled in Avengers tower. They’re all hanging out. Drinking beer, joking, and Hawkeye tells Thor the whole no-one-can-grab-the hammer thing is “a circus side show.” He disagrees and Stark tries to pick it up. “If I lift it do I get to rule Asgard?” he asks. Yes, Thor says. He fails on a first attempt. “I’ll be right back.” He puts on the Iron Man glove. No dice. He and Rhodie try, both in their Iron Man gloves. Nope. Hawkeye fails. Banner tries and really exerts himself. Everyone gives him a look. Next up is Cap and he budges it which really gets Thor worried. However, having all failed Thor says he has a simple theory “You’re all not worthy.” Just then a huge screeching sound. “You’re all not worthy.” Enter a brutally broken, almost zombie like metal being. It’s Ultron. “How could you be worthy? You are all killers. You want to protect the world but you don’t want it to change. There’s only one path to peace… your extinction.” Just then a bunch of other robots fly in and we get the Marvel Studios logo.
Ultron continues in voice over with a bunch of other images. “I had a vision … the whole world screaming for mercy.” People running away, escaping. “Everyone tangled in strings.” Banner all sickly looking on a plane. “Strinnnngs.” Massive battle scenes, Hawkeye and others helping people evacuate. Banner in the snow, then a random hospital, Scarlet Witch on a bus, Thor smashing a tank. Then Tony Stark “It’s the end,” he says. “The end of the path I started us on.” Widow adds, “Nothing lasts forever.” We then see a screaming Hulk and the massive Hulk Buster armor. Black Widow on the Harley Davidson, Quicksilver running around, Andy Serkis as a human (!?!), more explosions, Iron Man flying by what looks like a prison and shooting some soldiers. Hulk throws a car at the Hulkbuster and then punches him through it. A quick shot of Widow and Hulk almost touching hands.
The whole time, a song has been playing about strings. It’s very eerie and morbid. Finally, we get a fully realized, metallic, 8 foot Ultron. Referencing his statement “There are no strings on me” as his clenching fist turns into the circle around the “A” of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The title card.
Then, after that, we see Cap’s shild broken, Tony Stark looking down at it, the camera pulls back and we literally see every member of the team laying on the ground in tatters on what may or not be Thanos’ tomb. They look dead.
Wow. The footage is simply breathtaking. This is a wholly different, much bigger Avengers movie than we’re used to seeing. But don’t worry friends, I don’t think the Avengers die. That’s likely just a vision that Scarlet Witch makes Tony Stark see. (Source: SlashFilm)
And also THIS:
Yes, I’m writing and directing the sequel to #GuardiansoftheGalaxy for theaters July 28 2017. But first go see the first one out next week!
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 27, 2014
There’s one more giant piece of news that people aren’t mentioning enough. Legendary pictures might be building a cinematic universe of Kaiju movies. Godzilla’s sequel was teased (possibly involving Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Rodan!) with Gareth Edwards returning as director. Then the most exciting reveal of Comic Con… Legendary pictures is doing a Skull Island movie! You know, the island where the Venture finds and captures King Kong? I’m almost certain this is the start of something beautiful. Whether or not Pacific Rim joins the fun remains to be seen.
As for who the winner is… well this yeah it depends who you ask. Almost everyone who didn’t attend says, Batman v Superman won. Everyone who actually waited to see the footage says Age of Ultron won, followed by Mad Max: Fury Road. But what do you think took Best of Show? Do you think I forgot to mention anything big? Drop a comment down below and let me know. Personally, I think a Kaiju shared cinematic universe needs to happen by 2020. See you guys next year!