Marvel: Ant-Man, Captain America 2, Thor 2, Guardians of the Galaxy & more


Lots of Marvel Movie news from the San Diego Comic Con including the line-up of the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Punisher and so much more.

First of all have the news and title logos for their phase 2 movies. Lots of spoilers ahead.

Read on with care, but it is all very cool.

Iron Man 3 – May 3, 2013 – Collider had a description of the footage shown:

– We open with Iron Man putting on his new suit that he can summon through force of will (I believe this is the Extremis armor, but I don’t want to officially call it that). He has some pieces that don’t want to behave, and they start zipping around the room, smashing into things (Tony included), and he gets slammed with some pieces in his nuts and in his back, with the mask the last piece ready to strike. “I’m not scared of you,” Stark says defiantly to the hovering mask. The mask charges, Tony dose a sweet flip, the mask clicks on, Iron Man sticks the landing, and strikes a bad ass pose. Then the Marvel logo comes up.

– The next scene has Tony bantering with Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau). Hogan has quit since he was tired of people laughing at him when he told them he was Iron Man’s bodyguard. It’s a cute way of breaking the fourth wall regarding Faverau’s exit from the director’s chair.

– We see a hand putting on the last of ten rings, one on each finger. We then see a figure remove his hood and pull a gun at no one in particular. The screen goes to black, we fade in, and we see The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) sitting on a throne. His voice over closes out the trailer: “If you beg for mercy, you will be silenced.”

Thor: The Dark World – November 8, 2013 – I am not sure what the Dark World it refers to could be. Maybe he will be going up against Hela and the forces of the dead? Kevin Feige confirmed Zachary Levi (Chuck) will be Fandrel.

Captain America: Winter Soldier – April 4, 2014 – This tells us quite a bit about what it expect about the sequel and that Sebastian Stan is going to return. For those that don’t know the Winter Soldier was Bucky Barnes who had been brainwashed to be a Soviet Assassin who was kept in suspended animation between jobs.

Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1, 2014 – They released this cool piece of concept art (below) showing the Guardians and confirmed the team would consist of Star Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon which makes me very happy. I cannot wait for more cosmic tales from Marvel. The artwork also shows Gamorra so is she on the team or not?

Edgar Wright made a surprise appearance and spoke about Ant-Man before showing some test footage.

The footage opened with Ant-Man sitting on a ledge in an air conditioning vent that lead to a hallway guarded by two agents. The costume was pretty metallic looking, and he snuck through the vent hole and started running down the hallway. He morphed to normal size, shocking the guards, then morphed back down to ant size and kept running. Still in “ant size” he leapt up and punched one of the guys in the face, knocking the spit out of him, then he ran and attacked the other guard.

The footage was obviously rough, but I thought the big/small effects worked great. Wright found a way to make Ant-Man’s power work in a cool and useful way on screen, while still allowing room for the playful tone that he does so well.

Another Marvel comic character made an appearance at Comic Con in the shape of the Punisher. Once again Thomas Jane was wearing the Skull in a short film called , but this was not an official Marvel movie. More of a fan film. To be honest more Thomas Jane Punisher is cool with me as I loved his version of the character. The fact Ron Perlman pops up in it is even cooler.

Collider had a description of the short which should hopefully hit the web soon:

Jane’s short film, which may be titled Dirty Laundry and directed by Phil Joanou (Entropy), begins with a slow burn that ratchets up the tension throughout the first two acts. Jane’s character wakes up in a van parked on the street of a slum with acts of gang violence going on all around him. He ignores it and goes about his business, ie taking his laundry to the laundromat. While the gang activity escalates, Jane remains aloof. Ron Perlman plays a great turn as a disabled war veteran who now works as a clerk at a mini-mart. We won’t give away everything here, but suffice it to say Jane’s character doesn’t take Perlman’s advice and the third act erupts into bloody and brutal violence. Which is just what should happen in a Punisher fim! Rest assured the skull, a new logo designed by Tim Bradstreet, appears in the film; I won’t ruin its reveal here.