Comic-Con: Marvel Announces ‘Guardians 2’ for 2017, Blows Away Hall H with ‘Age of Ultron’ Footage

By July 26, 2014
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Update: Watch the full video at the bottom of this post. Original article follows. (Photos from Ryan Turek, co-host of GeekNation’s The Bloodcast podcast.)

After an anxious crowd waited nearly 20 minutes for the delayed panel to begin, a video montage of footage was shown from the previous Marvel films, including hero shots, footage of the villains, lots of action from Phase 2 (heavy on The Winter Soldier and The Dark World action), and Thanos’ Avengers cameo. Then moderator Chris Hardwick and producer Kevin Feige showed some footage from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, including a great shot of Josh Brolin’s Thanos sitting on his throne.

Feige couldn’t believe that Guardians is the studio’s tenth film, but he announced, “what we’re talking about today is 2015.” Director Peyton Reed, Paul Rudd, and Michael Douglas took the stage to promote Ant-Man, along with the newly-cast Corey Stoll as Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket, and Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Hank Pym’s daughter.

 

Lilly revealed that she hasn’t read the script yet (leading us to believe that a final draft hasn’t been finished at this point), and filming officially begins on August 18th – but they did bring a bit of footage to show the rabid Hall H crowd. (The footage shows Rudd’s Scott Lang being coached on how to be Ant-Man by Douglas’ Hank Pym in a laboratory, as he runs and jumps onto a flying ant.)

 

Then, it was what everyone had been waiting for. Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” blares on the speaker system, and Robert Downey, Jr. comes dancing up onto the stage holding a small briefcase. He opens it, pulls out some roses, and tosses them into the crowd. Then the rest of the cast come out: Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Rufflo, Chris Evans, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James Spader – basically everyone but Scarlett Johansson, who is pregnant, and Joss Whedon, who is bedridden after surgery in London.

 

The cast ran through some charismatic small talk about being at Comic-Con, with the highlights being Hemsworth saying, “I think it could be my Oscar,” in regards to turning Thor into a woman and Robert Downey, Jr. saying how Elizabeth Olsen “cast a spell on me two weeks ago. It burns,” making an STD joke and tying it into Olsen’s remarks about Scarlet Witch bringing magic into the Marvel universe. (Olsen almost said the word “mutant” at one point, which the crowd winced at because Fox owns Marvel’s mutant contingent.)

Then they showed off footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron. There’s a party scene at Avengers tower, where everyone is trying to lift Thor’s hammer, but no one can – not Banner, not War Machine, not Hawkeye, not even Tony Stark with an Iron Man hand. Captain America is able to move it a little bit, but there’s a loud noise, and a creepy Ultron moves into the room. “There’s only one path to peace,” he says – “your extinction!” Then there’s a montage of footage: battles, explosions, Black Widow in a new suit, Stark in Hulkbuster armor going at it with Hulk, and culminating with a shot of Tony in a wasteland environment (maybe Thanos’ planet?) discovering the bodies of his fellow Avengers laying bruised and beaten before him, with Cap’s shield cracked.

Whoa.

 

As if that weren’t enough, Josh Brolin – Thanos himself – showed up wearing the Infinity Gauntlet to get the crowd even more pumped up before the Avengers left the stage. Feige stuck around though, and introduced Chris Pratt and James Gunn on video in London…who announced that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is coming out on July 28th, 2017! This is awesome news, and it confirms the rumors that have been floating around the past few days that Gunn would be back to write and direct the sequel. Guardians is incredible, and once you see it, you’re going to want to revisit that cast immediately, and Gunn has a perfect handle on how to make them vital, hilarious, and compelling.

So that’s it for this year’s Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con! What do you think about what they showed? Are you disappointed we didn’t get any further announcements about upcoming Marvel projects? Let us know below!

Watch the full panel here:

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