Marvel Studios closed out the Hall H presentations on Saturday night at Comic-Con 2012 with a slew of announcements and first looks that probably elevated the spirits of fans everywhere. You can't go wrong when it comes to Robert Downey, Jr. charming the crowd, a look at an early production test for Ant Man and the release dates for all those Marvel sequels you've been waiting for.
Here's what we learned:
- Iron Man 3 will be released on May 3rd, 2013 (and they're halfway through production!)
- Thor: The Dark World will be out on November 8th, 2013.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be in theaters on April 4th, 2014.
- Guardians of the Galaxy will be out on August 1st, 2014.
Then came Edgar Wright, director for Ant-Man. He joked about "taking the Terrence Malick approach on superheroes" but professed his love for the comics and how he grew up reading the Tales to Astonish...but why talk when you could just watch?
They finally revealed footage of the unfinished test, complete with blue screen and wires. Here, Ant-man (in ant-size) approached two security guards manning an elevator down a sleek, white hallway. With some dexterous moves where he switched sizes, he wrestled the guards unconscious (or dead?). And can we talk about his costume? His iconic suit was still red with a silver helmet but everything looked a little more technical than superhero. Wright said they wanted him to "look a little more practical in a way" with a style that mixed a more retro look with the contemporary as "a nod to the original Tales to Astonish."
Sorry, there's no casting new or an official release date but you can't have it all at Comic-Con, right?
And then it was time for Iron Man 3. Robert Downey, Jr. made his entrance to a standing ovation, where he appeared through the curtains at the back of Hall H and then danced his way forward to the music of Luther Vandross. There, he met writer/director Shane Black, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau.
Then we got a first glimpse into what Iron Man 3 has to offer, with the teaser opening with Tony Stark introducing the "bouncing, bad-ass baby brother" to his other Iron Man suits--which meant parts of the suit flying from different parts of the room to assemble automatically on his body. Sorry, suitcase armor. You are no longer the coolest. From there, we witnessed Iron Man facing off even more destruction, with his awesome mansion falling off the cliff, his suits exploding, and finally, a brief look at Sir Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. I'm pretty sure about half the audience peed in their pants right then.
And how's the film coming along so far? "We're having fun; we're halfway done," Black said. "And this means [Jon] is giving me tips along the way."
Cheadle agreed, "It's all good. We're having a great time. We're about to jump into the end now."
As for working alongside Sir Ben, Black only had good things to say: "He's going to be absolutely terrific...This man is The Mandarin."
Downey, Jr and Cheadle bantered back and forth about how long it took them to get into their respective suits but as for plans for more Iron Man movies? And will Bruce Banner make an appearance? You'll have to wait and see.
All we know for sure is Tony Stark's claims that shawarma sales have increased 700% after The Avengers. Mission accomplished.