The Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic Con has garnered itself quite the reputation as being the panel to watch, for it tends to deliver shocking surprises and moments. This past Saturday proved to be no exception as the studio brought with them a slew of exclusives just for attendees, ones that left its captive audience gasping and begging for more after its hour long panel.
The panel started off with a bang as it showcased the cast of its newest endeavor, Ant-Man. The film has been recently plagued with troubles as its initial director left the project, and this week, more actors have dropped from its roster. That did not stop the studio from delivering a taste of it as it brought with them Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, after which it dropped its first surprise of the evening in asking Evangeline Lily to come out.
The studio confirmed to the audience that Evangeline Lilly was set to take on the role of Hope Pym, Henry Pym’s daughter. This secret was one the actress had been trying to down play all week while attending the convention whenever she was asked about the rumours.
That wasn’t the end of the Ant-Man fun as the studio treated attendees to a teaser trailer, which showcased Rudd’s titular hero testing his new powers by riding what appeared to be a dragonfly. Per the panel, Ant-Man starts filming in two weeks in Georgia, with the full cast.
The surprises didn’t end there as Marvel rolled out the big guns as the cast of the Avengers: Age of Ultron took the stage. Their part of the panel started with a dancing Robert Downey Jr. tossing out roses to the audience, before inviting the rest of the cast (minus director Joss Whedon, due to knee surgery, and Scarlett Johansson) to join him in grooving to the music (Mark Ruffalo was the only one who didn’t dance, for the record).
After bantering around for a bit as they were each introduced, the studio gave the audience its biggest treat so far: a first look at the recently wrapped film.
The footage opened with the Avengers having a get together, with each trying his or her hand at picking Thor’s Mjolinir (only Captain America shifted it a bit, shocking the Lightning god). The good times were put to an end as they found themselves under siege from Ultron. Images raced across the screen as glimpses of Ultron takes over, destroying everything and what appears to be the end of the Avengers as the footage ended with their dead bodies lying in the devastating wake of the enemy’s attack, though it remains to be seen if that will be the case, as the film will not be out until the following year.
That wasn’t the finale of the panel as it turned out, as it dropped two more shocks to the fans’ systems. The first shock belonging to Josh Brolin’s Thanos hand wearing self, confirming his role as one of the biggest villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the second shock being that Guardians of the Galaxy, the Marvel film set to be released worldwide this week, has already been confirmed for a sequel.
By the looks of this panel, Marvel will be thrilling audiences for years to come. Check out our gallery of exclusive photos from our time at the Marvel panel below: