Marvel came to San Diego Comic Con’s Hall H with a whole heap of footage, concept art and announcements to get the crowd excited, and even though it hasn’t all made its way online, we still got more then enough for a clearer idea of what’s coming up throughout the rest of Phase 3. With Ant-Man & The Wasp, Captain Marvel, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War each getting their moment in the spotlight, here are the headlines:
Michelle Pfeiffer was revealed to be playing Janet van Dyne in Ant-Man and The Wasp via a video that featured Paul Rudd and Michael Pena catching her up with the entirety of the MCU to date. So that means she’ll be both the original Wasp, and the mother of Evangeline Lilly’s new Wasp, Hope van Dyne. It’s a piece of casting that seemed to be really well-received in the room (although, in Hall H that’s almost a given), but also got us hyped about seeing Pfeiffer and Michael Douglas on-screen together. Meanwhile Laurence Fishburne was announced to be playing Bill Foster (aka Goliath, aka Giant Man), Walton Goggins will be playing Cross Technologies Chairman Sonny Burch, and Hannah John-Kamen will play the villainous Ghost.
Captain Marvel hasn’t started filming yet, so there was no footage to be shown, but Marvel came armed with some concept art and plot details about the MCU’s first female superhero to get her own movie. Nick Fury will indeed feature alongside Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers as had been rumoured, but the film will be set back in the early 1990s, back when Fury still had both eyes. The concept art for the film also revealed that the villains will be the Skrulls, which is very interesting indeed given that last we heard the rights to those characters were believed to still be with Fox. We can’t wait to find out how that deal has been worked out, and why exactly the film’s taking place 25 years in the past. Colour us intrigued.
Next up came the latest Thor: Ragnarok trailer, which you can watch above. And let’s just say from the off, if the music in the trailer is Mark Mothersbaugh’s actual score for the film, we’ll be in heaven. The hype train for this one isn’t going to slow down any time soon, with the new trailer giving us more of the same and then some. Cate Blanchett’s Hela looks and sounds incredible, Chris Hemsworth dials up the comedy, every other image looks like a prog rock album cover, and Hulk got a haircut! Oh, and he talks. Hulk freakin’ talks. And not just a couple of words, he has a lovely little sit-down chit-chat with his new best buddy, Thor. And in another interesting MCU wrinkle, the panel also revealed that Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster will be the brother of Benicio del Toro’s Collector. Please excuse us for the fanboy squealing, but based on this new footage October 27th can’t come soon enough.
Next up was the Black Panther panel, but after the frantic start to the Marvel presentation, there were no huge revelations here. A sizzle reel of new footage played in the hall – it won’t be released online, as was the case with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 last year – and it got a standing ovation. Apparently T’Challa’s suit has got an Iron Man-esque upgrade and now transforms around him, and the footage also showed more of the casino and car chase set pieces that we saw in the first trailer.
And finally, Marvel couldn’t leave things without a tease for Infinity War… but again the footage shown won’t be released online quite yet, and what was shown was exactly what debuted a weekend earlier at D23. To catch you up, that footage includes Thor meeting the Guardians in space, Loki presenting the Tesseract to someone (presumably Thanos), Iron Man standing alongside the Guardians and confirming that Thanos is travelling to Earth. Spidey wears his upgraded suit from the end of Homecoming, Bucky and Black Panther lead armies into battle, Cap has a beard now, Black Widow is Blonde Widow, and Vision is imprisoned. Then Thanos turns up, wraps his hand around Thor’s skull, and is shown pulling down a moon using his partially-assembed Infinity Gauntlet. Sounds like we’re meeting the final boss.
A disappointing end, perhaps, but we’ll just sit here patiently waiting for the Infinity War footage to drop online. We’re sure it will be here any day now…