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Five Cool Reveals at San Diego Comic Con 2014
This year’s fan-fest of films and TV is finally over after four immense days of panels and casting announcements. Some panels were more unexpected than others from the likes of the Dark Knight Director, Christopher Nolan, popping in to promote his next feature, Interstellar; while another small surprise was the new mystery Fox TV show, Wayward Pines, showing its whole pilot episode to a small audience inside the halls. However, the biggest reveals came late into the fest and in case you missed them, here are five of the coolest reveals at Comic Con this year.
5. The full Avengers: Age of Ultron cast
On Saturday the cast for the sequel to Marvel’s 2012 smash hit, The Avengers, boomed onto the stage to Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” The panel was filled with great actors: Robert DowneyJr (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Paul Bettany (The Vision/JARVIS) and James Spader, who plays the villain, Ultron. Along with Kevin Feige, they took their seats in hall H for a chat on what’s in store for the next installment which is due for release in 2015.
Josh Brolin, who played Thanos at the end of the first Avengers, made a surprise appearance at the end of the panel, which started many rumours that he might appear in the sequel. However, according to Feige, he will not appear in the second one (which could just be a bluff). Thanos is, however, reported to be in the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy: which leads me to . . .
4. Guardians of the Galaxy Sequel
The only surprise in this announcement was how early it came, as we all pretty much expected Guardians of the Galaxy was going to become a film franchise anyway. The studios are obviously anticipating Guardians to make it big at the box office, so announcing a sequel means fans can enjoy the first one that bit more, knowing that the characters of Peter Quill, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax will live on in future movies.
Let’s hope the future films will carry the same wit and humour of this first film, as the writers James Gunn and Nicole Perlman are pretty much confirmed to pen the sequel. If the producers of Guardians are up for it then we can safely say that our space travelling crew will cross paths with The Avengers sometime in the future as Feige also commented during an interview after the Avengers panel, saying it was a real possibility.
The sequel is set for a July 28th 2017 release date which is quite a while for fans, but I’m sure other exciting Marvel films will fill the void while we wait.
3. Nine new characters for Season 5 of Games of Thrones
Taking the panel for a chat with fans on Friday were stars Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie, Natalie Dormer, John Bradley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rory McCann, Pedro Pascal and Rose Leslie, along with producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and writer George RR Martin.
The new characters were announced during a short video, which had all the new actors telling us who they will be portraying from the books in Season 5.
The new stars are Alexander Siddig (Kingsom of Heaven), who will play Doran Martell. Toby Sebastian (After the Dark) will play Trystane Martell. Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) will play the fierce Obara Sand. DeObia Oparei (Dredd) will play Areo Hotah. Jonathan Pryce (Tomorrow Never Dies) will play High Sparrow. Nell Tiger Free (Endeavour) will play Myrcella Baratheon. Enzo Cilenti (The Rum Diary) will play Yezzan, and finally we have Nymeria “Nym” Sand who will be played by Jessica Henwick (Silk).
Many new faces here and it’s no surprise after the many characters that were killed off during Season 4, that we have so many casting announcements.
Games of Thrones just seems to be getting bigger and better with each passing season. Let’s hope the final three seasons will keep making progress.
2. Ant Man story details
Marvel Studios just kept on giving on Saturday afternoon as fans were so wrapped up in the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy panels that Ant Man served as a nice surprise/dessert to the first two Marvel panels. Paul Rudd, the new director Peyton Reed, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Corey Stoll took the stage to talk about the new directions Ant Man took after director Edgar Wright’s exit a few months ago.
The new plot information was that Michael Douglas will play a physicist Dr Henry Pym, who is responsible for discovering the technology that allows for Ant-Man’s signature shrinking act. His instability and foul temper have led to a rift with his daughter, Hope (played by Evangeline Lilly). Also, Corey Stoll will play the villain Darren Cross, aka, Yellowjacket.
The movie was also described as a “Heist Movie.”
Ant Man will begin shooting in Atlanta August 18th, with the film theatre release due July 17th, 2015.
1. Mad Max’s long awaited footage reveal
The reboot featuring Tom Hardy, and directed by the original Mad Max creator, George Miller, began its long production in the summer of 2012 in Namibia. Everyone probably expected at least a trailer in 2013, but due to some minor setbacks with the shooting, allegations of the producers damaging parts of the Namib Desert, we now have our first taste of what was possibly the most popular reveal at comic con this year.
We’ve been promised plenty of dusty and gritty action all topped by an Aussie Tom Hardy accent. Well, the promises seem to be paying off as Mad Max seems to be picking up momentum and will catapult into theatres on 15th May 2015.
That’s all from me. I know there were plenty of other panels and announcements that didn’t get a mention here, like The Walking Dead Season 5 trailer, and the new Bioware game that was teased. All those that were left out only meant that this year’s San Diego Comic Con has been one to remember.
Let me know below what you made of these reveals.