Now that San Diego Comic-Con has left us this year, it's time for us to scoop our brains up and talk about it. The purpose of this specific piece is to cover the Marvel Studios panel from Saturday. The sheer amount of info dropped can't be fully delved into in a single article. I'm simply going to cover some highlights and things I found personally interesting.
The first thing we'll cover is the closest to seeing the silver screen, Thor: Ragnarok. The first full trailer was released to the public as well as screened during the panel. Director Taika Waititi has a very distinct style that couldn't be more clear. His trippy color palette and embrace of all things comic book madness set it apart from the previous Thor films as much as the rest of the MCU. Also, the buddy-cop elements between Hulk and Thor are great with all the context from the Avengers movies. Thor: Ragnarok drops November 3, 2017.
Next up on the list is next year's Black Panther. Honestly, this is my most anticipated on this list because of his presence in Civil War. None of the footage shown at the event was revealed online. That being said, the descriptions get me super giddy. T'Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, is hunting Andy Serkis' Klaw in a South Korean club. Panther is accompanied by his allies portrayed by Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira. The tension builds until an all-out brawl ensues. The whole thing was described as having a heavy James Bond vibe. The following snippets of scenes includes a car chase, and Michael B. Jordan's Eric Killmonger in a Black Panther-like suit confronting T'Challa. All in all, this news takes my hype from a 10 to 15. February 16, 2018 can't come soon enough.
AntMan and the Wasp is not the next movie chronologically, but I'm saving the biggest for last. The content shown in Hall H started with Paul Rudd and Michael Pena giving a humorous Marvel history lesson, complete with David Hasselhoff's Nick Fury (Google it if you don't get the reference). Nothing substantial was shown other than some early animatics and shots. Things such as Evangeline Lily's Wasp in action with Rudd's AntMan were the primary features. Casting, however, was the biggest drop of this panel. Not only is Michelle Pfeiffer joining the cast as Janet Van Dyne, mother of Hope Van Dyne and former Wasp, but she will be accompanied by Lawrence Fishburne as Goliath. Hannah John-Kamen and Walton Goggins also jump on as villains The Ghost and Sonny Burch, respectively for a July 6, 2018 release.
The biggest unknown of the upcoming slate had been Captain Marvel. Last year's Comic-Con saw Brie Larson announced in the role. The following months gave us the film's director duo, and we learned about a week ago that Samuel L. Jackson would reprise his role as Nick Fury. Now, we have a better idea of how. Marvel's first female lead flick will take place in the 90's. Yep, it's their first story since The First Avenger that won't take place in modern times, meaning Fury will be getting his other peeper back for about two hours. In addition to the setting, Larson's Carol Danvers will be battling the Skrulls. For the uninitiated, the Skrulls are a shape shifting race of aliens in the Marvel landscape. No filming has commenced, but concept art showing the Captain Marvel suit and battles with the Skrulls was on full display. It will be intriguing to see how she factors in with the time displacement and her solo outing being dropped on March 8, 2019, smack dab in between the next two Avengers pictures.
Finally, we arrive at the big one. Avengers: Infinity War footage was shown exclusively at the panel. The film finished production not too long ago, so a decently substantial amount was showcased. Descriptions start with a recap of all MCU films. We then cut to Thor running into the Guardians of the Galaxy in space, comically crashing into their ship's windshield. What follows is Thanos wreaking havoc on the likes of Iron Man, Star-Lord, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, and their heroic peers. Everything comes to a head when Thanos uses the Infinity Gauntlet to throw a moon at his opposition. Overkill would be the understatement of the decade. For a more in-depth breakdown, click here. I don't need to say anymore. We're all holding tight for May 4, 2018. Oh yeah, and Captain America has a beard.
Sigh of relief, people. we did it. My next bit will be on the DC portion of the WB panel. Stay frosty!