Over the last four days San Diego Comic-Con has delivered special announcements, guest appearances and early footage of the most hungrily anticipated big studio films. From Ant-Man to Zack Snyder, we bring you the best from what has become one of the biggest movie events of the year.
Before the mass scale comic event had even launched its preview night on Wednesday, first images of Marvel’s Ant-Man had hit the web. With the film already haunted by the sad departure of Edgar Wright, who had raised the project as his own for as many years, the poster got interest stirring again. To boost hopes even further, new cast members were introduced in person at Saturday’s panel, which had Paul Rudd, Peyton Reed and producer Kevin Feige in attendance.
Star of Lost and The Hobbit trilogy Evangeline Lilly joins as Hope Pym, daughter to Michael Douglas’s Hank, and Corey Stoll will be Ant-Man’s nemesis, Yellowjacket. Early footage consisted of what appeared to be an FX test with voiceovers and reports claim that Douglas and Rudd’s dynamic paired with the distinct powers of Ant-Man will be what sells the film.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The sequel to one of Marvel’s biggest products to date was one of the most anticipated previews of the weekend, and the 7,000 fans in attendance at Hall H were more than satisfied with what they saw. While the trailer is yet to be released worldwide, reports came back that Avengers part two looks much darker than it’s undeniably fun predecessor. Ultron, who is voiced by James Spader, will present a violent threat to the Avengers, who now have Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) on their side. If the cast panel, which had everyone but Whedon and Johansson present, wasn’t enough to rouse fans into hysteria, a new cast member was announced in the shape of Josh Brolin, who will play villain Thanos.
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Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey made a surprise appearance on Thursday with an unannounced Interstellar panel. Although details of the plot remain tightly under wraps, some early footage was shown and McConaughey has promised that this is Nolan’s most ambitious film to date. The narrative sounds typically Nolan-esque, but whittled down involves a widowed father (McConaughey) leading a mission to save mankind. The film is due for release in November.
A younger fan base rejoiced on Saturday as Daniel Radcliffe arrived, initially disguised in a Spider-Man costume, to promote his latest fantastical horror film, Horns. The new trailer, which shows Radcliffe with fully formed horns sprouting from his furrowed brow, gave attendees plenty to mull over in time for the film’s release on Halloween.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Making sure that Marvel didn’t hog all the limelight at this year’s event, Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot were in attendance, with some sneaky looks at the upcoming film. Not only did Snyder present the first image of Gadot as Wonder Woman but also some early footage of the film, which includes a blazing stare off between our heroes. The film will be released in May 2016.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
A Dame To Kill For was one of the most anticipated talks of Comic-Con, and not just because it’s nearly been a decade since the original film was released. Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez joined cast members Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson and Josh Brolin to discuss the long overdue sequel and are already in talks for Sin City 3. New footage of the film was unleashed during the panel, with promises of an even darker turn from characters both old and new. Joining the already ample cast for the sequel are Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eva Green, with Brolin replacing Clive Owen as Dwight. The film will be released at the end of August.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Reportedly one of the more fanatical screening reactions of the weekend, Mad Max: Fury Road launched its first clip to a frenzied crowd. Starring Tom Hardy as the burly Max, and Charlize Theron as Imperial Furiosa, the breakneck footage shows car chases and the brutal capture of Max against a dystopian backdrop, as well as the drastic change in cast members Nicholas Hoult and Zoe Kravitz. Mad Max: Fury Road will be released in the UK in May 2015.