AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Comic-Con Panel Recap; New Footage “Got No Strings” but Plenty of Action

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This was the one.  There had been good panels on Saturday, but Marvel is always the one that drives people crazy.  They know how to put on a show.  People were hungry for this panel.  It was supposed to start at 5:30pm and when it started getting later, people were chanting, clapping, and at one point even attempted to do the wave (they failed miserably at that last one) as a way to pass the time and keep up energy until the panel.  There was a ridiculous amount of good will in this room, and eagerness for news.  At the very least, they would be getting some sweet, sweet new footage from one of 2015’s biggest films.  And yet that turned out not to be enough as the studio’s Comic-Con marketing backfired.

Hit the jump for the Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic-Con panel recap.

avengers-age-of-ultron-concept-art-hawkeyeJoss Whedon’s not here because he’s recovering from knee surgery in London, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told the audience.  But some other people were here to take the stage (to some very groovy music): Robert Downey Jr. (who opens a briefcase and flings roses into the crowd, as one does), Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, along with “new heavyhitters” Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, James Spader, and Elizabeth Olsen.  Downey handed a white rose to the ladies who came on stage.

“This is good.  This is supposed to happen,” says moderator Chris Hardwick.  “Welcome, Avengers.”

Chris Hardwick goes down the line:

Robert Downey Jr: “How does it feel to be here at Comic-Con?” It keeps getting better.  This is the longest bench of talent I’ve ever been apart of, and we got a really nice film coming to you next year.

Jeremy Renner on coming to Comic-Con: It’s always thrilling.  It’s always a big, amazing thing.  Glad to be here.  Very honored (he said with very little enthusiasm…).

As for if he ever thought he would be acting in a superhero franchise:  “No, it’s a beautiful blessing.  It wasn’t very hard to convince me to do it.”

Mark Ruffalo: Has Comic-Con exceeded his expectations?  “By a huge margin.  No one treats me like this at home, that’s for sure.”

The crowd starts chanting “Hulk”.  He says people on the street yell, “Hey, Hulk!” at him. “They don’t know me as anything else.”

Chris Hemsworth: “What has Thor meant to you?”  Hemsworth replies, “This is one of the best experiences I have had on a set, off a set, and being a part of this madness (gesturing to Hall H) is glorious.”

avengers-age-of-ultron-poster-captain-americaIs there anything he wants to happen to Thor?  “Turn him into a woman,” says Hemsworth.  “I don’t want to jinx anything, but I think this could be my Oscar.”

Cobie Smulders: “Has this been a whirlwind?  Does she get to enjoy Comic-Con?”  Smulders says she doesn’t walk the floor, but it was incredible to finally get to do a signing.  She also says she hoped that Maria Hill would go on past The Avengers.  “I’m so grateful.”

Samuel L. Jackson: “How do you think Nick Fury would react to this reception?”  Jackson responds, “You know, Comic-Con is phenomenal.  It’s amazing…Every year I come her and it validates that I belong.  I get this love that makes me feel like going out and making movies for the rest of the year.  We make movies because we want to entertain you guys, and I make movies because I want to see myself in them.”

Chris Evans: Hardwick asks him to confirm a story: “Did you and Hemsworth compare muscle rippage?”

“No, that’s ridiculous,” says Evans.  “He is Thor!  I can’t keep up with him!”  Hardwick also asks if Steve feels more acclimated to the present day.  “I think he’s getting there.  He’s not just amazed at cell phones and the Internet.  He’s up to speed, but he’s still looking for a place to belong.”  But with the dissolve of SHIELD, he’s now looking for a home because he’s a soldier.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson on coming into this new world:  “Pretty overwhelming and surreal.”  He was flattered that they brought him in and didn’t hesitate.  He says what appealed to him about the movie is that everyone gets a chance to shine but “they bounce off each other,” and there’s a tone where it can be sad but also moments where it can be funny.  “I thoroughly enjoyed all the Marvel movies, and was excited to be a part of this one.”

Paul Bettany on making the jump from voice-work to appearing:  “Now they’re going to make me work for my money.  I used to show up in a dark booth for 45 minutes and get a bag of cash.”  But in all seriousness, “It’s exciting for me, but it’s the most exciting thing for my children.”

avengers-age-of-ultron-black-widow-posterWhen it’s James Spader’s turn to talk, he says directly to the crowd: “I always thought my whole life that my life could never get weird or crazy enough for me.  But I’ll tell you something: this may be the weirdest, craziest place I’ve ever been.  It’s because of all of you guys, and I thank you for that.”

When asked about Ultron and his approach to the role, Spader wryly said,  “I play an 8-foot robot in this movie, and I’ve always played humans until now.”  He added, “shooting this film was as startling and surprising and challenging and exciting as coming to Comic-Con for the first time.  Doing everything was so entirely new.  The process of making it, playing this character, all of the people, this world I was entering.  Even the world of these movies, the part of the movie business, is entirely new to me.  It was just unimaginably exciting.”

Elizabeth Olsen on joining the cast: “It’s been awesome.”  She says at first she was intimidated by everyone she was going to work with, but they were incredibly welcoming.  “But it was exciting to bring in magic, and mutated people” (crowd goes “oooooh” because she’s not supposed to say mutant),” says Olsen.

When Hardwick is asked if how she prepared for Scarlet Witch is the same way she prepares for other roles, Oslen quipped:  “Yes.  I spend hours a day trying to move a pencil with my mind.”

Downey says “She cast a spell on me two weeks ago, and I’m hoping she’ll soon release me from it.  It burns.”   Chris Hardwick responds to the audience’s cat-calling,  “That could mean anything!”

Scarlet Johansson via video message: “Hey, Kev.  Show the footage already.”

Footage

This is the party scene we’ve reported on before where the Avengers, Maria Hill, and Rhodey (Don Cheadle) are chilling out at Avengers Tower, and trying to lift Thor’s hammer.  Iron Man tries using his gauntlet, and then tries to lift it with Rhodey’s help.  Hawkeye gives it a half-hearted effort.  Banner tries lifting it with much huffing and puffing, and the group freaks out a little bit.  But the best part of the competition is when Cap is able to budge the hammer, and Thor looks worried.  Everyone is laughing, having a good time, and then Ultron busts in a very early form (it looks like he’s been cobbled together from spare parts) and tells the group that humanity is the problem that must be solved.  Then other Ultrons robots blast through the wall and the screen cuts to black.

avengers-age-of-ultron-poster-iron-manThen it’s a montage of worldwide destruction with a weird, ethereal rendition of “I’ve Got No Strings.”  The overall sense of the footage (and there are so many little moment to remember, especially since they only showed the footage once) is that they’re going across the globe, and there’s going to be plenty of mayhem along the way. For me, the biggest standout moment is Black Widow trying to calm Hulk down (a nod to the fact that Natasha and Banner are developing a romantic relationship in this movie.)  The montage ends with a close-up on Ultron as his pupils glow red, and says, “Ain’t no strings on me.”

Cut to title.

Then after the title, there’s a close up on Captain America’s shield, and it’s broken.  Stark looks down at it, and then we pull back, and we see the Avengers are floating in a rock in outer space, and they’re all lying motionless except for Tony.

Following the footage, Josh Brolin came on stage wearing a stuffed Infinity Gauntlet.  He shakes his stuffed gauntlet at the audience.  When he approaches Downey, he says, “Where’s my rose?”  Downey hands him one, and Brolin eats the bloom.

Closing Thoughts

This might not be a popular thing to say, but I thought Marvel fell short this year with their presentation.  Hardwick threw each panel member a boring question, and then we went to footage that had already been reported on.  EW and press in the U.K. basically spoiled what we were going to see, and although the footage was well put together, it wasn’t that surprising.

The biggest “surprise” they had in their pocket was “announcing” Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which was all but official, and then they gave it a release date.  It all smacked of deals yet to be closed, i.e. Doctor Strange.  They didn’t announce future movies or even give subtitles to films they’ve announced like Thor 3 and Captain America 3.  And while Guardians 2 is cool, you’re telling it to an audience that hasn’t seen the first one.

I’m still excited for Marvel’s movies, and I’m obviously going to see them, but from a Comic-Con presentation standpoint, Marvel botched it from both sides.  They gave away too much ahead of the panel, and if they were trying to handle a big surprise that didn’t come together, it’s probably because they cut it too close to make it happen before the presentation.  We’ve come to expect more from Marvel, and this year was surprisingly weak.

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  • Frank

    At least from an outsider’s perspective, it seems like all of the big panels were a bit weak this year. No real surprises, bland Q&As, and a real lack of material to show-off overall. Considering the metric butt-ton of big movies we’re getting over the next two years, it’s a bit surprising.

  • World’s Finest Comments

    So the big winner this year was pretty much Wonder Woman.

  • Devin Reed

    Ya know, I’ve gotta agree.

    I think we were all expecting some kind of new announcement — Dr. Strange release date/casting, a brand new film (looking at you, Black Panther)….but all we got was confirmation of things we already knew. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still fired up about everything in the pipeline from Marvel Studios, but there wasn’t as much explosive news coming from Hall H this year.

    • TigerFIST

      Agreed. At least thought we were going to get the Dr strange, Thor 3, and Black Panther.

      • Batt Damon

        Even just a picture of Daredevil’s costume.

      • appolox

        Yeah this could have been better. I get the lack of big reveals because next year’s Comic Con will be after both Avengers and Ant-Man are released. So they wouldn’t have anything else to promote other than their phase 3 lineup. But that doesn’t exist this panel being lazy. I think they should ditch Hardwick and get someone else to moderate. And maybe have Spader open with his Ultron voice to follow up Loki from last year. This. Just sounds like it was awkward to sit through.

  • Tib

    So where’s this new footage??

    • enderandrew

      Anything premiered at a SDCC panel can’t be revealed online at least for a few days, and sometimes SDCC exclusive footage is never officially released, and only leaked by attendees with cell phone cameras.

  • TigerFIST

    That sucks.

  • Darius Darrell

    So we are just going to overlook the fact that they pretty much teased Avengers 3 and Thanos with the closing scene and Josh Brolin coming on the stage. While I’m sure it’s not going to be actual footage from A3 they thought enough to shoot it and include in the Age of Ultron footage.

    • cb

      Thanos was teasing his appearance in GOTG. I don’t think they’ve teased jack about A3.

  • Durrhurrhurr

    “this year was surprisingly weak.”

    NO U

  • El Maskador

    Disappointing? They are stranded on an asteroid in deep space, they are lying motionless, Cap’s shield is broken! Come on now! That’s right out of The Infinity Gauntlet, where Cap and most of the heroes die fighting Thanos! What’s disappointing about that???

    • Daniel O’Reilly

      I was hoping those scenes would be saved for the actual battles with Thanos in Avengers 3.

      • El Maskador

        Here’s my theory we won’t see Iron Man, Cap 3, or Thor for awhile. This scene they described might either be in the film or they are filming Avengers 3 at the same time. In the meantime back in the Marvel U Earth, Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, and Black Pather films will come out. Avengers 3 is going to crossover with The Guardians of the Galaxy, and will take place in deep space, what if this shot is the after credit scene and the Avengers are saved by the GotG?

      • Batt Damon

        It’s more likely that it’s Scarlet Witch having some kind of premonition.

      • Doug_101

        I’d buy that. Cap 3 is already slated to go as the second movie following Avengers 2.

      • El Maskador

        Maybe, if that’s the case then shots for Avengers 3 are also taking place now and will be included in that film.

      • Random Bystander

        Or she’s screwing with Tony’s mind

    • Zarles

      Thank you. You kids have absolutely NO IDEA how good you have it.

    • cb

      That was clearly a dream that Tony has when he realizes that his world monitoring AI creation Ultron (who, from here on out i will refer to as “OMAC” for no particular reason) will most likely destroy the avengers.

      • El Maskador

        Hahaha OMAC, that’s exactly what this rendition of Ultron is, hopefully it’ll have daddy issues too.

    • cb

      That was clearly a dream that Tony has when he realizes that his world monitoring AI creation Ultron (who, from here on out i will refer to as “OMAC” for no particular reason) will most likely destroy the avengers.

  • Jeremías Magnaghi

    Re: Avengers footage. What was the aspect ratio? 1:85:1 again, or 2.35:1?

    • AdrFax

      I think they’ll stick to 1:85:1 for the Avengers films, supposedly to accomodate the Hulk to the frame and stuff.

      • Diaz

        I hope so. I honestly wish that they would do that for all the Marvel movies.

    • AdrFax

      I think they’ll stick to 1:85:1 for the Avengers films, supposedly to accomodate the Hulk to the frame and stuff.

    • NoItsRoman

      The frame grab from both EW and the Black Widow Harley stuff seems to show 2.35:1. I had the same question too. But 2.35:1 is much more cinematic and pleasing visually.

  • CJ

    Hardwick is usually a master at these panels.

  • chris

    this is not related news, but i was expecting a surprise PTA appearance in the warner panel. wouldn’t it be cool if they debuted the teaser.

    • appolox

      PTA?

    • Matt1

      Paul Thomas Anderson??

      • Tony

        Parent Teacher Asociation?

      • Tony

        Parent Teacher Asociation?

    • Zarles

      The long-awaited Harper Valley PTA remake?

  • TotesMcGotes

    Yeah, kind of underwhelming. I was hoping for a big Doctor Strange announcement. Still, excited for the future films. And pissed because we won’t get to see that Age of Ultron footage for a long time.

  • Amused

    It would seem that the big wigs at Disney took exception to Matt’s use of the word “disappointing” in the original header of this article. Or maybe Collider was just preempting it. Either way, it was noticed

  • AverageGamers

    Agree with what you said, but I also agree with Frank that none of the big panels give a significant something due to many things have been overhyped before hand. Sure, DC showed Wonder Woman but even after seeing it I went “Meeeh” because the actors just showed up and did nothing but took photoshoot and walked away. As for Marvel, yes, some of these have been leaked before, even the presence of the cast, so not much of a surprise.

  • Atlas2036

    FINALLY an honesty article, MARVEL’S panel sucked this year. WB/DC hit a home run with BvS and Wonder Woman.

    • Eric H

      So the reveal of one major character and the showing of pretty rough footage that likely won’t be in the final cut is a win? Marvel didn’t need to show off everything because they had actual footage and was right to spend the time on properties coming out next year versus stuff 2-3 years down the road that don’t have scripts, directors, or actors attached yet. It was wise of them to get Ant-Man some attention with the AoU buzz since Ant-Man is the next franchise that needs launching.

    • Eric H

      So the reveal of one major character and the showing of pretty rough footage that likely won’t be in the final cut is a win? Marvel didn’t need to show off everything because they had actual footage and was right to spend the time on properties coming out next year versus stuff 2-3 years down the road that don’t have scripts, directors, or actors attached yet. It was wise of them to get Ant-Man some attention with the AoU buzz since Ant-Man is the next franchise that needs launching.

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  • Pk

    Who sings the song I have got no strings?

    • Spicerpalooza

      Pinocchio.

      • Pk

        Funny. But seriously what’s the name of the artist who sings this song?

      • Pk

        Funny. But seriously what’s the name of the artist who sings this song?

  • Pk

    Who sings the song I have got no strings?

  • Daz

    Am hoping that Avengers doesn’t become overly focused on one character – like X-Men was with Wolverine. Sounds like Iron Man will again be the main player, and I’m sure the studio would love the idea of an IM-centric franchise after IM 3 made stupid amounts of money.

  • Daz

    Am hoping that Avengers doesn’t become overly focused on one character – like X-Men was with Wolverine. Sounds like Iron Man will again be the main player, and I’m sure the studio would love the idea of an IM-centric franchise after IM 3 made stupid amounts of money.

    • Lee

      Please. That’s why they hired Whedon, because he can balance a team movie. Don’t compare him to Singer. So I’m sure there will be very little sidelining (though that’s a daunting feat with an even bigger team this time T_T). Avengers only gave Hawkeye the shaft, and even then it managed to use him well.

      That and RDJ said he was less important this time around.

      • Daz

        Hopefully so – I hadn’t heard what Downey Jr said so that would make for a nice surprise. Whedon did balance Avengers well, but the final cut did fall more towards IM (After so many Cap scenes were cut) then the others. Not hugely so, but enough that what I’m hearing at the moment (Iron Man builds Ultron instead of Pym, Iron Man in hulk-buster suit fights Hulk, All Avengers are felled in Comic-Con footage, except Iron Man) did bring up thoughts of Jackman in X-Men. It’s not much to go on so am not overly concerned. Just a thought..

      • Guest

        I think it might not be Tony in the Hulkbuster armour, it could be controlled by Ultron.

      • Guest

        I think it might not be Tony in the Hulkbuster armour, it could be controlled by Ultron.

    • milo

      Someone sat down with a stopwatch and it turns out Cap had more screen time in Avengers than Iron Man/Stark. But overall it was pretty balanced between the various characters.

  • Nat Turner

    The Norse Germanic concept of the God of Thunder known as Thor,
    is based on the African Egyptian God named Menes aka Narmer,
    In Niger and also along the Nile he is known as Shango,
    however in about 2500 BC the God of Thunder was depicted as a woman,
    named Candace, Queen of Kush / Ethiopia.
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    Read on
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  • Nat Turner

    The Norse Germanic concept of the God of Thunder known as Thor,
    is based on the African Egyptian God named Menes aka Narmer,
    In Niger and also along the Nile he is known as Shango,
    however in about 2500 BC the God of Thunder was depicted as a woman,
    named Candace, Queen of Kush / Ethiopia.
    http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1159/652/original.jpg
    Read on
    http://sco.lt/7SWSIb

    • Andrew

      Yeah, no. Pretty much every culture has a god of thunder, lightning, sky, and rain, because those are the most powerful forces of nature, it is easy to believe they are caused by a deity. Some were influenced by others, some weren’t. If the Norse-Germanic people were influenced by anything in their belief of Thor, it would be by Jupiter, the Roman God of Thunder and Lightning, or by Hercules. The Norse people had little to no contact or knowledge of Africa, Ethiopia, or Kush.

      • Nat Turner

        You quite rightly state via Rome,
        however Africans were the God’s of Europe even before Roman times.
        Have you ever wondered why these
        powereful forces of nature are portrayed with the same sybolism in
        widely different cultures ?

      • Nat Turner

        You quite rightly state via Rome,
        however Africans were the God’s of Europe even before Roman times.
        Have you ever wondered why these
        powereful forces of nature are portrayed with the same sybolism in
        widely different cultures ?

  • Merlin235

    The people complaining on here must have gone to ComicCon before. I’ve never been, but watched some of the live feed online and thought it was awesome. But that’s just me. It makes me want to check it out in 2 years when they’re prepping Avengers 3. That should be off the hook.

  • jk

    That’s awesome in the footage they show Cap move Thor’s hammer a little. Love the nod to the old comic where Cap actually used Mjolnir.

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  • poppincherry

    So who thinks that Wonder Woman looks good? It sucks , to me.

  • Strong Enough

    Comic Con sucked this year lmao

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