AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Concept Art Showcases Scarlet Witch and Iron Man at San Diego Comic-Con

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Hot on the heels of Marvel’s reveal of their Comic-Con exclusive Ant-Man poster come two new examples of concept art for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Andy Park, who created the Ant-Man design, also produced this new look at Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), which debuts alongside an equally impressive Iron Man poster from artist Ryan Meinerding.  It suffices as a tease for what’s sure to be a cavalcade of Marvel goodies at San Diego Comic-Con.

Starring Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerJames SpaderPaul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Hit the jump to see the full Comic-Con posters and for more on how you can get your own.

Comic-Con 2014: Marvel Studios Reveals ANT-MAN Convention Poster with Artwork by Andy Park

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In case you weren’t aware, San Diego Comic-Con 2014 is kicking off its programming tonight with Preview Night, in which lots and lots of marketing appears for various upcoming projects.  One such anticipated picture from Marvel Studios is the Peyton Reed-directed Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd as the title hero alongside Michael Douglas.  Both actors are featured in this new poster which shows off some pre-production artwork from Andy Park created exclusively for the convention.  Also on display is a tease of the hero’s size-changing abilities which should prove to be a lot of fun to play with on the big screen.

Also starring Michael PeñaPatrick WilsonEvangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full Comic-Con poster for Ant-Man in all its glory.

Robert Downey Jr. Hints at Return for IRON MAN 4

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I’ve never really expected an Iron Man 4, however naive that may seem.  I really, really liked Iron Man 3.  So far, having not yet seen Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s my favorite film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  And I had always sort of taken the hint that it was the final Iron Man installment for Robert Downey Jr.  It wrapped up his version of Tony Stark’s arc in a way that felt complete to me.  Also, anyone who’s paying attention knows that, exempting his appearance in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, he might be getting too expensive for Marvel.  Blockbuster dealmaking is a complicated game and once an actor is branded with a successful role it gets extremely expensive to keep them onboard after their initial contract expires.

But Robert Downey Jr. isn’t wiping his hands of a potential Iron Man 4 just yet.  Despite Gwyneth Paltrow’s prognostication that a 4th film isn’t in the cards (and Downey himself seeming noncommittal over a year ago), there still might be another go-around for Marvel and the original Tony Stark.  Hit the jump for more on the potential for Robert Downey Jr. returning to Iron Man 4.

Marvel Announces May 3rd, 2018 Movie; Could This Be AVENGERS 3?

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Last week Marvel announced 5 Untitled Movies with release dates stretching all the way up until May of 2019.  At the time, I guessed that the one bearing the date of May 3rd, 2019 would be Avengers 3 since that franchise’s signature early May release date was missing from the 2018 slate and 2017 seemed just a bit too soon to get everyone together again.

I’m doing away with that theory at this point because Marvel just announced yet another film for May 4th, 2018.  That first week of May is Avengers territory and 2018 is one whole year sooner that the studio gets to trot out their most valuable IP.  It makes sense that they want as few gaps between these things as possible.  So now I’m going to guess that  Avengers 3 hits on May 4th, 2018.  Hit the jump for more on this potential Avengers 3 release date.

The Rebellion Is Coming in THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Comic-Con Poster

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was one of the biggest panels of Comic-Con 2013, but Lionsgate has decided to forego much of the convention this year.  Instead, they’ve released a The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Comic-Con poster along with their odd promotion to let fans see the new trailer on a Galaxy Tab S.  This Comic-Con poster isn’t anything special in part because it’s confusing.  The Capitol is supposed to stand for carefully designed order, but artist WK Interact just threw together a mishmash of authoritarian imagery like a barcode on a granite wall, and then plastered on the “Mockingjay” emblem as if some citizen was rebelling against a piece of street art.

Hit the jump to check out the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Comic-Con poster.  The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Jena Malone, and Julianne MooreThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

Comic-Con 2014: Tips for First-Time Attendees

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[This is an updated version of my Comic-Con Guide article from 2012.]

The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con begins tomorrow, and the convention can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’ve never attended the madhouse before. For those who are going to Comic-Con for the first time, I have come to offer you some friendly advice. I’ve provided these primers in the past, but I like to keep them updated with new tips I’ve learned from previous years. This primer isn’t designed around what specific panels you should and shouldn’t see, but rather a way to make sure your Comic-Con experience is a fun and memorable one.

Hit the jump for some Comic-Con tips I’ve learned over the past seven years.  The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 24 – 27th; Preview Night is on Wednesday, July 23rd.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recruits Lucy Lawless; AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. and AGENT CARTER Crossover Comic-Con Poster Revealed

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Marvel’s
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had a tough time at first.  It didn’t get the best critical reception and saw its ratings slip as the season progressed.  Having lost interest after the fourth episode, clearly I can’t comment, but our own Evan Valentine pointed out that things did improve after a certain big twist.  Perhaps I’ll have to take his word for it because not only did Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. score a second season, but it also just added Xena star Lucy Lawless to the cast.

Since playing Xena, Lawless has been all over the place on the TV side of the business having appeared on Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus, Parks and Recreation and more.  Hit the jump for more on Lawless’ casting as well as the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter San Diego Comic-Con crossover poster.  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on Tuesday, September 23rd at 9/8c and Agent Carter will premiere in January 2015.

THE COLLISION: Episode 98 – Comic-Con 2014 Preview

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This week on The Collision, we look ahead to the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con.  We discuss how an underwhelming lineup in 2014 relates to the overwhelming blockbusters of 2015, the positives and negatives of the Con, how it looks like it’s continuing to transition from movies to television, why fans love Comic-Con, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The Planet of the Apes Franchise”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

STAR WARS REBELS Extended Trailer; Exclusive Preview Screening Planned for Comic-Con

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The team behind Star Wars Rebels is giving up just a little more material before their panel and that preview screening at San Diego Comic-Con.  In addition to the footage we got in that full trailer back in May, this extended version adds a message from Obi-Wan Kenobi revealing that the Jedi Order and the Republic have fallen.  However, that’s when a 14-year-old con artist named Ezra (voiced by Taylor Gray) gets to step up.  Not only does he have a flair for stealing from the Empire, but he’s also got the ability to tap into the Force without even knowing it. Check out what happens when Ezra teams up with Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and the rest of the crew aboard The Ghost in the Star Wars Rebels extended trailer after the jump.  The show premieres on Disney XD in the fall and also features the voices of Vanessa Marshall, David Oyelowo and Steven Jay Blum.

Dwayne Johnson Teases Possible SHAZAM Movie; Announcement Coming at Comic-Con?

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Okay.  So we know that DC and Warner Bros. would really like to play some catchup with Marvel and Disney.  Man of Steel didn’t do especially well, so they’re moving full steam ahead into the Avengers-esque territory of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, which will be shot back-to-back by Zack Snyder.

But wouldn’t it be nice if they put some solo movies in there too?  There were some rumors last month about a potentially leaked Warner Bros. schedule for Comic-Con this week that included a Wonder Woman movie, a Sandman movie and a Shazam movie.  And it’s the latter film that Dwayne Johnson seems to be hinting at.  Hit the jump for more on a possible Shazam movie starring Dwayne Johnson.

Marvel Release Dates Announced Through May 2019; All Movies Currently Untitled

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Looks like Marvel Studios is quite bullish on their prospects for Phase 3 (and possibly beyond).  They’ve just announced 5 release dates for films that are as-of-yet untitled and they stretch all the way up to 2019.  That’s two films a year.

We’ll be updating this piece with more data as our analysis comes in, but could the May 3rd, 2019 date be when we’ll see Avengers 3?  The announced Marvel release dates are:

  • Marvel Untitled – 7/28/17 wide
  • Marvel Untitled – 11/3/17 wide
  • Marvel Untitled – 7/6/18 wide
  • Marvel Untitled – 11/2/18 wide
  • Marvel Untitled – 5/3/19 wide

Hit the jump for more on the existing Marvel film slate and what movies these untitled pictures could eventually become.

Meet Fish, Shoe, Oilcan and Sparky in 4 Brand New THE BOXTROLLS Character Posters

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You’ll probably pick up on this soon enough, but I’ve got a major thing for super cute animated creatures.  (Perhaps the result of growing up with pets?)  The “They’ve Got the Whole World in Their Hands” trailer for The Boxtrolls is easily one of the best of 2013 and since, every single thing we’ve seen from the movie’s promotional campaign suggests that it’s got some serious potential, largely due to the detail and expressivity of those incredibly novel and charming creatures – and now we get to take an even closer look at four of them.

With The Boxtrolls due to have a rather big presence at Comic-Con, Focus Features has unveiled four character posters each featuring a different boxtroll as he packs for San Diego.  Hit the jump to check out the Boxtrolls character posters for Fish, Shoe, Oilcan and Sparky as well as all of the details on what they’ve got going on at Comic-Con.  The Boxtrolls arrives in theaters on September 26th and features the voices of Isaac Hempstead WrightElle FanningBen Kingsley, Toni ColletteNick FrostSimon PeggRichard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, and Jared Harris.

THE STRAIN Comic-Con Event Gives Fans Access to the Show With Unseen Footage and Guest Appearances

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FX just premiered The Strain last Sunday and unfortunately I haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet.  But I hear the series, based on the books by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, is one of the more unrelenting takes on vampirism in TV history (and that it’s quite fun as well).  If you’re already a fan of the show, and if you’re going to be at the San Diego Comic-Con next week, then there’s an exclusive event you won’t want to miss.

The Strain (check out our recap) tells the story of “Dr. Ephraim Goodweather,” the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City.  Goodweather and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.  As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.  The show stars Corey Stoll, Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez.  Hit the jump for more info on how to get into The Strain Comic-Con event!

Comic-Con Implementing New Wristband System for Hall H Line; Aims to Give Attendees an Idea of Their Chances of Getting in

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As San Diego Comic-Con has grown exponentially year after year while remaining in the same physical space (the San Diego Convention Center), attendees have been growing more frustrated with the lengthy lines that are necessary to funnel people into the more popular panels.  The Mount Everest of Comic-Con lines is undoubtedly Hall H, which is where the movie studios and television networks generally tout the biggest and the baddest of what they have to offer.  This is where the first footage from Man of Steel debuted, where Batman vs. Superman was announced, and where Robert Downey Jr. walked through the aisles dancing and sporting an Iron Man arm.

Last year in Hall H, the line became nearly unbearable as more people started camping out, meaning if you wanted to get into Hall H for Saturday’s slew of panels, you needed to be in line by Friday night at 10pm.  This year, SDCC is aiming to alleviate at least some of that pressure by implementing a new program that will give attendees a better idea of their chances of getting in.  More after the jump.

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Friday, July 25th Includes GAME OF THRONES, THE WALKING DEAD, and HORNS

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The Friday schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2014 has been announced.  It’s actually pretty tame as far as Hall H goes, with Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead being the highlight panels of the day.  RADiUS-TWC will make its SDCC debut with Horns, in which Daniel Radcliffe will also make his first appearance at Comic-Con.  Outside of Hall H, there’s also plenty of TV panels to go around, with The Legend of Korra, Arrow, Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Bates Motel, and a special Marvel TV panel all taking place.  Fox has also blocked out two hours in Hall H, during which time it’s expected to preview The Maze Runner, Kingsmen: The Secret Service, Let’s Be Cops, the animated Book of Life, and Hitman: Agent 47.  There have also been rumblings that we might get a peek at The Fantastic Four, which would make sense.

Hit the jump to take a look at some highlights from Friday’s schedule, and click here if you missed the Wednesday/Thursday schedule. Comic-Con 2014 runs from July 23rd to July 27th.

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