As per usual, the celebration of all things at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 is also, largely, a celebration of all things Marvel, and this year’s festivities were no exception. There were a number of major casting confirmations – most notably Brie Larson landing the titular role in Captain Marvel, a role that Ronda Rousey had previously made a move toward – but that was hardly the only news. Story details were teased, new trailers and footage premiered, and new art and logos were brought out, not to mention Michael Giacchino’s new fanfare for Marvel Studios. To give you a one-stop-shop sort of deal for all that we learned about Marvel Studios’ myriad projects at Comic-Con 2016, we gathered all the big news items and linked to our more extensive coverage for each project below. And here we go!
- So, yes, to begin, Brie Larson is going to be our Captain Marvel. The tremendously talented actress recently (rightfully) snagged an Oscar for her performance in the quite-good Room, after stick-out performances in The Spectacular Now, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, 21 Jump Street, and Short Term 12. She came out to confirm that she will be playing Carol Danvers, and was also around to introduce the first trailer from Kong: Skull Island, which she stars in alongside Tom Hiddleston. She’ll next be seen in Ben Wheatley‘s Free Fire, along with Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer. Now, the question is: Who will direct Captain Marvel?
On the other hand, Black Panther confirmed that Ryan Coogler, the filmmaker behind last year’s magnificent Creed, will be the director of the upcoming Wakanda-set Marvel blockbuster over a month ago, but the cast was still uncertain going into Comic-Con, beyond Chadwick Boseman in the title role and Coogler axiom Michael B. Jordan as the villainous Erik Killmonger. At the panel for the film, not only was the new logo for the film shown, but Coogler came out with Boseman and Jordan, along with confirmed co-stars Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia and The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira as Okoye, both characters serving as bodyguards to Boseman’s Wakandan hero.
- In the realm of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, there was some footage shown to the audience there but there was also plenty of big news that made its way out to the non-SDCC-attending public. Most prominent amongst that news is the revelation that Kurt Russell will be playing Ego the Living Planet, the central villain of the new film, as well as the sharply dressed father to Chris Pratt‘s Star Lord. It was also confirmed at the panel that Elizabeth Debicki will play Ayesha, a genetically-created celestial being also known as Paragon and Her. The footage also, apparently, featured our first look at Sylvester Stallone in the film.
- Meanwhile, we got our first teaser trailer for Netflix & Marvel Studios’ ridiculously anticipated The Defenders series, which will bring Luke Cage (Michael Colter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) together as a righteous fighting force against the forces of evil. Fans of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” and Scott Glenn‘s Stick will approve.
- Some early footage from John Watts‘ Spider-Man: Homecoming was met with rapturous applause from the Hall H audience, with the scenes unfolding to coincide with a class schedule in high school. There was also a piece of concept art debuted at the panel that confirmed that the Vulture will indeed appear in the new film, even if we don’t have confirmation quite yet that Michael Keaton will be playing the infamous nemesis of our favorite neighborhood web-slinger.
During the Luke Cage panel, Jon Quesada came out on stage to announce something somewhat inevitable but nevertheless galvanizing: Netflix has renewed their first (and arguably best) Marvel Studios project, Daredevil, for a third season. No word as of yet about what will be happening in the new season, but one could rightly expect the return of The Hand and the possible (fingers crossed) appearance of another one of Daredevil’s major villains, Bullseye.
- Speaking of the Luke Cage panel, we also got a brand new, bracingly bad-ass trailer for the upcoming Netflix series, which will be all anyone watches this November. The series’ showrunner, along with the cast, also talked at the panel about the Wu-Tangification of Marvel that occurs in the series, which is the best thing I had heard until I heard that each episode of the Netflix-Marvel series will be named after a song by seminal East Coast hip-hop duo Gang Starr. Sweet baby lord, get Luke Cage in a place where I can watch it already!
- Now, onto a far more established Marvel TV series. The panel for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. let out a number of small bits of news about Season 4 of the inexplicably beloved ABC program, but there was one note that even interested fans that have given up on the overworked series. The new season will include a character named Robbie Reyes, played by Gabriel Luna, who will eventually become the demon-infused vigilante known by fans as Ghost Rider. I’ve got enough television to watch as is, and now they’re making me want to come back to this nonsense? No fair!
- Though we’ve already seen quite a lot of Doctor Strange thus far via images and a few trailers, the Comic-Con panel included some much-talked-about footage that has yet to be seen by anyone outside of SDCC 2016. On top of that, the brand new trailer did offer a few new views of the imagery we’ll be getting in the upcoming Marvel blockbuster, directed by Scott Derrickson. Yes, it still looks like Marvel is just trying to copy Inception, from the folding-in-on-itself cityscape to the Asian decors and settings, but considering a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, and the great Mads Mikkelsen, I’m still looking forward to seeing how the Sinister director puts a unique stamp on the inherently trippy property, and how he will tease the evolution of Chiwetel Ejiofor‘s Baron Mordo.
- Footage from Thor: Ragnarok also had Hall H in quite an uproar, especially as the footage apparently shows off Hulk fighting in an arena and facing up to the enormous Hela. That would seem to tip us toward an inevitable, awesome-by-design Planet Hulk movie with that being doubly confirmed by Marvel showing off Hulk’s Gladiator armor on the con floor to quite a lot of hubbub. May Hulk finally get the unapologetically entertaining movie we’ve been waiting for him to star in? Sure, Ang Lee‘s Hulk is undervalued and The Incredible Hulk is a whole lot of fun, but a film on Planet Hulk would be a dream come true for legions of Marvel fans. The debut of the Taika Waititi-helmed film’s seemingly video-game-inspired logo was also a talking point.
- At this point, my anticipation is nearly as high for Legion as it is for Luke Cage. The X-Men spinoff series will be premiering in early 2017 on FX and is overseen by Noah Hawley, the ingenious writer-producer behind FX’s sensational Fargo series, which is reason enough to be excited. The first head-spinning, eye-grabbing trailer for the show made a quick impression, and the visible cast, including Dan Stevens, Hamish Linklater, Rachel Keller, and Aubrey Plaza, looks to be biting into the material with pure relish.
- Finally, circling back to the Netflix-Marvel Studios universe, we got our first full look at Finn Jones in the role of Defenders heavyweight Iron Fist in the first trailer for the series. The footage shows a young Daniel Rand being taken in by monks after what looks like an airplane crash before returning to New York City as an adult to literally break down walls. Like Legion, Iron Fist will hit the small screen in 2017.
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