[Update: Check out video of the Marvel Panel!]
Arguably the most anticipated presentation of Comic-Con 2010, the Marvel Studios panel takes place today at 6pm in Hall H. It is of course the real introduction to Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America.
Screen Rant was present in the first row to give you the live coverage and share with you all of the major announcements. Check out what happened play-by-play and how we, the fans, were introduced to Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner.
Geoff Boucher (LA Times) is moderating. Kevin Feige, Marvel president of production first introduced. Boucher asks him to talk about Thor and Captain America.
- Feige says there was some skepticism that this could happen back when they announced the line-up of films 2 years ago. At end of this panel, he promises that skepticism will be gone.
The panel tarted with a Captain America vignette loaded with 1941 World War 2 footage. It featured text talking about meeting the first Avenger, overlayed with shapes and colors of Captain America’s shield.
- Silhouette of Captain America shown, then we got quick glimpse of Chris Evans in full costume turning towards camera.
- After the Cap logo is shown, we get quick scene of Captain America whipping the shield at the camera.
Panelists come on stage include Feige, director Joe Johnston, Chris Evans and Hugo Weaving who of course, plays the Red Skull.
- Chris Evans says he started on set 5 days ago. He says it’s been fantastic, he loves the suit and crew.
- Evans says they started early to get his feet wet.
- Evans asked about not knowing much about character and he joked about audience having feelings on that. At end of day, he’s bringing a character of the Marvel family to life and he approaches it like other roles to do the character justice.
- Evans is ripped.
- Johnston reveals he’s a big fan of the Brubaker Captain America.
- Feige explains Evans hasn’t shot any scenes yet of him in costume. What we saw was from the costume sets. The costume works for the 1940s period and borrows from the variations of the Cap costume in Marvel Comics history.
- Evans asked about bringing Marvel characters together. He says he loves the origin stories coming first so we can learn all about him and we don’t have to end the story after he becomes the hero and we can continue with the character and experience his evolution.
- Weaving asked about playing another character wearing a mask that conceals his face. He’s had one day in the mask already and he says it’s an “extraordinary” look.
- Feige says they’ve only show 8 days and he references back to when Sam Raimi first showed the one scene of Peter Parker being bit by spider in the panel for the first Spider-Man movie after only a few days of shooting., years ago and then asks if we want to see a scene from the movie, even though it as the time code still on it. Crowd goes nuts.
Captain America Footage:
Scene with Hugo Weaving pre-scar searching for Odin’s Jewel with a Nazi contingent. His voice and accent are awesome and the aesthetic and tone is very Indiana Jones. It looks good and it ends with Red Skull showing his intelligence and finding the hidden jewel which fires out a very bright glow at Weaving’s character.
Kenneth Branagh was just introduced on stage! He explains he wasn’t too familiar with American comics. He knew Batman and Spidey but he was very interested in Thor, from its story to its name. “It completely captured (his) imagination.”
- Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Kat Dennings, Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth all introduced. Fans are loving it.
- Hemsworth is asked about his relationship with father character, Anthony Hopkins’ Odin. Nothing but praise and excitement.
- Portman was asked about her character and she explains she enjoys playing Foster since she’s not well-defined in the books – they can add new colors to her character, so to speak. She also likes the idea of being a scientist that doesn’t follow the Hollywood “cleavage with eyeglasses” type of scientist often portrayed in films.
- Kat Dennings talks about Darcy, a character not from the books who in the movie, is Jane Foster’s assistant of sorts. She’s awkward on stage.
- Tom Hiddleston talks about playing Loki, who he describes as the “agent of chaos” and the “damaged younger brother” who’s overlooked and full of jealously. He says Loki is the character who could of done it but wasn’t chosen to – overlooked as Thor is chosen because, as he jokingly described, “has the bigger guns.”
- Clark Gregg described as the “glue of the Marvel Universe.” He says he loves it, that’s the glue to be.
- Gregg talks about with Iron Man 2, how they quickly threw in the mention of his character, Agent Coulson, leaving to go to New Mexico. He asked why and they responded “hasn’t anyone told you? Thor!”
- Wow. Where to start. We get to see glimpses of everything and the footage should turn the opinion of skeptics of stills released over the last few weeks.
- Scenes include Frost Giants, lots of shots of Asgard, of the whole land and interiors. We get shots of Sif, The Warriors Three, Loki, and pretty much every key character of Asgard you can think of.
- On Earth, we see Thor discovered, see him interrogated by Agent Coulson after breaking out and taking out all of the guards.
- We see lots of combat, including a few moves of Thor with the hammer.
- There’s lots of Odin, him banishing Thor to Earth, him dying as Asgard looks to Loki to lead the land.
- Conversations between Jane Foster and Thor touch on what they consider Mythology is actually science but that in Asgard, it’s a combination of both.
- At least two shots showed Thor with his helmet.
- One of the final shots is the Destroyer suit in the middle of the desert confronting a bunch of SHIELD agents, led by Agent Coulson. Clark Gregg is really stepping it up and his character is both funny but stern when need be. He’s become an integral part of Marvel shared movie universe.
One of the audience members asked about Edward Norton (he led up to the question by asking Kevin Feige not to get mad) until he was muted. They explain the usual, that Hulk is bigger than an actor and that he will live on. Feige hints that the panel is not over yet…
- When he first got the role, Hemsworth read a ton of comic books, Norse mythology.
- Audience member asked about hope for Marvel Studios bringing out the R-rated properties and points to his Punisher shirt. Feige says Frank Castle says Frank Castle (Punisher) is back under the roof of Marvel and that they want to bring him back into the fold “shortly.”
- They’re showing us the footage again and the panelists are coming to the floor to watch it with us.
- Just when you thought it was all over (we really didn’t) Feige asked crowd if they mind staying for a bit and we were shown an Avengers video of the logo narrated by Nick Fury.
- Samuel L. Jackson then came on Stage and started introducing members of The Avengers. Agent Coulson, followed by Scarlett Johansson, then Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans; next up was Robert Downey Jr. and you can only imagine the thousands of screaming fans and flashes from the media mob up near the stage.
- Robert Downey Jr. takes stage and talks about Inception being the most ambitious film ever until he realized they’re making The Avengers and that Marvel is bringing all of their top superheroes together for one combined project.
- But that’s not enough… Downey then begins to introduce some very special guests. “playing Clint Barton… Jeremy Renner!” Then, “reprising the role of Bruce Banner” Robert Downey Jr. introduces Mark Ruffalo! The Ruffalo intro had – as you can imagine – more of a mixed reaction.
After coming together front stage for photos and waving to the crowd, the epic cast heads off stage and that ends the Hall H film presentations of Comic-Con 2010.
If you’re into the Marvel vs. DC debate, Marvel blew everything away with this presentation. I’ve never seen so much talent in such a short amount of time. Everyone here is ecstatic.
Update: Now you can see The Avengers for yourself in this video shot by our own Mike Eisenberg!
And here is your first look at The Avengers, all together for the first time:
Thor opens May 5, 2011; The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.