‘The Avengers’ Return To San Diego Comic-Con For ‘Age of Ultron’

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Back in the summer of 2010, Marvel Studios won San Diego Comic-Con. Their Saturday panel in the Hall H, the largest room in the San Diego Convention Center, was scheduled to present two important chapters in launch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor – but it offered so much more.

At the time, the first Captain America was just beginning to shoot and Thor was in post-production. We knew Joss Whedon was directing The Avengers for a 2012 release and there were casting rumors running rampant on who would play Hulk and Hawkeye. They answered in a big way, bringing out Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey Jr. to introduce the cast of The Avengers live on stage, almost two full years before the film would open in theaters around the world. The crowd went wild. Such a thing had never been done. But now, that precedent has become an expectation.

The year prior, Iron Man 2 had put on a big show, and two years later (Marvel skipped 2011), Iron Man 3 did the same, along with announcements regarding Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Last year’s Marvel Studios presentation had footage for Thor: The Dark World with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) live on stage, along with the first footage for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The surprise was seeing the Guardians of the Galaxy cast show up just two week into filming straight from the airport where they flew in from London with an early cut of the first GOTG trailer.

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James Gunn & The Guardians of the Galaxy Cast

This year, we expect to see official announcements regarding the schedule and new characters in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Captain America 2, Ant-ManDoctor Strange, etc.) but with The Avengers: Age of Ultron kicking off next summer’s blockbuster season, this is our chance to see a glimpse of Joss Whedon’s record-breaking followup. And according to star Mark Ruffalo who returns as Bruce Banner a.k.a. The Hulk, we’ll get more than just footage.

Speaking with Collider, Ruffalo makes it clear that Marvel Studios has already planned to bring the cast out to San Diego, taking a brief break from principal photography in London.

“Yeah, we’re gonna go out there.  We’re all flying, we’re flying from London.  We’re working.  We’re shooting.  We’re gonna stop and get on a plane and go to Comic Con together.  It’s gonna be amazing.”

We’re already three weeks past the halfway point of shooting so by the end of July, the main unit will be wrapping not too long after. Ruffalo continues, teasing that attendees may get to see some “Hulk-o-phernalia,” and for us, we hope that means Hulk fighting Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor. As for the cast, this is what it looked like at Comic-Con 2010:

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The Avengers cast at Comic-Con 2010

For Comic-Con 2014, we should see all of them again (sans Agent Coulson maybe) with the additions of Paul Bettany (Vision), James Spader (Ultron), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver). Along with some new Hulk action, the most desirable reveals would be seeing Vision and Spader’s Ultron in costume (even to see their faces and hear their voices), along with the powers of the “twins” Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch at play.

As for the topic of the future of the Hulk, the only super-powered character from the first Avengers team without a solo movie/sequel in the works, Ruffalo keeps teasing that Marvel is considering it and for that means, they’re probably planning one but we don’t know when. He tells Collider that he wants to see motion capture technology evolve a little further before they venture out with another Hulk standalone.

“We’re a little bit behind on the motion capture technology as far as facial recognition in real time.  Now we have, when I put on my motion capture suit, I look in front of me and there’s me as The Hulk.  There’s The Hulk.  Every move I make, The Hulk’s making it and so you have this immediate feedback like almost looking in a mirror, but instead of seeing myself, I see The Hulk …  But they haven’t come up to speed on the facial recognition that way.  They can capture the facial – the new technology is we can shoot the body recognition and the facial recognition at the same time, so now you can integrate performance, physical performance with the actual face and voice, but by the time we’re ready to probably – if we do another Hulk – that technology will be in real time and once that happens, there’d be no limit to what you can do creatively as far as your physical being is concerned.  I can play a freakin’ parasite in the ass of a worm [laughs].

It’s so exciting.  There’s no limit to where we can go.  I hope to be a pioneer in this space with Andy Serkis.  I worked a lot with him on this.  I’m very excited by what he’s doing.  We are retraining the studio to see this as integral a part as the first unit.  This is not second or third unit or motion capture unit.  This is first unit.  This is performance.  It’s completely driven by the actor and it has to be honored as much as anything else, so that’s kind of where we’re heading with this technology and it’s very exciting.”

With Guardians of the Galaxy hitting theaters just a week or two after this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, expect a big showpiece for it, along with confirmations on what movies are coming after. Are you hoping a Hulk movie is one of Marvel’s 2017 releases or should that wait for after The Avengers 3?

Be sure to bookmark Screen Rant’s Comic-Con 2014 landing page to follow our team and coverage LIVE!


More: The Timing & Magic Behind Marvel’s Doctor Strange Movie


Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. The teaser from last year still gives me chills when I watch it. The fans in Hall H are gonna go nuts for some footage. Hopefully they show Vision. Save Ultron fro the traielrs next year.

    • The teaser wasn’t amazing at all…it was just meh.

      • By any chance is the Comic con sneak peek trailer, released on the internet?

    • Must concur with Emerson Lake and Nicholas, the revelation of The Vision is much to be sought after. Paul Bettany’s rendition should be quite sufficient, I have high expectations of seeing him “materialize” as The Vision.

    • are you having a stroke?

        • Ben Affleck… All I have to say… total fail… He is going to be as good at Batman as Arnold Schwarzenegger was as Mr. Freeze… BEEERRRRRR its cold in here.

          • I really hope you are wrong. I really want him to knock it out of the park.

        • @rolan
          You have to wAit another 2 years before a DC movie hits cinemas. Happy waiting son.

      • Every time I see this “rolan” kid post something on screen rant, I immediately think of 3 things:
        1. He has horrible grammar
        2. He is a major anti-Marvel and Pro-DC fanboy troll
        3. He is really a little kid in real life

        • I know right!!! I can’t stand that guy!!

    • Obvious troll is obvious.

  2. Remember if a character is not selling well, they put him together with a bunch of other failed stand alone superheroes trying to sell more copies. It’s not like the x-men or spiderman who are doing pretty good on their own, because of their rich history and a great repertory of villains.

    If you ask me why its like that, let me explain. First of all look at the main characters in the avengers comics or the movies. You have the hulk, a stupid green giant who can’t even talk. Thats why its so difficult to make a stand alone movie of a green man with the brains of a three year old who gets angry when you take away his toy. Thats why the two movie attempts failed because there’s nothing to tell at all. Then you have the thor, a simple rip off of the mythological norse god and a really bad one. Next there is captain america. This guy is absolutely boring to the heel. A guy without any flaws and a ridiculous costume. This guy fights alongside a superpowered monster and a nearly godlike asgardian. Its like michael jackson fight’s in a tag team with stone cold steve austin and the rock in a wrestling match. Finally you have tony stark aka the ironman or as i call him the tin man from oz. Actually in the early years ironman was raelly drawn in the comics like the tin man from oz. His only speciality is his armor. So you have literally a guy who is absolutely replaceable. You can put anyone in this suit and he can be ironman, besides from his stupid power up in his chest but remember in the comics there was no thing like that in his chest. This was a normal guy with big money and a battle suit.

    So this are the guys no one cared about in the comics.

    • Ahh, I get it.

      James Bond is the guy in the nice suit with the gun?

      Batman is just a guy who dresses up at night?

      Don Vito Corleone is just a guy with a funny voice?

      Am I doing it right?

      • “Don Vito Corleone is just a guy with a funny voice”

      • C’mon Besides batman who is by the way one of the most complex comic book character’s in comic book history you are talking about two guys from two novels who later became cultural icons. These are fully elaboretd characters in contrary to the two dimensional characterizations from the avengers.

        Again espacially for you.

        Hulk, a green guy who has some anger management problems
        Ironman, rich guy with a suit aka the tin man
        Thor……is thor, how original
        Cap america, michael dudikoff on dope

        • Demur, a whiny little brat

        • Demir, a whiny little brat

      • Aww, don’t respond to him Rob, you’ll make him feel important.

    • Except Hulk and Thor have always done well in their solo comics, as have several Avengers. And the Avengers comics themselves have always sold well. As irrelevant as this point of yours is.

      As for your little breakdown I’m going to stop you at the first thing. The Hulk can talk, much of his comic life he has been able to talk just fine. The rest of your post isn’t worth bothering with.

    • Couldn’t sound dumber, demir…!

  3. Ah and you know what the movies are even worse than the comics. If you wanna see a good team up movie watch the magnificent seven or akira kurusawas original or watch even the 13th warrior with antonio banderas instead of this tra****

    • Look what you’re comparing though!? The Magnificent 7 with The Avengers!? Completely different films and completely different audiences. I don’t get what you’re tryna say… are you mad that these movies are made or that they aren’t better? Or are you pissed that they exist at all?

      • That’s a fair question. I have nothing lagainst movies like that. More so i pretty much enjoyed the first two x-men movies, batman begins and the watchmen. Heck i even had fun watching the much hated league of extraordinary gentleman but i think since marvel is doing this movie stuff, how can i put it, they are really making some bad stuff right now only to make some quick bugs. There is a certain way to tell a story. I’ m just complaining about the quality of the story telling. It’s simple as that.

        • Right and that makes sense. But you can’t expect everything to be quality made. Those films you just listed are all comic book movies but you can’t compare films based in genres that way when the only thing they have in common is the fact that they originated in comic form.
          That’s like comparing Abrams Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avatar because they’re all in space and Zod Saldana’s in em. When fundamentally they are completely different films.
          I get it bro. You appreciate quality, I’m a stickler for that too. You just gotta know when to “dumb down” your expectations.

        • Just lower your expectations and make sure your brain is turned off before watching a Marvel movie. That’s the only way to truly enjoy their trash.

          • I know you can’t see me but I want you to know I’m rolling my eyes right now.

            • @ScaryBottles
              I agree. I see Rolan, Demir, & Susan on alot of articles writing the same troll-like comments. It makes me embarrassed to be a DC fan since I’m rational, I love what Marvel Studios has done & is doing, I can’t wait to see what WB/DC brings us, and I’m actually excited for Fox’s X-Men Apocalypse.

              • What do you mean Rolan, demir and susan. I am pretty sure it is rolan/demir/susan aka same person. You are right dc makes movies that satisfy me the same way marvel makes movies that satisfy the fanboy in me. i enjoy both of them.

    • Did you censor “trash”?

  4. marvel always bring their A Game to these events. DC/WB clearly didnt have anything planned and just rush the batman and superman announcement. marvel are gonna show a trailer and reveal strange concept art and probably ant man design concept art

    but if DC have a proper announcement and not just a rushed reveal like the BVS then they could… sorry, should take all the hype with movie announcements with the ‘leaked’ list earlier this month.

    but i honestly think that was fake. i cant see them making 3 movie a year but i really hope its true. they are sitting on a goldmine

    so if DC fails at least we know marvel will do great since it what they do at these events, they actively try to steal the show…

    • DC will easily steal this year’s comic con again. Because they have A LOT more to reveal. Marvel is just gonna be the same s***. They’re most likely going to release a teaser for AoU.

      • marvel always destroy dc lol. marvel always speak about what they are doing and they even had a trailer for GotG after 2 weeks of filming.

        • Bro, do you even grammar?

        • N how sad is it that they went through all that last year and WB stole every headline the world over with one word: Batman.

          Hec, they didn’t even have to SAY the word. Just show a logo!

  5. Kinda predictable, since they are shooting… but it’s gonna one helluva of Comic-Con reunion for sure. I still get the goosebumps everytime I see their first appearance together for last one.

    And about DC stealing Marvel fame in SDCC… let’s not even go to that discussion. Let’s just enjoy both panel at their own right, okay? In fact, I remember how the BvS announcement of the movie releasing in 2015 stole the thunder to some folks, to then followed by a year delay announcement several months after. THAT’s how you steal fans expectation for sure (by giving and taking it out and not keeping promise). And NOT saying this to bash DC fans (especially highly sophisticated ones), but their trolls are generally one of the most annoying thing in the internet.

    • Because DC fanboys are mad that WB isn’t pumping out movies like Marvel and Disney is. But it’s not Marvel’s fault, or DC Entertainment’s fault for that matter.
      Just be happy that DC films (Nolan’s and Snyder’s) have amazing quality! Alot of people hate on MoS but if Thor 2 was HALF as good as Man of Steel was…man!

      • Not to hear them tell it. As I understand it DC is now running the show and Marvel is doomed! Doomed! DOOMED!!! I seriously don’t get this particular fanboi rivalry honestly. Its a ten dollar movie ticket how invested are you really supposed to be? Enough to engage in “in group, out group” us against them, gang mentality? Because I’m not and I really feel sorry for you if you are.

        • Naw I’m not. People like what thet like and shouldn’t have to defend that to anyone. Who cares if someone has a different taste. I just think people need to be more realistic these days and be happy these kinds of movies are being made at all. Sometimes you gotta lower your expectations to enjoy it but hey, somethings better than nothing.

          • How’d you know I’m into that!? Haha

      • I fell asleep on MoS, but you’re right it seems like Marvel Studios is holding The Mighty Thor back, like they are afraid to unleash all of his true powers on the general public. I hope Agent Coulson is at CC as well; Hope Marvel tie the New SHIELD in with the Hulk vs. the Hulk Busters going forward in Films, make Coulson = to a modern day Rick Jones and introduce the Negative Zone and the bond between Coulson and Captain Marvel on TV

  6. I’ve gotta be on my A game for this man. These leaks are gonna come and go like a nice silent fart.

    I need to, have to, rip that AOU con footage. I got Ant-Man, GOTG, and DOFP last year.

    Looking forward to seeing Vision, Ultron, and ‘The Twins’.

  7. I like that Ruffalo is passionate about the mo-cap. A completely cgi, mo-capped Hulk movie done in the vein of Avatar or Planet of the Apes would be amazing.

  8. The SDCC appearance should give an idea if the Latino Review “leaks” were true.

  9. Are they really expecting Scarlett Jo to be at the event…she’s expecting.

  10. I’m so pumped for this year’s SDCC. I’m glad I bought my tickets early.

  11. I like Dc and Marvel (maybe edging towards DC a bit more the marvel) and i think honestly most people will go to the DC panel for the batmobile and from whats predicted there release of upcoming films and actors rolls maybe even a teaser. The only way marvel might beat them is if they announce like 10 upcoming movies or have a 2 minute trailer for the avengers 2. (sorry if either my grammar or spelling is bad)

    • They could announce 50 movies and it wouldn’t matter much outside of ComiCon.
      Sure, the nerds in the know had a field day when Ultron was announced last year.
      Meanwhile the rest of the world collectively said: Who?

      OMG Black Panther! Who?
      OMG Inhumans! Who?
      OMG It’s THANOS!!! Who?

      Outside of getting the real marvel stars rights back… They have maybe Blade and Punisher that could generate any mainstream buzz.
      Even then…. not really. Face it, they’ve already played all their aces. Meanwhile WB and Fox have aces and kings to spare!

      • Marvel has plenty if interesting characters. mainly, marvel has yet to unleash the Mighty Thor on film in all his glory.

  12. do people really get excited over the Batmobile design? I mean is it that exciting? Guess I dont get it.

  13. I am not positive a Hulk standalone movie would be that spectacular…could he carry his own solo movie? Hulk is kind of a one-trick pony: gets mad, gets green, Hulk’s out in a rage, wrecks everything. Just another testosterone-driven drunken college boy raising a ruckus in the bar on Saturday night. I would rather see marvel concentrate it’s energy into getting The Inhumans movie done right and out there, and working on a way to get hank Pym/Goliath/Giant-Man and Wasp into the Avengers. Add to that Dr. Strange and maybe Black panther either in a solo flick or teamed up ala Falcon-style with Cap in a Captain America movie, and I think Marvel’s plate is pretty slopping full!

    • I agree with what you said about Hulk. I felt that Edward Norton really rounded out the character and made a great Banner, but people want to see Hulk. So what’s the dialogue going to be like in such a movie? Grunting for 2 hours? Pass.

  14. (With apologies to “Green Acres”):

    Comic-Con is the place to be,
    With heroes by the hundreds for us all to see;
    Crowds stretching out both far and wide,
    How do I jump the line and sneak inside?
    All the girls dressed up in hot cosplay,
    And the guys wish that those girls they could lay,
    But dumb comments are all you can blurt,
    So you’ll go home with only a hero shirt!
    You’ll see characters from the latest flicks:
    Miscast misanthropic guys and chicks,
    Fame-face airheads, and those no one knows…
    Better to stay home watching Netflix shows!

    • +10000000000
      Goldi, right on my man, right on!

    • +10
      Goldi strikes again !

  15. As someone who enjoys all Marvel/DC Movies I have to say this argument is stupid, if I had to choose which ones were better in the last 14yrs this would be it(in order):

    The Avengers
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    The Dark Knight
    Spider-Man 2
    The Wolverine
    Batman Begins
    Dark Knight Rises
    Captain America
    Iron Man 3
    Iron Man
    First Class
    Spider-Man 3
    Iron Man 2
    Xmen The Last Stand
    The Incredible Hulk
    Blade Trinity
    Xmen Origins
    Thor:The Dark World
    Man of Steel
    Amazing Spider-Man
    Blade 2
    Superman Returns
    Green Lantern

    Anything not on the list I’ve yet to see

    • IM3 over IM?

    • Thor 2 over MoS? Spidey 3 but no Spidey 2?

      • Didn’t he say that’s the way he would choose.

    • This would be mine:

      List part 2

  16. How awesome would it be to be sitting on that plane and see ALL these guys come walking on. HOLY FANBOY NERDGASM IRONMAN!

  17. I really enjoy Marvel movies! Not a fan of DC at all. Very excited for Age of Ultron and X-Men: Apocalypse :)

  18. Totally forgot Djimon Hounsou is in GOTG. So much for him playing Black Panther.