Marvel Studios rounded out the major film panels for Comic-Con 2014 and this year, like many of the studios developing comic book movie franchises, they didn't announce or reveal as much as expected. They did however come with a big showcase, beginning with Ant-Man, a film that's been a subject of uncertainty of rumors and headlines are much to go by.
With a release date set for next July (moved up from an original fall release date), Ant-Man was already supposed to be in production under the direction of Edgar Wright - who had been attached to the project for the better part of a decade and was the primary reason it was even being made by Marvel in the first place. Wright dropped out at the last minute because Marvel had different ideas for Ant-Man and in came Peyton Reed to take the director's chair while Marvel sifted through multiple writer changes and additions.
Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige confirmed today during the Marvel Studios presentation at Hall H in the San Diego Convention Center that Ant-Man begins shooting August 18, 2014 in Atlanta and is still on track for its July 2015 release. Marvel had debuted the first official concept art/poster for Ant-Man earlier at the convention and brought the core cast of the project on stage to confirm their roles and briefly talk about the project.
- Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, the new Ant-Man
- Michael Douglas plays Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man
- Evangeline Lilly plays Hope Pym, daughter of Hank.
- Corey Stoll plays the villainous Darren Cross (Yellowjacket)
Even though the film hadn't begun shooting, Marvel had Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd help put together a short teaser and you can read about that here. Before the cast came out to Hall H, they made a surprise appearance at the Marvel booth on the show floor and held an autograph session. Below are photos, which include a few cool shots of the Ant-Man costume helmet. No Lilly since her official casting was revealed later at the panel.
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The headlining event however was for next May's The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Director Joss Whedon had injured his leg and underwent surgery and therefore couldn't fly out from London (where the film is being shot) to attend. The cast however, was there sans Scarlett Johansson who introduced The Avengers 2 teaser footage via a video shot on her smart phone. Read about the footage here.
The Age of Ultron cast also showed up at the Marvel booth on the Comic-Con show floor, creating a massive crowd, but pleasing fans lucky enough to get up close for an autograph, a quick chat and even a high-five for the little ones. Below are the photos:
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And lastly, here's the high-res official concept art poster for Ant-Man.
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Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014, The 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, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on July 28 2017, November 3 2017, May 4 2018, July 6 2018, November 2 2018 and May 3 2019.
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