As expected, Marvel Studios is looking to make a big splash at this year's Comic-Con. The studio has already revealed that its upcoming ABC series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., will be the focus of its own panel (featuring series co-creator and Phase Two overseer Joss Whedon, no less). Now we've gotten a little more insight about what Marvel will be promoting at the annual event later this month.
Disney has announced that it will present panels for both Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier at Comic-Con 2013 on Saturday, July 20. Details regarding which panelists will accompany the presentations remain unclear at this point.
Seeing as how the Thor and Captain America sequels are the next films to be released in Marvel's Phase Two slate of films, this news isn't particularly surprising. However, given that a limited number of movie panels have thus far been confirmed for the event, it does provide a clearer picture of what fans can expect.
But this all begs the question of exactly what surprises Disney and Marvel will have up their sleeves for these panels. At this point, it almost goes without saying that new footage from both films will likely make its premiere, and stars Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans will almost certainly be in attendance to support their respective films.
Yet, with all the buzz surrounding his performance as Malekith the Accursed in the Thor sequel, it also wouldn't be a huge shock if former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston is among the panelists - likewise with Sebastian Stan as the titular villain in The Winter Soldier. These new characters will go a long way towards building excitement around the films, and Marvel can't afford to not highlight them. It should be noted that – while both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger were box office hits in 2011 – neither release has brought in Iron Man sized numbers.
Furthermore, Comic-Con just wouldn't be Comic-Con without the announcement of some new Marvel release dates. The studio recently staked out mysterious dates for unnamed films in 2016 and 2017, with the possibilities covering everything from Doctor Strange to Black Panther. Expect at least one of these dates to be filled by the third chapter in either the Thor or Captain America saga.
What are you hoping for from the Thor and Captain America panels at Comic-Con 2013, and which film are you looking forward to more? Let us know in the comments below.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for all the latest Marvel news coming from Comic-Con, as the events kicks off July 18.