Marvel Movie News From Comic-Con

The Age Of Ultron is upon us – but this wasn’t quite as Strange as we were expecting

Marvel’s come to own Saturday night in Hall H – and usually Comic-Con as well – but despite boasting a constellation of stars, this year’s offering was a little shorter on genuine news and revelation than we’ve come to expect.

After kicking off with a montage of Marvel’s ten films to date (including a Thanos-shaped bookend), the panel’s first stop was Ant-Man – the first movie of Phase Three.

Marvel movie supremo Kevin Feige was joined on stage by director Peyton Reed (the man who replaced Edgar Wright) and the cast: Paul Rudd, who’ll play leading man Scott Lang; Michael Douglas (original Ant-Man Hank Pym – the duo joked about “popping their Comic-Con cherries”); Evangeline Lilly (confirmed as playing Pym’s daughter Hope – we’re assuming she might also be a love interest for Lang); and Corey Stoll (who’ll play Darren Cross/Yellowjacket). The movie doesn’t start shooting until 18 August in Atlanta, but Marvel did show off a teaser featuring Ant-Man riding a flying ant, and Pym teaching Lang how to control the ant with his helmet. Read more on our sister mag Total Film‘s Twitter feed.

Next up was the Avengers: Age Of Ultron posse, led by Robert Downey Jr throwing roses into the crowd – before introducing newbies Paul Bettany, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, James Spader and Elizabeth Olsen. Then every principal player showed up with the exception of Scarlett Johansson and (surprisingly) Joss Whedon.

Samuel L Jackson said that Nick Fury deserves his own Marvel movie, Downey pointed out that “I become a little less significant every time, which is fun,” and Chris Hemsworth, when asked if there’s anything he’d like to do with Thor that he hasn’t yet, said that he’d like to turn him into a woman. Wonder where he thought of that one… Chris Evans said of Hemsworth, “He is Thor, it’s not a costume.” He also said that Cap is still looking for a place to belong, but is up to speed with the internet now.

Paul Bettany described playing the Vision as the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to his children (and that Marvel are now making him work for his money after four films as the voice of JARVIS), while James Spader (Big Bad Ultron – eight-foot tall, apparently) mentioned that before this he’d always played humans… “until now”. There was also, of course, the obligatory footage from the movie – and Josh Brolin (voice of Thanos) came out brandishing an Infinity Gauntlet.

Normally this would be time for the big news about what’s coming next and joining 2016′s Captain America 3 on the slate. And this year was no exception:

Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 will be released in July 2017.

Sadly that was it. So no Doctor Strange and anything but the massive news-fest we’ve come to expect – unless you count a few Ant-Man casting confirmations. We have to admit we’re slightly disappointed.