Yesterday I broke down some of the news and trailers released by Warner Bros at SDCC over the weekend. Well now it is time to sort thru the massive amount of news dropped by Marvel at SDCC Saturday night.
First I want to address a complaint many people voiced on Twitter during the Marvel panel. The comic book based studio brought several clips and trailers to Hall H, but only the second trailer for Doctor Strange was made public. Many fans were angry because Warner Bros and DCEU made it a point to make every trailer they brought immediately available to everyone.
The thing of it is, back when Marvel Studios was starting out, they released as many trailers and clips from the Phase One movies as they could upload. Now, well into Phase Three, they have the freedom to promote their new slate of films without having to sell the images. DCEU on the other hand is still relatively new and is still building up a diehard audience that Marvel has garnered after several years of hard work.
Twitter was filled with the rage and tears of thousands of geeks hoping for something. I get it, I wish I could see the images of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. What I’m saying to my fellow Marvel fans is flipping out or getting angry is going to do nothing. This is how Marvel will be doing business from here on out and when DCEU gets to be this big, they will follow suit. Enjoy what you get when you get it.
Okay, my soap box has been stored away.
Marvel started the panel with a new introduction and look:
If you hadn’t heard by now, the producers for the Wakandan superhero movie stated 90% of the cast will be African or African-American and so far they are following thru with that promise. In addition to Chadwick Boseman playing the titular hero, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira have been added to the cast with more announcements to come before shooting begins in January.
Jordan will be portraying Erik Killmonger, a recurring villain in the Black Panther comics. Killmonger’s father worked with Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) and when he was caught, he and his family were exiled from Wakanda. Killmonger grew up in New York and attended college at MIT while becoming proficient in martial-arts. Eventually he moves back to Wakanda to with plans to overthrow King T’Challa.
Nyong’o has been cast as Nakia, a member of the Dora Milaje (a sect of women who protect and fight with the king) who may or may not become Malice, an agent of Killmonger after she is mutated by his experiments.
Gurira will be Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje.
The announcement of Killmonger as the villain could mean they might use the “Panther’s Rage” storyline as inspiration. Killmonger goes to T’Challa and appeals to the new king to make him a citizen once again. Moving back to Wakanda, Killmonger looks to rid the country of the “white colonialists” who live there and bringing back the ancient ways. T’Challa goes off to fight with the Avengers and in his absence, Killmonger stages a coup. Though in the film, T’Challa’s leadership will be called into question after he involves himself in global politics. Wakanda is a country that likes to keep to itself.
Like Winter Soldier and Civil War, Black Panther could be a political thriller. Overall, I’m excited to see what the talented director and stellar cast will do.
This movie has only been filming for ten days, so director Jon Watts and star Tom Holland didn’t have much to bring. Just a clip of the high school scenes they have shot which everyone seemed to be really excited about. Lots of talk about how this film will be John Hughes meets superheroes as this 15 year old kid tries to navigate high school and saving the world.
Oh, in that clip they showed… It had images of Michael “I’m freaking Batman” Keaton as The Vulture. Lots of rumors had been going around that the former winged superhero signed on to be the villain, but nothing had been announced until then. Marvel Studios at least released an image of concept art for Spidey and Vulture.
Like Spider-Man, the third Thor film has just started filming in Australia so there were no clips from the movie to be shown just yet. There was some concept art for the various characters and a new logo which is getting very mixed reviews. I’m not overly fond of it myself.
One entertaining bit presented was a clip (in the style of a mockumentary) of what Thor was up to while the other heroes were battling it out in Civil War. It had the godly hero living in Australia with his human roommate Daryl. Thor attempts to draft an email to Tony Stark and Steve Rogers telling them how they can move on from the fight they are having. He also has an elaborate board put together to help him understand what is going on with the Infinity Stones. (Please, please, please let this clip be a one-shot for the Civil War DVD release)
The concept art shown off was images for Cate Blanchet’s Hela and an arena battle between Hulk and Thor. Also Thor’s hair is nice and short which makes me happy, but I’m sure there are other fans who fancied the god’s long tresses. With all of the Hulk stuff shown off, including Gladiator Hulk armor, it is pretty much confirmed that this movie will be a mash up of the Planet Hulk storyline with the Ragnarok plot.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
After Ravagers overtook Hall H, James Gunn showed a clip featuring Yondu, Rocket, and Baby Groot attempting to escape the Ravagers who have taken them hostage before showing the first trailer for the space adventure sequel.
Kirk Russel came with the rest of the cast to the panel. He did confirm he was Peter Quill/Star Lord’s (Chris Pratt) father, but he didn’t say who he was playing. In the trailer it was reveal he will be Ego, the living planet. You read that right, a living planet. I had to look the guy up. Ego, in the comics, is in an actual planet with a consciousness. It normally bears a face and the topography of the planet changes to meet the facial expressions he is feeling or to speak.
Ego is not really a friendly planet as he travels thru space in a non-orbital way and eats smaller planets when he is hungry. Most likely he will be an antagonist along with Elizabeth Debicki’s Ayesha (a High Priestess). Obviously I didn’t see the trailer, but from what I have read Ego will take more of a human form when he isn’t being a planet.
Brie Larson’s name has long been attached to the female superhero and Saturday, at the very end of the panel, she joined everyone on stage and announced she will be Carol Danvers. Later she tweeted this:
What did you think of all the madness Marvel hit fans with this weekend? Are you excited for Phase Three yet?