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SDCC ’17: Marvel Shows New Footage for Thor: Ragnarock and Black Panther, Brings in Fresh Faces for Ant-Man and The Wasp, and more

By | July 23rd, 2017
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Marvel Studios held their presentation tonight at Hall H as partially an encore to their well received D23 presentation, and partially an entirely new segment with new footage from Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther, as well as new announcements pertaining to other MCU films.

The panel opened with a video presentation of Paul Rudd and Michael Pena recapping the Marvel Universe up unto this point, though making a point to skip over The Incredible Hulk. They concluded this video package by stating the person they’re talking to now has the information they need to play Janet Van Dyne, at which point the video cuts to Michelle Pfeiffer. Van Dyne is the original Wasp. She is also the wife of Hank Pym, played in Ant-Man by Michael Douglas, and the mother of Hope Van Dyne, played by Evangeline Lilly. However, this wouldn’t be the only Ant-Man and The Wasp casting announcement; after a short early look at the film Kevin Feige came out, both to confirm recent castings such as Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch and Randall Park as Jimmy Woo, and to announce that Laurence Fishburne would be playing Dr. Bill Foster. Dr. Foster is better known in the comics as Black Goliath or simply Goliath, but has also gone by the name Giant-Man. His most famous appearance is as a victim of 2006’s “Civil War,” when he was killed by a clone of Thor created by Tony Stark.

Following that were a few major announcements regarding Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel. Feige confirmed the rumor that Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury would be appearing in the film, but surprisingly he will have both eyes. Why would he have both eyes you ask? Captain Marvel will take place in the 1990s, which will make it the second movie in the chronology of the MCU after Captain America: The First Avenger (unless you’re counting the flashbacks in films like Iron Man 2 and Ant-Man). Feige also announced that the villains of the film would be the Skrulls, who are characters similar to Quicksilver in that their rights are co-owned by Marvel and Fox. Jamie McKelvie’s inspired design of Captain Marvel herself and of the Skrulls were shown in Concept art along with the announcements

Next Taika Waititi and most of the cast of Thor: Ragnarock were present to introduce a Hall H exclusive clip and a new trailer which has been made available worldwide. The clip showed a captured Thor restrained to a chair being taken to Sakaar, which is where the battle between Hulk and Thor will take place. During this footage there is a voiceover which says, “Fear not, for you are found. No one leaves this place, but what is this place? The answer is: Sakaar. It lives on the edge of the known and unknown. Here on Sakaar, you are significant, you are valuable.” The Contest of Champions is mentioned and Thor is then moved from room to room where he meets Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster, Waititi’s Korg, and finally Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk whom he tries to have a talk with before they inevitably fight. This ends the clip. As far as the content of the trailer, why don’t you check it out for yourself?

Black Panther was the next film to make it to the stage with its director Ryan Coogler and cast, including Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis, Winston Duke, and Letitia Wright in tow. This gave way to each actor,as well as Coogler, giving a brief summation or talking point about their character or how they felt about them. Some of the standouts were Coogler’s comment that he “thought the best thing about the comic book was that T’Challa was someone who got his powers from the people around him, his history.” and Serkis’s quip about how happy he is that he gets to wear pants in this film.

Fans at Hall H, and sadly only fans at Hall H, were then given a glimpse at a new clip from the film and a new trailer. The clip took place in a Korean casino which has been seen in the first Black Panther trailer and featured a deal where Martin Freeman’s Everett K. Ross attempts to help the Wakandans capture Serkis’s Ulysses Klaue by brokering a fake deal for black market vibranium. This of course quickly devolves into a fight scene which featured Boseman’s Black Panther, Nyong’o and Gurira’s Dora Milaje, and Klaue’s weaponized prosthetic arm. The trailer followed, set to Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA.” It featured things such as T’Challa’s address to the UN, the debut of Eric Killmonger’s suit, a more detailed look a the set piece that ended the last trailer, Angela Bassett as T’Challa’s mother, and the technology in the Black Panther suit as it forms around T’Challa like a Power Rangers costumer.

The panel then ended with the Avengers: Infinity War trailer that was shown at D23.

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Ryan Perry


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