While at Comic-Con 2012, Marvel made some serious announcements. After the huge success of The Avengers, Marvel is not slowing down anytime soon! Marvel announced the names of the Thor and Captain America sequels while Iron Man will just be called Iron Man 3. We can expect the movies as soon as May of next year! The comic company also gave us a glimpse of what Iron Man’s new gear looks like! Read more below.
Marvel Studiosâ€™ Kevin Feige also knows the audience is hungry not only for footage, but for actual news, so he revealed the full titles of the sequels to Thor and Captain America (Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier) plus unveiled the characters who would be in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
The Thor sequel is scheduled for release on Nov. 18, 2013 followed by the Captain America sequel on April 4, 2014.
Then Edgar Wright made a surprise appearance and showed off test footage, unfinished, of his long and still-in-development Ant-Man movie.
Perhaps the topper was introducing Iron Man 3 by having Robert Downey Jr. appear unexpectedly in the back of Hall H, then to the tune of a Luther Vandross song, skip to the front of the hall and onto the stage, with occasional stops with fans along the way.
The goodwill generated was off the charts.
And itâ€™s some goodwill that Marvel, despite Avengersâ€™ success, actually needs to a certain extent. While Iron Man 3 will no doubt be a success, there was some bitter after-taste among the studioâ€™s fanbase after the lackluster Iron Man 2, and the fact that after helming the first two installments, Jon Favreau wasnâ€™t returning to direct the third. (Those duties were handed off to Shane Black, who directed Downey on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.)
The gang assembled sold the new movie as a return to the roots of the Tony Stark character. Downey painted a picture that Black had always been involved, at least tangentially, with the Iron Man series.
He said Marvel execs watching Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was his â€œscreen test before the screen testâ€ and that even when making the first two films, if they had some issues, a call to Black wasnâ€™t out of order.
Favreau, meanwhile, made it clear that even though he wasnâ€™t directing Iron Man 3, he was cool with his role as an actor and executive producer.
â€œShane made me feel very, very comfortable. As did Kevin and Robert,” Favreau said. â€œAs far as executive producing, as opposed to directing, I feel like a proud grandfather who doesnâ€™t have to change the diaper but gets to play with the baby.â€
Black too was on point, saying â€œWe have Favreau. Heâ€™s back as an actor. I get to talk to him all day longâ€¦This is the same Iron Man youâ€™ve always liked.â€
How much of that subtext the crowd got is hard to tell since they were having too much fun with Downey and the gang riffing.
And of course, Marvel trotted out footage from the still in-production movie, which was not surprisingly well-received by the already primed audience.