Comic-Con 2017: Marvel Studios Once Again Tops SDCC

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

If you’ve never been in line for Hall H on a Saturday night, let me set the scene for you. I typically go to bed early and wake up around 2 a.m. to take a shower, and then make my way down in order to get in line. Usually, I’m 3/4 the way to the back of the line. I’ll take a nap on the ground until the sun comes up, when we’re ushered into the hall around 9 am. All of this is done mostly so I can see what Marvel Studios has cooked up for their usual 5:30 p.m. panel. It’s worth it every single time, and this year is no different.

Let’s break the panel down into chunks and go through everything that happened there.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Marvel has finally cast Janet van Dyne for the sequel to Ant-Man with Michelle Pfeiffer playing the role. They’ve also cast Lawrence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, which means that Marvel has just poached two actors associated with DC Comics films.

There was also some footage shown, but because it’s still early into production, most of it was incomplete. We do know there will be a return to the quantum realm, and that Ant-Man’s size will vary much more this time around since he was seen about the size of a small dog. The film premieres July 6, 2018.

Black Panther

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Some new footage was shown, but it hasn’t been released to the masses. In true Marvel form, they created a trailer solely for the audience in Hall H. There was an extended fight scene set at the casino glimpsed in the first trailer, before it dovetailed into a more traditional trailer comprised of quick shots. We get to see Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger get his own Black Panther suit, but his is lined with gold accents. The film debuts February 16, 2018.

Captain Marvel

This one is actually a bit of a surprise: It’s been heavily rumored that Samuel L. Jackson will be part of Captain Marvel, which has turned out to be true. But we also know he’ll be de-aged and sporting two working eyes. It turns out that Captain Marvel will be a prequel of sorts and set in the 1990s. We also know that the Skrulls will be the villains of the film, which means that the Chitauri invasion from the original Avengers won’t be the first attack on Earth from an extraterrestrial source. I can’t help but think that Marvel Studios is now setting up a Skrull/Kree war to be set post-Avengers 4. It also makes me wonder what will happen to Captain Marvel, as she’ll be in Infinity War, but has been absent for a couple of decades — and she isn’t being aged up. It will open March 8, 2019.

Thor: Ragnarok

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The Thor films are arguably considered the weaker films of the MCU, and Marvel is really trying to change that with Thor: Ragnarok. A new trailer premiered at Comic-Con, and in a surprising turn of events, they released it online, as well! Check it out below!

For a movie about the end of everything, this looks like a hell of a lot of fun! It really makes you wish that director Taika Waititi was the one making Thor films from the beginning, and much of the film was apparently improvised. I absolutely cannot wait to watch this! The film opens November 3, 2017.

Avengers: Infinity War

Finally, yes, footage was shown for Avengers: Infinity War. No, you won’t really be able to find it online — at least officially. It’s basically the same teaser that was shown to audiences at D23, with quick shots of all the Avengers, and ends with Thanos pulling down pieces of the Moon. I don’t expect we’ll be seeing this trailer anytime in the next few months, since both Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther have yet to premiere. The movie arrives May 4, 2018.

About Danny Santos

Freelance writer, filmmaker, actor, musician, and visual artist. Writing online professionally for 4-plus years and has produced and performed in over a dozen films and webseries. He has also been everything from a social media consultant to managing a JUNO award winning musician.