There's a reason Marvel is king of Comic-Con.
There was the usual crew: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders and Samuel L. Jackson. There were the new additions: Paul Bettany (Vision),Josh Brolin (Thanos), James Spader (Ultron), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch). And that's not including the Ant-Man cast!
And, of course, the biggest stars of the panel: Kevin Feige.
Here's everything we learned from deep within Hall H:
Ant-Man: You can stop asking her now, people: Yes, Evangeline Lilly has officially joined Ant-Man as Hope Van Dyne, Hank Pym's daughter (NOT The Wasp, as was rumored). And she was on hand to take the stage with Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll (who will play villain Darren Cross aka Yellow Jacket), and director Peyton Reed.
After nearly a year of pre-production and countless behind-the-scenes shakeups, the movie will finally start filming in August. But Feige & co. screened the first official look at Ant-Man. And it's weird. And amazing.
We saw a shot creeping through a laboratory as we heard Paul Rudd's Scott Lang fighting with his mentor, Douglas' Hank Pym. Lang: "Doctor Pym, you seem very nice, but I'm no superhero." Pym: "Superheroes, what a goddamn joke!" Lang hesitates. "I think someone already shrunk your balls," Pym quips.
And then we see, oh you know, MINIATURE PAUL RUDD riding a FLY.
Phase Three: Marvel recently announced a slew of mysterious release dates extending into 2019. Well, now we know at least one of those films: James Gunn and Chris Pratt appeared via video from London to announce Guardians of the Galaxy 2 coming July 28, 2017. No Doctor Strange. No Black Panther. Yet.
Avengers 2 First Look: You didn't think Mr. Whedon would leave us without a look at next year's Age of Ultron, did you? Even though Joss was not in attendance (he had surgery in London) he sent along a clip. And can we just say, IT WAS AWESOME. Here's what we saw in the first look at the movie:
A broken down Ultron shows up. Spader: "There's only one path to peace. Your extinction." And then just a WHOLE BUNCH OF AWESOMENESS.? John Boone (@jtyboone) July 27, 2014
THE HULK BUSTER! BALLERINAS! QUICKSILVER AND SCARLET WITCH'S POWERS LOOK SO COOL! SHIRTLESS MARK RUFFALO! FULL ON MARVELGASM.? John Boone (@jtyboone) July 27, 2014