D23: MARVEL TEASES ‘THOR,’ ‘CAPTAIN AMERICA’ SEQUELS, AND ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’
It was Marvel’s turn to wow the crowd at the D23 Expo in Anaheim on Saturday and they didn’t disappoint. With several anticipated sequels lining up over the next few years, fans were drooling at the chance to see anything Marvel President Kevin Feige would show them from Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and, of course the biggest of all, the highly anticipated The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which isn’t even scheduled to start filming until February.
THOR: THE DARK WORLD
Taking the stage to a roaring applause and a standing ovation, Oscar® winner Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Oscar® winner Anthony Hopkins were welcomed onto the stage by Feige to celebrate Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, storming into theaters November 8, 2013. Despite the absence of the movie’s star, Chris Hemsworth, the crowd was treated to some footage of the sequel – the first look at Jane Foster’s (Portman) first day on Asgard to be exact.
Following the Marvel hero’s journey through the first film and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Another Marvel leading man, Chris Evans, was on hand to help present footage from his upcoming follow up to his stand alone series, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Evans was joined on stage by co-star Anthony Mackie.
The Captain America sequel also picks up with the Marvel star following the events in New York with The Avengers, just as Iron Man 3 did for Tony Stark. Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, is living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, also stars Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. It will hit theaters April 4, 2014.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Feige continued to please an excited crowd with a clip from the Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close.
The movie, which went into production in London in June and will be in theaters August 1, 2014, is based on the Marvel comic book that first appeared in 1969.
THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
As mentioned, this film doesn’t even start filming until February, so expectations weren’t that high that anything would be seen. And that’s pretty much what was given. Feige gave what he could, which was an animation of the film’s title card that included shots of Iron Man’s helmet and Captain America’s shield, which the crowd loved.