‘Iron Man 3′ Shows Its Metal at Comic-Con
“Phase two” has officially begun for Marvel Studios, which is riding high on the domestic and world-wide success of superhero film “The Avengers.”
During its presentation at Comic-Con International late Saturday afternoon, Marvel used its time in Hall H to confirm two new films, announce new titles for two other films and preview footage from its currently-shooting “Iron Man 3.”
Following an introduction video that thanked the fans for making “The Avengers” the “biggest superhero movie of all time,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced that the sequels to 2011’s “Thor” and “Captain America” would be subtitled “The Dark World” and “The Winter Soldier,” respectively, and hit theater November 8, 2013 and April 4, 2014.
Feige also officially confirmed Marvel was working on a “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie for August 2014. The film centers on an Avengers-like team of superheroes that includes characters like Rocket Raccoon, a gun-toting animal crime-fighter, and Drax the Destroyer. Feige also invited British filmmaker Edgar Wright to help him announce an “Ant-Man” film, which will follow the exploits of a scientist who discovers a chemical that allows him to change sizes. Though no one has been cast yet, Wright has shot a test scene of “Ant-Man” taking down two guards.
“Ant-Man will kick your a– one inch at a time,” Wright said.
The studio’s new announcements were quickly followed by footage from “Iron Man 3” and a panel discussion with the actors and creative team. Currently halfway through production, the last film in the “Iron Man” trilogy stars Robert Downey Jr. as the title millionaire-crimefighter and Ben Kingsley as new villain the Mandarin. Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall co-star as scientists.
Filmmaker Shane Black, who took over directing duties from Jon Favreau, told the crowd that his goal with “Iron Man 3” was to go “back to the roots” and get into the mythology of the character.
The star of the show, however, was undoubtedly Downey, who took his time strutting to the stage — with Luther Vandross blaring over the stereo system — and spent much of his panel time riffing with both his colleagues and fans. With Don Cheadle, who plays Rhodey in “Iron Man 3,” Downey Jr. said the duo was trying to figure out which Brinks trucks they wanted to show up at their door to do another “Iron Man” movie. The actor later helped close out the session by leading the audience singing “Happy Birthday” to a fan turning 15.