Saturday at the D23 Expo 2015 was insanity because…MARVEL!
Alan Horn came out to discuss how the addition of MCU and Star Wars was only to further Disney’s strategy to combine the common threads and their goal to do great work with great people. With that, he introduced current president of Marvel Studios (which is owned by Disney) Kevin Feige to talk about Marvel’s upcoming projects. After celebrating the close of Phase 2 with ‘Age of Ultron’ and ‘Ant-Man’, Feige invited audiences to preview a glimpse into the future with Phase 3.
Feige could not contain his excitement about Marvel’s venture into more complex and unexpected places with next year’s release of “Doctor Strange.”
Although Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of the film, could not be in attendance, he sent a message to let fans know that he was up for the “awesome challenge” of his role. Although production hasn’t started yet, director Scott Derrickson shared visual art that inspired the look of the film. With glimpses of quantum realm/micro-verse in Ant-Man, we saw more of the world Strange lives in and learns to maneuver his powers. There were floating car scenes, a glimpse of Tilda Swinton as the ancient one and of course a look at what Strange’s hero suit will look like and it’s great to see that it will not veer off too far from his classic look. Sorry guys- the teaser trailer and such are under a tight lid, but I am sure we will see more come this fall!
Captain America: Civil War
Feige updated us on the status of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ assuring the audience that the directors, brothers Anthony & Joe Russo, and the cast were hard at work trying to finish in the next few weeks. While the shoot was taking place in Europe, he tried to get away with saying only Anthony Mackie could come down and for a few minutes as he teased the footage to he shown. But, then he was joined on stage by Captain America! Yes, Evans was in attendance and the crowd lost their minds! Evans, who like Dwayne Johnson, gushed about how he is so proud to have been making “a love letter to Disney” and that it was an honor to evolve alongside and “be part of the family”.
In the first footage we see the villain Crossbones (Frank Grillo), taking on the Cap, in a busy street scene, with Falcon (Anthony Mackie) as the Cap’s eyes in the sky and Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) as his lookout. Eventually it turns into an all out brawl and the scene showcases Widow and Cap are both equally formidable. We cut to General Ross (William Hurt) describing Cap’s powers as a danger, and that he exploits what people mistake as heroism, when it could be seen as vigilantism. This sets off the thread that unravels the Avengers and we see quick shots of our fave members fighting, along with Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) remembering his identity and that of Steve/Capt’s. Next we see a funeral with a U.K. flag over the casket (Peggy perhaps?), Tony and Steve arguing about the sort of protection the world needs, and we see sides clearly start to form. While the banter in the film still seems playful with Tony saying, “Sometimes I want to punch you in your pretty teeth” to Steve, you can see what’s boiling underneath the surface. We also saw a quick look at Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) but no Spider-Man. The clip ends with the Avengers going head to head, Bad Blood style: with clips of the confirmed line up on each side running to each other. (You know they used to be mad love…)
Hawkeye/Clint (Jeremy Renner) and Widow/Natasha look like they’re being pushed to take each other out while Natasha asks “We’re still friends right?” to which Clint responds, “Depends how hard you hit me.” Then we cut to Clint opening a van and revealing Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and his meeting Steve with some funny Ant-Man fanboying over Cap.
And that, my friends, is how Marvel mic dropped how to make a fandom implode during a D23 Expo session. Excuse me, while I am still recovering.