by Aaron Einhorn
Yesterday at Comic-Con was the day for Marvel to make some big reveals about their “Phase 2″ plans. “Phase 1″ started with Iron Man and ends with The Avengers. “Phase 2″ begins with Iron Man 3 and, presumably, will end with The Avengers 2.
Let’s start with the big one. Iron Man 3. At the start of the day yesterday, Marvel revealed the new “Extremis”/MK VIII armor on the floor of the show.
During the Marvel movie panel, there was also a big chunk of Iron Man 3 footage that aired, which confirmed that Ben Kingsley will, in fact, be playing the Mandarin in the film, hopefully tying in to the “Ten Rings” terrorist organization who captured Tony Stark in the first film. The footage also showed Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) and Stark arguing, with Stark berating Hogan for quitting, and Hogan saying that Stark is spending too much time with his super friends. It was also confirmed that the leaked photo of the “Iron Patriot” armor is the updated War Machine suit, and Rhodey (Don Cheadle) will be wearing it.
Edgar Wright was also on stage, sharing some test footage for Ant Man, and while you couldn’t see who was wearing the mask (obviously), the audience was treated to a great fight scene where Henry Pym uses his size-changing very dynamically. “He’s going to kick your ass one inch at a time,” said Wright.
Additionally, titles and logos were released for all of the upcoming Marvel films, which gave us an official title for both the Captain America and Thor sequels. The follow-up for First Avenger will be Captain America: Winter Soldier, which will presumably draw from Ed Brubaker’s run and bring Bucky back from the dead, most likely starting off as a mind-controlled, cybernetic, Russian assassin. If the film is half as good as the comic run, I think we’ll be in for a treat. Captain America: Winter Soldier will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and will open April 4, 2014.
The Thor sequel will be titled Thor: The Dark World, and is set to arrive next year, on November 8, 2013. This one will be directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones), and honestly, based on the title, I’ve no idea what to expect.
Finally, Marvel’s “mystery film” of 2014 will be Guardians of the Galaxy, which just about everyone knew by now. Concept art for the film was revealed, and I love that the line-up is full of the classics, including Rocket Racoon. Guardians of the Galaxy will arrive on August 1, 2014.
Marvel also shared the official logos for all five films. Enjoy!