With never-before-seen clips and a handful of cast members on hand, Marvel opened Saturday morning at D23 with a bang.
First up was Thor: The Dark World. Cast members Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, and Sir Anthony Hopkins stopped by to show footage from the upcoming sequel. In a nod to his legendary appearance in Hall H at Comic-Con last month, Hiddleston apologized for not showing up in his costume. “I’m not gonna get this crowd to kneel,” he joked. “We’re at Disneyland.”
The new clip from The Dark World showed Portman’s Jane Foster being examined by Asgardian healers. Jane apparently has a mysterious mystical infection that cannot be healed on Earth, causing Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to spirit her away to his home world. His father Odin (Hopkins) is not pleased but when he orders guards to send Jane back, her infection protects her - or, more likely, itself.
For Captain America: The Winter Solider, Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, and Anthony Mackie took the stage. Stan, who played Cap’s best friend Bucky in the first film, commented on his character’s apparent death by saying simply: “He lived.”
The footage they showed mirrored that from Comic-Con (an elevator fight scene and the newest trailer) but also included a rough cut of Cap engaging in a stealth assault on a naval ship. The clip featured Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow humorously attempting to give Cap dating advice even while he dives parachute-less out of plane and singlehandedly takes down several goons on the ship. If the action in this scene and what we’ve seen in the trailer are true markers of the film, Winter Soldier is going to be jam packed with thrills.
A brief teaser for Avengers: The Age of Ultron showed no footage of the film and only featured dialogue pulled from the previous Marvel films but whipped the crowd into an excited frenzy all the same.
Lastly, there was Marvel’s other film project, Guardians of the Galaxy. Though still in the early days of shooting, the film is a definite departure from the Avengers-themed movies Marvel fans are used to. But that fits perfectly with Guardians campy style. The trailer was funny, strange (yes, we finally got a look at both Groot and Rocket Raccoon!), and awesome.
Thor: The Dark World will be first up for Marvel, releasing on November 8th. Then it’s The Winter Solider on April 4, 2014. Guardians is scheduled for release in August 2014 followed in May 2015 with The Age of Ultron.