Comic Con 2013 Reactions
Another Comic Con has come and gone, and now we nerds are left to pick up the pieces of our geeked out brains and figure out just how the hell the major studios and publishers will deliver on their promises from this year’s announcements. Easily the biggest news to come out of this year’s con is Marvel Studios announcement of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Warner Bros.’ Batman/Superman film. Both announcements have been met with anticipation and (of course) negativity, but between these two announcements (along with the released footage of Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy) it’s easy to see that the upcoming years worth of comic book related entertainment properties will surely cause a lot of us to melt down.
The footage I most want to see is Guardians of the Galaxy. From the reports I’ve read online of the footage, the underdog Marvel Studios films seems to be shaping up to be a lot of fun, with Chris Pratt’s Star Lord stealing the show. While it’s annoying that we still don’t know who’s voicing Rocket Raccoon (or Groot), the descriptions of their appearances in the footage sounds awesome, and easily makes it my internet goal to hunt it down for the next few weeks. Obviously both Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier already have my money, but the footage of Tom Hiddleston in character as Loki at the Marvel Studios panel was too much fun, and puts a smile on my face every time I watch it.
Obviously the biggest news of the Marvel Studios panel was the revelation of the title of the next Avengers film: Age of Ultron. Thankfully we already know that the movie will not be based in any part on the recent disappointing Marvel event. However, it should be mentioned that writer/director Joss Whedon has alluded to the fact that Hank Pym may not be the one responsible for the creation of Ultron. This is kind of a surprise, since Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man film is set to be released after Age of Ultron.
If Pym’s not the creator of Ultron, who is? The answer is pretty obvious: Tony Stark. Think about it: (SPOILER) with no more suits, what’s Stark going to do with all of his free time? Why build an artificial intelligence that will eventually decide that all of humanity should be eradicated. It fits with what has come before in the Marvel movies, and I honestly believe that if Joss Whedon didn’t have a good reason for changing the established Ultron cannon, he wouldn’t change it.
Now we switch gears to the DC side of things, and the announcement of a movie that I honestly never thought would see the light of day:Superman/Batman. Yes, the Dark Knight and the Man Of Steel are finally going to meet and, presumably, beat the crap out of each other. So far all we know is this: Zack Snyder is coming back to direct, Christopher Nolan is producing, and Henry Cavill is returning as Superman. There’s no word on who will play Batman, but it’s a safe bet that until an actor is officially announced, I’ll be scrutinizing every rumor I hear.
There were some comic book announcements this year as well, but the movie side of the con overshadowed a lot of them. The panels inspired events like the return of Nightcrawler or more information on Forever Evil took a back seat to the big screen adventures that. While it’s not a surprise that the movies got more attention, it’s a little disappointing. After all, the first word in “Comic Con” is “comic”, after all.