Marvel started dropping bombs on Comic-Con attendees before the show even began. Letting fans peek at the concept art, by releasing posters of Marvel Studios' 2015 films.
Marvel's not looking to let DC Entertainment beat them on the superhero movie front-at all.
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While DC celebrates The Caped Crusader's 75th anniversary, Marvel's showing various concept art for Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron and director-plagued Ant Man.
In an Iron Man close up, Tony's blasting some Ultron drones at the same time being held down by a collection of other menacing robot figures. Looks like Tony's been tinkering with suits again-hopefully with Pepper's permission. We all remember what happened last time he didn't consult his brilliant partner in Iron Man 3.
Robert Downey Jr.'s got Tony snark down, so we'll assume Tony Stark's good to go.
For Scarlet Witch, you see the character played by Elizabeth Olsen with her arms out while a ring of scarlet surrounds the robots. Look closely and you can see the red tinging her eyes. The floating Ultron drone head slightly resembles a Doctor Who Cyberman head, too.
Interesting juxtaposition there.
If you're looking for Chris Evan's Captain America? Look for his shield. The red plays off the metal and blue, making him blend and stand out among the converging drones. The drones resemble insects, especially the one holding on to his shield.
Missing the Black Widow? Well, Scarlet Johannson's punching some drones with an electric field. Remember, Joss Whedon promised she'd be a huge part of Ultron. If you look carefully at the bottom of her image, you can find one the Hulk's arms.
Perhaps she's rescuing the big guy from an attacking ant hill of drones. And look above her to see a glimpse of Thor's hammer bringing the lightning. In the middle of all that, Black Widow looks to be kicking some serious butt.
But they're not the only ones showing artwork.
Jason Serafino of Tech Times offers a breakdown of the Ant Man art at San Diego Comic-Con so far this year in "Marvel kicks off San Diego Comic-Con with ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and 'Ant Man' posters." Plus, some handy dandy background on why the artwork may have been shown at the same time.
Even though Marvel's Ant Man's faced a lot of trouble when it comes to keeping a director, Paul Rudd's still going to play Scott Lang while Michael Douglas will appear as Hank Pym. Lang is actually the second Ant Man, with Pym being the first. And Ant Man's comics legacy involves the Avengers, as one of the co-founders.
So there has to be some crossover potential for the Avengers movies, right? Couldn't hurt to connect more of the movieverse together.
Artwork featuring Ant Man shows a man falling, then standing on his feet, while Rudd and Douglas's faces look toward something off the horizon. In the background is what looks to be a city landscape. On the bottom, is a scene of flying ants around the body suit of Ant Man.
And on the lead ant with wings fluttering, waiting for take off, sits Lang, the superhero. Ready to go fight the good fight.
Using dark, neutral hues with bursts of red is a good tie for the Avengers posters, leading to a possible clue about a possible cameo.
And unlike many sneak peeks in previous years Marvel's returning to the painted concept art. You can see the digital art, the layers and depth of the scene. And it reminds the audience of the comic book beginnings of the characters. They didn't start out as movie superheroes, after all.
Some just benefited from an increase of exposure, like Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Though, who can forget the Thor reference in 1987's Adventures of Babysitting. Back then, Vincent D’Onofrio donned Thor's locks, long before Law and Order came calling.
Not in the pictures are Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) as Quicksilver and James Spader (The Blacklist) as Ultron. With three more days, their Avengers: Age of Ultron pictures could be out soon, too.
In short, 2015 will be a banner year for Marvel since Avengers: Age of Ultron will premiere May 1, and Ant Man will hit theaters on July 17. Good possible lead-in for the Ant Man from the Avengers audience if Marvel chooses to put a scene at the end of Ultron
And if you want some posters of your own, check out Marvel's booth at #2329. But they're probably gone by now.
Marvel swag at SDCC? Must grab swag.
Of course, there's no telling what else there will be available throughout the convention.
Source: Tech Times