Marvel don’t come to San Diego every year, but when they do they make sure it’s totally worth their (and our) while – and they weren’t just here to show off their new logo.
Alongside the inevitable star appearances/ new trailer for Doctor Strange (due in cinemas in October), we got some big casting news. Okay, the fact that Brie Larson is playing Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, didn’t take anybody who’s been near a web browser in the last two months by surprise, but it’s kinda nice to have it actually confirmed by studio boss Kevin Feige.
Meanwhile, in Wakanda, Black Panther (due to start shooting in January) also has some big additions to its cast. Lupita Nyong’o will play Nakia, a member of Prince T’Challa’s team of female bodyguards. The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira will stand alongside her as Okoye, while bad guy duties as Erik Killmonger go to director Ryan Coogler’s Creed star Michael B Jordan.
Over on Spider-Man: Homecoming it was confirmed that the Vulture is the villain (though we’re still waiting to hear if the rumours that Michael Keaton is donning the wings are true), while Thor: Ragnarok – which had just started production in Australia – sent over an amusing film from director Taika Waikiti (What We Do In The Shadows) about what Thor had been up to during Captain
America: Civil War. Marvel also revealed some of Hulk’s Planet Hulk-style battle armour.
Last and not least, the Guardians of the Galaxy were in town – with Michael Rooker’s Yondu in full costume – to show off some footage from next year’s Vol 2, and announce that Sylvester Stallone will appear in the sequel. “It’s a very, very key, important role,” said director James Gunn. “It’s not a huge role. He’s a great and key supporting actor.” With Kurt Russell already on board as Star-Lord’s dad, it opens up the intriguing prospect of a Tango & Cash reunion. And we’ve all been waiting for that, right?
Let’s hope that this concept art becomes wonderfully real.
“I’m feeling blue.” Lupita Nyong’o brings a bit of Oscar class.
Kevin Feige with the new Captain Marvel.