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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.

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