Marvel stuns fans with stage show as Star Wars un­veils sneak pre­view

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Marvel brought thou­sands of fans to their feet on Satur­day as it as­sem­bled a stel­lar panel of su­per­heroes to pre­view Avengers: In­fin­ity War at Dis­ney’s D23 con­ven­tion.

The movie, which comes out next year, unites the char­ac­ters from all 16 films of the Marvel Cine­matic Uni­verse — and most of the ac­tors who play them took the stage at the star-stud­ded fan event in Anaheim, Cal­i­for­nia.

The packed 7,000-ca­pac­ity con­ven­tion hall cheered as Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruf­falo, Don Chea­dle and Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch were in­tro­duced one by one.

Tom Hol­land, Beni­cio Del Toro, El­iz­a­beth Olsen, Paul Bet­tany, Anthony Mackie, Karen Gil­lan, Dave Bautista, Pom Kle­men­ti­eff and Chad­wick Bose­man and co-direc­tor Joe Russo were also part of the star-stud­ded panel.

“I’ve got to ad­mit, these StarWars guys have not been to­gether on stage for a long time, and even I find my­self geek­ing out,” said Marvel Stu­dios chief Kevin Feige be­fore in­tro­duc­ing world-first In­fin­ity Wars teaser footage.

The movie opens in May 2018 — the 10th an­niver­sary of the US re­lease of the orig­i­nal Marvel Cine­matic Uni­verse movie, Iron Man.

“It’s funny to think Kevin and I fig­ured all of this out at Randy’s Donuts shoot­ing Iron Man 2,” quipped Downey, who plays the tit­u­lar su­per­hero.

The panel was part of a pre­sen­ta­tion of the next two years of live-ac­tion movies from Dis­ney, which owns Marvel and Lu­cas­film.

Also on Satur­day, a new be­hind-the-scenes look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi made its de­but.

Direc­tor Rian John­son and cast mem­bers Mark Hamill, Daisy Ri­d­ley, John Boyega, Gwen­do­line Christie, Kelly Wars Star Marie Tran and Laura Dern ap­peared on stage to meet the fans. The au­di­ence was then treated to footage from the movie.

In the lat­est in­stal­ment, the heroes of The Force Awak­ens join the ga­lac­tic leg­ends in an epic ad­ven­ture that un­locks age-old mys­ter­ies of the Force and shock­ing rev­e­la­tions of the past. It will de­but at US the­aters on Dec 15.

Ear­lier this year, Dis­ney also an­nounced that both the Cal­i­for­nia Dis­ney­land and the Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort in Or­lando will open six-hectare Star Wars­themed parks in 2019, which will be named “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”.

The D23 Expo un­veiled a large-scale de­tailed 3D model of the venues, which have a cantina, a mar­ket­place, and two ma­jor at­trac­tions: pi­lot­ing the Mil­len­nium Fal­con and an ad­ven­ture putting vis­i­tors in the heart of a bat­tle between the rebels and the First Or­der.

“There is such a huge draw for Star Wars, so many peo­ple know about it,” said Joann Dai­ley, a long­time Star Wars fan who was dressed as Princess Leia at D23 Expo.

“For Dis­ney and Star Wars to get to­gether, that’s like the per­fect mar­riage of things that’s just won­der­ful.”

For Dis­ney and

to get to­gether, that’s like the per­fect mar­riage.” Joann Dai­ley, long­time

fan It was an op­por­tu­nity to let these peo­ple know they de­served to be at a place like this.” Sarah Cum­mins, bride-to-be

A school bus pulled up on Satur­day from one or­ga­ni­za­tion and about a dozen home­less veter­ans stepped off to join the party. They were greeted by Cum­mins in a sleeve­less top and pas­tel pants rather than a wed­ding dress.

“For me, it was an op­por­tu­nity to let these peo­ple know they de­served to be at a place like this just as much as ev­ery­one else does,” Cum­mins said.

Sev­eral lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents do­nated suits, dresses and other items for the guests to wear.

Char­lie Allen, who’s spent three months at a home­less mis­sion, re­ceived a do­nated jacket.

“I didn’t have a sport coat,” he said, tug­ging gen­tly at the lapels. “I think I look pretty nice in it.”

Three of Cum­mins seven brides­maids, along with her mother and aunts, came to sup­port her at the event. Guests dined on bour­bon-glazed meat­balls, goat cheese and roasted gar­lic br­uschetta, chicken breast with ar­ti­chokes and chardon­nay cream sauce and wed­ding cake.

Cum­mins, a 25-year-old Pur­due Univer­sity pharmacy stu­dent, said her ex-fi­ance, Lo­gan Araujo, footed most of the bill for the wed­ding con­tract, with Cum­mins and her par­ents, along with one of Araujo’s fam­ily friends, pay­ing the rest.

Cum­mins said she is not sure yet what she will do with the wed­ding dress.

“It’s too painful to think about.”

MARK RAL­STON / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Young vis­i­tors play with a bub­ble-mak­ing R2-D2 ro­bot at a Cal­i­for­nia, on Satur­day. store dur­ing the D23 expo at the Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Anaheim,

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