Comic-Con goes wild for 'Black Panther' at Marvel panel

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"Black Panther" stole the show Satur­day night at Marvel Stu­dios' Comic-Con pre­sen­ta­tion, out­shin­ing the Ant-Man, Thor and even the ul­ti­mate Avengers team-up, "In­fin­ity War." Fans went wild for the exclusive sneak peek at the up­com­ing su­per­hero pic, fea­tur­ing star Chad­wick Bose­man T' Challa in­ter­cept­ing a sketchy vi­bra­nium trade be­tween Andy Serkis' Klaw and Martin Free­man's Everett. Set in an el­e­gant, Ja­panese-in­spired casino, the deal goes hay­wire and T' Challa and his se­cu­rity de­tail (Lupita Ny­ong'o and Danai Gurira) jump to ac­tion in their even­ing gowns to re­trieve the pre­cious goods.

The clip was fol­lowed by the trailer for the film from "Creed" di­rec­tor Ryan Coogler and the 6,500 souls in the au­di­ence erupted into deaf­en­ing cheers at the sight of T' Challa mor­ph­ing into the Black Panther suit. The film finds T' Challa re­turn­ing to his home of Wakanda af­ter the death of his fa­ther, the king. "He's still mourn­ing his fa­ther's death. It's a tran­si­tion pe­riod that gets in­ter­rupted, and he's strug­gling with the type of king he wants to be," said Bose­man. Coogler, Bose­man, Ny­ong'o, Gurira, Serkis and more of the cast were on hand in San Diego to talk about the film, out Feb, 16, 2019.

Ny­ong'o de­scribed her char­ac­ter as a spy who goes un­der­cover to re­port back to Wakanda about what is go­ing on in the rest of the world. "Wakanda is an iso­lated na­tion," Ny­ongo said. "The world does not need to know what's go­ing on in Wakanda." Coogler said he'd al­ways had a fond­ness for comic books, and found "Black Panther" at a piv­otal mo­ment. "I grew up as black kid in the Bay Area and grew up with comic books and it didn't mat­ter what color the su­per­heroes were. I read X-Men, I read Spi­der-Man," Coogler said. Then he started look­ing for a char­ac­ter that looked like him and he stum­bled on Black Panther.

The god­dess of death

Marvel Stu­dios also teased its third "Thor" film, "Thor: Rag­narok ," which has quite a dif­fer­ent and more ir­rev­er­ent tone from pre­vi­ous in­stall­ments, and hits the­aters in Novem­ber. "I've played this char­ac­ter five times," Chris Hemsworth told the au­di­ence. "Me, per­son­ally, I got a lit­tle bored and thought we've got to try some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent ... Push the en­ve­lope, take it to an­other level."

So, they cut his hair, take his ham­mer away and pit him against Jeff Gold­blum and Cate Blanchett. When Blanchett's Hela, the god­dess of death, in­vades As­gard, Thor finds him­self on the run and un­der the con­trol of Gold­blum's Grand­mas­ter on Sakaar where he is pit­ted against the Hulk in a Gla­di­a­tor tour­na­ment. In this film, the Hulk re­fuses to turn back into Bruce Ban­ner, but he is learn­ing to speak, al­beit slowly. "He has the vo­cab­u­lary of a two year old," Mark Ruf­falo said. Marvel also un­veiled the "Avengers: In­fin­ity War" footage that the stu­dio had pre­vi­ously shown to au­di­ences at the Dis­ney fan con­ven­tion, D23, and made a few an­nounce­ments re­gard­ing up­com­ing films: Michelle Pfeif­fer will play Evan­ge­line Lilly's char­ac­ter's mom Janet van Dyne in the "Ant-Man" se­quel "Ant Man and the Wasp" and "Cap­tain Marvel," Marvel's first fe­male-driven su­per­hero movie, will be set in the 1990s. As Marvel Stu­dios head Kevin Feige de­scribed it: It's so long ago that Sa­muel L. Jack­son's Nick Fury will have two eyes. — AP

Justin Th­er­oux and Dave Franco, stars of The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, make an ap­pear­ance at the LEGO booth at Comic-Con In­ter­na­tional in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia. — AP pho­tos

Aurora Or­tiz, dressed as Bat­girl, poses for a por­trait on day three of Comic-Con In­ter­na­tional on Satur­day.

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