#ComicCon News Summary – Avengers: Age of Ultron & Batman vs Superman at #SDCC


Comic Con is famous for being the worlds greatest geek fest, and this year did not disappoint! The two most highly anticipated movies were of course, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and Avengers: Age of Ultron. So lets see what both had to offer this year.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Avengers themselves took to the stage to the tune of Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’ with Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Cobie Smoulders (Maria Hill), Paul Bettany (The Vision/JARVIS) and James Spader (Ultron) – and breath!

The footage that screened sounds amazing, the tone it took was to start out light and fun and then get darker as the reel went on – much the direction the second film will take in comparison to the first. It opened with the Avengers (and War Machine himself, Rhodey) all hanging out in Stark Tower (now Avengers Tower) enjoying a few drinks. As they are all having a laugh together they each take turns at trying to pick up Thor’s hammer. Tony Stark and Rhodey use their gauntlets to no avail, Bruce Banner practically hulks out but has no luck, Cap however did make the hammer move, just a little!


The fun is suddenly disrupted by a very creepy moment as a broken-up robot suddenly enters the scene. It’s barely able to stand, hanging in mid-air it tells the team that they are all killers. Its one of Stark’s Iron Legion, but one that has clearly gone wrong, all of a sudden a mass of bots crash into the tower and attack.

speed leaving a trail in his wake whilst Scarlet Witch controls stuff with her mind. Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor makes an appearance facing off against the Hulk, as seen in concept art already, but why are the two fighting? However we do see Banner curled in a blanket at one point having some kind of inner turmoil with himself with a shot of Black Widow then lifting her hand up to the Hulk’s. Ultron’s voiceover references The Vision but we don’t actually see him in action (although he is in the concept art below) and finally we see Andy Serkis himself, not in a motion capture role. s, the Avengers’? Is it a dream or something more? All of this shows the movie will be going down a far darker road… The last thing we see is Ultron in a new, shinier body armor. But one last bit happened at the Avengers portion of the panel as Josh Brolin took the stage with an Infinity Gauntlet toy glove.

batfleck-reg-6a419Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice

Warner Bros. have released the first footage from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at Comic-Con 2014. re angry. s eyes are glowing during this part of the clip and when Superman sees that, he makes his eyes glow red.

They’re clearly angry with each other and this is the beginning of what Batman v Superman is all about.  The teaser’s setting takes place during the night where it’s pouring rain. They’re on a rooftop with Ben Affleck as Batman in a bulky armor almost, military grade, and his eyes are glowing as he pulls a tarp off the Bat signal.

It shines far into the sky where it’s lightning and standing inside Batman’s symbol is Henry Cavill’s Superman. He looks angry, his eyes are glowing red similar to what we’ve seen with his heat vision ray in Man of Steel. The camera pans in on Batman’s face as he looks angered and ready to fight when the film cuts to black. For this the audience went crazy. This is something I was initially sceptical about with the choice of Ben Affleck as Batman and all, but its grown on me significantly!


Whats next for MARVELS Avengers? What can we expect in Phase III?


MARVEL Studios Avengers ‘experiment’ has to be one of the greatest movie successes of film history. The risks they took bringing Iron Man, Thor and Captain America to the silver screen and then throwing them together in one epic movie paid off BIG TIME! With Thor’s latest adventure ‘Thor: The Dark World’ out this week, i thought it right to summarise what we’ve seen so far and what is yet to come for our superheroes.

Marvel plans on expanding it’s cinematic universe (MCU) slowly but surely in phases, with new characters but still keeping a huge focus on pre-existing ones like Iron Man, Thor & Captain America. At the moment we are half way through Phase Two, so far they have played out like this..

Phase One

  • Iron Man
  • Thor
  • Iron Man 2
  • Captain America
  • The Avengers / Avengers Assemble

Phase Two

  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Captain America: The Winter Solider
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Avengers: Age of Ultron

So lets look at how our heroes circumstances have changed throughout Phase Two thus far.


Iron Man 

For me Iron Man 3 was a bit of a disappointment, despite getting a billion at the Box Office i felt it didn’t deserve it and only made so much because it was the first film to follow off of The Avengers – Despite this i still think Robert Downey Jr and the character of Tony Stark he has created is PERFECT!

Iron Man 3 concluded with Tony Stark not only destroying his suits but also having that piece of shrapnel that made him owe so unique from his chest – yes that very same piece of shrapnel we was told could NOT be removed in the first and second movie. This doesn’t leave much space for a standalone sequel for Iron Man but the new Avengers should hopefully give us more clarity on the character.

Rumours on the web regarding of Age of Ultron are to be believed it will be Stark who creates the android villain, which while not in line with the comic book storyline (Ant Man creating Ultron) it does give Stark’s character purpose to don the suit once more.

When the credits roll on Avengers 2 and Ultron has presumable caused Earth a HUGE amount of stress, it would make sense if Stark blamed himself and spiralled out of control, which would set him up for the characters infamous tale, ‘Demon in a Bottle’. This would make a good plot line for an Iron Man 4 and would also provide a stage from which Sam Rockwell could return as Justin Hammer.


Captain America

Captain America is probably the least successful of the three new franchises established in Phase One, nevertheless the film was pivotal in the build up to The Avengers storyline. The sequel entitled ‘Captain America: The Winter Solider’ will see the addition of Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and focus heavily on SHIELD’s activities following the events in New York (from Avengers).

Seeing as the Cap is so die hard loyal to the USA and its principles it would be good to see him go against the government or its corruption? Certainly add a lot of excitement for a third movie.



Thors future depends entirely on the fate of his devious brother Loki in ‘The Dark World’ (you’ll have to see it to find out – BTW it is a BRILLIANT film). If he survives then he would most definitely play a pivotal part in a third Thor movie – particularly given the character’s popularity amongst fans – regardless of his villainous ways he is a HUGE FAVOURITE.

If not i’m sure there are other villains that can be brought up from the depths of the Nine Realms.. Also it has to be said that it is brilliant to see somewhere so local, aka London & Greenwich used as the epic final battle location of Thor!



Hulk is a tricky one, his films have failed to catch as wide an audience as the others but Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk in Joss Whedon’s Avengers was one of the best parts of the film. Marvel are still hesitant however and so for now at least there are no plans to create another film, although it will almost certainly be done in the near future (Marvel Phase Three?).

He has a ton of villains yet to make their way to the big screen, most notably The Leader whose origin was covered in the 2008 film when Tim Blake Nelson’s character came into contact with some gamma-radiated super-juice. However I’d take a look at the current “Indestructible Hulk” run of comics for the premise at least.


Guardians of the Galaxy

This is easily Marvels craziest film yet and HUGE gamble in my opinion. How ever in Marvels Phase plan Guardians of the Galaxy are of EXTREME importance for one core reason – Thanos, the crazed Titan seen at the end of Avengers Assemble credit scene. He will surely play a large part in the build up of Avengers 2.

The story will focus around the Infinity Gauntlet, which holds six Infinity Gems that when held at once affords its wielder control over all of reality – of course this means Thanos wants it.

The Others..

So who is left.. Avengers: Age of Ultron will introduce us to two new characters, Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver. Further additions to the Marvel film universe will be Ant-Man the film being directed by Edgar Wright and in pre-production for a 2015 release. With Edgar Wright at the helm it seems ‘Ant-Man’ will be closer to a comedy than any Marvel film before it, and it is rumoured the film may be a heist movie as well.

With the Ultron part out of the equation (it appears he will be Tony Stark’s creation instead), where this Ant-Man movie goes is really anyone’s guess, but in Edgar Wright it would seem to be in capable hands. Plans to bring Doctor Strange and Black Panther into the fold have been pretty much confirmed in recent weeks as well. Doctor Strange would introduce the mystical side to Marvel’s cinematic universe.

Beyond even that there’s the fact that Marvel Studios have regained the rights to the Daredevil and Punisher properties, both of which are likely to be thrown into the mix in the near future.

Whatever happens Marvel Studios are sure to make the journey one hell of a ride, recent rumors even point towards a potential deal whereby Spider-Man and X-Men could be added to future Avenger movies.. WOW!

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron | Tony Stark stepping back inside the suit? Return of Iron Man


After Iron Man 3 we’re left with a very different Tony Stark, and me and many others worried that that was the end of the super hero. However it looks as though he’ll be back to lead The Avengers once more, and he could be very likely climbing back into the Iron Man suit.

Iron Man is definitely the most identifiable Marvel super hero, the first Iron Man movie pretty much all of this possible, its success is the reason why we today have The Avengers, Thor and Captain America. However following the events of Iron Man 3 many have been left wondering in what capacity will Tony Stark return in the Avengers sequel. Marvel’s Co-President Louis D’Esposito has revealed that Stark will most definitely be back and be up to his old tricks too! Louis said:

“He’s leading the team with Captain America. I don’t know 100% where he’s at, we’re still developing the screenplay and Joss Whedon is writing furiously to get that finished. But obviously i’ve seen a couple of drafts. It’s hard for me to say at this point what (Tony) is doing and what his emotional mind set is. You can see where it was where we left him at the end of (Iron Man) 3 – he’s in love with Pepper, he’s made a grand gesture to blow up the suits at that point. But at the end, he can’t help himself and i think he will go back to tinkering – thats what he does best.” 

Since the villain was revealed as being the robotic Avenger nemesis Ultron there has been plenty of speculation as to his origins – popularly believed to be a creation of Tony Stark, but will it be linked to his AI Jarvis?

Obviously, we’re big in connectivity. You can see it in all our films. We try to keep that going. It’s one big Marvel cinematic universe and there will be some connectivity.” 

Exciting stuff, but it looks as though we’ll have to see how it all pans out. But at least we know that Tony Stark will be back and playing a major role. After all, he is Iron Man.


‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV series to air on Channel 4 | Good news for the UK!


Good news for people in the United Kingdom, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD tv series will air on Channel 4 this autumn. The new TV series is created by Joss Whedon and the studio behind The Avengers and revolves around a fictional worldwide law enforcement agency called S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division).

Clark Gregg reprises his role as Agent Phil Coulson from last year’s The Avengers and Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Caestecker, Chloe Bennet and Ming-Na Wen play the select group of agents he assembles to handle strange new cases.

“Like the Super Hero universe from which it has come, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is big, bold and absolutely exhilarating,” Channel 4’s Jay Hunt said in a statement. “Featuring the production values you’d expect from Marvel and ABC Studios, this is family entertainment at its most exciting.”