by Ryan J. Downey
This, True Believes, is why people stock up on coffee and snacks, pull up lawn chairs and do whatever it takes to endure those horrendously long lines for Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con: Marvel's "Iron Man 3" panel unleashed a torrent of information about several in-production properties including "Guardians of the Galaxy," the sequels to "Thor" and "Captain America" and much more.
The proceedings kicked off with a montage looking back on the last several years of Comic-Con presentations, including a bit from Marvel Films honcho Kevin Feige talking about how he'd love to see an Avengers movie way back in the pre-schawarma days of 2006. The montage wrapped up with these incredibly exciting words: "PHASE TWO BEGINS… NOW!" And boom, here came the Marvel bombshells faster than you can say "Excelsior!"
"Guardians of the Galaxy" is definitely happening. Concept art was shown. The team's lineup -- Star-Lord, Draxx the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon (!) and Gamorra - was revealed. Steve Rogers' next cinematic chapter will officially be titled "Captain America: Winter Soldier," which was met with huge applause. His Mjolnir-wielding Asgardian teammate's next outing will officially be titled "Thor: The Dark World."
Edgar Wright may have tweeted about being in London but - boom! - there he was on the Hall H stage, "Ant Man" test footage in tow! We couldn't see who was wearing the mask, of course, but we saw a great fight scene where Hank Pym pops in and out of various sizes. "He's going to kick your ass one inch at a time," declared the "Shaun of the Dead" filmmaker, just after the audience saw the hero bust somebody's tooth.
A nice, meaty chunk of "Iron Man 3" footage confirmed that Ben Kingsley is definitely playing The Mandarin after all. Things got meta when Tony Stark chastised Happy Hogan for quitting on him and his former driver complained about all of the time Iron Man has been spending with his "super friends." Happy himself, "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau, joined Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle (who dons the Iron Patriot armor), Feige and "Iron Man 3" director Shane Black on stage where they joked, chided, ribbed and laughed their way through a rollicking good time.
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