Comic Con has been amping up the awesome this year.
It’s been a long two days in the 6,500 seater Hall H, with panels for the likes of Godzilla, 300: Rise of An Empire, The Hunger Games, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy. And that’s not even counting the panels for Game of Thrones, Kick-Ass 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that we attended yesterday, plus press sessions with the casts of The Mortal Instruments and The Walking Dead.
Phew. The awesome content that was presented aside, here’s our best moments of the past two days in Hall H, always the venue for the biggest movies and TV shows at Comic Con.
1The entire cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past appearing on stage
The cast were all bantering freely, with James McAvoy declaring:”I look incredible in this film, I just want to point that out”, while Peter Dinklage crowed about his “sweet Tom Selleck-style moustache”. Hugh Jackman capped proceedings with his anecdote of how he walked around San Diego in full Wolverine get-up, only to be told by one guy: “Naw, too tall, buddy”. It was a panel that left many around us asking: How is Marvel going to top this?
2Tom Hiddleston dressed as Loki
The answer was Tom Hiddleston, of course. The British actor literally emerged from the shadows in a flash of light at the start of the Marvel panels, sneering at the Hall H crowds for “huddling in the dark” in order to “enter this chamber”. He was all wonderfully sneery and such: “You should have let me rule you when you had the chance.” At one point, he even commanded a woman: “Kneel!” – and through it all, Hiddleston could barely keep a straight face. Which only led to even louder and more sustained cheers, especially he commanded: “Say my name!” Which we all gladly did, of course.
It all started with a video of Spider-Man apparently having to scale buildings in order to access the panel, before Andrew Garfield emerged in full costume. His banter with fellow cast members like Jamie Foxx and director Marc Webb while in persona was top notch (“Andrew played me? I thought Eduardo Saverin played me”), cuminating in a short rap with Foxx. He then went backstage to take off the mask, before delivering even more zingers such as: “Meeting Stan Lee is like being in the same room as Mickey Mouse. He’s so iconic, I’m not even sure if he really exists.”
Man of Steel director Zack Snyder came out at the end of the Warner Brothers panels for a very special announcement, undoubtedly the biggest of the day. While it had already been reported by the likes of Bleeding Cool, the anticipation was still at fever pitch. And so it was left to actor Harry Lennix, who played General Swanwick in Man of Steel, to announce the first ever Superman/Batman movie – and with an intriguing piece of dialogue from The Dark Knight Returns comic:
“I want you to remember, Clark…in all the years to come…in your most private moments…I want you to remember…my hand…at your throat…I want…you to remember…the one man who beat you.”
5Avengers: Age of Ultron
At the end of a looong day – especially for those of us who had camped out to get into Hall H – this was the announcement that really sent the fanboys into a frenzy. Age of Ultron, as only true fanboys will know, is an alternate universe storyline in which the robot Ultron lays waste to the world. It was the creation of Henry Pym a.k.a. Ant-Man, before it gained sentience and went bad. @empiremagazine later sent out this tweet:
Also had a chat with Kevin Feige about Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The title is 'borrowed' from the comic, but bears no relation to that arc.
— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) July 21, 2013
6Tom Cruise and Chris Hardwick duet – then photobomb each other
This happened during an unexpected Warner Bros panel for The Edge of Tomorrow, the new sci-fi feature based on a Japanese novel. Cruise and panel moderator Hardwick, who have both played rocker Stacee Jaxx in the musical Rock of Ages, started singing along to Foreigner’s I Wanna Know What Love Is. Later on, when the cast were having their picture taken, Hardwick ran over to photobomb them, before Cruise switched places with him to photobomb his own cast.
Here’s some images from the past two days. We weren’t in a great spot, but still managed to get some decent shots.
What did you think of these moments in Hall H? Leave us a comment and let us know.