On Saturday, Marvel showed first footage of their upcoming blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron as the crowning piece of their SDCC’14 presentations. But their reveals weren’t just happening in the panels. Marvel also unveiled several props from the movie at their booth.
The first to be revealed was the Harley Davidson that Black Widow rides in the film, complete with Cap’s shield on the front:
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Nearby was a prop from the first Avengers, Loki’s spear:
If you read our article on the Avengers: Age of Ultron presentation, you’ll remember a key scene in the teaser trailer shown centered on the smashed shield of Captain America. This was the centerpiece of their display:
The closing portion of Marvel Movies’ San Diego Comic-Con panel in Hall H on Saturday afternoon was all about next year’s sure-to-be-blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” began playing and the first of the huge cast in attendance was announced by moderator Chris Hardwick. Iron Man himself, Robert Downey, Jr, took the stage first and after a bit of dancing, opened his briefcase and began throwing red roses at the crowd.
RDJ then took over the announcements, and he was soon joined onstage by Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Chris Evans (Captain America), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Paul Bettany (Vision/J.A.R.V.I.S.), James Spader (Ultron), and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch). As the two women came out, Downey presented each of them with white roses. Such a gentleman!
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The cast took turns answering questions from Hardwick. RDJ was asked how it felt to be returning in this movie, to which he replied “It just keeps getting better… I’m so excited to be here. We’ve got a real nice movie coming up for you guys next year.” “You’re the best, Robert!” cried one man from the audience. “You’re probably right,” Downey shot back, which caused the rest of the cast to laugh.
There were several jokes made about Chris Hemsworth’s muscular physique, but when asked if there was anything about Thor that he wants to do with the character, he made a nod to the recent comic change and slyly joked, “Turning him into a woman. I don’t want to jinx it, but I think it could be my Oscar. I’m willing to take it on.” (Recently Marvel announced Thor would be changing genders.)
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, new to the cast as Quicksilver, spoke about what drew him to the role: “The characters have such a dynamic between the group. What’s beautiful is you get these characters in the same room and they bounce off of each other.”
Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow, couldn’t be at Hall H due to her pregnancy, but she did a video introduction to the showing of the first footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
And the footage sent the room crazy.
SPOILER ALERT – scroll past the next photo if you don’t want to know what was shown from the movie…
Thanks to the panel at San Diego Comic-Con and a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly we get to see some of the first images from “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron” and a fantastic panel of the stars of the movie.
EW journeyed to the set on a day they filmed a pivotal early scene. The cover even offers the world its first look at Ultron, and inside you’ll find a brief synopsis on how he became the bad guy.
There’s also a nice sidebar about how director/writer Joss Whedon creatively worked around Scarlett Johansson’s pregnancy, which was announced just prior to filming.
This issue of Entertainment Weekly is in stores now, or you can read parts of it and view never-before-seen photos online at ew.com.
From the Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con we were also treated to more photos from the movie.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is due in US theaters May 1, 2015.
If you missed SDCC, like I did, you can watch the full panel from the con courtesy of Marvel