Comic-con 2013

Nobody works Comic-Con like Marvel Studios.

Once again, Marvel's presentation demonstrated just how masterfully Kevin Feige and company play the Con crowd like a fiddle.

This year's panel, capping off what has been by far the busiest day in Hall H, boasted panels that revealed much about Phase 2 in the studio's elaborate shared universe, from Thor: The Dark World to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and even The Avengers sequel, which now has a title that tells us a whole lot about who Earth's Mightiest Heroes will face off against in their next ensemble adventure.

20th Century Fox kept most mum on its Hall H panel, releasing virtually no information about the event in Comic-Con's most cavernous setting.  In the absence of facts, rumors evolve.

The wildest of these rumors turned out to be just that, but the studio did deliver the massive cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past, bridging the gap between two franchise continuities, whipping fans into a fervor, and showing off first look footage at what appears to be the ultimate X-Men movie.

In the final moments of the new theatrical trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, we see Jennifer Lawrence once again staring death in the face as Katniss Everdeen. 

It's a familiar moment, one that echoes the first glimpse of the arena in The Hunger Games.  Yet it feels different: the stakes are higher.

For Panem, the status quo is history.

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures will be going their separate ways soon, but the two purveyors of blockbuster entertainment still have some joint product arriving in theaters over the next year.

So of course, today Hall H echoed with the thunderous sound effects of several event movies as the WB, pimping its own movies and those co-financed by Legendary, sought to work con-goers into a lather over their upcoming slate. 

Through a very busy presentation, Warner Bros. showcased several very different movies with panels for Godzilla, 300: Rise of an Empire, Gravity, Seventh Son, The Lego Movie, and Edge of Tomorrow.

Director Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down), comic book co-creators Mark Millar (Wanted) and John Romita, Jr. (Spider-Man), and actors Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Savages), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (ParaNorman), John Leguizamo (Gamer), Donald Faison (Skyline), and Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead) appeared in Hall H at Comic-Con International 2013 in San Diego on Friday to discuss their new film Kick-Ass 2, which opens in theaters on August 23rd.  

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had a chance to speak exclusively with director Jeff Wadlow, comic book co-creators Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., as well as actors Christopher Mintz-PlasseJohn Leguizamo, and Lindy Booth about Kick-Ass 2. They discussed the new film, making it without original director Matthew Vaughn, Millar and Romita's contributions to the project, its ultra-violence, new characters, new actors who have joined the franchise, and Red Mist's transformation into The Mother Fucker.   

One of the most chattered-about event movies currently carpet-bombing San Diego with promotion is The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Next summer's follow-up to the 2012 reboot was the subject of yesterday's biggest Hall H panel, with star Sony Pictures putting on a big, crowd-pleasing show in Comic-Con's most expansive venue.  Thanks to an enthusiastic cast – particularly star Andrew Garfield – and an impressive footage presentation, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did indeed build yet more hype for the sequel.

Prior to the show in Hall H, though, director Marc Webb participated in a private press conference alongside Garfield, Jamie Foxx, and Dane DeHaanIAR was lucky enough to be present for the press conference, in which the filmmakers reveal new insights on the The Amazing Spider-Man 2's story, characters, and tone, as well as the future of the franchise.

When you think of Comic-Con, you don't generally think of Metallica, but the metal luminaries are in San Diego promoting Metallica Through the Never, a unique IMAX 3D feature that combines concert material with a traditional narrative.

Don't settle for that explanation, though.  Picturehouse Entertainment has revealed the first trailer and poster for the film, and both do some heavy lifting to convey the basic idea here.

After years of crying on Batman's shoulder while its other attempts to mount franchises for DC Comics superheroes sputtered, Warner Bros. seems to have finally found its comic book footing.

Even before Man of Steel brought Superman back to theaters last month, the studio was planning a follow-up.  Turns out that sequel, set for 2015, will team up Henry Cavill's Superman and a new, as-yet uncast Batman for a shared onscreen adventure.  Yes, that's right, Man of Steel 2 is actually a World's Finest movie.

And if all goes according to plan, 2015 will kick off three consecutive years of DC action, with Flash arriving in 2016 and Justice League finally dropping in 2017.

Actor Sean Astin (The Goonies, Rudy, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) appeared at Comic-Con International 2013 in San Diego on Friday to promote his Nickelodeon animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which premieres its second season in September.  

However, IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had a chance to speak exclusively with Sean Astin on the red carpet of the Maxim/FX party about his new pilot - The Strain, which is based on director Guillermo del Toro's (Pacific Rim) popular set of novels. The veteran actor discussed the new series, working with del Toro - who will write and direct the pilot, when it will begin shooting, his character, and reading the script for the first time. 

Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man found himself in San Diego today, very far from his usual swinging grounds.

Lucky for Peter Parker, the audience in Hall H was ready to see the first wall-crawling action from next summer's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  It also didn't hurt that Andrew Garfield stayed in character for much of the panel, wearing the newly redesigned Spidey outfit and working the crowd as only Spider-Man can.

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