IAR was on hand in San Diego. Managing Editor Jami Phibrick had the opportunity to speak with the all-star panelists for both Marvel movies.
To see his Ant-Man interviews with Kevin Feige, Peyton Reed, Paul Rudd, and Corey Stoll, follow this link. And to watch his exclusive chats with Feige, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Elizabeth Olsen about Avengers: Age of Ultron, click over this way.
As entertaining and enlightening as IAR's exclusive interviews are, there's simply no way that these backstage chats can match the energy of the actual Hall H panels, with the filmmakers and actors putting on a dog and pony show for more than 6,000 ecstatic fans in the San Diego Convention Center's biggest venue.
Ant-Man was ice-skating uphill this year, as there's still quite a bit of fan consternation over the departure of director Edgar Wright. New helmer Reed won over the audience almost immediately, though, saying that 2014 marks his twentieth year at the Con. And the both Stoll and Evangeline Lilly discuss their newly revealed characters, Hope Van Dyne and Darren Cross.
Though the Ant-Man panel was edifying, he main event of the evening was most definitely the Avengers: Age of Ultron panel.
The sequel is still in production, but most of the cast managed to make it to Comic-Con for the Marvel presentation moderated by Chris Hardwick (cosplaying as Marty McFly). Unfortunately, writer-director Joss Whedon was stuck in London due to an injury, but his charismatic cast more than made up for it. To cap the whole thing off, Josh Brolin, who plays Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers 3, took the stage and ate a rose.
The Avengers sequel also stars Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Thomas Kretschmann, Andy Serkis, and even Hayley Atwell.
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens nationwide on May 1 2015, capping off Phase 2 in the Marvel Studios master plan.
Ant-Man then kicks off Phase 3 in theaters on July 17, 2015.
Stay tuned for more news regarding both films, as well as the six – six! – as-yet unspecified movies Marvel recently scheduled to open between now and 2019.