Comic-Con Report: Marvel Studios

Jon Favreau rocked the Con on Thursday afternoon when he surprised the crowd at the Paramount presentation with some awesome footage from Iron Man. It was a glorious surprise. Moments after the panel the buzz began to flow through the vast space of the San Diego Convention Center. Two days later the line was seemingly down the street to get into the Marvel Studios presentation, where the Iron Man footage was scheduled to be shown once again. But before Favreau and cast would take the stage, we would have to sit through another panel — talking about a little movie called The Incredible Hulk.


The Incredible Hulk

On hand to talk about The Incredible Hulk was Marvel Master Avi Arad, Studio President Kevin Feige, Director Louis Leterrier and stars Liv Tyler and Ed Norton. Leterrier, Tyler and Norton had flown in just hours prior from the set of the film. When asked why they are doing another Hulk film, Kevin Feige responded, “because he’s the Hulk.” He also went on to say that this movie will be part one of an entirely new Hulk saga. The script, which was penned by Ed Norton, is not going to tell the standard origin story, but weave it throughout this and future films.

And though the panel did a good job of dancing around talking about the most recent Hulk film, Norton did say that this was an “amazing opportunity to take this very seriously.” He mentioned wanting to not talk down to the story and take it seriously, showing off the lonely nature of the character. Kevin Feige also promised that Hulk wouldn’t be three different sizes — something that we can all be excited about.

And though there was no actual footage from The Incredible Hulk, they did show off some concept art, which can be seen below:

Iron Man

With the Hulk panel done it was time to get on with the most anticipated presentation of the week. Director Jon Favreau was on hand to introduce the cast of the film, which included Terrance Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. It was then time to show off the footage — which was greeted with deafening cheers from the 6,500 strong in Hall H.

The footage, as I may have reported on Thursday, shows off Downey as Tony Stark, savvy and razor sharp. It goes on to show him involved in a battle scene where he is wounded, only to wake up and find himself with a big electromagnet in his chest, keeping shards of metal from heading into his heart and killing him. With his second lease on life, Stark begins work on his new persona as Iron Man. Black Sabbath rises in the background as we first meet Iron Man in the bulky Mark I suit. Iron Man then battles it out with some terrorist types before it cuts to a montage of slick shots from the rest of the film, including a look at Iron Man in the red Mark III suit. At that point the crowd went wild. It finished with a shot of Iron Man flying through the air, eluding two F-22s — it was glorious. After watching the footage, there was no doubt in the room that Iron Man is going to be something special.

In taking their Q&A, the cast talked about making the film. “It was the most fun I’ve ever had on a film,” said Terrance Howard. The cast seemed to have not only a great grasp on the material and the need to be respectful to the fans, but also a great comradery that will hopefully make its way onto the big screen.

Then as a final surprise, Favreau brought out Stan Lee to the panel. “This movie is going to be great,” exclaimed Lee, the creator of the character. “If we would have had a writer like Jon Favreau at Marvel long ago, it wouldn’t have taken us so long to overtake DC,” he explained. “He understands the characters, he understands the medium. And with Robert playing the lead and Jon directing it, we can’t miss.”

Based on the footage, which would eventually be played for a second time, I think Stan is quite right; quite right, indeed.

For more coverage from the halls of the San Diego Convention Center, be sure to visit our Comic-Con Homepage.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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