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COMIC CON: Captain America and Thor at the Marvel Studios panel!

07.25.2010

It was perhaps the most anticipated panel of the day and the perfect way to close out the film panels at Hall H: Marvel Studios. They were there to show off CAPTAIN AMERICA and THOR but what other surprises would they have in store? Read on to find out...

CAPTAIN AMERICA

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige came out and didn't waste much time getting started. He talked about how people were initially skeptical that they'd be able to pull off some of these films a few years when they talked about expanding the Marvel universe but he's confident that people will be less skeptical after the panel today. He started by showing us a very brief teaser trailer for CAPTAIN AMERICA.

Not much, obviously, since the movie just began filming. It was mostly a close-up sweeping shot of the shield with an overlay of classic WWII stock footage. Toward the end it said, "One story has never been told...the story of the first avenger."

We then cut to a silhouette of Chris Evans in costume, then a quick, but clearer shot of him in character. Smash cut to the logo and another extremely brief shot of Cap throwing his shield at the camera. Very short bit of footage (sixty seconds?) but considering filming just began, it's the best we could ask for. How's it look? It was really hard to judge but I'm not sure I was totally blown away. But would my mind be changed?

Chris Evans, Joe Johnston and Hugo Weaving were then introduced to the crowd. Evans looks pretty jacked up in shape for the character. His shirt looked like it was painted on over his muscles. He says he's only been filming for five days though the film has been shooting for a little longer.

- Hugo talked Red Skull and says he spent time listening to German artists like Werner Herzog and synthesized their voices into the character's voice. The crowd is chanting but he refuses to do it for us.

- Chris Evans on whether he was conflicted about being Human Torch and Captain America: "I'm sure some people out there had an opinion on that..." He says he just treated this like any other film.

- Kevin Feige talked about the costume and said the art that leaked online is a little more cartoonish than what we'll see in the film. Evans has yet to even wear the costume on set. The shot from the teaser was just a costume test that they filmed and cut into the teaser to show us.

- Hugo is talking about working with the Red Skull mask and acting through it. He says he's only been in mask one day. It's made up of a series of lightweight pieces on his face but he's only just started getting into making the mask work. He says it looks fantastic.

- Feige says they have some more unpolished stuff to show off to tease us. He describes it as "very rough" but the crowd is still excited...

- We got an introduction to Red Skull in the clip. It's pre-mask but he breaks into a catacomb looks for the Cosmic Cube. It's being protected by an older man but the Nazis are too much for him. Shmidt knows its there and he opens a tomb and sees the cube inside. He picks it up and immediately throws it to the floor. He knows it was a fake. Then he walks around trying to find it and doing a little soliloquy and discovers a secret chamber. He opens the chest that contains the cube and it glows in his face. He slams the lid down and the clip ends.

The final clip instilled me with a little bit more confidence than the rest of the film though we didn't see anyone in character. Shmidt/Red Skull was in his Nazi uniform but that was about it. Not sure why Weaving was hesitant to do his German accent - it sounded fine to me. I was optimistic but not entirely blown away. The jury's still out.

THOR

Kenneth Branagh is now out to talk THOR and he says he was not a comic fan as we knew them (but liked some British comics). He was drawn to Thor because he came from a dysfunctional family and as a Shakespearean guy that was perfect for him. Branagh then brought out the cast of the film: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Kat Dennings

- Hemsworth looked to the comics to figure out how to use the hammer, the posture involved and he worked out a number of version of how to wield Mjolnir.

- Portman apparently told the moderator she was "disappointed" by the STAR WARS series but she's backtracking now. She seems to think that there's more attention to acting and character in THOR and a new way to approach greenscreen acting than what she did in STAR WARS.

- Branagh is trying to explain the look of the film and he said, "Wouldn't it be easier if I just show you?..." Of course the crowd agreed.

Opens with Thor being interrogated by Agent Coulson, He says that to take down all the SHIELD agents - intercut with scenes of Thor breaking out of a government facility and beating agents up - he must be very highly trained. So he wants to know where he came from. We then flash to Asgard, which looks beautiful in action. Odin is lecturing Thor and telling him he is petty and greedy. Thor shouts back that he is just a weak, old man and a fool. Odin says he was only a fool for ever trusting Thor. He casts him out of Asgard and we see him fall to Earth. He's discovered by Jane Foster and her friend D'Arcy. They bring him back thinking he's homeless.

While Thor seems to be trying to explain to Jane who he is, back in Asgard we get glimpses of Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg (plus Sif) as Odin is dying and Frigga puts Loki in charge. Back on Earth we see Thor seemingly called to action to return and save Asgard. He tries to retrieve Mjolnir out of the earth it's stuck in but he's unable to do so. Some quick shots of action as we get a glimpse of him battling Loki, a shot of Heimdall and final shot of Thor throwing something in a fire while posing rather heroically.

After the logo, we get Agent Coulson in the desert as he approaches an unseen foe and tries to get it to surrender. It's Destroyer. It activates, opens its helmet and blasts fire at the SHIELD agents blowing everything to smithereens.

While the footage was presented in 3D, the format really added absolutely nothing to it. In fact, it dulled some of the colors that were shown off in Asgard. I thought it looked better than what we saw in some of the recent promotional stills but I'm still a little skeptical. I didn't hate what I saw but it wasn't a slam dunk along the lines of IRON MAN.

- Someone got up and asked about Edward Norton. Lots of mumbling on stage while the crowd cheers for Norton. They explain that as Norton said in his statement, Hulk is bigger than one man and the character will continue with another actor. Boos from the crowd. Turns ugly for a second but Feige says "the panel isn't over yet...."

- A fan asks about Frank Castle and Feige says Punisher is back under the fold of Marvel Studios and they hope to bring him into the fold very soon.

That was the end of THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA but CLICK HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT THE AVENGERS!

Source: JoBlo.com

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2:03PM on 07/26/2010

Are you kidding me?

1. He's discovered by Jane Foster and her friend D'Arcy? 2. Odin dying? That's not part of the comic storyline. Man, I'm hating already. What about Don Blake finding the hammer in a cave? FUUUCKN' film makers!
1. He's discovered by Jane Foster and her friend D'Arcy? 2. Odin dying? That's not part of the comic storyline. Man, I'm hating already. What about Don Blake finding the hammer in a cave? FUUUCKN' film makers!
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5:53AM on 07/26/2010
After the conflict between Norton and Marvel on the TIH set, and Feige's recent bullshit about looking for an actor with creativity and collaborative spirit, it was Feige's way of saying:

"No, you're it. Waah!"
After the conflict between Norton and Marvel on the TIH set, and Feige's recent bullshit about looking for an actor with creativity and collaborative spirit, it was Feige's way of saying:

"No, you're it. Waah!"
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1:57AM on 07/26/2010
What's infuriating to me about the whole Norton thing is how quickly they replaced him with someone else. After all the time they took to look for Cap and Thor, etc, they pull a new Bruce Banner out of their ass like it's nothing. Which does two things. First, now there's no way for them to even go back on their shitty decision, because there's an actor and a contract involved. Second, you've just shown us how little you care about the character. And for that matter, you're showing us this
What's infuriating to me about the whole Norton thing is how quickly they replaced him with someone else. After all the time they took to look for Cap and Thor, etc, they pull a new Bruce Banner out of their ass like it's nothing. Which does two things. First, now there's no way for them to even go back on their shitty decision, because there's an actor and a contract involved. Second, you've just shown us how little you care about the character. And for that matter, you're showing us this AFTER Norton showed us how much he DOES care about the character.

Way to go with that one, guys.
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12:40AM on 07/26/2010

Learn the value of continuity, Marvel

"Boos from the crowd. Turns ugly for a second"

What can I say. Feige had it coming. That mumbling on stage, one can only imagine what that was all about.

"Damn it, how do we shut them up?"
"Boos from the crowd. Turns ugly for a second"

What can I say. Feige had it coming. That mumbling on stage, one can only imagine what that was all about.

"Damn it, how do we shut them up?"
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6:33PM on 07/25/2010

New Thor Pic here:

Doesn't seem to have made it to this site yet, but here is another new pic, this one is of Thor trying to lift the hammer from the ground (as described in the trailer description above!)

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Doesn't seem to have made it to this site yet, but here is another new pic, this one is of Thor trying to lift the hammer from the ground (as described in the trailer description above!)

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12:37AM on 07/26/2010
That's not a new picture. It's been out for days.
That's not a new picture. It's been out for days.
2:13PM on 07/25/2010

Coin is still in the air..

I will make, I guess, a final judgement (obviously finalized by the movie), when I see the trailers. Hope it doesn't take long to hit the web. But, tocullenl87, eckhart shouldn't be Captain America.. someone with muscle should be, just like Thor. Neg me if you want, but I think Matt Damon would be a good Capt America (see Invictus for physique, and the Bourne movies for fight training). Also, go to marvel.com and read the character bios and you will see how they r supposed to look. Btw, Thor is
I will make, I guess, a final judgement (obviously finalized by the movie), when I see the trailers. Hope it doesn't take long to hit the web. But, tocullenl87, eckhart shouldn't be Captain America.. someone with muscle should be, just like Thor. Neg me if you want, but I think Matt Damon would be a good Capt America (see Invictus for physique, and the Bourne movies for fight training). Also, go to marvel.com and read the character bios and you will see how they r supposed to look. Btw, Thor is like 330 lbs of godly muscle... Oh well.. Hope they seriously don't fuck up a very simple comic book
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12:06PM on 07/25/2010

Nice to hear Fiege got some blowback about the Norton deal

Every decision Marvel makes will be judged by the fans,the Norton thing is a sore spot, especially considering the IH film would have been better to keep the character stuff that he added that they edited out.
Every decision Marvel makes will be judged by the fans,the Norton thing is a sore spot, especially considering the IH film would have been better to keep the character stuff that he added that they edited out.
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5:02AM on 07/25/2010

Aaron

Eckhart should be Captain America. not chris evans, he ain't manly enough
Eckhart should be Captain America. not chris evans, he ain't manly enough
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1:36AM on 07/25/2010
I just want to see some footage already!
I just want to see some footage already!
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12:38AM on 07/25/2010
Good read. Missed the CapAm footage, but I did catch the Thor trailer via the kinda/sorta "pirate" live feed from some website. Pretty cool stuff, but I can't wait for an HD Quicktime version in the next couple weeks (though like Iron Man II's CC debate last year, we may not get any online stuff very soon). I'll admit, I was one to comment negatively on the look of the costumes, but it seems in the context of the film, it may just work. Granted, I was watching a gritty cam version that
Good read. Missed the CapAm footage, but I did catch the Thor trailer via the kinda/sorta "pirate" live feed from some website. Pretty cool stuff, but I can't wait for an HD Quicktime version in the next couple weeks (though like Iron Man II's CC debate last year, we may not get any online stuff very soon). I'll admit, I was one to comment negatively on the look of the costumes, but it seems in the context of the film, it may just work. Granted, I was watching a gritty cam version that skipped a bit, haha...

One bit you forgot to mention in regards to the trailer, though, was Loki trying to stand up for Thor when Odin's ripping him a new one. I thought that was a great piece of scene blocking, just in terms of Loki's outward behavior amongst the gods (obviously there's room for interpretation whether or not he truly meant to defend his brother). Cool stuff.
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12:30AM on 07/25/2010
Chris Klein read this drunk at his aparatment and immediately started singing "Scoob, scooby doobie doobie doobie doo wop- yeah!"
Chris Klein read this drunk at his aparatment and immediately started singing "Scoob, scooby doobie doobie doobie doo wop- yeah!"
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12:22AM on 07/25/2010
Also, it's Chris Evans, not Klein. Not bashing, just letting you know. When I read Klein, I was like "what the hell is Klein doing on the panel?".
Also, it's Chris Evans, not Klein. Not bashing, just letting you know. When I read Klein, I was like "what the hell is Klein doing on the panel?".
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12:20AM on 07/25/2010
Great article. I'm loving what I am reading and I am dieing to see the footage that is being mentioned in this article. I think that Thor and Captain America both have the potential to be just as good as Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, maybe even better. I also loved the last couple of lines about Norton and The Punisher. Glad to see people there who support Norton and booed his absense. He should have been Banner/The Hulk. About The Punisher, I feel like it's another "Hulk". Another new
Great article. I'm loving what I am reading and I am dieing to see the footage that is being mentioned in this article. I think that Thor and Captain America both have the potential to be just as good as Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, maybe even better. I also loved the last couple of lines about Norton and The Punisher. Glad to see people there who support Norton and booed his absense. He should have been Banner/The Hulk. About The Punisher, I feel like it's another "Hulk". Another new movie, another new Castle/Punisher. Thomas Jane was perfect as The Punisher and should be brought back in a sequel. That'd make my movie year.
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10:53AM on 07/25/2010
Kevin Feige is the jerk that wrote that mean statement about Norton. I'm so glad he was there to receive the boos!
Kevin Feige is the jerk that wrote that mean statement about Norton. I'm so glad he was there to receive the boos!
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