Movie News: The Latest from Comic-Con

July 16, 2012

If you weren’t able to make it to the ultimate movie party known as San Diego Comic-Con last week, don’t worry. We’ve got all the biggest news right here!

Marvel, who has practically owned the convention the last few years, continued their reign as the Kings of Comic-Con with several big announcements regarding the continued formation of a fully realized Marvel Universe on the big screen.

First off was the studio’s next big film, Iron Man 3. Director Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr. wowed the eager crowd with some early footage of Tony Stark’s latest adventure, which not only featured some brand new armor for the character but also confirmed a longstanding rumor that Ben Kingsley would indeed be playing Iron Man’s comic book nemesis, techno-terrorist The Mandarin.

Marvel also unveiled the official titles for Captain America’s and Thor’s next outings. While we know little of their stories, the title of the Cap movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, reveals that the fan favorite character, Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier, would likely be heavily featured in the 2014 release. 2013’s Thor: The Dark World gives away less information in its title but it’s been outed that Mads Mikkelsen will be the movie’s main villain, with Chuck star Zach Levi picking up the role as the warrior Fandral.

In addition to substantiating weeks-old scuttlebutt that Guardians of the Galaxy, a team of cosmic adventurers featuring a sentient tree and a badass raccoon, would also be coming in 2014, they also brought Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) on stage to finally confirm that his Ant-Man film was about to roll.

In non-Marvel news, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson commented via Twitter about the possibility of playing DC Comics’ cantankerous space biker Lobo, saying, “Rumors of me possibly playing Lobo are true.” He went on to say that Journey 2 director and producer Joel Silver were currently working on making it happen.

Finally, McLovin himself, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, confirmed that Kick-Ass sequel was actually happening, with filming to start this September.

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