From 'Avengers' to 'Ant-Man,' Marvel superheroes entice Comic Con audience

Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:07am EDT
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - In one of Comic Con's most awaited presentations, Marvel superheroes of all kinds from Iron Man to Ant-Man took over the fan convention on Saturday, as leading actors revealed surprises to films that will showcase the characters.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron," the highly anticipated sequel to 2012's superhero ensemble "Avengers," brought out a star-studded panel that included Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury). 

"This is the longest bench of talent I've ever been on," Downey said. "I become a little less significant every time and that's fine because they're all just that damn good."

In 2012, "Avengers" became the fastest film to cross the $1 billion milestone at the global box office. 

The sequel introduces Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as The Vision. James Spader will play villain Ultron.

Comic Con, an annual convention in San Diego that began as a gathering of comic book fans and a home to creative content for fringe and cult audiences, has become a top venue for movie studios to unveil blockbuster projects.

The audience at the Marvel showcase was shown a sneak peek that begins with the group of superheroes joking over drinks. The banter quickly turns to action-filled drama as the superheroes have to reunite to save people from Ultron.

Olsen, one of the two women on the panel for the film, said her character's use of magic "ends up adding something epic to the fights, it's a new element."   Continued...

 
The crowd cheers at an autograph signing session during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 26, 2014. REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker