NB field correspondent Sarah Moran (@SarahThisIs) could not get into The Avengers panel last night at New York Comic Con. She waited 3.5 hours, in a cramped rooms with hundreds of smelly nerds, but was turned away. “They had us packed in this waiting room like sardines…so tightly some dude collapsed from exhaustion!” Sarah said to me via twitter. “I’m close to some serious nerd rage right now. I think heavy drinking is in my future.” was her follow up tweet. Suffice to say, NB could not provide a live report and Sarah is pissed about it.
Anyway, Marvel’s panel for The Avengers was the Con’s biggest, most anticipated event. Below we have a second hand description of the panel thanks to our friends at Cinemablend and Newsarama (courtesy of GeekTyrant), who must have rubbed and tugged their way into the IGN theater.
*Feige asks if the crowd wants to see the Avengers trailer on the big screen. They do indeed.
* Pretty much every scene drew loud shrieks from the audience, culminating with massive cheers for the Avengers logo and the shot of the Hulk.
* Mark Ruffalo just joined the panel as a surprise guest. Gregg, Smulders, Hiddleston and Evans are brought out as well.
* Feige says they first brought up plans for an Avengers movie in 2006. The cast that we’ve assembled here is powerful as any of the characters they’re playing,” Feige continued, saying that Joss Whedon is working on the movie in the editing room at this very moment.
* Evans says that they all really got along when making the movie, and not in the cliche way that everyone says after shooting a film.
* “Loki is not a happy man,” HIddleston says, adding that the character is “confused” about his place in the universe.
* “I can’t say I ever got a day in jeans and a t-shirt,” HIddleston says. “It was mostly leather and metal.”
* Ruffalo cites past Bruce Banners Bill Bixby, Eric Bana and Edward Norton all as inspirations.
* “This is going to be a more mature Banner than understands a little more what he has under the hood, so to speak,” Ruffalo said.
* Hardwick says not to record this. Ruffalo: “Don’t make me angry.”
* It was mostly a Black Widow/Bruce Banner scene.
* They showed a whole lot more than Hulk footage– it was an entire scene between Bruce Banner and Black Widow, in which she hunts him down where he’s hiding out in…. India? I think it’s India. She says that Nick Fury wants him back, and when Banner asks how they found him, she says “We never lost you.” They banter back and forth about whether or not he’ll return with her, and just when he threatens to get a little angry, she pulls out a gun before you’d believe it. He backs down, says he doesn’t want trouble, and eventually she gives the message to “stand down,” where we see a flock of like 30 armed assassins outside the shack. The scene is perfectly paced, just a little funny, and really nicely focused on the characters. It was all around fantastic– if the rest of the movie can have that kind of pace and sense of itself, we’re in really, really good shape.
* But that wasn’t all! It ended with a whole nuther trailer’s worth of footage, cut around a conversation Tony Stark has with Loki, describing the group of people they’ve assembled and how he’s managed to piss all of them off. There were action shots of everyone, including some that we’ve seen before in other trailers, and the same amount of Hulk-in-action that we saw in the trailer– apparently they really are still working on those effects. It ends with a nice bit in which Tony Stark is needling Banner about how he keeps his anger under control. Captain America sternly steps in and asks “Is everything a joke to you?” Stark responds, “Funny things are.” Perfect. Even funnier than how they end the trailer, if you ask me.
* The clip was followed by a sizzle reel from the film, including a shot of Stark Tower an a conversation between Loki and Tony Stark. Loki: “I have an army. Stark: “We have a Hulk.”
* “The Hulk will be Mark’s performance throughout,” Feige shares. “He was there every day.”
* They’re on audience Q&A. How long is the movie? “We’ll see,” Feige said, since the cut isn’t finished.
* Post-credits scene in Avengers? Hardwick: “Why don’t you just ask them how it ends? Why would they tell you that?” Feige said it’s a nice tradition, and he likes tradition, so they’ll probably keep it up.
* Fan asks Feige about the possible Guardians of the Galaxy and Inhumans movies. “We’re in pre-production of a movie called Iron Man 3 right now,” Feige said, calling it “phase two” which will hopefully culminate in an Avengers 2. The last question he talked about how Guardians of the Galaxy would be its own movie and they won’t be introduced in any of the other movies.