Magazine article Screen International

Comic-Con: Avengers Face Ultron

Magazine article Screen International

Comic-Con: Avengers Face Ultron

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An unexpected reveal by Joss Whedon of the new title for the Avengers sequel - Avengers: Age Of Ultron - capped an immense day at Hall H and a session of arch entertainment from Marvel Studios.

Whedon's surprise appearance at the end rounded out an exhilarating spectacle that buried - for the time being at least - rumours of when Vin Diesel might be unveiled as Marvel's Vision and began with possibly the most brilliant piece of showmanship the convention had witnessed in many a year.

Tom Hiddleston strode on to the stage dressed as Loki, the half-brother to Thor, and proceeded over the next five minutes to beguile the 6,500-strong crowd with a routine that by the end drew shrieks of delight from attendees, some of whom were actually kneeing.

"Humanity! Look how far you've fallen," boomed Hiddleston's voice over the PA after the lights went out in the arena. "Lining up in the heat. Chattering together in the dark - like beasts!" The UK actor emerged and strutted around the stage as he mocked and taunted, ordering the crowd to chant his name over and over again.

"It seems I have an army," he said as he cued up a sequence from Thor: The Dark World with a flourish of his hand. The footage showed a battle scene, a typically tense brotherly exchange between Thor and Loki and several fantastical creatures. The sequel opens on Nov 8.

Immediately after that, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige switched to his summer 2014 release, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, set to open on Apr 4 next year. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel Jackson and Anthony Mackie assembled on stage with several other cast members to present an action-packed montage including a dazzling sequence in which Captain America overcomes a dozen or so assailants in an elevator. …

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