The cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron is coming to the San Diego Comic-Con 2014 just in time, perhaps, to share a few scenes from the movie or possibly even a short trailer.
Mark Ruffalo confirmed that all of them will be there.
“Yeah, we’re gonna go out there. We’re all flying, we’re flying from London. We’re working. We’re shooting. We’re gonna stop and get on a plane and go to Comic Con together. It’s gonna be amazing.”
If the reception to the Avengers’ cast introduction is anywhere near what it was in 2010, expect to see mayhem to ensue as they bring in the old gang mixed with the new. Expect to see Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) together with Avengers newbies Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), and possibly Paul Bettany (as the voice of Vision), along with main antagonist James Spader (Ultron).
The 2010 SDCC had perfect attendance from every major character in the film and I hope we’ll be getting all of them on stage again. That magical moment when all of the Avengers were together for the photo shoot could be topped by this year’s version especially if Marvel shows us some footage from the film in the form of a short trailer.
Can Marvel pull it off?
Based on what Reid Jones of Movie Pilot’s article, it is very possible, even likely, that this is what Marvel will do at the Con.
“Now this wouldn't seem like it's that important. That is, until you look at Marvel's comic-con track history. Last year, Guardians of the Galaxy had been filming for mere WEEKS, yet the team had already put together CGI effects for Rocket Raccoon and revealed footage at Comic-Con. That footage went on to make up a decent 50% or so of the trailer for the movie that wasn't released until this last spring.
Now, with what Ruffalo is telling us, the CGI team now has filming technology to create CGI on the spot of the mo-cap filming, which easily suggests that preparing the Hulk's CGI for a trailer to release at Comic-Con would be not just easy, but completely possible. Listen to Ruffalo for yourself:
We’re a little bit behind on the motion capture technology as far as facial recognition in real time. Now we have, when I put on my motion capture suit, I look in front of me and there’s me as The Hulk. There’s The Hulk. Every move I make, The Hulk’s making it and so you have this immediate feedback like almost looking in a mirror, but instead of seeing myself, I see The Hulk … But they haven’t come up to speed on the facial recognition that way. They can capture the facial – the new technology is we can shoot the body recognition and the facial recognition at the same time, so now you can integrate performance, physical performance with the actual face and voice, but by the time we’re ready to probably – if we do another Hulk – that technology will be in real time and once that happens, there’d be no limit to what you can do creatively as far as your physical being is concerned. I can play a freakin’ parasite in the ass of a worm [laughs].
With last year's Guardians of the Galaxy reveal within weeks of filming, the advancements in mocap technology, and the fact that this year's Comic-Con featured film has been filming for months rather than weeks assures me audiences this Comic-Con will get more than just descriptions: we'll get visuals, perhaps even a full on trailer.
Wow! Wouldn’t that amp up the excitement we’re already feeling right now. I have a feeling that there’s going to be a major acting reveal somewhere in the introductions. Someone like Falcon and War Machine/Iron Patriot secretly being a part of the film maybe or even the first appearance of the Black Panther! The ball is still up in the air if Ms. Marvel has already been cast to appear as well. But that’s just me doing some wishful thinking.
What about you? Do you think there will be a trailer and a major casting to be revealed?
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015
Sources: Movie Pilot