Saturday is always the craziest day of Comic-Con when it comes to big news, and this year was no exception. The day began with the announcement of a Superman/Batman team up in the sequel to Man of Steel, followed by a room-busting reunion for the X-Men: Days of Future Past movie panel. But the biggest news of the day by far came out of the day-ending Marvel Studios panel – which is becoming a tradition of sorts – with news about The Avengers sequel and Guardians of the Galaxy creating a perfect storm of fan frenzy.
Given all of that, it's no surprise that some cool news may have slipped through the cracks. Here are 10 things you may have missed during Saturday's Comic-Con chaos:
A big, crazy X-Men reunion!
A crowded stage is a common site during Comic-Con panels, but the X-Men: Days of Future Past panel took things to the extreme with a reunion of past and present actors from the X-Men films. Both iterations of Charles Xavier, James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart, were joined by both iterations of Magneto, Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen, and the quartet was joined by everyone from Ellen Page and Halle Berry from the earlier series to the young cast of X-Men: First Class. It was a sight to behold and offered a taste of how ambitious Days of Future Past is likely to be.
Marvel Studios president addresses “Dueling Quicksilvers”
With the fleet-footed mutant Quicksilver appearing in both Marvel Studios' Avengers sequel and the next X-Men movie from Fox, everyone is wondering how the two studios will reconcile the character's role in two very different projects – or more specifically, whether they'll even make an effort to do so. During an interview ahead of Marvel's panel, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige was asked about the situation. “I can't speak for Fox---I think Fox might do something---but we're not prepared to do anything with that,” he told SuperHeroHype. “We just know that there's enough Quicksilver in the comics and there's a reason that each studio has a right to that character, it's because he's a certain way in the Avengers comic, he's a certain way in the X-Men comic, and from what I know now, we're treating him as very, very distinct and different characters.”
Darkness film moves forward... with Witchblade!
A movie based on Top Cow's popular Darkness franchise has long been in the works, with the success of the Darkness video games only adding to the dark, violent comic book series' mainstream appeal. During the publisher's Comic-Con panel, it was announced that not only is the Darkness proceeding along the development road, but it will feature a role for one of the company's other high-profile characters: Witchblade. Already the subject of a short-lived, live-action television series and a popular anime, Witchblade will find herself on the screen again in the Darkness movie, according to Top Cow President Matt Hawkins. “In the comics, the Witchblade, the Darkness and the Angelus are a trinity of sorts and the stories all interrelated,” he told CBR. “When we started talking about the forces of Light in the Darkness, it seemed silly to not make it the Angelus. Jackie is a crime figure in New York, so of course we need cops in the story. It just kind of happened that way and I'm very excited about the direction it's going.”
Edgar Wright describes The World's End as “Doctor Hooch”
During the panel to discuss his upcoming film The World's End, director Edgar Wright described the film – which reunites his frequent collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – as a drunken version of popular BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who. “If you've ever watched Doctor Who and thought it would be funnier if the Doctor was really hammered, then this is the movie for you,” he joked. “Why don't we just retitle it Doctor Hooch?” Over at io9, there's video of Wright and his stars discussing the comparison.
Phineas & Ferb gets a Star Wars crossover
Disney's popular animated series Phineas & Ferb will take advantage of the company's recent acquisition of Lucasfilm by sending its stars to Tatooine for a crossover with the Star Wars universe. The one-hour episode will reportedly feature the pair living next to the moisture farm owned by Luke Skywalker's aunt and uncle and getting caught up in the rebellion when they accidentally receive the Rebel Alliance's plans for destroying the Death Star. There's no premiere date scheduled for the episode yet.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes goes viral
The upcoming sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes received its own panel at Comic-Con and – according to reports – didn't disappoint anyone with the footage that was shown (including a shot of a grizzled, war-painted Caesar commanding an army of apes). But just prior to the panel, a new website went live promoting Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, complete with graffiti-style art and some hints about what to expect in the 2014 film. You can check out the website for yourself at Apes2014.com.
First footage from crowd-funded Veronica Mars movie arrives online
The grand experiment that is the Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars seems a little more real now thanks to the first footage from the film popping up online. The cast and creator of the popular show debuted the footage during their Comic-Con panel, and it went online the next morning – which is where it should be, given the crowd-funded nature of the project. You can watch it below:
Here's a clip from Marvel's Captain America spin-off short Agent Carter
Marvel continues to use short films to put the spotlight on some of the lower profile characters in its cinematic universe, and the latest “Marvel One-Shot” Agent Carter premiered during Comic-Con. The short features Hayley Atwell reprising her Captain America: The First Avenger role as Peggy Carter and also includes more than a few cameos from past Marvel movieverse characters.
The film finds Carter assigned to desk duties at the organization that will eventually become S.H.I.E.L.D., and tangling with a criminal organization well-known to fans of the comics, Zodiac. EW has a clip from Agent Carter available to watch, and the full short will be available on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray when it hits shelves in September.
“X-Force can be many different things,” says movie's writer
While promoting Kick-Ass 2 at Comic-Con, writer-director Jeff Wadlow has been fielding questions about the recently announced X-Force movie he's working on a script for now. He's been coy about exactly which version of the ever-changing team the film will feature, but said he has the full story mapped out at this point. “I’m about 20 pages into my draft,” he told CinemaBlend. “I love the current run of Uncanny X-Force. I love the classic run. Part of my take was addressing this idea that X-Force can be many different things, and that’s what got the studio excited.”
And here's video of Spider-Man at The Amazing Spider-Man 2 panel
We gave you the highlights of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 panel on Friday, but now you can watch the entire thing – specifically, the surprise appearance of Spider-Man himself, who really should swing his way into every future Comic-Con panel. It's worth checking out for how spot-on Andrew Garfield plays his in-character appearance at the event.