Saturday's Marvel panel started off with a bang, and by "bang" we mean a massive announcement courtesy of Marvel head Kevin Feige. For the most part, however, Feige let many minutes of prime Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War footage do the talking.
While neither Paul Rudd nor Michael Peña were present for the panel itself, their faces lit up the screens of Hall H as they offered a rundown of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from Iron Man to Dr. Strange. At the end of the reel, it was revealed that actress Michelle Pfeiffer has been cast as Janet Van Dyne, or "The Wasp."
Pfeiffer will join Ant-Man and The Wasp, one of the studio's newest film projects, which will also star actress Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys) as The Ghost, Walton Goggins (Django Unchained) as Sonny Burch, Randall Park (Veep) as Agent Jimmy Woo, and Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) as Dr. Bill Foster.
Pfeiffer's induction was followed by concept art for Brie Larson's Captain Marvel, whose casting was announced at last year's Marvel panel. In the dedicated film, which will see Larson fighting never-before-seen Skrulls in the '90s era, Samuel L. Jackson will also return as Nick Fury... with both eyes, no less.
Later on, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, and other Marvel big shots graced the stage to promote Thor: Ragnarok. Hemsworth called the third film in the Thor franchise "incredibly unique and different," claiming it would push boundaries not just for Thor but for the Marvel universe at large.
Ruffalo shared insight on The Hulk's current status, referring to the big green as "perma-Hulked."
"He refuses to turn back into Banner," he said, adding that Hulk enjoys his time on frivolous planet Sacar because he's the reigning gladiator champion. Another fun spill is that Hulk is now "speaking Hulk." Not full sentences — more like, "Hulk like fire. Raging fire," if the trailer is any indication.
Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day: Resurgence) was introduced as the Grand Master, or the leader of Sacar, responsible for forcing Thor and Hulk to battle in his planet's games. Taika Waititi was also present to share details on his fresh new character, Korg, an alien made of rocks, and a friend to Chris Hemsworth's Thor on planet Sacar.
Thor: Ragnarok is out November 3.
Black Panther was up next, its never-before-seen trailer followed by a standing ovation.
Coogler said he was thrilled to bring a film that was so "incredibly important to African culture" to the world while Wright revealed her character as the sister of T'Challa (Boseman), the tech wiz of Wakanda.
Gurira and Nyong'o, whose characters are both the beauty and the brains of T'Challa's operation, also shared info on their roles.
Lupita's character will serve as Wakanda's international spy.
Duke confirmed he would reprise his role as M'Baku, who he called the "big, strong, ferocious, majestic, charismatic, beloved leader" of "the best tribe in Wakanda."
The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War was also shown for the first time, revealing that at least part of the film will focus on a Guardians/Thor cross-over.
Avengers: Infinity War is currently slated to hit theaters in 2018.