Brie Larson is Captain Marvel! Kurt Russell is Star-Lord's dad! And Vulture is coming for Spider-Man! No one brings down Hall H like Marvel, and Saturday's most anticipated panel did not fail to deliver. With the biggest reveals, the most footage, and the boldest headlines, Marvel brought the Star-Lord-level swagger to Comic-Con.
Just because we have to start somewhere, we're going to go in chronological order here. Feel free to skip around.
1. The New Marvel Studios Logo
Marvel revealed a redesigned logo at the top of the panel. That's it above the Black Panther title treatment. The studio also passed out baseball caps with the new logo to everyone attending the panel.
2. Making Up for Last Year
Marvel was back after skipping last year's Con. Studio head Kevin Feige explained, "The truth is, and I've said this before, we only want to come when we've got a lot of stuff to show you." And they did have a lot to show us.
3. Black Panther Cast Revealed
No one was more excited than Black Panther director Ryan Coogler to be on stage at Comic-Con. Looking like an overwhelmed teenager he looked out at the audience and explained, "This is really emotional for me. In 2009 I came to my first Comic-Con and sat way way way back there, and now it's crazy to be lookin' at my people from up here."
After that, Coogler introduced Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman, along with Dora Milaje warriors Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) and Okoye (Walking Dead's Danai Gurira), and adversary Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). No footage was shown, but it was clear from the characters revealed that the movie will be sticking closely to Black Panther's comic book history.
4. Thor's Been Very Very Bored
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi (best known for What We Do in the Shadows and his work with Flight of the Conchords), brought the biggest laughs of the entire Marvel panel with a documentary-style look at what Thor and Hulk were up to during Civil War. Thor apparently got bored, went to Australia, got a painfully normal roommate annoyed about having to vacuum around Mjolnir (because he can't lift it), and sulked about not being invited to join either side of the battle between Cap and Iron Man. If Marvel doesn't release this video at some point it'll be a crime against fandom.
5. Behind the Scenes on Ragnarok
Next up was a behind-the-scenes look at Thor: Ragnarok, which is just a few days into filming. None of the cast was on-hand, but Feige introduced footage that showed Chris Hemsworth in full costume in all his glory, and (a few shots later) with his hair totally chopped off for battle. We also got a few brief glimpses of the Hulk, who will be joining the fray gladiator style in the new movie.
6. Benedict Cumberbatch and the New Doctor Strange Footage
After the Black Panther segment, Kevin Feige introduced footage from Doctor Strange. It was an extended scene from the movie that finds Doctor Strange wandering in search of a way to heal his broken hands, and finding Tilda Swinton's Ancient One. He resists the whole mysticism spiel before she knocks his Astral self out of his body and opens his third eye. From there things get weird as we start to see just how much these sorcerers can bend the world in strange and interesting new shapes. The trailer below gives you a glimpse of that weirdness, but it isn't as long as the footage revealed in Hall H.
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming Is a High School Teen Movie
More than any other Spider-Man incarnation we've seen, this new Spider-Man looks like it's serious about bringing us a teenage Spider-Man. The tone is almost like Superbad meets Spider-Man (without the R-rated language). In the footage we saw, Peter Parker hangs out with friends, aces chemistry, ogles girls, and clandestinely works on his spider web formula while he's in class. Titles were hand drawn on notebooks, and there was a big emphasis on classroom settings. It'll likely remind Spidey fans of the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series in terms of characterization. At the tail end of the Spidey footage (introduced by director Jon Watts and star Tom Holland), the last image we see is a glimpse of the famous Spider-Man villain Vulture leaping down at the camera.
8. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 Shows Its Stuff
The massive Guardians of the Galaxy panel was packed with information and footage. It started with the Ravagers from the movie storming up the Hall H aisles and onto the stage, where they made fun of Comic-Con fans for waiting in line for so long just to see this. After a few yuks were had and the gag was drawn out maybe just a tad too long, the first footage was played.
In it, Yondu, Rocket Raccoon, and Baby Groot (yes, Baby Groot) are being held prisoner by the Ravagers, who've apparently turned on Yondu. Baby Groot helps them escape by sneaking Yondu a "prototype" fin for his head that let's him control one of his deadly arrows with exponentially greater lethality. He proceeds to kill A LOT of people while Rocket and Groot just sort of amble along after until Groot spots a Ravager who was mean to him, and quickly dispatches him by throwing him over a ledge. Yup. Baby Groot totally kills a dude.
After that we were treated to a series of cast introductions, the biggest of which was probably Kurt Russell, who was greeted with a very loud welcome, and various members of the cast got to talk about making the film. For her part Karen Gillan (Nebula) says she was very happy about getting to keep her hair this time after shaving her head for the first movie. In her words, this time she doesn't have to go around Comic-Con "looking like a long baby!"
In the second piece of footage shown in Hall H, we get to see the Guardians working as a team, but the plot was kept mostly under wraps. The big reveal came when an alien ship landed and Kurt Russell came swaggering out and revealed that he's Star-Lord's dad. His name is Ego, which seems to mean he's a human manifestation of Ego the Living Planet, which would explain where Star-Lord gets his powers. Russell got the best line in the clip when he explains how he manifested his body in exact anatomical detail and Drax asks if that means a penis too. He raises an eyebrow and answers, "Yes, Drax. I do have a penis."
Unfortunately the Guardians footage isn't online, but Marvel has posted a video of the new Guardians Disneyland ride they revealed during the panel.
9. Introducing Captain Marvel
At the very end of the panel, all the Marvel actors got together for a group picture, but it wasn't complete without one new addition, who was promptly introduced and brought on stage. That's how it was revealed that Brie Larson had been cast to play Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.