Even the Incredible Hulk himself is apparently impressed with what his bosses have got planned for Comic-Con next week.
The big green guy -- or rather, the human actor who plays him, Mark Ruffalo -- was so knocked out by the sizzle reel of footage that Marvel Studios has assembled for its Hall H presentation in the San Diego Convention Center that he took to Twitter to share his astonishment:
That's quite an endorsement from the man whose introduction as the Hulk back in 2010 -- as part of the delirious rollout of the entire cast of the Avengers -- was one of the more memorable moments in Marvel's storied history at Comic-Con. Now, of course Ruffalo wouldn't say what was included in the presentation he just saw, but we can hazard a few guesses ourselves:
Thor: Ragnarok: We've already gotten a nice look at the God of Thunder's third standalone film, which promises to be his best yet, but since this is the next Marvel release, no doubt the studio will unveil a new, possibly extended trailer. You expect a panel on the film too, with director Taiki Waititi, stars Chris Hemsworth, Ruffalo and other members of the cast along for the Asgardian fun.
Black Panther: I suspect some of the principals of this highly anticipated February release, like stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Danai Gurira, will show up in the hall along with director Ryan Coogler and provide us with a look at more footage, following up the dazzling trailer that debuted last month.
Avengers: Infinity War: Marvel corporate parent Disney is staging its own expo (D23) this weekend in Anaheim, California, so there's a bit of mystery about what will be unveiled there and what may be held back for Comic-Con. But I'd say it's a sure bet that the Comic-Con crowd will get their own first look at next May's all-hands-on-deck blowout. Marvel is fantastic at whipping together sizzle reels even from minimal amounts of footage, but this has been shooting for a while now, so I imagine we're going to get an eyeful. This is likely to be the centerpiece and showstopper of the whole event. The question is, can Marvel fit 40 superheroes on the same stage at once?
Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel: Both films have their creative teams in place, and Ant-Man is probably close to the start of shooting (if it hasn't begun already), but it might just be too early for any meaningful footage to be shown. Captain Marvel is even further out (March 2019) and still in preproduction. But we might get a drop-in from key cast members and creatives and, if we're lucky, maybe a glimpse of concept art or even a shot of Brie Larson in her Captain Marvel uniform.
Phase 4: Marvel president Kevin Feige (who will presumably MC again this year) has gone on record saying that the full title of Avengers 4 is a spoiler, so it's unlikely that it will be revealed on the big stage next weekend. It's also a long shot that Feige will flesh out the schedule for Marvel beyond what we already know about (Guardians Vol. 3, the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel). Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson posted a cryptic "Please Stand By" message online the other day, so could an official announcement about the Sorcerer Supreme's next adventure be in the offing? We'll chalk that up as a "maybe."
All we know is that Marvel has booked a full 90 minutes in Hall H (they usually go for an hour), so Feige and his team have a lot of great stuff in store. The panel takes place at 5:30 p.m. (July 22), and the line is probably forming now. And yes, SYFY WIRE will be there to report live as it unfolds!