Marvel Comic-Con panel includes 'Avengers,' 'Ant-Man' news

The Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con included new information about the upcoming movies 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and 'Ant-Man' as well as an announcement about a sequel to the upcoming movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy.'

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The Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con International included Robert Downey Jr. (l.) and Jeremy Renner (r.).

A Comic-Con panel by Marvel Studios included peeks at the upcoming “Avengers” sequel, titled “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” as well as a preview of the movie “Ant-Man” and news of a “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel.

Cast members of “Ultron,” including Robert Downey Jr., who portrays Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, Mark Ruffalo, who plays the Hulk, Jeremy Renner, who portrays Hawkeye, Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, and Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders, who portray Nick Fury and Maria Hill of S.H.I.E.L.D., attended the panel as well as actor Paul Bettany, who has previously voiced Iron Man’s artificial intelligence system called “J.A.R.V.I.S.” and is now portraying a character called The Vision. Actors Elizabeth Olsen, who’s playing Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who’s portraying the character Quicksilver, and James Spader, who’s playing the robot villain Ultron, also made appearances.

Bettany commented on his shift from voice work to physically appearing in the new movie. “I used to turn up in a dark room for 45 minutes and get a bag of cash and now I have to work for my money,” he said, according to the Guardian.

Meanwhile, Spader discussed his character of Ultron, saying that he found Ultron to be “surprising and challenging and exciting,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

Cast members for the upcoming “Ant-Man” movie also attended the panel, including actors Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, and Evangeline Lilly. According to Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige, “Ant-Man” will be released in July 2015, while "Ultron" will be released in May of that year.

At the end of the panel, “Guardians” director James Gunn revealed via video message that a sequel to the movie will be released in July 2017. The first film has not yet been released but will hit theaters on Aug. 1 and actor Josh Brolin, who’s portraying the villain Thanos in "Guardians," had showed up for the panel.

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