While writer-director Joss Whedon may not have been available, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige brought nearly the entire cast of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, and showed a preview of what was to come next year, to a decidedly positive Hall H.
Robert Downey Jr. described the group as the largest panel of talent he’s ever been on.
And, with a cast of Downey, returning Avengers Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, along with SHIELD bosses Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, and newcomers Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, it was the largest panel I’d seen! Scarlett Johansson couldn’t make it due to her pregnancy, but sent along a video message.
Joss was convalescing following knee surgery a week earlier in England. Kevin Feige revealed that it was only after the operation that Whedon’s doctor mentioned that he shouldn’t travel.
Feige did show an extended teaser for Age of Ultron, which began with a decidedly comedic homey scene: the Avengers hanging out at Tony’s pad, each attempting to lift Thor’s hammer Mjolnir and failing. Captain America seems to move it a bit, much to the surprise of Thor. Stark tries everything he can, contending it’s a technical challenge, some sort of biometric sensor keyed to Thor’s finger prints. Thor’s answer, “It’s simple; You’re all not worthy.”
Just then, the scene changes: a robot (presumably Ultron), falling apart, enters and declares in the soothingly creepy tones of James Spader that none of them are worthy, “You are all killers.” Following which, a barrage of Stark’s Iron Man drones suddenly attack the group.