Marvel reveals ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ concept art, announce ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ at Comic Con; Joaquin Phoenix in talks for ‘Doctor Strange’

Avengers Age of Ultron

Marvel, the reigning kings of Comic Con, selfishly dominated the weekend’s news cycle with some juicy new details about their upcoming slate.

First, over the course of the Con they unveiled some concept art character posters, which, when “assembled” make up the above image, showing the Avengers (plus newbies Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Vision) in serious peril.

At their panel – available online in all its glory – the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron revealed the hotly anticipated trailer, featuring James Spader as the villainous robot Ultron, and Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark (sort of spoiler alert) standing amongst his slain fellow superheroes (as recounted by Slashfilm).

The latter sequence calls to mind the famous comic book thread involving Thanos, which many believed was being saved for the third Avengers movie.

However, with Josh Brolin cast as Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy (and him making an impromptu appearance at the panel), perhaps we won’t have to wait that long to see this particular storyline unfold.

Speaking of the Guardians, Marvel has confirmed a July 2017 release date for its sequel, with James Gunn confirming on Twitter that he would return to write and direct. The first film hits US cinemas this weekend, and arrives locally next Thursday.

Finally, though Marvel decided not to comment at the Con, Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in negotiations to star in Doctor Strange.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal-making is quite far along, meaning Phoenix could soon be announced as the sorcerer in Scott Derrickson’s upcoming film.

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