Disney fans have been Avenged.
It was a shock to many comics fans that The Avengers didn’t have a presence at Comic-Con last month, but Disney (which now owns Marvel) was saving its debut of footage from that movie for its own geek-gathering: D23.
Named for the year Uncle Walt founded his upstart animation company, the convention – held in Anaheim, Calif., of course – brought thousands of the mouse-faithful to its showcase of upcoming movies. The grand finale: that little movie uniting Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, The Hulk, and Nick Fury.
A partial line-up of stars came to wave to the crowd, but didn’t say much: (from left) Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, who plays the villainous Loki, Cobie Smulders (playing a new S.H.I.E.L.D. agent), Robert Downey Jr., and Chris Hemsworth. “We’re happy to be down here visiting our parents in Anaheim,” Downey joked.
The news was the footage they showed …
While much of the plot remains under wraps (look for an EW cover story next month to reveal First Look photos and exclusive details of the story), D23 attendees got to see snippets of two tense scenes between Nick Fury and Loki, and Iron Man alter-ego Tony Stark and the god-gone-wild.
The first sequence featured an imprisoned (or is he still somehow in control?) Loki, locked in a cylindrical glass and steel cell on board the S.H.I.E.L.D. hellicarrier.
“You try to escape you so much as scratch that glass …” Fury says, throwing a switch that opens a gaping vortex into a gray rainstorm. “30,000 feet, straight down in a steel trap.”
Loki smiles. “It’s an impressive cage, but not built for me.”
“Built for something a lot stronger than you,” Fury snaps back.
We cut to Smulders’ Agent Maria Hill watching the exchange on a monitor. The cage is meant for Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) when he Hulks out and needs a time-out. Loki seems to know all about this, and smirks: “How desperate are you, to call on such lost creatures to defend you?”
“How desperate am I?” Fury growls. “You threaten my world with war. You steel a force you can’t control. You talk about peace, but you kill because its fun… ”
Loki is unaffected. “It burns you to be so close,” he says. “To have the tesseract (that cosmic cube from Odin’s court that was the source of all the fighting in Captain America). To have power. And for what? A warm light for all mankind to share.” Loki’s smile fades: “Allow me to remind you of what real power is.”
Fury waves him off and descends some steel steps, leaving Loki alone in the empty chamber. “Well, let me know if ‘Real Power’ wants a magazine or something.”
Loki glowers at a camera monitoring him, and the movie cuts to Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner. “He really grows on you doesn’t he?”
The second scene is a conversation between Tony Stark and Loki, apparently… in Stark’s private bar? In any case, Tony’s having a drink.
“Let’s do a head count,” Stark says, as the camera cuts to shots of Renner and Johansson as Hawkeye and Black Widow. “Two world class assassins …”
Cut to Thor: “A demigod …”
Cut to Captain America: “A living legend who actually lives up to the legend …”
Now we’re back with Loki and Stark: “And you, big fella!” Stark says. “You’ve managed to piss off every single one of them!”
“I have an army,” Loki snarls.
Stark gets right in the villainous god’s face. “We have a Hulk.”
Boom! Commence cheering!
We’ll see exactly what’s going on in those scenes when it opens May 4.
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