Meet Marvel's Next Avengers Villain

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Marvel debuted the title for the next Avengers sequel, and therefore tipped the crowds of cheering comic book fans to film's next villain, during their busy Comic-Con panel last night. The new movie will be called The Avengers: Age of Ultron, borrowing the title from a recently finished comic book arc by Marvel's golden boy, Brian Michael Bendis. Ultron is a classic Avengers villain who first appeared during the 1960s. Created in the comics by one of the founding Avengers, Hank Pym (aka Ant-Man, who has his own movie coming out soon), the sentient robot is constantly trying to take over the world, much to the Avengers' chagrin. Marvel executives also played a quick trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, showing off a wild fight scene between Cap and an elevator full of S.H.E.I.L.D. agents that had everyone talking afterwards. They also confirmed that movie would focus on Bucky Barnes and the story arc written by Ed Brubaker that began in 2005 and culminated, eventually, in a new Captain America. (We doubt they'll do that much Cap history in this movie, though.) [Vulture]

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Quite literally the entire cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past showed up to their panel in Hall H, a seperate affair from the rest of the Marvel universe, on Saturday night. The X-Men franchise is produced by Fox because of pre-existing deals. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult were all there, along with their new friends Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, and Peter Dinklage, among others. They didn't give away any new information about the movie. But Jackman used the panel to thank the studio for casting him as Wolverine and launching his career. Ian McKellan spoke about California's Prop 8 being defeated by the Supreme Court recently. "I feel safe here now that you’ve gotten rid of Proposition 8," he told the crowds. "Looking for a husband. It’s nice to meet you Michael," he said, turning to Fassbender. The Fass blew him a kiss and the crowd went nuts. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Nerds of a certain stripe are also freaking out over the trailer for astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Fox will debut its 13-episode reboot of the classic Carl Sagan series, Cosmos: A Personal Journey, in the Spring of 2014. The trailer shows off some very nice looking photography and CGI work, with not-so-subtle odes to the original series, Planet Earth, and Terrence Malick. It's absolutely beautiful, though, and if you have even a passing interest in those things you'll likely be intrigued.  [The Verge]

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