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Wizard World brought people of all ages out to the Las Vegas Convention Center to meet their favorite stars from TV, Film and even the WWE!

One of the big draws of the weekend was the arrival of Brett Dalton and Elizabeth Henstridge from “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

 

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Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

The stars signed autographs and took selfies with fans at their booths and posed for professional photo-ops throughout the weekend.

 

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Dalton and Henstridge joked with fans and answered questions during a 45 minute panel and said as much as they could about the show without giving anything away.  When asked which Avenger they would like to meet, Henstridge said Black Widow the character but she wouldn’t mind meeting Scarlett Johansson who plays her as well. Dalton said Bruce Banner.  He then joked that he would want to hang out with Banner with his friends around as he made him angry so he could tell his friends to “watch this!”.

Attendees had a great time with the celebs and picking up memorabilia and goodies from all of the vendors.

Wizard World Comic Con has several great events scheduled all over the U.S. this year, for more information go to http://wizardworld.com/ .

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" photo copyright Marvel Studios

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” photo copyright Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios has begun principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which is slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017. The production will shoot at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Slither”). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord;  Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (“Spectre,”  “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Drax; Vin Diesel (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7”) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (“Joy,” “American Sniper”) as the voice of Rocket;  Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Jumper”) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Big Short”) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Gilmore Girls”) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (“Oldboy”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby,” “Everest”), Chris Sullivan (“The Knick,” “The Drop”) and Kurt Russell (“The Hateful Eight,” “Furious 7”).
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

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Sebastian Stan at 2015 Salt Lake City Comic Con.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Sebastian Stan at 2015 Salt Lake City Comic Con. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Even though the Salt Lake City Comic Con is only three years old, they have proved that they can bring the star power and provide fans with a fantastic experience.

Fans were particularly excited to see Sebastian Stan who is known in the Marvel Universe as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier in the Captain America Franchise.  Stan participated in photo ops and autograph sessions with fans and spoke before a capacity crowd of 4,500 plus fans who were all excited to hear any information about the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” film.

 

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Stan joked that he really wasn’t able to say anything about the film as Marvel has snipers at every appearance waiting to strike if they reveal any information.    He said that Captain America was really the first comic book he read and he was really excited to be a part of the franchise.  He was one of the last to find out that they were making “Captain America: the Winter Soldier”.  He was at San Diego Comic Con and a friend called him and said that the new film was going to be called the Winter Soldier and that is how he found out the news.

Stan said in the new film that he spends a lot more time on-screen with Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon) and they had a really good time filming together. He also joked that he talks a lot more in the upcoming film instead of the brooding looks that he was known for in “the Winter Soldier”.

 

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In the comic books, Steve Rogers is killed and Bucky and Sam take over being Captain America, respectively.  Stan was asked if the films followed suit, would he rather see Bucky or Sam take over as Cap? Stan quickly answered “Myself” with a grin.  “I’ll say this: They sure like to dangle a cheese in front of my nose a lot. They’re like ‘Oh yeah, that’s where you pick up the shield,’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ve heard that one before. There it is again.’ But I don’t know. If I could say one thing, if anyone can have anything to do with it, to make it happen, is you,” he added referring to the fans in attendance. He also joked that having Anthony Mackie as Captain America would be like having Biff from “Back To the Future 2”.

 

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A couple of fans asked Stan some questions in Romanian and he answered them in Romanian leading the moderator to joke that he gave away the plot to “Civil War” to them in Romanian.

An adorable young fan asked how he survived the fall off the train in the first Captain America film, “What happened was…..” Stan said “I was trying to break my fall with my left arm and I kinda like wasn’t really able to do that, so I fell and knocked my head on a rock.  And the next thing I know I woke up and  there were like a bunch of lab coats around me. ”

 

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Stan also spoke about his friendship with Chris Evans, “We stay in touch here and there. Once in a while we run into each other, like we will in a few hours.  I may not see Chris for a few months, or I might not see him for a year or two, but it always picks up where it left off”.

Sebastian Stan was charming and seemed genuinely pleased to see all of the fans that had traveled out to see him at the 2015 Salt Lake City Comic Con.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chris Evans at Salt Lake City Comic Con.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Chris Evans at Salt Lake City Comic Con. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Superheros were in full force this past weekend at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City as the 2015 Salt Lake City Comic Con swept into town.  The event, which ran Thursday – Saturday brought thousands of fans into one place for autograph signings, photo ops and panels and the ability to shop for every sort of fandom item one can imagine.

Marvel stars were out en masse at the event, which included Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, but none got a bigger reception than Captain America himself, Chris Evans.

 

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Evans participated in two days of photo ops with his fellow stars as well as solo ops and autographs, which were sold out in a matter of minutes.  The Saturday panel was in such high demand that the event had to hold a lottery for seats in which those attendees wanting to attend the panel had to register online and were notified via email if they would be guaranteed a seat.  This was a fantastic idea as it made the process run very smoothly and those who didn’t have a ticket were available to attend other panels or events.  The huge overnight – two-day – stand in line forever and still not get in lines that we often see at the San Diego Comic Con were completely eliminated.  (are we listening SDCC??)

 

Chris Evans with Salt Lake Comic Con creators Bryan Brandenburg and Dan Farr and the Captain America Harley Davidson.  Photo Copyright Salt Lake City Comic Con.

Chris Evans with Salt Lake Comic Con creators Bryan Brandenburg and Dan Farr and the Captain America Harley Davidson. Photo Copyright Salt Lake City Comic Con.

 

Evans came onstage to see the hand painted Captain America Harley Davidson motorcycle which was featured at the event and did some quick photo ops sitting on the bike.

 

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Evans said he was excited to be doing his first-ever solo panel at his first fan event which wasn’t promoting a particular film “”I’ve done Comic Cons before, but it’s usually work-based,” Evans said. “You’re promoting a film, or for a specific reason, just getting rushed around. Getting to sign things and take pictures and hug people, you feel it.”

 

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Of course fans wanted to know about the upcoming film “Captain America: Civil War”.  “Obviously there is a lot I can’t say”, said Evans “it’s so tricky with Marvel.  It’s so hush-hush and on the QT.  I have a real, real deep love for the Russo’s (who directed the film), there is something about them that I really respond to.  All of the footage I’ve seen so far….you don’t wanna say, you don’t wanna jinx it….but I feel like it’s the best one”.

Evans joked that the one comment he had heard the most over the two days was “I thought you’d be bigger”, which got a lot of laughs from the assembled crowd.  He went on to say that “the next thing I’m doing, I’m not supposed to have muscles.  So I don’t have to go to the gym, it’s been great”.  He will play a former philosophy teacher in his next film, “Gifted”.

 

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He spoke about his anxiety about taking on the role of Captain America, “When I first started this job, I was really nervous about it and very apprehensive.  I think a lot of people do this in life, you manage to focus only on the negative. I don’t know why that’s a human trait”, says Evans “I spent the first couple of films trying to process how this could hurt me, how I could not handle this, how this could be a mistake or a regret.  And now that we’ve had a few movies in this its been nothing but positivity. By Cap 2 or Avengers 2, somewhere in there I really started to settle in and appreciate it.  And now I’m just so happy, I feel like I leak gratitude.”

Fellow Captain America star Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon/Sam Wilson in the films joined Chris onstage and fans and the moderators tried to get more info about “Captain America: Civil War” out of the pair.  In the film, the superheroes are asked to sign accords, which would govern their actions and hold them accountable, which creates a schism between Cap and Iron Man, forcing their powered friends to choose sides.

 

Anthony Mackie and Chris Evans,  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Anthony Mackie and Chris Evans, Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

“Tony actually thinks we should be signing these accords and reporting to somebody and Cap, who’s always been a company man and has always been a soldier, actually doesn’t trust anymore. Given what happened in Cap 2, I think he kind of feels the safest hands are his own,” Evans said. “And these are understandable concerns, but this is tough, because even reading the script, you think I think I agree with Tony in a way, and I do agree that to make this work, you do need to surrender to the group. It can’t just be one person saying this is right and this is what we’re going to do.”

“But Cap has his reasons, he certainly has his reasons, and he is a good man and his moral compass is probably the cleanest,” Evans added. “This is a tough thing. This is what made it so interesting while we were filming, and it’s hopefully what will make the movie great is nobody’s right, nobody’s wrong. There’s no clear bad guy here. We both have a point of view, which is akin to most disagreements in life and politics.”

Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell and Anthony Mackie at Salt Lake City Comic Con.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell and Anthony Mackie at Salt Lake City Comic Con. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

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“Agent Carter” star Hayley Atwell made good on her threat to crash Evans’ Q&A running in and hugging the star from behind while grabbing his chest, a trait that Evans himself is well-known for, sending the crowd into a frenzy.  Evans later recorded a Dubsmash video for the Agent Carter/Agents of Shield Dubsmash war that the two shows have had going for months.

 

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Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

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Evans took a few more questions from the audience before he had to leave to attend his photo-op and autograph sessions, leaving Anthony Mackie to continue on with the panel, but more about that later!

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The Salt Lake City Comic Con starts next week but great new guests are still being added!  Keeping with the Marvel theme, the con has just added Captain America star Anthony Mackie to the line-up.  Mackie is probably best known as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon in the Captain America films, but has credits in such films as “The Hurt Locker”, “8 Mile” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”.

Mackie joins fellow Marvel stars Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan and Hayley Atwell at the Salt Lake City Comic Con which runs September 24-26 at the Salt Palace.  Photo ops and autograph tickets for Mackie go on sale this Friday at noon.

Visit http://saltlakecomiccon.com/ for more info and to buy your tickets.

Article by Suzanne Philips

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Anthony Mackie and Chris Evans at D23 Expo. Photo copyright Disney.

Anthony Mackie and Chris Evans at D23 Expo. Photo copyright Disney.

 

Marvel Studios brought out their heavy hitters for last weekend’s D23 Expo in Anaheim.  After skipping this year’s San Diego Comic Con, fans were excited to see what the studio had in store for the Disney fans.

Following their presentation of a video message from Benedict Cumberbatch and concept artwork from the highly anticipated “Doctor Strange” (see article  http://www.cfmnews.net/2015/08/19/benedict-cumberbatch-talks-doctor-strange-at-d23-expo-2015/), Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige introduced Anthony Mackie who plays Sam Wilson/Falcon in the Captain America/MCU franchise.  Mackie said that he had brought some footage from the film which is currently in production to share with the audience.  Mackie then paused, stating that you “can’t have a Captain America panel without Captain America!”.  Star Chris Evans then came out onto the stage to huge applause and a standing ovation from the packed audience.

 

Chris Evans at D23 Expo. Photo Copyright Disney.

Chris Evans at D23 Expo. Photo Copyright Disney.

 

Evans, who is a self-confessed Disney geek, was happy to be at this year’s D23 expo and even stopped by Disney’s California Adventure park before heading to the airport to jump on a plane back to Berlin, where “Captain America: Civil War” is currently filming.

The footage from the upcoming film looks amazing.  Fans are going crazy over the Captain America/Bucky Barns (Winter Soldier) footage – particularly a scene where Captain America and Bucky are on a mission together and a scene with a line from Crossbones that “he remembered you.  Your pal, your buddy, your Bucky.”  If you listen closely you can hear the fangirls squeal with delight all over the world.

 

Anthony Mackie, Chris Evans and Marvel President Kevin Feige. Photo copyright Disney.

Anthony Mackie, Chris Evans and Marvel President Kevin Feige. Photo copyright Disney.

 

There was also a particularly cute scene with Paul Rudd, who plays Ant-Man in the just released film, going complete geek over meeting Captain America.  The trailer also showed Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Robert Downey Junior (Iron Man) and a quick glimpse of Martin Freeman who is new to the franchise.

 

D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (Disney/Image Group LA) ANTHONY MACKIE, CHRIS EVANS

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Marvel has said that they will not release the footage shown at the D23 Expo but we will see if it creeps up online.  The film Captain America: Civil War is set to hit theatres May 6th, 2016.

 

 

 

 

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Benedict Cumberbatch.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Benedict Cumberbatch. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Benedict Cumberbatch is currently portraying “Hamlet” in London’s West End but that didn’t stop the star from causing a commotion at the D23 Expo in Anaheim this past weekend.

The actor will be portraying Doctor Strange in the new Marvel film set to start filming this November.  The film, which is set for a 2016 release, has Cumberbatch portraying Steven Strange, a brilliant neurosurgeon who loses the use of his hands in a terrible accident but gets a new lease on life when a brilliant sorcerer (played by Tilda Swinton) takes him under her wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.

“Doctor Strange” kicked off the Marvel panel with a bang with a funny video message from Cumberbatch who gave a “live long and prosper” Vulcan salute and joked “oh no, wrong film”.  The actor went on to promise that the upcoming film will have “girls, cars, explosions, astral projections into multiple universes….the usual fare”.

You can see the entire video message here courtesy Flicks and the City:

 

https://youtu.be/-7lC3pFZGYo

 

While filming has not yet begun, some of the concept art was shown for the film and it looks like it will be another epic Marvel production.