Marvel and DC competed for supremacy at the San Diego Comic-Con last weekend. Marvel, through sheer force of films, won. The Avengers, Thor and X-Men appeared with their full casts. DC's Superman caused a stir by announcing the Man of Steel sequel will feature Batman.
Henry Cavill at the New York premiere of Superman: Man of Steel.
The X-Men panel certainly had the most impressive cast turnout. Actors from across the X-Men films appeared to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is due to be released in 2014. Ian McKellan flirted with the younger reincarnation of his character Magneto, Michael Fassbender, commenting on Proposition 8, he said "It's great to be back in California, I feel safe here now." He continued by announcing "I'm looking for a husband", cheekily adding "it's great to meet you Michael".
The next instalment of the Avenger's franchise, Avengers: Age of Ultron, is scheduled for release in Summer 2015. Tom Hiddleston appeared at the panel in character, as Thor's brother Loki. The latest Thor instalment Thor: Dark World is due to be released later this year, so Hiddleston's appearance suited promoting The Avengers and Thor films. Other Avengers news included the promise of Captain America: Winter Soldier would be more "character driven".
Tom Hiddleston at The 2013 Olivier Awards, the Royal Opera House, London.
DC's contribution to the comic-con was their revelation that Superman and Batman would be teaming up in Superman: Man of Steel sequel. Henry Cavill will be reprising his role as the superhero, although no casting decisions for the Batman role were announced.
The Hunger Games panel was greeted with hugely popular, attracting an audience of 6500 fans. Jennifer Lawrence impressed the crowd with anecdotes from the filming of Catching Fire and the premiere of the film's full trailer.
From the realm of television, True Blood's panel announced they would be changing direction for the seventh season. Executive Producer, Brian Buckner promised fans the plotlines would be reined in, with action centring back in Bon Temps.
The Comic-Con's turnout usually indicates how successful a film or series will be. With such vast crowds showing up to see many of the aforementioned movie panels, next year's releases are due to be highly successful.
Jennifer Lawrence at the Cannes' Festival Screening of Catching Fire.