Talking of Marvel’s phase two, the comics giant is always going to be a big fixture at Comic-Con, and given their upcoming slate, don’t expect that to change in the next couple of decades or so.
There wasn’t a great deal of footage on display, although they did debut a short clip from Iron Man 3. Tony Stark donned what looked like an Extremis suit in an early scene, before some troublesome components made a mess of his workshop. He also enjoyed some jokey chit-chat with Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan.
Things became less sunny for Stark when a missile strike wiped out his Malibu home and most of his Iron Man hardware, save for the suit he had on. And the biggest news of all? Ben Kingsley was confirmed as The Mandarin, one of the universe's most famous villains.
As for the remainder of the Marvel family, Thor 2 and Captain America 2 received official subtitles (The Dark World and The Winter Soldier respectively), and Guardians Of The Galaxy (the worst-kept secret ahead of this year’s Con) was announced officially, with a 1 August 2014 release date confirmed.