Loki reigns over Marvel Studios Comic-Con panel

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Thor’s evil brother, Loki, took over the Marvel Studios presentation at Comic-Con on Saturday.

Lights flashed inside the San Diego Convention Center’s largest exhibition hall, and Tom Hiddleston, dressed as Loki, commanded the stage. He called Hall H “a meager palace of Midgard” before showing footage from “Thor: The Dark World.”

It opened with an epic battle scene, in which Thor takes down a massive monster, reducing him to a pile of rubble with one swing of his hammer.

The cast of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” shared footage from that film. It also opened with a dynamic fight scene: Captain America battling a dozen assailants in a glass elevator.

Other highlights included the introduction of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast, which includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Djimon Honsou.

Mixed martial-artist Dave Bautista said he fought hard for the role of Drax.

“It’s something I wanted more than anything I’ve ever wanted in my life,” the tattooed bodybuilder said. “When I got the job, I broke down and cried like a little baby.”

“Avengers” director Joss Whedon made a surprise appearance at the panel, where he offered an early look at the sequel.

A teaser trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ended with an image of the title character.


Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy .

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