In a surprise move that wowed the fans in attendance, Marvel Studios officially announced four new films in development during their Saturday panel at Comic Con.
Producer Kevin Feige formally set the titles and release dates for sequels "Thor: The Dark World," (November 8, 2013) and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," debuting on April 4, 2014. In addition, Feige announced that brothers Anthony and Joe Russo will helm the "Captain America" sequel.
Marvel also confirmed speculation that they are developing the cosmic superhero franchise "Guardians of the Galaxy," which is scheduled for release on August 1, 2014.
But the announcement that received the biggest reaction from the crowd was test footage of the forthcoming "Ant Man" from director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead").
"I've always thought there was a great film to make out of that," Wright told the cheering crowd. "And one that would look better on the screen than in the page."
During the clip of test footage, the film's hero who, can change his size at will, is hiding inside a tiny air duct while two security guards stand in a long hallway.
Ant Man, no more than a few inches in stature, then launches an attack on the guards, morphing into full human size to deliver a punishing kick before shrinking in an instant to literally ride on top of one of the guard's guns.
Even in rough cut form, the footage wowed the audience and seemed to quiet speculation as to whether the character could succeed on the big screen.
"Ant Man will kick your ass one inch at a time," Wright quipped.