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Saturday has increasingly become a day at Comic-Con where each studio wants to find a way to one-up the other. It's hard to determine when it started exactly, but Marvel's surprise reveal of "The Avengers" cast and Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' first use of the extended screens are two recent moments when the productions went to another level. 2013, however, was about surprises. First, Warner Bros. brought Zack Snyder out to make the "surprise" announcement that the sequel to "Man of Steel" would feature both Superman and Batman along with a snazzy combo logo that sent fanboys into a tizzy. Of course, the news had broke online a few hours before, but the crowd in Hall H roared with approval. 20th Century Fox wanted to make some news of their own. In what was one of the most widely known "secrets" at the convention, the entire cast of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" came to Comic-Con including three Oscar winners, Gandalf, Jean Valjean, Captain Picard, Juno and a Fassbender (among others). It was a moment of starpower and acting talent on one stage that arguably dwarfed "The Avengers" reveal a few years ago. Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios went last, as usual, and had the burden of high expectations. Could they top their panels of previous years? It appears Feige expected Joss Whedon arriving to announce the title of the "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age of Ultron," would take the buzzworthy prize of the day. Instead, it was the appearance of a certain God of Mischief who stole the show.
- Gregory Ellwood