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SDCC 2014: Marvel Cup O' Joe Panel

The publisher's chief creative officer and others from the House of Ideas take to the stage to talk all about their upcoming stories! Oh, and there's some small news about a little franchise called "Star Wars."

Marvel's Cup O' Joe panel gives fans the chance to voice their opinions directly to the publisher's chief creative officer, Joe Quesada. But before they open the floor to questions, concerns, and praise from fans, they're always sure to give us a bit of exciting news. Joining Quesada at this year's San Diego Comic-Con edition of the panel is editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, talent scout C.B. Cebulski, senior editor Nick Lowe, editor Jordan D. White, writer Dan Slott, and writer Brian Michael Bendis.

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  • Begins with a clip. Iron Man/Captain America: Avengers United. Rogers is able to humorously beat Stark in a race ("how'd you do that?!") and then there's a big action scene between the two and some HYDRA goons. Lots and lots of repulsor blasts, bullets, and some shield toss goodness.
  • Promotes MARVEL'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION and reminded fans it includes Stan Lee's first story and a new Alias story.
  • Reminds fans that Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon now have their own volumes. Showed some pages from both.
  • Bendis points out that GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18 is the first time he's working with artist Ed McGuinness. Says the issue will answer the "big secret Peter Quill has been carrying around" and adds he can't wait for fans to see it.
  • Slott says the Allreds have been killing it on SILVER SURFER. "Once we finish the two-part story, the whole universe is wide open!" Promises "it'll be great" as we see Hulk enter the book and there will be a "big fight" with Galactus.
  • UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #1 is artist Andrea Sorrentino's first gig with Marvel!
  • STAR WARS! Writer: Jason Aaron. Artist: John Cassady. Coming in January. It's an ongoing, not a limited series.
  • "For me, this is going back to being a kid and when I first fell in love with these characters and that universe. What's great is we get to start with the original film." Aaron says he wants us to feel "child-like wonder and glee" as we read. Says it takes place between episodes 4 and 5. "These are being treated as relevant to continuity and mythology."
  • STAR WARS: DARTH VADER announced! Ongoing series. Writer: Kieron Gillen. Artist: Salvador Larroca. Also takes place between episodes 4 and 5. Says it'll show his rise to power and why he's feared. Teased we'll see Boba Fett.
  • STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIA announced! Limited series. Writer: Mark Waid. Artist: Terry Dodson. Says it'll give her a chance to be a "kick-ass heroine." This is the first limited series and more will be on the way.
  • Question: will we see Boba Fett? Answer: yes and they're finding fun ways to make it work because "Boba Fett rules."
  • Question: where's the Daredevil merch? Answer: sorry, this isn't the right group to ask -- it's another division at Marvel. However, if it's a huge hit on Netflix, they hope he'll get more of a push.
  • Question: any more plans with Shang-Chi? Answer: yes, they love him and the character was talked about during a recent retreat.
  • Question: will we see any transgender characters? Answer: we'll find out very soon.
  • Fan dressed as a Superior Spider-Man minion is invited to sit on stage next to Dan Slott. Fan sits down and pours the writer a glass of water.
  • Question: Deadpool plans? Answer:Reminds fan that Wade will be in AXIS and says the merc will be a "big part" of it. "So many great comics coming out. If you're a fan of Deadpool, we're not going to stop anytime soon."
  • Question: Ultimate universe plans? Answer: panel says there's big things coming up and "it'll be on everybody's lips."
  • Bendis says Hank McCoy will "pay the price" for the things he's done. Says we haven't even seen some of the things we've done. Says "The Trial of Hank McCoy" is coming very soon.
  • Question: will we see more Marvel Zombies? Answer: yes.
  • More OGNs are planned but they can't say anything yet.
  • Question: can we get Garth Ennis to write Punisher Kills the Star Wars Universe? Answer: they joke they'll work on it.
  • Question: Spider Minion, what do you think happened to Ock's body? Answer: Slott swipes the mic and orders his minion to be silent!
  • Quesada receives a Comic-Con Inkpot award. Praises his co-workers, says he's just happy to be here and thanks the fans for their support.