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Chris Evans and Tom Holland Among Marvel Actors Coming to Ace Comic Con

Chris Evans at the European premiere of Captain America: Civil War in 2016.
Chris Evans at the European premiere of Captain America: Civil War in 2016. BAKOUNINE/

Guess what, local geeks. Captain America and Spider-Man are headed to the Valley early next year — and they're bringing a bunch of their friends along.

Organizers of the upcoming Ace Comic Con, which takes place in mid-January at Gila River Arena in Glendale, have announced the special guest lineup for the event.

And it’s definitely a doozy, particularly if you’re a fan of Marvel movies.

According to the Ace Comic Con website, the lineup will include appearances by such Marvel Cinematic Universe actors and actresses as Chris Evans, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Laura Harrier, and Jacob Batalon.

For those who aren’t conniseurs of the MCU flicks, Evans has played the big-screen version of Captain America since 2011, with appearances in films focusing on the famous character (there have been three so far) as well as the ongoing Avengers series.

Atwell is known for her role as Peggy Carter, who’s served as Cap’s love interest, co-founder of S.H.I.E.L.D., and a kick-ass special agent. Stan's famous for playing frenemy Bucky Barnes (a.k.a. the Winter Soldier), while Mackie has portrayed Sam Wilson (a.k.a. Falcon) in both the Captain America and Avengers films.

click to enlarge Tom Holland at the premiere of Spider-Man: Homecoming. - TINSELTOWN/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
Tom Holland at the premiere of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Holland is the latest actor to play Spider-Man/Peter Parker. He starred this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Batalon played the web-slinger’s best friend Ned in the film, and Harrier portrayed Parker’s sorta girlfriend Liz Allan.

Ace Universe, the company behind Ace Comic Con, also announced a lineup of comic creators scheduled to appear at the event in Glendale, which will take place from Saturday, January 13, to Monday, January 15.

According to the Ace website, the list includes such artists and writers as Adam Kubert, John Romita Jr., Colleen Doran, Mark Bagley, Afua Richardson, and Bob Layton, all of who have worked on various Marvel titles over the years.

As Phoenix New Times previously reported, Ace Comic Cons will focus of a specific element of fandom. According to Ace co-founder Gareb Shamus, who launched Wizard magazine in the early '90s, each event will be “curated and themed” around a certain group of guests that will be featured.

For instance, the first Ace Comic Con in New York in December will center on the DC Universe and include actors from the upcoming Justice League film, while Arizona’s version will focus on Marvel.

As we also reported, Ace Comic Cons events around the country will be hosted in arenas instead of convention centers. Programming and panels will be live-streamed on JumboTrons and other screens throughout the venue, as well as over the internet.

click to enlarge Actress Hayley Atwell, better known as Agent Peggy Carter to MCU fans. - HEROES & VILLAINS/CC BY-SA 2.0/VIA FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS
Actress Hayley Atwell, better known as Agent Peggy Carter to MCU fans.

Prices for Ace Comic Con in Glendale were also announced. General admission tickets to the event are $55 for Saturday, January 13, and Sunday, January 14; $45 for Monday, January 15; and $95 for a three-day pass.

A variety of VIP packages are also available. Each feature different price levels and perks.

The basic VIP ticket, for instance, is $125 and includes admission to all three days, an exclusive badge and lanyard, early bird access to the event, and exclusive comic books and posters.

Meanwhile, VIP packages specifically for each actor will include guaranteed seating at their Q&A panels, the chance to meet them, get an autograph, and a photo op. The one for Evans will run you $495, and the one for Holland is $485.

Autographs from the actors and actresses will be available, albeit for an additional cost. Prices are as follows: $35 for Batalon, $40 for Harrier, $60 for Mackie, $65 for Atwell, $80 for Stan, and $175 for Holland. Autographs from Evans will only be available via his VIP package.

Ace Comic Con organizers are also promising that additional special guests, including superstars from the WWE, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.