Just so you know, the best parts of SDCC are rarely on a panel and often involve children.
This was the best moment of the con. We caught sight of a big group of Marvel cosplayers having a photoshoot and Aeris ran over to these three (I wish I had video of how her hair bounced when she ran, it was amazing and adorable) and cried out “Avengers! Will you take your picture with me?”. Thor absolutely melted, which was wonderful because he’s her favorite superhero, and they posed for this amazing photo (look at her smile!). Then the photographer called them back to assemble for a picture with everybody and Aeris, who’d been posing all day of course, went along. Christian and I laughed nervously and called her back — “Merida! You’re not in the Avengers!” — but as Captain America gave her a little hug and pointed her in our direction, Thor said “She could be, we don’t have a Hawkeye!” and Captain America totally agreed she should be their Hawkeye and basically Aeris!Merida was asked to join the Avengers and it was the Best Thing Ever. Well played all around.