A Speed Run Comic-Con 2014 Round Up

The nerd utopia/hellish landscape known as Comic-Con took place over the past weekend, bringing San Diego (and the internet) the latest news in the world of geek television, film, and other media.  There was a lot of information disseminated over the course of four days, and this was probably one of the more underwhelming years to date, so I’m here to give you the highlights and spare you the excessive celebrity fawning and not-so-flattering cosplay.

  • Of course, no Comic-Con is complete without a good ol’ fashioned pissing contest between comic book titans Marvel and DC.  Both companies trotted out the latest batch of photos for their upcoming films, including the debut of Wonder Woman, to be featured in 2016’s Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.  As I stated before, I have been quite pleased with the costuming for this movie, and continue to be.  I kind of wish they had selected someone a little more muscular (no offense, Gal Gadot), but when it comes to this franchise, I think there are more serious problems to consider.

  • Marvel didn’t announce any mind-blowing revelations, but they did offer up some interesting news.  Even though the first movie has yet to be released, a sequel for Guardians of the Galaxy has been scheduled for July 28th, 2017.  While it may seem an odd move regarding an untested franchise, Marvel has good reason to take the gamble.  Some of the characters in the first movie are tied to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (like Thanos, played by Josh Brolin), so it will provide more background for the well known heroes.  It also helps that critics are loving it so far, indicated by the perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • Staying in this world, Marvel released some images and details on Avengers: Age of Ultron.  This included a slew of concept art, Black Widow’s electric Harley, and some insight from the new cast members Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision), and James Spader (Ultron).

  • Another Marvel movie in the works is Ant-Man, the story of scientist Hank Pym and his protege Scott Lang (Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd, respectively) keeping the universe safe through revolutionary size-changing technology.  This may sound like a strange premise/title for a big time comic book film, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t produced any bad movies, so I will give them the benefit of the doubt.  Comic-Con saw the reveal of Ant-Man’s helmet, along with new cast members Evangeline Lilly.

  • In non-comic news, the first trailer for Mad Max: Fury road made its debut during the convention.  It stars English actor and presumed non-anti-Semite Tom Hardy as the title character, and serves as a reboot of George Miller’s original post-apocalyptic trilogy.  If you’re into this sort of thing, or just love desert scenery, this is right up your alley.

Did any of the news catch pique your interest over the weekend?  Is there something I didn’t cover you’re excited about?


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32 Responses to A Speed Run Comic-Con 2014 Round Up

  1. catweazle says:

    Wait but how can Paul Bettany be in the new Avengers when he already plays Tony Stark’s Smart House?

    • FRQ says:

      Rumor has it that it isn’t a coincidence.

    • Wallflower says:

      I know nothing about the comics but this is from an EW article on Avengers: Age of Ultron:
      Is that casting coincidental, or can we assume that Ultron uses J.A.R.V.I.S’ consciousness for spare parts in his Vision-ary experiment? Whedon takes a deep breath. We’re in spoiler territory. “It’s not coincidence,” he says, then declines to elaborate. This marks Bettany’s first in-the-flesh appearance in a Marvel film. “By his own admission, Paul’s very disappointed that he actually has to show up this time,” Downey deadpans.

  2. I’m pleasantly surprised by Wonder Woman’s costume (although the wedge heels are stupid). It’s a decent update that still references the original costume and the mythology of her character. I’m also looking forward to Guardians Of The Galaxy. Otherwise, eh. Apparently Guillermo Del Toro set up a haunted house to promote Crimson Peak (which I’m also excited about, since Gothic horror is my jam), though, and that’s probably the only thing at Comic Con I’d ever really want to see in person, besides Chris Evans’ shoulder-to-waist ratio.

  3. msmessica says:

    NERD MOMENT: They haven’t leaked the footage yet, but according to people who have seen it, there is a random shot of girls doing ballet in the middle of a bunch of fight footage which as a Captain America Vol 5/Brubaker fan is very exciting.

    Okay, go back to your cool stuff.

    • FRQ says:

      I stopped reading comics right before Civil War, so sadly I do not get it. 😦

      • msmessica says:


        In the Brubaker Captain America, some of which was loosely used as the basis for the second film, Black Widow isn’t the only Black Widow. Russia actually runs a Black Widow Ops program. They train Orphan Girls to be super fighters and pump them full of superhero drugs to slow their aging (which would help explain how 29 year old Scarlett Johansonn worked for the KGB). During her time there she was actually trained by/dated the Winter Soldier. After the program they implant them with fake memories so they won’t remember/come to resent what was done to them. Natasha believes she was a ballerina for several years. In the books she figures it out and even finds out that the training facility is still running. It’s not run by Hydra, but it easily could be and it would be a really awesome tie in to bring Bucky around to the side of good in the third Captain America movie.

        • FRQ says:

          I also wonder if they will have Bucky or Sam replace Steve in the next movie, with all the changes in the comics and the thing with Chris Evans’ contract.

        • Commentatrix says:

          Wow! So what you’re saying is I’ve been missing out on comic books all my life??

        • msmessica says:

          @Commentatrix YUP! (Well, only the good ones. There are a LOT of not good ones.)

          @FRQ I’m curious about this too. He’s contracted for 6, and apparently the Thor 2 thing counts as one? That would make Cap 3 number six if true. I’d like to see Sam more than Bucky because I feel like the Bucky will still have ~*issues*~ to be angsty about at that point, and movie Sam’s arc is pretty great. I was glad to see they went with him in the new books.

  4. I am bummed Marvel didn’t announce any of their Phase 3 titles. What I’m hoping is they didn’t announce because there is going to be a Captain Marvel cameo at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy. Seriously, Marvel, if we don’t get a female-led movie until after 2019 then I’m canceling all my Marvel comic subscriptions.

    Image announced a bunch of cool new comics last week. Very excited, much fun.

  5. Did you guys see the new Hunger Games trailer?

    I *didn’t* cry when Katniss said “I am. I will.”
    Also shout out to awesome-looking Margaery!!!

  6. Commentatrix says:

    What a wonderful report by our resident SDCC correspondent, FRQ! It’s really helpful for the comic book unknowledgeable among us to know what’s going on in the world of future blockbusters. What a great time to be a nerd (I would imagine)!

    • FRQ says:

      Thank you for the kind words, but I am def not the comic book expert on this site. I stopped reading them about 8 years ago, mostly because it was an expensive and time-consuming habit. I am, however, a nerd and pop culture enthusiast, so I keep up with these things.

  7. The primary story I heard from Comic-Con was that Misha Collins handed out free coffee to everyone waiting in line for Hall H before the Supernatural panel, making me fall slightly more in love with him.

  8. FRQ says:

    IMPORTANT UPDATE: Lego Batman 3 will feature the debut of Bat-Cow.

  9. artdorkgirl says:

    My lovely Benedict confirmed that he was not in the running for Dr. Strange, but didn’t rule anything MCU out. Also, when asked about the rumors, he said, “you mean about Doctor Who?”.

    Also, people asked him to say silly things in Smaug’s voice. Poor guy!

  10. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    Orphan Black posted a few photos on Facebook of fans dressed like the clones. The “clone club” fans gave actress Tatiana Maslany an award the said she was “The Best Actress in the World” and nesting dolls of the clones.

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