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?