The epicenter of all things Pop Culture reached a fever pitch this past weekend as SAN DIEGO COMIC CON (SDCC) took the world by storm yet again
Movies, TV shows, exclusive action figures, panels, cosplay and of course comics were on the agenda for 5 days of non-stop Nerdvana.
With so much going on during SDCC, it can be overwhelming to take in all the things you may have missed that came out of the show. Fear not, as we are dedicated to bring you a recap of all the major highlights that won the show, including one trailer that blew the roof of the hallowed room of Hall H.
WARNER BROS & NEW LINE CINEMA PRESENTS: SCARE DIEGO
Warner Bros and New Line Cinema had a special presentation for horror fans on Preview Night of SDCC. An advanced screening of the upcoming ANABELLE: CREATION was shown to attendees. Many said this is one of the scariest movies they’ve seen in a long time and blows the original film out of the water. Prior to that screening, WB and New Line Cinema presented 3 exclusive scenes and a new trailer for the highly anticipated reboot of STEPHEN KING’S IT.
Reaction to the scenes were beyond positive, as one of the scenes was Mike of The Losers Club being chased by the Bowers Gang near the Derry sewers. He is hit in the head with a rock and is fuzzy. He sees something and it’s Pennywise, gnawing on a child’s arm. Pennywise waves the arm at Mike and had blood all over his mouth. Just as Henry Bowers is about to crush Mike’s head with a heavy rock, the other Losers show up to save him. The trailer that was shown after the 3 clips will be released online this week and will feature more scenes of Pennywise at his most menacing…the final shot of the trailer is sure to cause nightmares for months.
THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 8
AMC’s hit zombie show’s SDCC Hall H panel began on somber note, as the cast, comic creator Robert Kirkman and Scott Gimple paid tribute to the stunt actor who tragically lost his life performing a stunt during filming on July 14th. Afterwards, Kirkman stated that he knows exactly how the comic story will end, but not saying when it will end. He also mentioned that all current storylines are all leading to the eventual finale of the comic book series. The season 8 trailer premiered during the panel, and fans were stunned by the final scene of the clip. Fans took to social media to voice their opinions about that scene, as many are curious as to what it means for the future of the show. THE WALKING DEAD will return October 22nd on AMC, which coincidently is also the show’s 100th episode.
READY PLAYER ONE/JUSTICE LEAGUE
Warner Bros. returned to Hall H on Saturday of SDCC to showcase the newest film by the legendary Steven Spielberg READY PLAYER ONE. The film is an adaptation of the Pop Culture phenomenon novel written by Ernest Cline. Admittedly I have not read the book, but after seeing the trailer, I will be correcting my misstep so I am in the loop on what could be one 2018’s surefire blockbusters. Plenty of Pop Culture Easter eggs hidden in the clip.
Following that panel, DC (it is Comic Con after all) showed an impressive look at November’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. The cast was on hand to talk about the film and the accompanying clip. Gal Gadot, fresh from the phenomenal WONDER WOMAN solo film, received the biggest ovation of the cast. Fans are truly hoping the magic of that movie carries over to this one.
RICK AND MORTY/ROBOT CHICKEN
WUBBA LUBBA DUB DUB! The screening for the upcoming episode of RICK AND MORTY had to be held in a park in order to accommodate all the fans. The Rickmobile made it’s way to San Diego, as did the voice cast and creators to do a meet and greet with the fans. RICK AND MORTY (FINALLY) Get Schwifty in the Season 3 premiere July 30th on Adult Swim.
ROBOT CHICKEN was also on hand at SDCC to show a sizzle reel of their new season, which included the return of my favorite character, BITCH PUDDING. It was also revealed that ROBOT CHICKEN PRESENTS THE WALKING DEAD SPECIAL: LOOK WHO’S WALKING will be airing at some point during the season.
Would this be SDCC if Marvel Studios didn’t show up and rock Hall H? And did they ever steal the shine off of rival DC. First they had an intro video with Paul Rudd and Michael Peña, humorously recapping the entire MCU (MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE) up to this point. Shortly thereafter, early footage and concept scenes were shown for next year’s sequel ANT-MAN and THE WASP. It was revealed during these scenes that Michelle Pfeiffer has been tapped to portray Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp, and Laurence Fishburne will be playing Goliath.
Concept art was shown for the upcoming CAPTAIN MARVEL film, and it was announced the film will take place in the 90s. The Skrulls will be the villains, and Samuel L. Jackson will be returning as Nick Fury — complete with both eyes in tact.
Next up THOR: RAGNAROK Ragnarok’d the entire crowd with the debut of a new trailer that had everyone anticipating the November film.
BLACK PANTHER was the last panel up, as they showed exclusive clips to those in attendance. The crowd went ballistic for the action packed scenes and are counting the days until February when the movie is released.
Just like their films, Marvel had a stinger at the end, and it was the sizzle reel for the most anticipated Superhero film of all time: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. While we have been fortunate enough to see the footage, sadly Disney has yet to officially release the clip online. But know that the film is bigger than what you had anticipated and will shatter expectations.
STRANGER THINGS 2
If anyone owned SDCC and completely blew the roof of Hall H, it was absolutely Netflix with the STRANGER THINGS 2 panel. Not only was the cast, creators The Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy there for a panel…but they bought the much anticipated trailer for the second season of the cult phenomenon with them, and it stole the entire show. Not only does it raise more questions than it answers, it seems to be darker in tone and seems to be leaning more to the horror side. Plus, anytime Michael Jackson’s iconic song THRILLER can be used is a definite win in my book, complete with the legendary Vincent Price’s voiceover. The King of Pop would be truly proud to have his track remixed for something that gave people legitimate goosebumps and got social media buzzing. Let’s pray Netflix’s servers can handle everyone streaming the show beginning October 27th.
AND MUCH MORE!
That was just the tip of the iceberg at SDCC, as so much more came out of the show. NECA had some awesome action figures on display, including a new Ultimate Freddy Krueger from Freddy’s Revenge. Mezco had one of the coolest figures on display with a retro Michael Myers. The Shape comes in real clothes and has a display base with the film’s iconic pumpkin.
Funko was once again the leader of the pack with a plethora of exclusives that were both shared with retailers and at the show. Scream Factory announced 12 new titles including MISERY. Cosplay was in full effect at the show as anything and everything was being represented by cosplayers. Free swag was given away by booths to help promote upcoming films, tv shows and pretty much the companies themselves.
Overall this was one of the bigger SDCC shows in recent memory. So much was revealed that left people clamouring for more that it’s safe to say everyone involved did their jobs perfectly.