Comic-Con International is a special time of year for geeks and fan boys, a type of Christmas in July. Once a year, on a July weekend in San Diego, cosplayers and fans of various tv shows, film universes, and comics gather together from across the world to show off their sweet costumes, grab some sweet gear, and be the first to get the latest news and see the newest clips of what is being released soon. There was some not so surprising news (other than a few clips, nothing was news from the Captain America and Thor movies), as well as some crazy revelations (a Batman-Superman movie?! Agent Coulson isn’t dead after all?! What is Khal Drogo doing kissing Daenerys Targaryen?). It’s hard to present an orderly review of all the news without overwhelming you, so I will present some of the big stories and the stuff that’s generally pretty darn exciting.
There were plenty of new films being talked about and new clips from films coming out within the next year, so here are some of the top film announcements:
-Man of Steel 2: Zach Snyder officially announced a sequel to Man of Steel, and for the first time we’ll get to see Superman in a film with his fellow crime fighter, Batman. Set to come out in 2015, this could be a very interesting movie. No news on who will wear the caped crusader’s mask, however.
-The Avenger’s sequel now has a name. Look forward to Avenger: Age of Ultron in the summer of 2015.
– The Guardians of the Galaxy cast flew in from filming in London and those present were able to see a video lineup of the characters. A very promising film is in the works.
-Electro will be the villain in the Amazing Spiderman sequel, played by Jamie Foxx.
-Godzilla will be returning to the big screen, promising a very gritty and emotional survival tale of what happens when humanity messes with Mother Nature. The artwork gives the impression of a classic, and massive, Godzilla.
-RoboCop will also be seeing a reboot, and with a cast featuring Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, and Michael Keaton, I can’t help but be a bit excited about it.
-The entire cast for X-men: Days of Future Past were on stage and gave some good Q-and-A, without revealing too much of what is to come. Patrick Stewart will be in the film, so there will be some sort of twist. After all, no one stays dead in the comics.
-For years, a Warcraft movie has seemingly been in the works. A director, Duncan Jones, has been slated to handle the film, and filming will begin early 2014.
-Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. promises to be a very fun new show that dives deeper into the story of the agency that has to deal with superheroes without getting a mask themselves, and also showing a further look into the Marvel universe. They showed the entirety of the pilot, and revealed that the much loved agent Coulson is not as dead as the Avengers film wanted us to believe.
-The walking dead had a great exhibit, with a model of a prison and people dressed as zombies lurking about. A trailer for season 4 was shown, giving the appearance that it may be the most extreme season yet.
-How I Met Your Mother revealed a video spoof featuring the children of Ted complaining that he needs to wrap up the story already. The cast and creators then discussed the final season.
-Game of Thrones gave no real news, and spent most of the time reliving and discussing the prior seasons. However, a walk on surprise from Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo, caught everyone off guard, and an In Memoriam video of all those who have died thus far in the series proved to be pretty entertaining. What will happen next in the world of Westeros?
Other shows and film news was announced, such as Aaron Eckhardt playing Frankenstein’s monster in a new film called I, Frankenstein, and some stuff with those crazy vampire shows that seem to have raised to popularity after the unfortunate Twilight series, so I decided to leave it off there and hand out the big, juicy stuff. 2015 will be a very interesting year for movies.