We’ve had some time to digest what happened at arguably the worlds largest Geekathlon: Comic-Con San Diego which concluded a few days ago. Here are the 10 hottest topics that we’ve picked out!
1. Marvel at Marvel
Marvel really stole the show this year. Aside from some huge surprises (we’ll come back to that later), they revealed their plans for the next two and a half years on the horizon. A few of these had already been announced; the Black Widow film and Loki television show as examples, but many more were announced on this timeline.
Announced movies include:
- Black Widow
- Thor: Love and Thunder
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- Shangi Chi and the Legend of the Ten rings
Some shows were announced as well:
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
- What if?
2. IT’s back…
The trailer for IT: Chapter Two dropped over the weekend, and it looks like it will be quite the ride. Those familiar with the novel or previous movie and film adaptations will be well aware of what lies ahead for the losers club, but that won’t make it any less thrilling.
This story will take place some twenty-seven years after the last, with the decent young cast of the first film replaced by a stellar ensemble including James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader. Expect-scares-a plenty as Stephen King’s creepy psychological horror grows up in what will surely be the horror film of the year. IT: Chapter Two is in cinemas internationally on the 6th of September 2019.
3. Tea, Earl Grey, Hot. Star Trek: Picard
After months of speculation, teasing and a rather disappointing poster, the Star Trek: Picard series trailer landed at the con, and it did not disappoint.
The trailer is all we have for the time being, but it has plenty to go on. We see a distressed Jean Luc Piccard, presumably on his family farm some twenty years after an ‘event’ which caused him to retire. It seems that it isn’t long before he is back to Star Fleet. In an effort to help a mysterious young girl he ventures off with a new crew of renegades attempting to find answers, and potentially an old threat: the Borg.
In addition to Patrick Stewart as the titular Picard, Brett Spinner returns as Data (perhaps), along with strong rumours that Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis will be slipping on their uniforms again. Another particularly interesting involvement is that of Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine, given that she is the only returning Star Trek Character confirmed that appeared in Voyager as oppose to The Next Generation. We are certainly intrigued to see her involvement, and how this plays into the potential return of the Borg.
We will certainly be tuning into this in mid 2020, resistance is futile.
As we mentioned Marvel also had some huge surprises to announce. When Mahershala Ali walked out on the Comicon stage a few may have wondered why Cotton Mouth has made a return. Funny how much difference a cap can make (though one did seem to render Steve Rodgers Invisible).
Blade was announced by Marvel Studios this weekend and the internet has gone crazy. The much loved Daywalker first came onto our screens in 1998 with Wesley Snipes at the reigns, and despite some average dialogue and plain bad special effects the films have remained a cult classic.
Although no information is available on the newest iteration of the half-vampire, Ali cuts a slimmer more refined figure than Snipes’ muscle man, so we wait with intrigue to see exactly what kind of Blade we are going to get.
5. Everyone loves Supernatural, including the Supernatural cast
Few TV shows are great after two or three seasons. Very few make it to five or six. Supernatural is entering its 15th, and final series, and boy is it getting emotional. We didn’t learn a great deal new at Comic con, but when the cast and those behind the show got up on stage it was clear how much it means to those involved, emotional goodbyes a plenty.
Its quite incredible how, where so many other shows get tangled in controversies or bogged down in bad storylines, Supernatural has given its dedicated following fifteen years of quality (maybe we can overlook seasons 7-9). They have even achieved this with a very similar cast that project their enjoyment and investment of the show both on screen and off it.
Bonus points to Jenson Ackles (DEAN!) and Jared Padalecki (SAMMY!) whose bromance off screen embodies the actual brothers on it, tearing up as they bid goodbye at their final Comic-Con as the Winchesters.
We’re not crying, you’re crying!
6. Thor 4: Return of Portman
One of the bigger surprises this year occurred within a surprise, as in the middle of the Thor 4 announcement Nathalie Portman joined the stage alongside Director Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson.
It would appear that Portman will continue on as Jane Foster as she develops into her comic book persona; the next Thor. The move came as a considerable shock, given Portman had previously stated that she did not want any part in the MCU going forward.
It’s a revelation that gives rise to more questions than it answers, and with Thor: Love and Thunder taking place right at the end of 2021, It will be some time before we get them.
7. Here comes the Cavill-ry (sorry) Witcher TV Show
The Witcher has become one of the greats of RPG games, cornering the somewhat more brutal, nitty gritty end of the genre. The Netflix adaptation, starring Henry Cavill as the battle hardened monster-mercenary Geralt of Rivia looks to be no different.
Although we caught glimpses of Cavill in some of the promotional material leading up to the con, the trailer gives us a great snapshot of what we can expect from the series: magic and monsters with random sexiness thrown in.
We know now that Cavill is a self confessed gamer and was thrilled to have got the part of Geralt, and we look forward to seeing if he can carry the series as its biggest star. The Witcher will be coming to Netflix globally this year.
8. Are you Sarah Connor? Terminator Dark Fate
Of course he’ll be back. Arnie, Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong are amongst the names to return to this new installment of the Terminator franchise, which appears at first glance to go back to its roots. James Cameron is producing, whilst Tim Miller takes the directors chair, and all the noise around Comic con was about comparing the newest iteration to fan favorites, T1 and T2.
It will be R rated (mature, or over 18s) and looks like it could be taking us into an alternate future of the Terminator series very fractured timeline; another good omen if that means a reset to terminate some of the poorer outings, such as Salvation and Genisys.
This could be a real sliding doors moment for the Terminator films, which arguably have not produced a great movie in thirty years. We wait in anticipation, hoping the Arnie/Furlong/Hamilton combo brings us something closer to T2. Terminator Dark Fate is releasing internationally from the 25th October.
9. Will you watch the Watchmen?
The original Watchmen film is, much like the comic book series, a wholly interesting if not entirely beloved movie. The source material is remarkably deep and thought provoking, deconstructing the genre and providing a whole new view on superheroes, which has inspired not only other comics but groundbreaking cinematic experiences as well (looking at you Civil War).
So were we excited by the Watchmen TV series news? Absolutely. Its unclear whether the show is a sequel; the creator Damon Lindelof stated it would be wholly original last year, but the trailer seems to pick up some time after the events of the 2009 film. Rorschach may be dead but his diary inspires a cult following, whilst the police wear masks to protect themselves against vigilantes; all whilst Ozymandias looks above it all, weighing up his next move.
It will be interesting to see what direction they take Watchmen, but whichever way it goes it promises to be a dark, twisted take on the Superhero genre and one for true comic book fans. Watchmen will premiere on HBO later this year.
10. All the TV shows coming your way
Streaming may well be the new TV, with new services springing up left right and centre. In the war to ensue, each platform and network has armed itself with a host of new and returning shows, the summary looking something like this;
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
- What if?
- The Witcher
- Riverdale (new season)
- Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
- His Dark Materials
- Westworld Season 3
- Doom patrol Season 2 (also on DC Universe)
- Solar Opposites
- Veronica Mars
- The Orville
- Star Trek: Piccard
- Stark Trek: Lower Decks
- Star Trek: Discovery (new season)
- The Twilight Zone
- Arrow (New Seasons)
- The Flash
- Rick and Morty (New Season)
- Harley Quinn R-Rated series
- The Expanse
We may have missed something, there was a fair amount going on! Some of these shows are covered more above, but of the rest we are particularly interested in Snowpiercer, His Dark Materials and What If? which are all intriguing enough to catch our attention.
Most of these shows can be expected this year, and we are all excited to start watching!