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My Top 10 San Diego Comic Con ’14 Reveals!


Another year, another con.  San Diego Comic Con is wrapping up today, and most of the big news and surprises have already hit.  Marvel, FOX, Legendary and Warner Bros. all managed to make their fans happy this weekend, and revealed a good amount of what’s in store for each studio.

I didn’t attend SDCC, though was still equally excited this weekend to hear about the future plans for my favorite franchises.  However, when all was said and done, the news we received seemed a bit lackluster (at least compared to recent years).

Nevertheless, I’ve gathered up my Top 10 reveals from the weekend of San Diego Comic Con ’14, here to share with you!

10.) Skull Island movie announced to reboot King Kong


It’s been nine years since Peter Jackson’s epic King Kong reboot, which received acclaim from critics and fans of the oversized gorilla.  At SDCC this weekend, Legendary Pictures announced that 2016 will see a movie based on Skull Island, the home of Kong himself.  The film will be a reboot of the character (not attached to Jackson’s version) and will focus not only on Kong, but the island as a whole.  I’m really excited for this because I always love a good monster movie, and Legendary has certainly done them some justice in the past two years alone with Pacific Rim and Godzilla (both of which already have sequels planned).  This also means that, while people have been wondering if Rim and Godzilla will ever cross paths, we can now cross our fingers for a modern version of Godzilla vs. King Kong, since both are produced by Legendary.

9.) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster revealed


Speaking of Peter Jackson, many have wondered when exactly we’d see the first real footage from the conclusion to his Hobbit trilogy.  The third and final installment, recently re-titled The Battle of the Five Armies, is set to hit theaters on December 17th, and before this week we hadn’t anything official from the movie except for a single still featuring Gandalf and Bard.  At SDCC, Warner Bros. revealed the first official poster for the Hobbit finale, which shows a menacing Smaug headed straight for Luke Evans’ Bard and Lake-town.  A teaser for the film was also shown at the Con, but hasn’t been revealed to the public just yet.  Expect it to be soon though, but don’t expect an full-length trailer until October (according to Jackson).

8.) Opposing monsters revealed for Godzilla 2 

o-GODZILLA-2-facebookShortly after Godzilla stomped into theaters back in May, it was announced by Legendary Pictures that a sequel is already in the works.  Director Gareth Edwards was announced to return for the sequel, but only after he directs the Star Wars spin-off film he was hired by Lucasfilm to helm (which is set for a 2016 release).  You can bet on Edwards hopping right into Godzilla 2, probably in 2016 or 2017, with a probable 2018 release date.  At Legendary’s SDCC panel this weekend, a prerecorded message from Edwards was shown, thanking fans and confirming he what I just mentioned.  After his message, a teaser clip was shown that had a stock footage voiceover of JFK saying “there are more threats out there”, followed by three written names taking their turns on screen; Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah, accompanied by grainy footage from the monsters in their early movies.  Obviously this is a nod to who we will see Godzilla fight in the sequel, and sounds awesome enough to me.

7.) Drew Goddard’s Sinister Six film gets a release date

Jamie-Foxx-Teases-Sinister-Six-for-Amazing-Spider-Man2014 has certainly been an interesting year for the Amazing Spider-Man movie franchise.  TASM 2 hit theaters back in May, and was very overwhelming to many.  It didn’t hit the mark with critics or the box office (expected to hit $1 billion but only making $706M so far), and seemed very rushed and cluttered.  People started questioning the future of the franchise (though with $700M+ it’s not like Sony will just cancel Spider-Man’s existence), and it was rumored that TASM 3 might not make the May 2016 date it was originally slated for.  At SDCC, we learned that is in fact true, and that TASM 3 will hit theaters in May 2014, a whole two years later.  Instead, Drew Goddard’s villain-based spinoff The Sinister Six will arrive in 2016 on November 11th.  Sinister Six is a group of six of Spidey’s rivals, teaming up together.  Based on the current villains in the Amazing Spider-Man series, it’s been speculated that the movie version of the team will include Green Goblin, Doc Oc, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter, Rhino and Mysterio; though no official lineup has been announced.  For me, it’s great to see that Sony is still moving forward with Spidey, even if it means switching movie dates around.

6.) First Trailer for Season 5 of The Walking Dead

One of my favorite current-running TV series is the zombie apocalypse thriller The Walking Dead; a series that has taken pop culture by storm and has millions upon millions of viewers each season.  Each new season usually premiers around Halloween, and will be the case once again with the upcoming Season 5.  Season 4 left off with a big cliff-hanger back in April, where all of the main characters were faced with a challenge as a team.  Producers of the show have noted that the premier episode will start off filled with tension, and this trailer absolutely proves that feeling.  I’m really excited for the return of TWD and for what’s in store this season.

5.) Ant-Man cast and character details

Marvel's "Ant-Man" Booth Signing During Comic-Con International 2014The upcoming Marvel movie Ant-Man is Marvel Studios’ first project that has encountered some major setbacks.  The movie has gained considerable buzz (mostly negative) when director Edgar Wright left the project a few months back.  It came as a major surprise, and still has fans feeling a bit betrayed that Marvel and Wright parted ways over “creative differences”.  The studio soon after picked up Peyton Reed to helm the movie, and is still set for their July 17th, 2015 release and will film in August.  The movie will star Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll, who all appeared at SDCC this weekend to promote the movie.  It was there confirmed that Rudd will play Scott Lang, the new Ant-Man.  Douglas will play Henry Pym, the first Ant-Man who is now partners with Lang.  Evangeline Lilly was confirmed to play Pym’s daughter Hope, but will also become Wasp.  Corey Stoll is set to play the villain Yellowjacket, the main antagonist of the film.  It’s nice to see that Marvel is still keeping Ant-Man confidently set for release in less than a year from now, despite previous obstacles.  I can’t wait to see Ant-Man brought to life!

4.) Star Wars: Rebels new trailer hits

I’m a huge Star Wars fan.  But I will admit, I could never get as hooked on the 3D Clone Wars TV series as many others did.  I felt a lot of it to be too cheesy, and found myself jumping to different episodes from time to time (at one point I will have to sit myself down and watch all of it).  So when the “new canon” for Star Wars was revealed earlier this year, which will now feature only the feature films and The Clone Wars, I was not too impressed when the first “new canon” project they announced was another animated series, Star Wars: Rebels.  I wasn’t too impressed by the first trailer they showed, and it didn’t necessarily help selling it to me that it would be premiering on the channel Disney.  The above trailer which premiered at SDCC, however, has pretty much changed my mind.  The new trailer gives off a very Original Trilogy feel to it (probably because the series takes place before A New Hope), and has a lot of tech, ships and characters similar to the OT.  I have to admit, seeing the original Stormtroopers running around felt really classic, and the dialogue in the trailer doesn’t seem nearly as cheesy as some in The Clone Wars.  I am now really eager to see the premier of the series in October.

3.) Josh Brolin officially announced as Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians 2 announced

10584083_922483621101544_5945480829301425966_nOk, so we actually found out that veteran actor Josh Brolin would be voicing Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy a couple months back.  But Marvel took the opportunity at SDCC this weekend to officially announce his involvement in not only Guardians, but he appeared on stage with the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast (above), wielding a replica of the Infinity Gauntlet (Thanos’ prize weapon).  This basically confirms that Brolin will play Thanos in multiple films, and implies that Avengers 3 will indeed see Thanos and his godlike Gauntlet weapon.  It was a neat surprise, especially since Marvel (oddly) didn’t take the prime opportunity to title any of their recently announced dates through 2019.  They did announce one new title though, and it was Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which will hit theaters on July 28th, 2017.  An ambitious but expected move from Marvel Studios, with the first film still not in theaters until this coming week.

2.) Batman v Superman


Warner Bros. has certainly been putting a lot of neigh-sayers and haters to rest these past few weeks when it comes to their upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  A lot of skeptical fans breathed a sigh of release when we saw the first picture of Ben Affleck as Batman a couple months ago, and how his costume resembles that of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns Batman.  Another picture was revealed early in the con of Batman from a side-view (see above) With the movie being pushed back almost a full year from July 2015 to 2016, people began to wonder if WB actually had things under control.  And that’s just what the studio proved this weekend at SDCC, when they revealed the very first teaser for the movie, which apparently showed Affleck’s Batman in armor on a rooftop in Gotham City, uncovering the Bat signal.  The camera then pans up, and Henry Cavill’s Superman is hovering above him, eyes red with fury.  It wasn’t much footage, but it got the crowd going enough to play the clip twice by demand.  I was able to catch the teaser when it briefly leaked online last night, and can confirm it is pretty awesome.  Affleck, Cavill, as well as director Zack Snyder and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) all took center stage by surprise, while Snyder talked about the film.  Speaking of Wonder Woman, WB also revealed the first-look image of Gal Gadot in her WW costume, which can be seen below:

1.) Avengers: Age of Ultron cast, teaser and poster shown


One of the most anticipated upcoming blockbusters is without a doubt Avengers: Age of Ultron.  The Marvel Studios panel on Saturday evening showed off the big sequel with the entire main cast appearing on stage together (featuring newbies James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson).  The studio then presented the first teaser trailer for the film, which apparently showed off an eight foot-tall Ultron, some great action sequences and a lot of high-stakes dialogue.  Each day at SDCC, two character posters were revealed which ultimately ended up being a giant banner poster where all of them fit together, and the final product can be seen above.  It features the latest Avengers team fighting off an army of mini-Ultrons (and looking pretty stressful in the process).  Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently said that the post-credits scene for his film will be “pure joy”, so it honestly would not surprise me if the teaser shown at Comic Con ends up being the post-credits sequences for Guardians (remember the same thing happened for the first Avengers movie in the credits for Captain America: The First Avenger).  


Are you guys & girls excited from what you saw at/from San Diego Comic Con? What are you most excited to see? Leave a comment below and stay tuned here for all the latest movie news!

– Josh Sazin, 7/27/14


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