The 2016 Comic-Con International: San Diego, better known as the San Diego Comic Con is now done and in the books. As with previous conventions, this year most certainly did not disappoint.
There were numerous reveals and releases and trailer debuts that will tease the next months and couple of years to come. Every geek and nerd on this side of the Dagobah system had their palate whet with teasers and visuals and convention exclusives.
We had a reveal that “The Woods” is a Blair Witch movie. We also had trailers for a New King Arthur movie by legendary director Guy Ritchie and a host of others.
Let’s break it down and look at some of the highlights:
Marvel Legends unveiled some of their 2017 releases such as X-23, Wolverine, Moon Knight, Warlock, a 12″ Deadpool. Kotobukiya displayed fantastic Vision and Squirrel Girl statues as well as a convention exclusive “Con-Goer Lady Deadpool Bishojo” statue. We also got to see a 9″ figure of Spider-Gwen, the “Unmasked Edition”. Sideshow Collectibles also gave us a good look at their Premium Format Groot and Deadpool figures.
Vixen is being added to the Bombshells line. DC Collectibles is also releasing Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor figures that look as they will appear in Wonder Woman’s upcoming solo movie. There was also on display a Harley Quinn statue by Terry Dodson and news of a Super Sons 2-pack.
Hasbro unveiled their 6″ Darkhawk figure and a 6″ Vance Astro, AKA Major Victory.
DC Comics had for sale exclusive foil covers for their Trinity, that is, Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman. The comic book covers are shiny silver foil and drawn by Jim Lee. Funko Pop! had a ton of convention exclusive figures at their booth. One of the convention exclusive highlights, however, has got to be the 3.9″ Hulkbuster figure made of 24K gold. The Hulkbuster figure had a price tag as heavy as the armor, $350 USD.
Netflix revealed so much this past weekend. Luke Cage, Defenders, Iron Fist were some of the standouts. A teaser was shown for Daredevil Season 3 which depicted a Hell’s Kitchen subway sign showing the number 3. Jon Bernthal also talked of his upcoming Punisher solo series.
We got our first look at FX’s upcoming Legion series. Marvel also showed up with Ghost Rider and a teaser of his appearance on the new season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Supergirl had a strong showing for the CW panel and we got to meet the new actor cast as Superman a bit more. Legends of Tomorrow gave us some teasers. AMC came in strong with a preview of the Walking Dead Season Seven.
Thor sports a new, shorter haircut that will be what he wears for Thor: Ragnarok. The panel in Hall H went crazy went the trailer was shown for the Thor movie. It showed Thor living with a roommate doing normal things and trying to figure out what is going on with the Infinity Gems.
Marvel also gave us a cosmically mystic and psychedelic look at Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange. It is equal parts The Matrix and Inception. Marvel also announced that Brie Larson will portray Captain Marvel in her own movie. New cast members walked on stage with Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’O to flesh out the cast of Black Panther a bit more. The other standout from Marvel was the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel news and teasers. A preview was shown during the panel which depicted Yondu fighting a bunch of ravagers. It was confirmed that Kurt Russell will be Star Lord’s father, none other than Ego The Living Planet. Finally, Spider-man: Homecoming gave us confirmation of The Vulture as a villain and the reveal that this is a high school movie about this kid who is also Spider-man.
But prior to that, for each of these films, we will get to enjoy the brand new Marvel Studios opening intro and their brand new logo.
Not to be outdone by Marvel, and in the grand tradition of these two powerhouses vying for the coveting role of SDCC standout, DC gave us their own onslaught of trailers and reveals and releases.
First and foremost, the Justice League trailer gave us a lot more insight in to the film than we had previously. It truly feels as though DC is steering their proverbial ship back on to its proper course and have infused the film with some color and light.
Gal Gadot truly shined in the trailer for Wonder Woman. With its powerful Amazonian, glowing lasso, multi purpose shield and busting shackles, Wonder Woman is the standout from DC Entertainment this year.
Suicide Squad final trailer and more soundtrack mix debuted as well just before the opening weekend for the film, set for the beginning of August which highlighted Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
San Diego Comic Con gave so much and did not dissapoint for 2016. The Big Two, that is DC Comics and Marvel Comics, came hard and fast with the releases and unveilings. We have so much to look forward to not only in the cinematic/television realm but in both comic books and in statues/toys as well.
The best thing I can say to summarize is that it is truly a good time to be a fan.