Comic-Con 2016: What We’re Looking Forward To
Let’s face it: Comic-Con is not about comics anymore. The movie and TV industries stole that away from the comic medium. But that’s okay! We’ve gotten some amazing shit from Comic-Con over the years because of it. 2016 looks to be no different. There are several things we’re really looking forward to, and because you’re reading this article for that list and not my introduction to it, let’s get to the good shit.
We here at NerdSpeak have not really attempted to hide our Marvel fanboyishness. We are unabashed Marvel fans and proud of it. Fortunately, Comic-Con 2016 looks to be a damn good time and place to be a Marvel fan. Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Luke Cage, and maybe even some Jessica Jones or Iron Fist are set to show up in San Diego this year, and we could not be more excited. The fact that we’re living in a time when Doctor Strange and the Guardians are not only getting movies but also headlining panels at Comic-Con is beyond exciting. As has been Marvel’s MO in the past, there is a very good chance that some new footage will be shown off (especially in the case of Guardians), so there may be some exciting stuff in the near future for Marvelites.
I’m a 23 year old man in 2016, so it doesn’t take a lot of deductive work to figure out that I grew up with Power Rangers. The muted martial arts, the terrible costumes, the cringey acting… I loved every fucking second of that national treasure. As is to be expected, when Saban announced a slightly more adult-oriented movie reboot, I was beside myself with excitement. Once the pictures of the suits came out and the news that Elizabeth Banks and Bryan Cranston were going to star in it was released, I couldn’t take it anymore. I need footage, like, yesterday. I don’t even care if it’s not official footage. I’ll take 144p quality video the size of a postage stamp that’s on YouTube for 20 minutes before it gets taken down. I just need to see something.
While BvS was… underwhelming, to put it kindly, one of the (few) highlights of the film was Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. Sure, she didn’t say much, but that one smile of hers during the fight with Doomsday had more character in it than probably Batfleck and Supermope combined. We’ve seen a little bit of WW already, from a little bit of footage to tons of set pics, the wealth of teases have only served to make the wait harder. Hopefully Comic-Con will give us a full trailer of the film to get the poor taste of BvS out of the fans’ mouths.
Hey, did you hear that this year is Star Trek’s 50th anniversary? Bet you feel old now. It’s literally over twice as old as I am. …And now you feel even older. Sorry about that. But in case you hadn’t heard, what with the anniversary and Beyond coming out this Friday, Comic-Con is holding a huge 50th anniversary celebration for the prolific sci-fi show. With the announcement of the fourth Star Trek movie, we may find out more early info at the panel. Shatner himself is going to be there, but Tribbles probably won’t be. Damn.
Want another anniversary to make you feel old? Aliens is 30 this year. In honor of the milestone, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, and James Cameron are all doing a panel to commemorate the event. This would be as good a place as any to learn more information about the upcoming Alien: Covenant, such as pictures, a synopsis, and, if we’re reeeeeeally lucky, some footage.
Who did Negan kill? Well, you won’t find out at Comic-Con, but Negan himself, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, will be at the show, so maybe you can convince him to tell you.
What are you most excited to see at Comic-Con this year? Any specific movies or shows I didn’t mention? Or, dare I say, comics? Let us know in the comments.