This past weekend was one of entertainment’s grandest conventions. The San Diego Comic-Con has evolved into a premier event and while I’m still sad (and a bit annoyed) that comics, the thing the Con was first built around, has been pushed further and further back, there are always incredible nuggets of news and revelation that gets the geek in me all worked up. Now with so much information coming out of the convention there’s no way I can cover it all. Instead I thought I would share five bits of news that thrilled me out the most.
#5 – “Avengers: Age of Ultron”
Normally any information about the upcoming sequel to “The Avengers” would automatically find its way close to the top of this list. But at SDCC Joss Whedon managed to truly excite the inner geek in me only to dampen my enthusiasm a little later. It was revealed that the sequel will be titled “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. That alone thrills a long time Avengers comic fan like me. But then Whedon announced that Hank Pym would not be a part of the film and that they were rewriting Ultron’s entire origin. WHY? How can you have Ultron and not have Hank Pym? Pym has a deeply intricate connection to Ultron and removing that takes away enormous potential. Still I’m excited to see what we get. Just not as much as I could have been.
#4 – The “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast unveiled.
Being a huge comic book fan since the late 1970’s it’s been a ton of fun for me watching these great characters take on a new life on the big screen. That said, “Guardians of the Galaxy” was one that filled me with concern. Those feelings were eased a little as the cast came together at SDCC. And what an “interesting” cast it is. Benicio del Toro, Chris Pratt, Djimon Hounsou, Zoe Saldano, Lee Pace, Dave Bautista, and Michael Rooker were all in San Diego to talk a little bit about their roles and the look and time of the film. I still have some significant concerns but this looks like it could officially bring Marvel’s cosmic universe to the big screen with style!
#3 – Anthony Mackie is Falcon!
This may have been out there already but Anthony Mackie confirmed that he will play Sam Wilson, a.k.a Falcon, in the upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. Now if you’re not familiar with the Winter Soldier story arc from the comics you’re in for a huge treat. It’s one of the bet Cap arcs ever in my opinion. And if you’re not familiar with Falcon you’ll be equally pleased (assuming he’s done well). Falcon is a best friend to Steve Rogers, keeping him grounded and providing him a needed release point. They have a fantastic relationship and Falcon Is a big reason Captain America is one of my favorite books. But don’t get me wrong, Falcon is also a kick butt character and I can’t wait to see Mackie take him on.
#2 – “X-Men: Days of Future Past” cast assembles.
I had heard bits of information here and there about the second X-Men movie from the recent reboot. The “X-Men: Days of Future Past” panel verified many things and unveiled others. Perhaps the coolest moment came when the entire cast was assembled and featured several old familiar faces. The film will serve as a sequel to two films and also a bridge between them. We got the full effect of that when Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, and Halle Berry stood on stage next to Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Jennifer Lawrence. Many other cast members were present and this looks like it could be something special. Lets just hope it’s more like “X-Men: First Class” and less like “X-Men: The Last Stand”.
#1 – A “Superman/Batman” movie? YES!!!
Nothing from San Diego Comic-Con caught my attention and blew me away more than the conformation of an upcoming Superman/ Batman movie. On the heals of the global success of “Man on Steel”, Warner Brothers has put Zach Snyder back in the driver’s seat for a sequel. But this time the Dark Knight himself will be joining in. Henry Cavill is back as Superman but no word on who will don Batman’s cape and cowl. But one thing is for certain, DC and Warner have a formula here loaded with mind-blowing potential. There is such a huge history between these two characters in the comics and the thought of them meeting up on the big screen geeks me out like nothing else!
So what excited you most out of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con? Obviously this was a pretty heavy superhero influenced list. Now I would love to hear from you.