Thor! Blade! Picard! The 10 greatest surprises from Comedian-Con 2019

Thor! Blade! Picard! The 10 biggest surprises from Comic-Con 2019


1. Thor 4 is forward-thinking

The inscription on Mjolnir, Marvel’s spin on the weapon of Norse legend, reads: “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the facility of Thor.” It’s time to replace that pronoun.

One can quibble about what was the largest shock at this 12 months’s advertising bonanza held on the San Diego Conference Middle, however Oscar-winner Natalie Portman’s return because the Asgardian hero Thor’s former love curiosity, Dr Jane Foster, is a high contender. (The character obtained an “exit, pursued by a lapsed contract” off-screen dismissal earlier within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.) Portman isn’t simply again for Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder, in theaters 5 November 2020, she’s going to showing as Thor. Not “a feminine Thor” – Thor. (The origins of this lay in Jason Aaron’s The Mighty Thor comics arc which started in 2014.)

This isn’t to say the upcoming movie is all Portman. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson shall be again of their earlier roles, hopefully with nobody remembering their Males In Black: Worldwide debacle. Importantly, a remark Thompson made throughout the panel that her character Valkyrie shall be “on the lookout for her queen” was confirmed later by Marvel’s generalissimo, Kevin Feige, to imply that Valkyrie is the MCU’s lengthy overdue first LGBTQ superhero.

2. Filling out Section 4

Florence Pugh, O.T. Fagbenle, Rachel Weisz and Scarlett Johansson speak on stage for the Marvel panel in Hall H of the Convention Center during Comic Con.

Florence Pugh, OT Fagbenle, Rachel Weisz and Scarlett Johansson communicate on stage for the Marvel panel in Corridor H of the conference middle throughout Comedian Con. {Photograph}: Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Photographs

Marvel’s late Saturday panel started as a victory lap saying that Avengers: Endgame had formally outgrossed James Cameron’s Avatar (although why anybody aside from a stockholder would care is one other story) then laid the groundwork for the subsequent wave: Section 4.

Along with Thor: Love and Thunder, many anticipated titles have been confirmed. Scarlett Johansson stars reverse Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and Stranger Issues’ David Harbour within the flashback standalone Black Widow, coming 1 Could 2020, and Benedict Cumberbatch will return within the very Stan Lee-sounding Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity, out 7 Could 2021. In between comes two lesser-known properties with nice potential. First off, Chloé Zhao, director of breath-taking Cannes drama The Rider, offered her forged for Eternals, releasing 6 November 2020, together with Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani and Salma Hayek. Eternals, regarding a bunch of house deities, was created by “King” Jack Kirby and even devoted comics readers typically shrug to say: “Yeah, Eternals is basically bizarre, man.”

Moreover, 12 February 2021 was introduced as the discharge date for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. In it, Simu Liu stars as Shang-Chi, a personality created within the 1970s as a “grasp of Kung Fu”. The Farewell star Awkwafina has been forged in an unnamed position, however the greatest revelation was Hong Kong legend Tony Leung because the Mandarin, the Marvel villain that Ben Kingsley’s character was posing as in Iron Man 3. The actual Mandarin hasn’t appeared within the MCU but.

Feige additionally introduced plans for streaming exhibits on the forthcoming Disney+ platform, however that’s gonna be junk.

3. Blade is again, and he’s introduced Oscars

Mahershala Aliwears a hat to promote his new movie Blade.

Mahershala Ali promotes Blade. {Photograph}: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

On the finish of Marvel’s pep rally, which already had its assembled devotees clutching their albuterol, Feige discovered time for yet another main shock. Mahershala Ali, of Moonlight and Inexperienced E book fame, emerged from the wings, saying his forthcoming look because the vampire hunter Blade. Ali apparently introduced the concept of his enjoying Blade to the corporate, who rapidly agreed. In fact, the actor is already within the wider Marvel Universe, enjoying Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes on the now cancelled Luke Cage sequence, however one thing tells me they’ll determine one thing out.

Wesley Snipes performed Blade in a trilogy from the late 1990s and early 2000s, eons earlier than the present wave of superhero mania, and no phrase was given if he’ll seem in these new movies.

Whereas he didn’t have a lot as a launch date and even title therapy to share, Feige, to thunderous applause, shrieks and huzzahs, uttered the names Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Three and, most significantly, contemplating they have been beforehand Fox properties, Incredible 4 and Mutants, that means the X-Males. That is by no means going to finish.

4. Patrick Stewart has made it so

Star Trek booked 90 minutes of Corridor H time to attempt to persuade nerds to shell out for the fledgeling CBS All Entry streaming service. They might have succeeded. After some speak about Star Trek Discovery’s third season and a glance Decrease Decks, an animated comedy from Rick and Morty producer Mike McMahan (and the primary little bit of animated Star Trek in 45 years) they introduced out the massive phasers.

Patrick Stewart was positively beaming as he offered a full trailer for the brand new sequence Star Trek: Picard. Excluding a brief montage within the 2009 Star Trek movie, this represents the primary continuance of the “prime” Trek timeline for the reason that franchise ran out of dilithium crystal with the 2002 dud Star Trek Nemesis.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard resides in consolation with a canine (named Quantity One!) at his winery in France when bother comes on the lookout for him. He should return to Starfleet to confront his most hated of foes: the Borg. With him (and nobody noticed this coming) is Jeri Ryan, reprising her position as Seven of 9. Additionally, sending followers into an orbit of pure bliss, Brent Spiner is again, although we might want to wait and see if he’s enjoying Knowledge, B4 or some form of android-of-Theseus mixture. (Trekkies know precisely what I’m speaking about, simply belief me.) Although they weren’t on the panel, it was confirmed that Jonathan Frakes (who additionally directed numerous episodes) will return as William T Riker and Marina Sirtis will do the identical as Deanna Troi.

5. Who will watch the Watchmen?

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 12-issue assortment Watchmen from the mid-1980s stays the go-to title at hand to somebody who thinks superhero comics can’t be a worthwhile mental pursuit. Zack Snyder tailored it right into a middling movie in 2009, after different administrators akin to Terry Gilliam had failed. Possibly not every little thing needs to be a film, many followers instructed. However how about an HBO sequence?

Created by Damon Lindelof (of Misplaced and The Leftovers fame) this new Watchmen is being referred to as a remix versus an adaptation or sequel. The setting is present and lots of the characters are new. Nonetheless, the fundamental premise stays: what if, like, superheroes have been actual? Whereas that will sound monumentally primary, Watchmen (the comics, no less than) is a implausible and detailed deep dive into the social and political implications of vigilantes operating round in dopey costumes, a few of them with magical powers. The HBO sequence appears to have nailed the lived-in look of a number of the uniforms, just like the dirty threads on Rorschach’s masks. Of observe: Jeremy Irons, completely forged as Adrian Veidt AKA Ozymandias, star of maybe the best single panel within the historical past of comedian books.

6. Reworked Supplies

Talking of HBO reviving a franchise that had a misfire function movie adaptation within the late aughts: put together for His Darkish Supplies.

The excessive fantasy e-book trilogy, which famously raised the ire of the Catholic church, begat the disappointing Nicole Kidman film The Golden Compass. Nevertheless, the breadth of a sequence and a decade’s price of particular results growth appears to supply the scope vital for this alternate actuality story. The setting is an out-of-time quasi-Britain with a hodgepodge of design parts mixing retro-future airships and Oxbridge-style campuses. On the story’s root is a conspiracy to kidnap youngsters that includes Dafne Eager (X-23 in Logan) as a selected one, James McAvoy main some form of struggle, Lin-Manuel Miranda brawling in an outdated west saloon and a bunch of useful spirit animals referred to as daemons that embody monkeys, snakes, eagles and an armor-plated polar bear. Excuse me, I need to instantly renew the HBO subscription I let lapse after Sport of Thrones.

7. The pressing need for top velocity

They made a High Gun sequel. On the one hand: ugh. Let the 80s die. However: Tom Cruise is, weirdly, making nice motion pictures proper now, be they the Mission: Not possible sequence or ignored titles like American Made. Additionally, now that Russia is America’s unhealthy man once more, we’d like Cruise up there within the sky, combating for Democracy, or regardless of the hell he was doing within the final one. (I principally keep in mind seashore volleyball.)

Anyway, High Gun: Maverick, is directed by Joseph Kosinski. None of his earlier movies (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, Solely The Courageous) have actually related with audiences or critics, however all of them have a scrumptious visible flare. High Gun: Maverick reunites Kosinski along with his Solely The Courageous star Miles Teller, who performs Bradley Bradshaw (actually), the son of “Goose” from the final High Gun. Kelly McGillis is nowhere to be discovered. In any case, she’s truly 5 years older than Tom Cruise. The love curiosity this time is Jennifer Connelly, a mere 9 years Cruise’s junior, which is one thing of a progressive win by mainstream Hollywood requirements.

8. He mentioned he’d be again!

Linda Hamilton at the Terminator: Dark Fate film panel.

Linda Hamilton on the Terminator: Darkish Destiny movie panel. {Photograph}: Chelsea Lauren/Selection/REX/Shutterstock

The Terminator franchise went manner off the rails in 2009 with Terminator Salvation and simply obtained additional mangled in 2015 with Terminator Genisys. (Do not forget that one? No, you most likely don’t.) Hollywood is giving it one final strive, nonetheless, by going again to the roots. Deadpool director Tim Miller, beneath what seems to be shut supervision of producer James Cameron, appears to have stripped away loads of the complicated lore to make a quick, loud motion image with Terminator: Darkish Destiny, the sixth within the sequence.

Linda Hamilton (who has been out of the sequence since the second) is again with a shotgun spitting out traces like “I hunt Terminators!” and “You metallic motherfucker!” So Shakespeare it ain’t, but it surely’s nice to see her blowing stuff up whereas cyborgs flip to liquid chrome. Although he didn’t seem within the footage (or on the Corridor H presentation), Edward Furlong was confirmed as returning to the position of John Connor. Furlong’s profession has been a bit below-the-radar of late, primarily resulting from habit points, so it’s nice information to see Cameron and firm serving to him get again on his ft. Additionally within the combine, although his look is much less of a shock, the previous governor of California, one Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger.

9. ‘“And watching over them from middle Neptune!”’

Joe Russo and Anthony Russo participate in a conversation.

Joe Russo and Anthony Russo take part in a dialog. {Photograph}: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Joseph and Anthony Russo held courtroom with a panel of their very own this Comedian-Con. They deserved it after pulling off the Avengers: Infinity Struggle/Endgame diptych, grossing more cash than many medium-sized nations and bringing smiles to audiences across the globe. They’ve quite a bit on their plate in various levels of growth, however one title specifically stood out, no less than to the brothers’ fellow Gen X-ers: Battle of the Planets.

Battle of the Planets, additionally referred to as G-Power, was a chopped-up animated sequence unexpectedly delivered to syndicated tv within the US within the wake of the unique Star Wars. Whereas footage was primarily from the sooner Japanese sequence Gatchaman (additionally referred to as Science Ninja Staff Gatchaman), the motion was toned down and goofy additions have been made, like an R2D2 ripoff referred to as referred to as 7-Zark-7 (a trashcan-shaped robotic who lived underwater along with his robo-dog pal 1-Rover-1.) A gaggle of space-faring rangers with fowl fetishes fought evil in brightly coloured ships and preferred to spin round in pyramid formation. The later sensation Voltron was closely influenced by all this, and if you’re simply the appropriate age there’s probability you’ve been considerably obsessive about this present that nobody else appears to recollect. Transmute!

What the Russos bear in mind for the G-Power (a dwell motion movie? an animated sequence?) stays unknown. All we will say is that Anthony Russo even wore a Battle of the Planets T-shirt to Comedian-Con, so he means enterprise.

10. Whither the Snyder Minimize


{Photograph}: Allstar/Warner Bros.

Warner Bros, and due to this fact DC Movies, had no presence at Comedian-Con this 12 months. Whereas the subsequent Marvel Girl has already been shot, there are loads of questions nonetheless about the remainder of that cinematic universe. Making issues worse for the studio is the relentless nagging from some Web weirdos who gained’t let their QAnon-esque fantasies a couple of stashed director’s lower of the dreadful Justice League film die.

The unproven declare is that its director, Zack Snyder, whereas grieving the demise of his daughter, had his three and a half-hour opus yanked away by an uncaring studio and neutered. (Of their protection, the two-hour model that was launched is, the truth is, terrible.) Snyder has successfully inspired his followers to push for the “Snyder Minimize”, and Warner Bros themselves have created a precedent by releasing the “Donner Minimize” of Superman II to dwelling video in 2006. What the followers neglect is that there are a variety of pictures with unfinished results in that model; to revive the snipped Justice League footage and make it appear to be something aside from a inexperienced display workshop would take a fortune that Warner Bros could be very unlikely to make that funding.

Nonetheless, advertisements on bus shelters and even from an airplane demanded the discharge of the Snyder Minimize at Comedian-Con, proving that even with all this leisure on the market, comedian e-book followers nonetheless have an excessive amount of time on their arms.


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