Here are a few more things that we loved from San Diego Comic-Con 2014, and some that we were surprised to not see.
Where was Jurassic World? I think that omission surprised me the most considering that the movie is supposed to come out next June (before next year’s Comic-Con). Rumors of another sequel years ago left me underwhelmed, but enough time has passed and what little we know about the movie sounds good. Setting the movie 20 years later and having a great cast including Chris Pratt (who has now proved he can be amazing leading man with Guardians of the Galaxy), Jake Johnson, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Judy Greer could lead to a strong new era of Jurassic Park movies. In a year where there were several no-shows at Comic-Con, this one surprised me the most.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel usually brings the biggest guns to Comic-Con, and this year was certainly no exception. They only talked about Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but just look at that panel lineup! It’s so impressive that they’ve got such a huge ensemble of major actors together on that one stage. And the sizzle reel footage threw the crowd into a fit. Hulkbuster Armor! Cap’s shield broken! Ultron standing over a defeated group of Avengers! I can’t wait.
When Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey showed up at Comic-Con to show off Interstellar, it was a huge surprise. Neither of them had been to Comic-Con before which is amazing considering Nolan is the man behind the last three Batman movies and Inception. Interstellar is probably the movie that I’m most excited about this holiday season and I have loved all of Nolan’s movies. I also think that McConaughey has become one of the greatest actors of his generation (go watch True Detective if you haven’t yet). The tone and scope of this film look to be awe-inspiring. Surprises like this are the reason to go to Comic-Con.
Star Wars: Rebels
Star Wars: The Clone Wars was a fantastic animated series than only got better each season. So to see another series with a similar feel but with the tone of the original films was great. The story takes place five years before A New Hope and will show the formation of the Rebel Alliance. Don’t assume that this is Star Wars for kids. These are well told stories that will appeal to fans young and old. Give it a chance. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner was featured during the 20th Century Fox panel and director Wes Ball, author James Dashner, and three of the leads from the movie were on hand to talk about the film. Assuming the movie does well when it opens in September, there are already plans to start shooting the sequel, The Scorch Trials, later this year. But on the first day of Comic-Con, the entire movie was screened for fans at a nearby theater and early reviews are really positive. Fans were saying that the movie was perfectly cast and that the filmmakers did an amazing job of capturing the oppressive feel of the maze and the terror brought on by the Grievers. I’m definitely checking this one out when it hits theaters, and the strong positive buzz after that screening has only strengthened my anticipation.