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This past weekend was the San Diego Comic Con. It is kind of a big event where several movie/television studios roll out previews and promotions for some of their big, upcoming releases. Not surprisingly, a lot of these are genre-related products. As such, I wanted to look at some of the stories that personally caught my attention and give my brief thoughts on them.First up, apparently Comic Con cracked down on retailers purchasing convention exclusive items before convention attendees get a chance at them. I was happy to read about this as retailers can be jags about such things. Buying them up and then reselling them at double the price. While there is nothing illegal about that, it is an incredibly douchey move. Good to see some effort to curb that.
Sony held an Amazing Spider-Man panel where it was revealed that they are starting to lay foundations for the next few movies in next year’s sequel to eventually have a super-villain team-up film. I guess some of the over-stuffed feeling that I had about this film was a bit unwarranted as it appears a lot of that is mostly just cameos to be explored later. However, while I appreciate the long-form storytelling they are trying here, is this the best way to go about movie-making? Wouldn’t focusing on one installment at a time be a smarter move instead of banking that you’ll be able to tell the future stories? I am being mostly rhetorical here.
On the humorous side, Andrew Garfield showed up to the panel in-costume and in character as Spider-Man.
Jon M. Chu revealed that he is interested in bringing back past characters from the first GI Joe movie into a third installment. Didn’t they get rid of all past characters to reboot the concept? And now they want to bring some back? This is such a strange franchise.
At a panel for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Patrick Stewart commented that he wishes to play a female X-Men character so he has a better chance of winning an Academy Award. After thinking what he meant, I was shocked to learn he was absolutely correct. Also, Ian McKellen mentioned how he needs to find a husband now that gay marriage is legal in California. After this comment, he coyly looked over at Michael Fassbender. Oh, those silly older Shakespearean actors.
Also, apparently Hugh Jackman walked around the convention floor in his Wolverine costume and people thought he was a cosplayer with one person commenting that while he had a good costume, he was a bit too tall.
Looks like TV’s Arrow will feature Black Canary next season. I am excited to see this addition to the series as the character is an important part of the Green Arrow mythos. I am also curious to see how Black Canary will be incorporated into the show given her alter ego, Dinah “Laurel” Lance, is already a character (B.C. will be played by a new cast member). I’ll be there to find out.
Apparently, within the next season, The Simpsons will be involved with two cross-overs. The first being with Futurama. This comes a little surprise given that they are both Matt Groening projects. The strange part is that Futurama will have been off the air for a year by the time the crossover airs. The other, more surprising crossover, is one with Family Guy. I cannot understand the decision behind this. Wiat – I take that back. I do understand the decision: $$$. But it just seems like the two properties wouldn’t mix well given that they have very different styles and humor. I am also surprised that Groening signed off on it given how adamant he was in the past towards crossovers with unrelated shows (see: The Critic). Then again, it is going to air as a Family Guy episode, so maybe that made the difference.
Marvel revealed the title to the second Avengers movie to be Avengers: Age of Ultron. I was a bit surprised by this. While Ultron is a villain of the Avengers in the comics, it somewhat goes against the tease placed at the end of the first film. However, the more surprising thing is that they are taking the subtitle from a recently completed comic storyline. Director Joss Whedon revealed that his upcoming movie will have very little to do with said storyline, but The Age of Ultron story was generally met with a poor reception. Why would they slap that subtitle on the sequel to one of the biggest movies ever? Then again, so few of the moving-going audience actually read the comics, Marvel probably didn’t care.
Speaking of Marvel, it looks like Vin Diesel is going to be joining the Marvel cinematic universe in a yet-to-be-revealed role. Could it be the villainous Ultron? Only time will tell.
We got our first glimpse at the Veronica Mars movie. I am surprised at how far they are already into production. I guess they were further along than I previously thought during the Kickstarter campaign. Although, I can tell already that the movie is going to be a strange experience. Not bad, necessarily, but strange. Mostly because the actors all look so much older (as they should) and different. There is going to be a huge adjustment factor. Nice to see they got most everyone back.
And finally…arguably the biggest news from Comic-Con was that the Man of Steel follow-up was revealed to be a Batman/Superman film. I find this to be a brilliant move for several reasons. First, it allows Warner Bros. to bring Batman back to the big screen while giving the Nolan films some space. Second, it gives Warner quickly build an expanded cinematic universe without making it feel too rushed. Finally, it is a logical stepping stone to the eventual Justice League film. While a Batman/Superman film may not be a “risk”, it will be a sure-fire hit given the popularity of the two title characters and can lay a solid foundation for a super-team movie. Though I wasn’t the biggest fan of Man of Steel, I am very interested in future developments of this film.
So, those are the things that I found interesting in one way or another. What about everyone else? What stories caught your interest? Sound off below!