September 25th is National Comic Book Day! Coincidentally, two months ago the biggest nerd convention of the year had just ended. San Diego Comic-Con took place on the 21th-24th of July and was quite a hit. The convention is the time of the year when pop-culture is promoted. In addition to all the special guests, there is a masquerade, workshops, panels, and most important of all, the previews for upcoming feature films, TV-series and games. Much has happened over the 4 days of this year’s event…
The first official convention took place in 1970 with a total of 300 attendees, then known as the Golden State Comic-Con. Among the 5 special guests invited was legendary Jack Kirby, creator of multiple DC and Marvel comic book characters such as Captain America. The number of attendees has come to be over 160,000 and grows in popularity every year. Looking back, it is incredible what can happen in 47 years.
The convention is also known as the ‘combat zone’ where the battle between rivals Marvel and DC take place. This year, Marvel decided to focus on the third phase of the MCU, which is only slowly coming into motion, therefore there was not much to the reveal to the fans who were hungry for excitement. The second trailer for Doctor Strange (starring Benedict Cumberbatch) was released, along with several announcements about upcoming films. For example, it was revealed that Brie Larson will star as Captain Marvel in a future stand-alone film, and that Lupita Nyong’o will join the cast of Black Panther as the villain.
DC, on the other hand, released three trailers for upcoming films from their DCEU, which were received with much appreciation. A good number of previews were shown for the upcoming seasons of multiple TV-shows, i.e. Supergirl and The Flash. It might therefore be safe to say that this year was DC’s year in the convention. The two movie trailers that were released by DC were for 2017 films Wonder Woman and Justice League, as well as the final trailer for Suicide Squad, the autograph signing of which was also a phenomenal success.
Other notable trailers that were released include Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film, starring Eddie Redmayne), Sherlock Season 4 (TV-show, starring Benedict Cumberbatch), King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (film, starring Charlie Hunnam), Blair Witch (film, starring Callie Hernandez) and Kong: Skull Island (film, starring Brie Larson), as well as first looks at Marvel’s Legion (TV-show, starring Dan Stevens) and Star Trek: Discover (TV-show).
There are also certain feminist aspects worth mentioning from this year’s Comic-Con. On one hand, DC has been focusing on Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, who will star in a stand-alone coming out next year. Meanwhile, the announcement of Brie Larson portraying Captain Marvel means the release of the first Marvel Studios fully female-led superhero film.
Overall, it can be safely said that, as always, this year’s SDCC was exciting and full of surprises. Make sure that you don’t miss any of the new trailers and sneak peeks into the films and TV-shows to come!
-Femke & Catalina