Comic-Con, the annual pop culture nerd-splosion that happens in San Diego, was last week and those of us in the pop-culture-obsessed community are still processing all of the information that was dumped on us. It’s an exciting time of year. What was once the world’s biggest comic book convention is now the epicenter of major announcements and reveals in the motion picture and television industries. As was foretold in prophecy, the geeks have inherited the Earth.
I love it when Comic-Con rolls around. It’s the one time of year where people are encouraged to let their geek flag fly and exhibit unreasonable amounts of excitement for the pop culture offerings on the horizon. Getting to Comic-Con one of these years is definitely a Bucket List thing for me. Is it an overcrowded mess of people in costumes, with varying degrees of personal hygiene, waiting for 12 or more hours in line to get a glimpse of something that’ll be eventually available on the Internet? Sure. But it’s also a celebration of our beloved pop culture. It’s the epicenter of fevered and judgement-free joy about the guilty pleasures that we love.
And there’s dancing…so much dancing…
So, let’s go through the top 10 things shown at Comic-Con that still have me in Geek-Sweat – which my physician promises me is not actually just a regular heart attack. None of the following is in any particular order, since I can’t decide what to be the most excited about and I refuse to let you force me to choose. Also, consider this your minor spoiler alert warning. Nothing major is spoiled below, but there may be bits and pieces of information that you weren’t prepared for yet. Set your phasers to stunned….
- Marvel Films Announces Their Next 157 Movies
OK, so 157 is a bit of an exaggeration, but man oh man did making over a billion dollars on The Avengers allow Marvel to line up a slew of movies. In 2013, we’ve got Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, which allows me to make dirty “swinging my Mjolnir around” puns much to the chagrin of my wife. In 2014, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will blow my mind out of the back of my skull and Guardians of the Galaxy, a group of Z-grade superheroes set in outer space that will apparently set the stage for Avengers 2. Also, Edgar Wright, of Shaun of the Dead fame, will start shooting Ant-Man next year, which features the size-shifting future Avenger.
- Wreck-It Ralph
Oh Zangief, you taught me everything I knew about the Cold War.
For the old-school video game-loving crowd, Wreck -It Ralph looks like it’s going to be a ton of fun. If it turns out as good as it looks, the gang at regular-Disney may be giving the gang at Pixar-Disney a run for their money.
It’s weird that I also picture “future-me” as played by Bruce Willis, right?
This high-concept action flick stars Joseph Gordon Levitt as a hitman that works for time-travelling mobsters…who pay him in gold…until he has to assassinate himself…Bruce Willis…my head hurts. Either way, this one looks damned cool.
The Man of Steel
Superman is back and I REALLY hope this movie turns out awesome. We’ll get our first look at a trailer in front of The Dark Knight Rises, a little known indie film coming out on Friday, and I’m holding my breath that kids will get excited about Superman again.
OZ The Great and Powerful
Everyone who loves Wicked is going to be pissed…
Sam Raimi directs this Wizard of OZ prequel with stars James Franco, Rachael Weisz, Michele Williams, and Mila Kunis. I’ve got my fingers crossed that Sam Raimi will be bringing the crazy to this one.
Matt Damon, sans hair, stars in the second feature from Neil Blomkamp, who directed the seriously awesome District 9. Set on an Earth where the wealthy have all fled to outer space, the world is, naturally, an impoverished mess of gloom. No word on whether or not Wall-E will cameo.
I swear to God, Hollywood, if you screw this up again and let Matthew Broderick anywhere near the set I’m coming down there and I won’t be happy.
They’ve used up every single hilarious dwarf name.
The Lord of the Rings movies are pretty much some of the best fantasy films of all time and with Peter Jackson tackling The Hobbit, we can’t lose, right? I am concerned that Jackson is STILL SHOOTING footage and may extend the story into three movies. Someone force that man to take a vacation.
This movie is turning into a checklist of things that I love. Giant monsters? Check. Giant robots for fighting the aforementioned monsters? Check. Guillermo Del Toro directing? Check. Idris Elba? Check. And, probably most importantly, the film also stars It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Charlie Day.
The Walking Dead Season 3
Michonne will be the best thing to happen to TV since Kwai Chang Caine.
Season 2, while slow at points, ended with a tremendous bang and season 3 looks like it will live up to the hype. The prison! The Governor! Michonne! Needless to say, I’m excited.
Well, there’s my top 10, what about you? Are you a sucker for Comic-Con announcements? Is your excitement for any of these things keeping you up at night? Any bombshells that I missed? Leave your beautifully nerdy thoughts in the comments!