SDCC Roundup: Best Of The Con

San Diego Comic Con 2017 is now a wrap, and needless to say, there is a lot to take in.  We know how hard it is to navigate all the trailers, panels, and information that were released. Luckily, YEM is here to make the process easier.  For your viewing pleasure, we’ve put together a list of the highlights that came out of this year’s SDCC.

 

Marvel:

 

As expected with a comic convention, Marvel made a grand appearance. They rocked Hall H by starting off the show with a clip featuring Ant-Man‘s Paul Rudd and Michael Pena narrating a recap of the entire MCU thus far. At the end of the recap revealed to be an announcement that Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne were casted in the upcoming Ant-man sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp. After grabbing the audience’s attention, the studio then demoed trailers/sizzle reels for Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther, both of which can be viewed below. The trailers show some cool stuff from both films and give a fans stronger understanding of the tone and narrative of the films. The panel could have easily ended there, but Marvel had to land one final blow to really knock the socks off the audience. That came when Kevin Feige showed an incredible trailer for Avengers: Infinity War. The trailer has been leaked and unfortunately removed, but describing it as epic would be an understatement.  If it wasn’t already decided, that trailer made Marvel the clear winner of this years SDCC.

 

Warner Bros:

Warner Brothers had several panels demoing many of their upcoming properties. The Studio showed of their new trailer for the upcoming Justice League film. While not as epic as the Avengers: Infinity wars trailer, it was a very fun of the characters the cool fight scenes that we can expect to see in the film. Moreover, it gave a first look the films villain, Steppenwolf. We will analyze the trailer in a more detailed manner, and give predictions for what we can expect in a separate post. Be sure to check back for that in the coming days.

DC was already a strong panel for WB, but Ready Player One was the true standout of the studio. Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the bestselling novel has been in the works for quite some time, but the wait was surely worth it. The film looks stunning. Go through it frame by frame and you can see so much nostalgia from 80’s and 90’s. The Iron Giant, Back To The Future, and Freddy Kruger just to name a few. We’re very excited for this one, and we’re going to keep our eyes peeled for more info on this visual spectacular of a film.

 

The CW

The Flash premiered a trailer and made some major announcements for the upcoming season.  As you can see, season four will continue right where the previous left off as Barry Allen enters the Speed Force.  We can glimpses of team flash trying to bring Barry back, and the threats that grow in his absence.  One of the biggest questions that remain is where Caitlin stands with the whole evil/Killer Frost issue.  At some points it looks like she is working with her old team again.  The cast also announced that the big bad of season four will be non-speedster, The Thinker (Being played by Neil Sandilands).  Some other casting news includes Kim Engelbrecht as The Mechanic, right hand and engineer for The Thinker.  Along with Danny Trejo as Breacher, Gypsy’s father and fellow bounty hunter from Earth 17.

The Supergirl Season three trailer gives a great look at some of the new characters entering this season.  The standout is Heroes alum Adrian Pasdar, playing a real estate tycoon, whose vision for National City’s future conflicts with that of Supergirl.  Also joining the cast is Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter’s father, M’yrnn J’onzz.  This is especially cool, given that Lumbly voiced Martian Manhunter in the beloved Justice League animated series.  Emma Tremblay will play a young Supergirl super fan named Ruby, and Yael Grobglas will play a psychic with a knack for manipulating people’s minds.   Last bit of news from the panel is confirmation that Calista Flockhart will return for season three and will also be in the premiere.

Legends of Tomorrow has been The CW’s most fun show, and it looks like that won’t change this year.  The Legends apparently “broke time” and will find themselves in new and familiar time periods.  I’m especially psyched to see them return to the old west for a third time, which undoubtedly means the return of Jonah Hex.  It was also announced at the panel that Neal McDonough will return as Damien Dark, as a series regular.  Arthur Darvill and Wentworth Miller will also be reprising the recurring roles as Rip Hunter and Captain Cold respectively.

Arrow’s trailer was the most anticipated due to the huge cliffhanger at the end of last season.  We’re still patiently waiting to find out who on Team Arrow died in the island explosion, but the trailer has added a few names to the safe list.  Looks like Dinah and Slade are alive and kicking, which means we can look forward more Deathstroke and Canary action in the coming season.  It was announced at the panel that Michael Emerson will be joining the cast in season six. No announcement on his character, but given his acting ability, chances are that it will be a prominent one.

Riverdale also demoed a trailer for the upcoming season.  The show has always dabbled on the darker side, but this trailer is setting up some even more dramatic story arcs for the characters this season.  Firstly, it turns out that Archie’s dad may not actually be dead, as the trailer shows Archie rushing him to the ER. Cheryl seems to be continuing right where her last season journey left off, as she is trying to clean the dirty mess left by her family.  She had the most chilling part of the trailer as we saw her talking to her severely burned mother lying in a hospital bed.  It looks like she may have gotten trapped in that fire that Cheryl started in the season one finale.

 

Stranger Things

The breakout hit from last summer is coming back, and this time it will be Halloween.  The trailer can help fans rest assured that this season will be just as nostalgic and well composed as the first season.  We know that all the cast and characters are returning, including Eleven.  However, not much is known about the plot yet.  It’s likely that Stranger Things will also make an appearance at NYCC this year, since it will be right before it’s launch date of Oct 27th.  We’ll be sure to keep this one on our watchlist in the coming months.

 

Nickelodeon

Looks like we (and Arnold) may finally learn what happened to Arnold’s parents. This is the finale that we have been waiting many years for. The television movie is set air in November of this year. Be sure to check our post that goes into more details on Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie.

This was much less expected than the Hey Arnold announcement, but it is still very exciting.  Rocko’s line “I don’t think we’re in the 90’s anymore” says it all about Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling.  The upcoming TV movie takes place over 20 years after the setting of the original series.  Somehow the three of them have found their way into the technology focused world of 21st century.  It’s nostalgic to say the least.  Moreover, it’s great fun and makes humor of our generations obsessions such as energy drinks, Iphones, and Starbucks.  Nickelodeon is making a bold push to bring back their now grown viewers of the 90’s, and it’s working beautifully.

 

DuckTales

Following suit with Nickelodeon, Disney is launching a revamp of their classic cartoon, Ducktales.  The new series, DuckTales: Woo-oo!, will premiere on DisneyXD.  As the trailer shows, it will follow Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby on an adventure to find the lost city of Atlantis.  Leading the expedition is none other than Scrooge McDuck.

 

One recurring theme from SDCC 2017 is nostalgia.  There we’re so many announcements that speak right to the heart of 90’s kids.  The only bad thing is that we have to wait so long to enjoy the amazing content that is headed our way.  We’ll be sure to update you with news for all of these movies and TV shows as we get it.

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