San Diego Comic-Con: Trailer Highlights
Another San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, but not before leaving us with an enticing glimpse into what’s on the entertainment horizon. Here are just a few of the highlights making waves from the pop culture extravaganza:
Marvel showed up big this year after last year’s hiatus from Hall H, bringing “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban and Rachel House to the stage.
In the clips, we see Thor (Hemsworth) — without his Mjölnir — teaming up with the Hulk (Ruffalo), female warrior Valkyrie (Thompson) and Loki (Hiddleston) to take Asgard back from Hela (Blanchett.) Although Loki’s changing allegiance is a surprise, the most unexpected moment of the sneak peek was Hulk’s verbal skills, as he’s shown actually conversing with Thor.
“Thor: Ragnarok” hits theaters Nov. 3.
Fresh off the tremendous success of “Wonder Woman,” Gal Gadot is back on the big screen as the Amazonian princess in new “Justice League” footage. Wonder Woman and Batman (Ben Affleck) round up assistance to protect the world from impending danger in the form of Arthur Curry aka Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). The footage also teased supervillain Steppenwolf and the return of Henry Cavill’s Superman, who’s been presumed dead since “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
“Justice League” premieres Nov. 17.
Stranger Things, Season 2
The Netflix small screen phenomenon, “Stranger Things,” ruled Hall H Saturday with a long-awaited look at Season 2.
Executive producers Shawn Levy, Matt Duffer, and Ross Duffer, along with cast members Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, David Harbour, Joe Keery, Charlie Heaton, Natalia Dyer, Sadie Sink, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, and Dacre Montgomery discuss what comes next for the gang in Hawkins.
Set to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and featuring Vincent Price’s eerie narration, the trailer begins in the quintessential ’80s arcade where Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) sees a vision of the Upside Down, complete with a giant spider-like monster and red skies, signaling his connection the the realm remains. We also see the boys decked out as Ghostbusters for Halloween and their ghost trap seems to have caught something from the other side. Meanwhile, Mike (Finn Wolfhard) keeps looking for Eleven (Millie Booby Brown), who’s been missing since facing off with the Demogorgon in the Season 1 finale. At the end of the trailer, we see Eleven breaking through to the real world.
“Stranger Things” Season 2 premieres on Netflix on Oct. 27.
“The Walking Dead” Season 8
In the five minute look at Season 8 of “The Walking Dead,” we see the groups coming together for the faceoff with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors. It seems like there will be plenty of action as Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the rest of the survivors put everything on the line to fight for a better tomorrow. Then, in the last 20 seconds, we see a cane resting against a wall, fresh flowers and a brightly lit hospital room where a much older Rick lies in bed. It’s unclear if the show will be making a massive time jump or if this scene isn’t reality.
“The Walking Dead” Season 8 premieres on AMC on Oct. 22.
“Once Upon A Time” Season 7
Following the time leap in Season 6, “Once Upon A Time” creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz gave fans at Comic-Con their first look at the re-imagined Season 7 brining back just three core cast members on a regular basis — Lana Parrilla (Regina), Rumple (Robert Carlyle) and Colin O’Donoghue (Hook).They will be joined by newcomers Dania Ramirez (Cinderella), Gabrielle Anwar (Lady Tremaine), and Andrew J. West (playing an adult Henry Mills).
Many fans remain concerned about the direction of the show amid so many cast departures and changes. Kitsis addressed these worries directly.
“It was time for some of these characters to get their happy endings — we aren’t erasing anything. We are going to take a few new characters and go on a new journey, and we hope you’ll come along with us,” he said.
The new footage pays homage to the beginning of “Once” with Henry meeting his daughter, Lucy (Alison Fernandez) and a new curse apparently causing Henry to lose his memories. The returning cast have reiterated that happy endings at the end of Season 6 are still very much real and that these characters will be different versions of the ones fans have known.
“Once Upon A Time” Season 7 begins its new chapter on Friday, Oct. 6 on ABC.