This year’s Comic-Con is not ripe with Marvel like it has been in years past. The annual Comic convention kicked off with a preview night on Wednesday and launched some of their biggest headliners right out of the gate. With Infinity War heading to homes via Blu-ray, and the next Avengers film not slated until 2019, Marvel Studios has opted out of having a big presence at this years’ convention. Also, Game of Thrones and Westworld are both a no-show. Which is weird, because last year Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Westworld had key panels and ultimately dominated the show. Marvel also had exclusive footage of Infinity War and teased both Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok.
That said, this year’s Comic-Con doesn’t show signs of slowing down. DC Entertainment is hoping to make a bigger splash as it looks to come back after a mediocre reception for Justice League. The new Doctor Who, played by Jodie Whittaker, is making its first major public appearance and has also debuted a new trailer. But the big news? Disney made the announcement that they will revive Star Wars: The Clone Wars for their upcoming streaming service. This project will see a dozen episodes follow adventures of the main Star Wars characters such as – Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The organizers are hoping that this is enough to keep fans interested in the convention. It is expected to draw more than 135,000 people. This is a big number considering that the convention used to be a niche event that focused mostly on comic books. It’s now become an entertainment show drawing A-list stars and some big Hollywood franchises – like DC, Marvel and Star Wars. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Comic-Con without the costumes either. You’ve got to hand it to folks, they really have a knack for making themselves look like the real characters.
I said that the real news was Disney’s announcement, but that might not be completely accurate. Andrew Lincoln, the actor who plays Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead, has confirmed to fans that season nine will be his last on the show. That doesn’t mean that the show is going anywhere, but it will certainly make a difference in the storyline.
What else is making headlines at Comic-Con? A ton of new trailers are being released. Including – Better Call Saul Season 4. What’s great about that trailer is that it finally gives us a glimpse into the character that we know as Saul Goodman. While I’m enjoying the show as is, the transition from Jimmy McGill to Saul Goodman. I am super excited about this one.
I’m also excited about the new iteration of Doctor Who. While I haven’t been a die-hard fan in the past, I actually think that the introduction of a female doctor will make it more interesting for viewers – including myself. It’s not to say that I can only watch female actors in a role, but I do think that it’s about time that this particular show got a female lead. Whittaker will make her debut as the 13th Doctor when season 11 premieres this fall.