From Thor: Ragnarok to Stranger Things 10 things we learned from Comic-Con 2017

The annual follower event in San Diego, with its usual mingle of teasers, trailers and talks, dedicated observers leads on what to expect from next years hottest projects

Stranger Things season two will ramp up the 80 s nostalgia

Poor Will Byers might have been rescued from the dark alternate dimension that is beginning to bleed into the town of Hawkins, Indiana( otherwise known as the Upside Down) in the Netflix smash. But it searches as if his ordeal was still not over. As our gang of pre-teens take a trip to the local arcade to play Don Bluths Dragons Lair video game, Will suddenly insures the Upside Down flash into world, with himself once again inside it. Whats more, a new, bigger brute 10 occasions the dimensions of the Demogorgon from season one and with at least six limbs believe that there is marauding through the darkened skies.

The fact that this is revealed to the gothic musical stress of Michael Jacksons Thriller complete with Vincent Price doomy narration from the classic 1983 John Landis video combined with our heroes garmenting up as the Ghostbusters to carry out their paranormal investigations, merely attains it all the cool. Is that an actual ghost trap?

Michelle Pfeiffer is participating in Ant-Man and The Wasp

Pfeiffer was announced as Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp in the comic book, at Marvels panel on 22 July. She will appear in Peyton Reeds upcoming sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, as the mother of the new Wasp, Evangeline Lilys Hope Van Dyne, and ex-partner of the original Ant-Man, Michael Douglass Hank Pym.

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Michelle Pfeiffer considers her superhero options. Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/ AP

Fans of the comic book is understood that the specific characteristics of Janet Van Dyne is a subject of some dispute in the Marvel world, thanks largely to a 1980 s occurrence in which she was assaulted by Pym during a row. Marvels latest version of the size-shifting superhero is, of course, the second largest Ant-Man, Scott Lang, a role this is gonna be reprised by Paul Rudd in the new film. There has been little hint of Pyms murky past so far in the comic books big-screen transmit, so lets is hoped that the government stands that way.

Could there be The Walking Dead without zombies?

Season eight of the zombie apocalypse display appears as if it will be all about the conflict between Ricks adherents, backed up by King Ezekels heavily armoured clan, and the Saviours, led by everybodys favourite nonchalant psychopath, Negan. But after roughly four and a half times of bloody warfare, its the final shoot of Andrew Lincolns Rick Grimes, apparently a decade older and waking up in a hospital bunk, that leaves us with the most questions. Is this some kind of flash-forward to a future without zombies?

Ben Afflecks reign as the dark knight isnt over just yet

It hasnt been the most wonderful occasion for Affleck since he signed on to play the dark knight. Pitting the DC Extended Universes two biggest animals against each other in Batman v Superman: Sunup of Justice turned out to be a really bad style to launch a superhero cinematic macrocosm. And while Affleck impressed as the caped activist, he found himself battling against both Zack Snyders wrongheaded interpreting of Gothams shadowy defender and the Watchmen administrators convoluted and clumsy tries at world-building.

Since then, the negative advertising hasnt stopped. First, Affleck divulged he was walking away from has the intention to direct himself in upcoming solo outing The Batman; then his successor, War for the Planet of the Apes Matt Reeves, disclosed that he had completely abandoned his predecessors script. On 21 July, the Hollywood Reporter proposed studio Warner Bros was primed to go one stair further and do its best to usher out Afflecks Batman wholly. But at the members of the commission for DCs upcoming Justice League, the actor and head confirmed he has no plans to give up the cape.

Let me be very clear, said Affleck. I am the luckiest guy in “the worlds”. Batman is the coolest part in any world, DC or Marvel. The actor also said he would be an ape on the ground for Matt Reeves, whose standing in Hollywood could not be higher in the wake of his triumphant shepherding of the second and third instalments of the current Planet of the Apes trilogy.

The Hulk knows where to find his voice in Thor: Ragnarok

The dark-green machine has been a part of the Marvel cinematic world for the best part of a decade, but weve scarcely heard him mutter more than the odd word in all that time. Now, following Mark Ruffalos clues that the superheros personality is beginning to merge with that of Bruce Banner, the brand-new Comic-Con trailer for Thor: Ragnarok showcases a Hulk whos suddenly capable of entire convicts, as he is in some comic book iterations. While a Hulk solo movie still looks a long way off, this is gonna be a satisfying developed for followers of the moody behemoth, and suggests Ragnaroks cribbing from the classic 2006 graphic fiction Planet Hulk isnt merely limited to the inclusion of Sakaar and all those monumental gladiator battles.

Star Trek: Discoverys new hero is Spocks sister

You might remember Leonard Nimoys pointy-eared alien would have mentioned a human sibling at some level during his near half-century stint in the role, but presumably CBSs brand-new space tale will address the previous absence of Sonequa Martin-Greens Star Fleet first officer Michael Burnham from official canon at some level during the firstly season. The Comic-Con panel for the present on 22 July been demonstrated that Burnham, who is female but has intentionally been given a male first name, was adopted by Spocks Vulcan father Sarek, here played by Gotham and True Blood alumnus James Frain, as a child.

The brand-new trailer divulges Discovery will focus on a looming contradictions between the Federation and a resurgent Klingon empire. Burnham is second in command on the USS Shenzhou, whose chieftain is Michelle Yeohs Philippa Georgiou. The 15 -episode show takes place a decade before the events of the first Star Trek TV indicate, and is alone separate from the reset timeline currently being followed in the big-screen instalments. There is no word yet on whether Spock himself is likely to make an appearance.

In Blade Runner 2049, Rick Deckards world has changed beyond recognition

What kind of a movie would the original Blade Runner have been without Rutger Hauers floundering final monologue as the expiring Roy Batty? It seems were about to find out, as the weekend panel for Denis Villeneuves Blade Runner 2049 exposed the replicants of mid-2 1st century LA now have an open-ended lifespan. A brand-new timeline available to read online here fills in the the difference between the events of 2019, seen in Ridley Scotts doom-laden sci-fi classic, and the new chapter. We discover that the Tyrell Corporation liberated a new example of replicant, the Nexus 8, in 2020 to replace the decommissioned Nexus 6s. These was later switched, in 2036, to the supposedly safer Nexus 9s, which likewise have no limit on their lifespans.

How does this feed into the age-old conundrum over whether Harrison Fords Rick Deckard is himself a replicant? Well, it certainly suggests that both he and Rachel might easily have been age-unlimited prototypes, though that would not include the reasons why Deckard himself appears to have been subject to a very human ageing process. What it does do is remove from the Blade Runner world the wonderful pathos of the replicants short lives, surely a metaphor for the brevity of the human condition. As Edward James Olmoss Gaff tells Deckard, at the end of the original movie: Its too bad she wont live, but then again who does? Such symbolism now seems to have been itself lost in time, like rips in rain.

The robots will continue to wreak revenge in Westworld season two

After mass host-on-guest slaughter broke out during the final occurrence of Westworlds debut season, you might anticipate the authorities would be called in to shut down the park early in season two. But 22 Julys panel for the evidence, which doesnt yield until 2018, determined the liberation of a trailer demonstration Evan Rachel Woods Dolores and James Marsdens Teddy gleefully hunting down their former tormentors showing the robots avenge had not been fully legislated. Theres also a shot of Jeffrey Wrights resurrected Bernard Lowe next to a dead tiger, and a brief scene featuring a blood-spattered Guy in Black( Ed Harris ). Where the Emmy award-winning present travellings to in season two remains shrouded in mystery, but it looks like well be staying in Westworld itself, rather than heading out into wider vistas.

The virtual-reality world of Ready Player One is filled with pop-culture phenomena

William Gibsons cult 1984 journal Neuromancer, widely considers the original cyberpunk fiction, represents a imagination of cyberspace so alien to our sensibilities with its heavy utilize of invented technobabble that its murky virtual-reality world is almost impenetrable. Not so Steven Spielbergs upcoming modification of Ernest Clines sci-fi novel Ready Player One, which offers us a Matrix-like technosphere populated by cheerfully familiar pop-culture stalwarts. The weekend panel for the movie considered the liberate of a debut trailer, in which gamer Wade Watts duels against and alongside The Iron Giant, an orc from The Lord of the Rings and Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, in a dystopian 2044. All of a sudden, Ed Sheeran turning up in Game of Thrones doesnt seem virtually so incongruous.

The Defenders have work to do to reignite Netflixs Marvel shows

The first trailer for The Defenders, which debuted at Marvel TV panel on 21 July, suggests the ensemble superhero reveal has work to do in order to convince us its worth binge-streaming next month, especially after the disappointment of the second half of Luke Cages debut season not to mention the whitewashed vehicle gate-crash that was Iron Fist.

Sigourney Weaver play-acts Alexandra, who appears to be a spokesperson for evil ninja clan The Hand, which to our remembrance has been set on taken away from New York since at the least season two of Daredevil but apparently hasnt quite got there yet. The problem with these Netflix indicates is the low-level bets: the baddies never seem to want to hold the entire city in subjugation; they are generally simply want to profit by controlling local crime rackets, setting them up in opposition to the local superheroes who want to keep the streets cleanse.

When Marvel began its Netflix experiment, this low-key approaching was a welcome succour from the CGI mega-destruction of the big-screen outings, but The Defenders surely needs to up the bet with a more ambitiously evil strategy if its to justify delivering all these street-level heroes together for an epic showdown.

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