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Marvel, Star Trek: Picard, Walking Dead: Who Won San Diego Comic-Con?

July 22, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Once you get past all the people complaining how the San Diego Comic-Con used to be so much better when it wasn’t “Hollywood-ized”, we got some huge news out of this years extravaganza.

When talking about who won Comic-Con, it’s hard to argue anyone else besides Marvel. They delivered a jam packed ball of reveals that we’ll be analyzing for days. But before I dive into the Marvel news, I want to give a nod to Star Trek: Picard. I’m not even a Star Trek fan but this trailer made me want to become one. Debuting during the the Star Trek: Universe panel in Hall H, Star Trek: Picard, starring Sir Patrick Stewart, is coming early 2020 exclusively to CBS All Access.

I guess I’ll be getting CBS All Access.

OK, now to the massive Marvel news dump. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige kicked it off with the announcement The Eternals. Starring Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, and Angelina Jolie as Thena. The Eternals is set to open on November 6, 2020.

Next up was the first show coming exclusively to Disney+, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier) get their own series with Daniel Brühl returning as the villain, Baron Zemo.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings starring Simu Liu in the title role is coming to theaters. Appearing alongside Liu will be Awkwafina in an undisclosed role and Tony Leung as the (real) Mandarin.

WandaVision, an original series starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, reprising their roles as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision. Costarring with them is Teyonah Parris, whom Feige revealed would be playing the adult Monica Rambeau, who was introduced as a child in Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel.

Not to be outdone, Loki will also be getting his own Disney+ series. Loki, an original show starring Tom Hiddleston, will see the god of mischief causing even more trouble starting in the spring of 2021.

The announcements kept coming. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange with Scott Derrickson returning as director. But joining Doctor Strange this time around will be the Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen. In a nice twist, the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will connect with WandaVision.

Hardcore fans were excited with the news that the WHAT IF…? comics will be adapted for the screen with What If…?, the first animated series in the MCU. Starring Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher along with several actors from across the MCU who will reprise their roles as voice talent.

Another character from the MCU will appear on the small screen, as Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye gets a show and it will introduce Kate Bishop, who has been hitting her mark in Marvel Comics.

Thor: Love and Thunder brings back Natalie Portman along with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. Taika Waititi returns as director, and he confirmed that Jane Foster will become the Mighty Thor, goddess of Thunder.

Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow gets her own solo movie starring Scarlett Johansson. She will be joined by David Harbour as Alexei AKA The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason, and Rachel Weisz as Melina. Cate Shortland is directing.

Oh, and Feige introduced Mahershala Ali as Blade.

Take a breath.

Warner Bros. opted to skip the show, so no news about projects like the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 or Dune. We did get plenty of trailer drops though. Top Gun: Maverick got plenty of attention with Tom Cruise reprising his role as fighter pilot Maverick, now a flight instructor.

We also learned that Andrew Lincoln will head up a trilogy of The Walking Dead movies about his character, Rick Grimes. Universal revealed that the films won’t hit AMC as previously announced: the first will be coming out in theaters.

It: Chapter Two served up scares and plenty of social media attention as well. I can’t even get heavy into all the television trailers like Watchmen, Snowpiercer, The Witcher, His Dark Materials, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and countless others.

Tim Miller brought Terminator: Dark Fate footage to the panel and from the sounds of things, Dark Fate has series potential to right the franchise.

Comic-Con had plenty of comic book news that I’ll be touching on this coming week but looking at the big headlines, which ones have you most excited about?