It’s once again time for Comic-Con, that annual festival which draws geek-minded people by the thousands to the San Diego convention center, where their numbers are matched by an army of entertainment executives and creators peddling their latest wares.
“Movies! Get your next hit movies here!,” you can hear them shout thunderously from Hall H, as droves of fans rush to get a glimpse of just that. “Two-for-one special on sci-fi TV series. Step right this way.”
It’s like Barnum’s circus, a wild west boom town and that strange, splashy dystopia foreseen in Blade Runner, all under one roof. And so, out of the hundreds of panels scheduled to take place between Wednesday’s preview night and Sunday’s closing events, we have chosen five about which we are most excited.
Harrison Ford promoting Ender’s Game
The film is facing boycotts over Orson Scott Card’s well-documented anti-gay views, many of which have been on display in his writing for decades. But this is a major motion picture, starring A-list actors Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld and Harrison Ford, with the full might of the Hollywood machine behind it. Expect a full-court press as Capital Pictures sets out to convince people they should put aside Card’s views and Just Go See The Film Already.
Card is excluded from most of the events promoting Ender’s Game, including Thursday’s Q&A. The real attraction here, then, is Ford, who is notoriously shy of publicity but still a hero to many at the convention who still see him as Han Solo and Indiana Jones.
We’re big fans of the the X-Files, and this reunion of its stars, writers and creator marks the show’s 20th anniversary. Actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have at times been bashful about embracing the con circuit – after that last film, who can blame them? – but all is largely forgiven now. They’ll be joined on stage by Vince Gilligan, one of the best X-Files writers, who has since gone on to bigger and better things, like …
Gilligan’s epic television series is drawing down on its final handful of episodes, and fans are dying to know the fate of Walter White, its anti-hero (or is he the villain? WE DON’T KNOW!). The show’s final arc premieres in the US on 11 August, but maybe there’s a chance the cast will let slip a few hints during their panel on Sunday.
A real, honest-to-god grown-up science-fiction movie. It’s been SO LONG.
Saturday’s Warner Bros/Legendary panel is actually about several things – including Legendary’s new Godzilla movie – but one of the highlights will be Alfonso Cuarón’s futuristic thriller. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, it’s the rare piece of art that can and will be featured at both Comic-Con and the Venice Film Festival before it opens in October.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Remember in The Avengers when Joss Whedon broke everyone’s hearts and killed Agent Coulson? Yeah, forget about that. Coulson’s alive and well, though no one’s really sure how they’re going to pull that off. Whedon will be there, possibly offering answers, but more likely not. The point is that it doesn’t really matter how it’s explained – in comics, no death is really permanent – just that this new TV show is going to feature the return of a beloved character. “Surprise guests reveal top-secret new information” is how they’re billing this particular panel on Friday.