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San Diego Comic-Con International is a massive multi genre entertainment and comic convention and Comic-Con 2016 was awesome.

It’s held as a four-day event on colossal proportion. And it’s also known as geek heaven (chimes soothingly playing in the background).

The best of the best of comic book heroes, writers, illustrators, filmmakers, directors, producers, fans etc etc show off their upcoming and fresh new ideas and plans here.

In other words, it’s the same as Stan Lee hosting an exclusive screening of the best superhero movie ever, in his own house, giving out free gift bags, while finishing off the night with a one-on-one chat… its pretty awesome.

So, to honour this, I’ve come up with my list of top five announcements/highlights that I think really made this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) a true stand out spectacle.

Comic-Con. Source: Comic-Con

The Justice League sneak peak

This is more of teaser footage for the fans rather then a trailer itself, but nevertheless, it was beautiful. It starts with Bruce Wayne hunting down a superhero team after an apocalyptic vision of the future world.

First was Wonder Woman, who like Superman, could probably take Batman out in one swift move. Next up was the big man himself Arthur Curry, better known as the beast of a man Jason Momoa, or even better known as Aquaman. And although the king of the seven seas doesn’t have the most amazing reputation among fans, DC have introduced him as a character to be reckoned with, as a character that is going to give fans a new reason to love him. We also see a fully equipped badass Cyborg, a teen who is half man, half machine after an accident. And then we see the beloved Barry Allen (the Flash) played by Ezra Miller, who we can already tell will be a hilarious character.

While Justice League will have the same director (Zack Snyder) as the recent atrocity Batman V Superman, the trailer seems to introduce a different tone altogether with more of a light and even fun feel, something that Marvel has already perfected. Please Zack, don’t raise our hopes and let us down again.

The Wonder Woman trailer

Wonder Woman, cinema blend
Wonder Woman, cinema blend

The golden lassoing, butt-kicking queen is finally here with an epic first glance trailer. The first Wonder Woman trailer (as the title suggests) did wonders to the ever-present testosterone-heavy superhero scene.

The trailer truly hits home, even offering subtle hints to gender equality from the DC Universe, as Wonder Woman explains to on screen side kick Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), “What I do is not up to you”, in a proud insight of dialogue.

From the trailer, we are able to reveal that Diana Prince, otherwise known as Wonder Woman agrees to help put an end to World War 1, after American fighter pilot Trevor (Chris Pine) crash lands onto the shores of Themyscira, an Amazonian female-only island and home to Wonder Woman. All I can hope for now is for the actual film to live up to the same standard as the trailer.

Brie Larson confirmed to play Captain Marvel

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, movieweb
Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, movieweb

One of the grandest spectacles of the 2016 Comic-con was Marvel Studio’s impressive panel at the esteemed Hall H, where they introduced the one and only Brie Larson as Captain Marvel.

Among other things, MCU spoke about their first solo superhero movie star, while confirming the news of Larson’s casting. Before I get into a little more detail about Larson, here is a little background on the superhero: Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel is an air force pilot whom gains super human abilities after she is exposed to alien DNA. Her special powers include flight, super-strength, as well as the ability to shoot energy from her hands. Pretty cool right?

Larson’s year has already kicked off in the best way possible. She has already won an Oscar for her outstanding performance in Room, and people in the know really believe that she has all that it takes to make an ever-lasting impression on the female role in film.

Although the Captain Marvel film is only set to be released in March 2019, we can expect to see her a little earlier, making her debut in the best way possible; through Avenger’s 3… or who knows, maybe even earlier?

MCU released an awesome trailer for Doctor Strange

I think Benedict Cumberbatch said it all after witnessing the release of the second Doctor Strange trailer earlier this week.

“Oh My God” Cumberbatch said, “I’ve got the strange shake again”, holding out his trembling hands in owe of the new trailer release which shows a mesmorizing step into the magical world of Marvel Universe.

Stars of the show, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams and director Scott Derickson introduced the new footage, showing Doctor Strange mastering how to bend reality from the Ancient One.

An outstanding display of visual affects depicting a bending reality reminded me of Inception, ultimately making me really excited for its release on November 4.

A small glimpse of Mads Mikkelsen who plays villain Kaecilius and some witty lines from by Baron Mordo played by Chiwetel Ejiofor was also included adding to the excitement.

First glimpse of villain Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming:

Spider-Man: Homecoming Vulture, den of geek
Spider-Man: Homecoming Vulture, den of geek

During one of its many panels at SDCC, Marvel confirmed that Vulture would be the new antagonist in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming film.

Even more to our delight, was the following Tweet from the official film account sharing an image of Spidey (Tom Holland) in a mid-air fight with his nemesis Vulture.

We see remnants of the original comic book villain, as he still latches on to his original green colour scheme, but this time looks a lot more technically advanced with large discs underneath his wings, used to propel him in flight.

However, we still remain in the dark about who is actually playing the villain. It’s suspected that Michael Keaton joined the cast in order to play the role of the bad guy, but unfortunately nothing is confirmed as off yet. Even though the Vulture Peter Parker’s main antagonist this time round, rumors still circulate that The Tinker will appear as the Vulture’s tech and arms supplier, which would be another really cool addition to the cast.

First footage from new TV movie Legion, a spinoff of X-Men:

Legion David Haller, variety
Legion David Haller, variety

Marvel and FX released the first full-length trailer for the soon to be aired Legion.

This TV movie sci-fi drama focuses on the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens) who is admitted to a psychiatric hospital and diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. However, he slowly begins to realize that the voices he hears in his head aren’t merely delusion, but the effect of one of his mutant abilities.

He is gifted with a variety of psionic powers, such as telekinesis (ability to mentally manipulate matter and move objects with one’s mind) and pyrokinesis (ability to create and control fire), which are controlled by his multiple personalities.

In the Marvel comics, Haller is the mutant son of the legendary Professor Charles Xavier, who has been portrayed by the likes of Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy in the multi-million dollar X-Men franchise. Legion will debut early next year on FX, as well as signing on board co-stars Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) and Jean Smart (Fargo).

I wanna know what you thought the same way about the new Justice League, Wonder Woman trailer? Or for that matter any other of your best (or worst) moments of the 2016 Comic-Con.

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