Another Geek Christmas has come and gone and I find myself reflecting on this years haul. San Diego Comic Con is one favorite times of the year, he said as if this was a surprise. Like a heart broken teenager, I’m on social media every ten seconds checking updates… I’m actually not sure if that analogy works here. What I’m trying to imply here is that I’m on social media, a lot, during Comic Con weekend so I can keep up with all the news that is dropping. You know I really thought that analogy was going to work. Did not stick the landing.
Once the weekend wraps we’re kind of left trying to figure out who was the big winner of Comic Con. Was it Marvel? Could it be DC? Was it us, the geek community? While I do believe there are winners and losers in Comic Con, I fit more in the category believing we the geek community benefit the most. Each company is out there trying to one up each other as they fight for our oooooo’s and ahhhhhh’s. It’s like having two parents who are fighting for your love. Just means extra presents (this is in no way trying to be insensitive to two parent households… man, my analogies suck tonight).
So while I won’t be picking a clear winner, I would like to break down my top ten moments of Comic Con. These were the things that stuck out the most to me. It may vary for you, and that’s cool, feel free to share what you think I left off. Let’s discuss. In the mean time here’s what I came away loving.
10. Planet Hulk– Marvel had a number of exciting little news tidbits to drop this weekend, and while we’ll get to some of the bigger ones later, I do want to touch base on one that seemed to get dropped ever so casually. It seems that Planet Hulk is going to be a part of the third Thor movie, and that gets a big ole bag of yes from me. While I’ve never been a huge Hulk comic fan, I absolutely loved the Planet Hulk story line. Look at it. You take the Hulk and put him in a gladiator type environment, and make him fight in coliseums before starting a revolution… how does this seem bad? Yes, I’ve seen Gladiator too but I saw Gladiator with Ruselle Crowe not the Hulk. I want to see Gladiator with the Hulk, and next Thor movie is the perfect place for it.
9. Injustice 2 prequel comic– You know, for a convention with the word comic in the title there sure seemed to be a lot more movie and TV news opposed to comics. That’s alright because there was still plenty of comic news to sink your teeth into like the announcement of the Injustice 2 prequel comic. If I’m speaking honestly the Injustice comic series not only opened the door to the world of digital comics for me, but it also helped give me a stronger understanding of the DC universe. I’ve been very appreciate of that. On top of that you want to bring Tom Taylor back to the series for the sequel and you have got me hook, line, and alternate universe. I’ve felt that the series declined a bit once Taylor left, and I’m super excited to see him return to a series he created. I love my Superman evil and Injustice is just the place for that. Maybe with the sequel we can get the Batman/Superman fight we deserve. #leavemarthaoutofit
8. Rocket and Groot- While there was no released footage for Guardians of the Galaxy, much to my chagrin, there were some very interesting Rocket and Groot news to pour out of Comic Con. For starters NASA, yes the space people, announced that Rocket and Groot will be on the patches for the space mission CASIS. Think about that. NASA, arguably the smartest people ever, have created a space mission, and are using Rocket and Groot as it’s mascots. I can’t even tell you how giddy and warm that makes me inside. It’s like a big ole space hug. Elsewhere Disney announced that there will be a Rocket and Groot animated short series done in the style of Skottie Young’s depiction of the characters. Yes please. Just look at this animation Geeklings.
7. The Flash season 3 trailer- I was kind of surprised that there was a trailer ready for Comic Con considering that they just started filming a couple of weeks ago. Surprised but also pretty ecstatic. As far as non Netflix super hero series go, I think The Flash is top of the class. With next year bringing Flashpoint with it, there’s a lot to be excited about Flash fans. How badly has Barry screwed up the time line by going back to save his mother? Well, if the trailer is any indication then everything is different. Joe doesn’t know him, Iris sort of remembers him from high school, Cisco owns S.T.A.R. Labs, and Wally is the Flash. I’d say that that’s a wee bit of a change. I’ll be curious to see how loyally they stick with the comic material and what they change to adapt this universe. Can any one else see Oliver’s father playing the Thomas Wayne role here? I’ll allow you a moment to recover from your feels.
6. Skull Island trailer- I was one of those people who didn’t hate Peter Jackson’s King Kong reboot although I did feel like it was three days too long. I was curious with the announcement of Skull Island as I didn’t know if it was a sequel to that film or a stand alone, and after watching the trailer… I’m still not sure. It certainly appears that Kong is living on the island still which would totally negate the ending of King Kong. Then again it’s a King Kong movie and how much do endings really count? Kind of like death in a super hero story. Speaking of super heroes, could this movie have any more Marvel characters in it? Samuel L Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, and new addition Brie Larson (more on her later) will all be present and who knows maybe this is the massive Marvel/King Kong crossover we didn’t know we wanted. Most likely not but it’s fun to dream. Either way the film looks awesome.
There you have it Geeklings. We still have five more spots to cover tomorrow so think of tonight as a bit of an appetizer. I’m sure you can start putting that list together already. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for Part 2.