The San Diego Comic Con aka nerd heaven has just concluded and as expected, we have seen a flurry of new movie and TV show reveals from major entertainment studios like DC, Marvel and Netflix. Exciting trailers, comics, collectibles and just about everything in geek fandom was in full display at SDCC and the good stuff just kept piling up at a neck-break speed. Let’s have a look at the best movie and TV trailers released at Comic Con 2017:
However, before you watch them, read what David Lynch has to say on the modern movie trailer-
These days, movie trailers practically tell the whole story. I think it’s really harmful. For me, personally, I don’t want to know anything when I go into a theatre. I like to discover it, get into that world, try to get as good of picture and sound as possible, no interruptions – so you can have an experience. And anything that putrefies that is not good.”
If you still want to watch the trailers then go ahead, but if you love your movies and TV shows and want to ensure that your viewing experience remains pure and pristine, then would be advisable to skip these. The descriptions have no spoilers, by the way. Here goes then, in no particular order:
23. Thor: Ragnarok
Thor and the Hulk locked in a crazy gladiator contest. Despite being bombarded with Marvel movies left and right every year, we still become intrigued at what ingenuity will MCU offer in their next flick. After all, unlike DC, Marvel has solidified itself in the superhero-verse with movies that have succeeded both critically and commercially, and also received immense fan-praise.
22. Justice League
After the resounding success of Wonder Woman, it becomes altogether more important that Justice League does not end up as a dud. With Snyder taking a break to spend time with his family, Whedon taking over (have high hopes from him) and nearly $20 million worth of reshoots being done, Justice League is expected to be a critical cog in the overall success of the DCEU.
21. Ready Player One
Adapted from the 2011 novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is set in a dystopian 2044, where the protagonist Wade Watts is searching for an easter egg in a virtual reality game. The movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, is set to release in spring 2018.
20. Pacific Rim 2
Nothing can provide a bigger nerdgasm than kaiju monsters fighting giant mecha robots. The first Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo Del Toro, was one of the most satisfying experiences I have ever had while watching a movie. The second one, being directed by Steven S. DeKnight and starring John Boyega, is expected to make little volcanoes of happiness explode all over us by delivering another pure guilty pleasure delight.
19. Kingsman: Golden Circle
Kingsman: The Secret Service was the most fun I have had in a movie for quite some time and Golden Circle promises to bring back more super violent funny action to make for one hell of an experience.
In a truly unique movie proposition, the David Ayer-directed Bright brings an alternate Earth where Will Smith is working with a cop buddy who is an orc. Humans and mythical creatures coexist together and what befells them next will serve as the main plot of Bright.
17. Lego: Ninjago
Lego movies have been fan favorites with all, especially the Lego Batman movie, which was seriously being touted as the best Batman movie ever made (even above The Dark Knight). In this latest installment, we have ninjas and it can only be super fun as usual.
Ah, finally something for horror fans to revel in. The flag-bearer of torture porn- the Saw series, is finally back in all its guts and gory with Jigsaw. For fans of the franchise, this can hardly be worse than the final Saw movie and will surely be a refreshing delight to see all our blood-drenched fantasies come alive once again.
15. Vikings: Season 5
The fifth season of History’s Vikings is here and we are raring to see all the plotting and killing and bloody heads once again.
14. The Walking Dead: Season 8
Let me admit, I stopped being a fan of The Walking Dead quite some time back because it played more like a soap opera than giving us gut-munching zombie moments. The arrival of Negan has surely perked things up and a brutal and bloody war in season 8 is highly anticipated.
13. Star Trek: Discovery
A new Star Trek TV series. Need one say anything more? Just watch it!
Though nothing can match the original and the strangely accentuated features of the characters in the new Duck Tales makes it seem a bit weird, this should be fun ever-green entertainment.
11. Black Lightning
If Marvel has Black Panther then DC has a more nuanced character in Black Lightning. The TV show will deal with a retired superhero who is forced to don his cloak again after witnessing the rise of crime in his community.
We all know the story of Superman but what about that of his home planet Krypton? Since this is set 200 years before Superman, I guess we await a story of the politics and drama surrounding the House of El? Wrong! Turns out, this show is firmly rooted in the present as well, featuring major DC characters Black Adam and Hawkwoman who return to the years before Krypton’s destruction to safeguard the House of El from villains sent from the present who seek to erase Superman and his legacy by altering the course of history.
We-ell. The trailer of Inhumans was actually met with much derision and catcalling (mainly due to Medusa’s hair) but we can’t help feel intrigued by the prospect of seeing the various trials and tribulations of the Inhumans family. Also, it stars Ramsay Bolton so will definitely will be worth watching.
8. The Gifted
X-Men fans will love this. Based on Marvel Comics’ X-Men properties, The Gifted will show mutants trying to peacefully coexist with the rest of humanity, in an atmosphere surrounded by distrust and fear.
7. Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling
From the looks of it, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling seems like a crazy and funny cartoon show that takes a good look at commercialism and the need for an average person to be trendy and hip. Something which can be enjoyed by the casual viewer also.
6. Riverdale: Season 2
A far cry from the cheerful atmosphere of the comics, Riverdale is dark and foreboding, and hugely inspired by the iconic TV show Twin Peaks. Dealing with personal issues, Archie and his friends try to solve a murder mystery by applying their wits and putting all missing pieces together.
5. American Horror Story: Cult
Into the seventh season of its horror anthology, American Horror Story is back with Cult, creepier and more sinister than ever. After lukewarm reviews to Roanoke, which in my opinion floundered mid way to become a terrible bore, Cult will serve as an allegory to the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections and imbibe horror elements in that perspective. Will be certainly interesting to watch.
4. Stranger Things Season 2
If you ask me which TV show from 2016 I could watch any number of times, my answer would not be Game of Thrones. Stranger Things, serving the perfect premise to pay homage to all the pop culture references of the 1980s as well as to the works of acclaimed filmmakers like John Carpenter, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron, to name a few, has been the most gripping TV series I have watched in recent times. Season 2 promises to be darker and scarier than the first one and we can hardly wait for October 26 to come sooner.
3. Westworld Season 2
The first season of Westworld had many philosophical meanderings and metaphysical questions, combined with violent action and an overarching narrative that always hinted at a sinister comeuppance for the debauchery of human actions. Anything made by Jonathan Nolan has to be top-rated stuff and season 2 of Westworld is likely to become more visceral in its subject matter than the initial season.
2. The Defenders
The holy nexus of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage is finally here to kick ass. Defenders is expected to continue the events of Daredevil season 2 and we will finally get to see the wisecracks and knuckles and punches of the resurgent superhero team as they face off against a deadly enemy.
1. Game of Thrones Season 7
Game of Thrones season 7 is already underway and we have seen two very eventful episodes slowly and surely building towards the much awaited great war. The final 10 minutes of episode 2 were an exercise in unadulterated brutal warfare and are touted to shape the events in the episodes to come. The Game of Thrones Comic Con trailer gave a sneak peek into what we can expect ahead and from what it seems, we are in for six very interesting episodes in this season.