The 2018 San Diego Comic-Con is just around a month away and we can barely contain our excitement at all the trailers to be released at the mega pop cultural event. After Marvel delivered an epic conclusion with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, the Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t be showcasing any trailers of upcoming movies at SDCC 2018, which gives the DC Extended Universe a golden opportunity to get back into the thick of things in the superhero universe and establish its deteriorating credibility with both critics and fans.
After being panned for a string of disasters (with Justice League being the most recent one), DC is all set to make to make a big splash at Comic Con 2018. Let’s see what all movies are anticipated to make an appearance this year, as well as other exciting trailers and announcements!
Starting the DC offerings will be Shazam!, starring Zachary Levy. The movie, set for an April 2019 release, should be a refreshing change from the usual pantheon of superheroes that usually hog the limelight viz. Batman, Superman, The Flash et al. So far, we have been treated to some on-set shots and pics tweeted by Levy, so it will be really interesting to see David Sandberg’s (who has a horror background) treatment of the story of a boy who transforms into an adult male superhero.
Jason Momoa had a pretty forgettable outing as Aquaman in Justice League, and we hope the standalone movie by James Wan for the King of Atlantis would undo some of that damage. With Wan establishing his credentials for churning out solid thrillers in any genre- be it the Conjuring movies or the adrenaline-pumped Fast and Furious 7, Aquaman is expected to be guaranteed fun.
Fans who have seen an early cut have reportedly been delighted (though the same was said for Suicide Squad and Justice League, sadly) but a definite idea of what the movie would be like should be clear from the trailer, which will drop at Comic Con 2018.
8. Wonder Woman 1984
One of the rare successes of the DCEU, the first Wonder Woman established Patty Jenkins as a bonafide provider of thrills and joy. Naturally, hthe ype has been through the roof for her next directorial venture i.e. Wonder Woman 1984. Given the continuing fan buzz around Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman, a Comic Con trailer is likely to throw more light into the story of the sequel, because we are really curious to see how Chris Pine is involved in the movie. Will it be a flashback? A dream sequence? A resurrection of some sorts? Let’s wait and watch!
While Marvel’s MCU won’t make an appearance at Comic Con 2018, we will get to see some action through Sony’s Marvel universe, with another trailer of Tom Hardy’s Venom likely to drop at the event. Though the movie ain’t far off with its October 5 release date, it will be interesting to see Hardy in another trailer as Venom (only one of the first two showed him as the titular character). Sony has already stated that it is not interested in making conventional superhero movies and wants to explore more complex antihero characters. If that ain’t enough to pique your interest, I wonder what will!
6. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The first trailer of the animated Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse blew us away and we expect more action from the friendly neighbourhood web-slinger at Comic Con. Heck, they even teased the film’s attendance in the trailer in a Deadpool-style meta way!
“How many more spider people are there?” asks Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore).
“Save it for Comic-Con” replies Peter Parker (Jake Johnson).
“What’s Comic-Con?” shoots back Morales.
Bring on trailer #2!
Manoj Night Shyamalan has become infamous for making some of the worst movies ever (The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth), but I have always felt that he was criticized more unfairly than other filmmakers who have churned out some forgettable trash. The release of Split was quite a delight for all Shyamalan fans who dig his predilection for a creepy premise and a surprise twist ending. Giving us an alternate superhero universe that combines Unbreakable and Split, Glass will be the sequel to tie up both movies. When this releases, I will be the first one in the line. Let’s hope we get a spectacular trailer at Comic Con 2018!
The new Halloween movie, scheduled for an October 19 release, will see Jamie Lee Curtis return as the iconic Laurie Strode. That is enough to have us on board! A new take on the Halloween franchise, the movie will see stories of the last nine ones being wiped out and Mike Myers returning to haunt us more with some cool slasher action. Both Glass and Halloween will debut in Hall H of SDCC 2018. With Marvel not presenting and HBO having neither Game of Thrones of Westworld for presentation, Blumhouse Production (which is producing both these movies) is set to garner all the spotlight at the event.
George RR Martin seems to have all the time to do anything in the world except write the Game of Thrones books. At Comic Con 2018, the author will be promoting the sci-fi TV show Nightflyers, which is based on his own novella that came out in 1980. Martin describes it as ‘Psycho is space’, so we are definitely intrigued.
2. Iron Fist Season 2
Though Iron Fist received some truly atrocious reviews, the fact remains that it was one of the most watched Netflix TV series. Finn Jones will return as Danny Rand as the Iron Fist in the second season, so this time we expect a much better show than before. Hope the mistakes of the past have been learned, and some incredible action sequences are in store for the trailer at Comic-Con!
1. Castle Rock
This TV series adapts different Stephen King’s works and is produced by JJ Abrams, and stars Sissy Spacek and Bill Skarsgard. As Wikipedia states, Castle Rock will “combine the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland”. The show will have its official world premiere at Comic Con 2018.