And so it begins: as of this morning (and not counting last night’s preview), 130,000 fangirls, fanboys and media will converge in San Diego’s Convention Center for the 48th edition of Comic-Con International.
6,500 of them alone will meet several times a day in the almost-sacred Hall H, where studios, TV channels, and A-list production companies will announce and promote their movies and shows, with cast and filmmakers in attendance and exclusive clips and trailers to be shown.
This year TV and its new iterations, streaming platforms, will have a strong presence, a trend that has been evolving and expanding in the last five years. Gone were the days when home entertainment was mostly sitcoms and cop-and-hospital shows. Sci-fi, fantasy, and horror have made massive inroads in popularity and profitability to levels never dreamed by pioneers like Twilight Zone or Star Trek.
The big guns and established shows will be there: Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Dr. Who, Outlander. So is auteur content like David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, and new shows like Westworld, Legion, and Stranger Things and – the fans hold a breath here- announcements and fresh info on new offerings like The Defenders, Black Lightning, and Krypton. Fans are certainly pining for a performance of interpretative dance by the cast of Netflix’s OA and some news- and maybe a live human pile-up for the finale of Sense8 but that could be too much. On the other hand, CBS will make a but push for the return of Star Trek.
Studios haven’t been able to live without Comic-Con for a while now. The shift to the sci-fi-fantasy multiverse blockbuster model has made the San Diego in the Sumner the ideal place to both introduce and test new product. Fox will bring Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the new Deadpool and the new X-Men, the Predator reboot and the highly anticipated Alita: Battle Angel. Warner will premiere trailers for their DC slate with Justice League and Aquaman, plus the eagerly awaited Blade Runner 2049 and Ready Player One. The Marvel-Disney duo is keeping their plans under wraps, as usual, but fans want to know more about Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and the Infinity War trailer that shook D23.
And of course, there are tons of memorabilia to be purchased – including a beautiful collection of Guillermo Del Toro monsters and fabulous creatures -, experiences untold to be had (virtual reality, mostly) and, of course, non-stop cosplay. This being the year of Wonder Woman, Comic-Con 2017 can become very interesting.
Take note: the Hollywood Foreign Press will, once again, have its own lounge for exclusive interviews with stars and filmmakers – follow us here and in social media for the latest developments!