Known as probably the holy grail for all pop culture geeks, San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is undoubtedly the biggest must-attend event of the year.
Spanning a total of five days, the annual extravaganza is always packed full of celebrity sightings, exclusive panels, exciting first peeks and of course, some jaw-dropping reveals. From the grand reveal of Marvel’s Phase Four to The Walking Dead movie, here’s a round-up of all the big announcements that dropped this past weekend at SDCC 2019.
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 4
Defined as the hall where mind-blowing announcements and appearances are made, the venue lived up to its name when Marvel Studios made their epic phase four reveal at the legendary Hall H. A total of 10 new titles were unveiled and added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – namely Black Widow, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Eternals, Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings, WandaVision, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Loki, What If…, Hawkeye and Thor Love and Thunder.
In addition to the already thrilling news of the day, fans at the panel were treated to some major star power when familiar faces from the respective titles made an appearance on stage, including a reveal of the star playing the brand new female Thor, Natalie Portman.
The trailer of Netflix Original series The Witcher was released during the title’s panel at SDCC, where fans were given a first look at the live-action version of the monster slayer Geralt, played by Henry Cavill. Based off Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novel series that sparked the popular video game of the same name, this series will take ardent fans of the franchise on a visionary journey alongside Geralt as he rights some of the world’s biggest injustices.
IT: Chapter Two
One of the most talked-about horror movies slated for release this year, IT: Chapter Two continues to impress and build anticipation when they showed off an early look at the brand new full-length trailer, along with three never-before-seen extended scenes – which only proved just how much this production has upped its inventive scares since the first film.
Snowpiercer The Television Series
If you’re a fan of the comic book series or the standalone film that came out in 2014 with a rather talented ensemble helmed by Chris Evans, you might be happy to know that a television series is set to make its debut in Spring 2020. As it’s not a remake of the film, this series will still stay true to the essence of the original Snowpiercer vision, which focuses on the remnants of humanity who survive in a train that circles the globe.
His Dark Materials
Perhaps as one of the most highly-anticipated television series co-produced by BBC and HBO, His Dark Materials is author Philip Pullman’s trilogy of young adult fantasy novels which gave us the 2007 film, The Golden Compass. The new trailer of the latest iteration of the books introduces Logan’s breakout star Dafne Keen as the female lead Lyra – accompanied by a star-studded cast of characters including James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ruth Wilson. Though there’s no definitive release date of the series at SDCC, they did tell fans to expect it in late 2019!
Steven Universe: The Movie
Following the announcement made back at SDCC 2018, fans of the animated series are finally given a closer look of the film with a trailer that teases a new threat arriving in Beach City, forcing the Crystal Gems and Steven to take action. Though not much details are revealed, a release date has been confirmed for 2 September on Cartoon Network.
The Walking Dead
It seems that Comic-Con has become quite the platform for major departure announcements since Andrew Lincoln. This year, the panel announced the exit of the katana-wielding Michonne, played by Danai Gurira, from the wildly popular Walking Dead franchise. Despite the sad news, the panel still ended on a rather positive note with the premiere of the season 10 trailer, as well as an exclusive teaser for The Walking Dead movie which will be released exclusively in cinemas.
BONUS: That awkward Game of Thrones panel
One would think that a packed hall will always be a good thing, but that wasn’t the case for the Game of Thrones panel, which was ridden with bad juju. It would have been a productive discussion about the controversial end to the series if the creators and show runners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, hadn’t decided to pull out of their scheduled appearance mere days before Comic-Con opened.
To make matters worse, the remaining cast members of the series were still scheduled to appear and were left to defend the ending after a very awkward opening about acceptance from a Comic-Con representative. In spite of the gentle reminder to be courteous to the members of the panel, it seems that fans were really not here for it. Still seemingly unable to accept the abrupt change in character arcs, the packed hall collectively booed Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (who played Jamie Lannister) when he attempted to defend his character’s death. Yikes!