Comic Con is like Christmas in July for movie lovers
Summer blockbusters have been a staple of the film industry for decades. Each year, at least half a dozen big hits amass an unbelievable amount of money at the box office.
This year, we had “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool 2” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” in the span of just three weeks, not to mention poker indonesia other summer hits like “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” “Ant-man and the Wasp” and “redibles 2,” among others.
But blockbusters aren’t the only thing that can get movie lovers really excited during the sweltering summer months.
Usually held some time in July, San Diego Comic Con is like the super bowl for lovers of pop culture, comic books, movies and entertainment as a whole.
It’s at SDCC that big studios, both film and TV, hold press conferences and cast panels and release teaser trailers and sneak peaks of what they’ve been working on — just enough to whet your appetite and get fans talking.
This year was a strange one, but it did not leave anyone wanting. Studios that regularly blow it out of the water at SDCC were not there, and that gave others a chance to shine.
The two most notable absences from this year’s SDCC were Marvel Studios and HBO.
Fresh off the success of “Avengers: Infinity War” and the release of “Ant-man and the Wasp,” Marvel is playing its cards close to the chest for the next year.
Marvel’s next release, “Captain Marvel” starring Brie Larson, won’t be out until some time in spring 2019, just before the still untitled Avengers sequel.
Those who have seen “Infinity War” will understand why.
HBO is in a similar situation with their juggernauts “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld.” With “Westworld” just ending its second season, there’s really nothing to show at this point anyway.
Meanwhile, filming is coming to a close on the final season of “Game of Thrones.” HBO is keeping everything about the final season tightly under wraps until its 2019 release date, which is still to be determined.
By contrast, Warner Bros. Entertainment brought everything to the table.
In addition to numerous panels, Warner Bros. set up a full exhibit dedicated to DC Comics just across the street from Hall H of the San Deigo Convention Center, where SDCC is held each year.
There, fans could get a close-up look at movie props, storyboards and more from their favorite DC movies, from “Batman” starring Adam West in 1966 to “Justice League” and more.
DC also revealed the trailers for “Aquaman,” to be released later this year, and “Shazam!,” to be released in 2019.
They also had a sneak peak of the “Wonder Woman” sequel, which is just weeks into filming, as well as a look at the upcoming seasons of DC TV shows “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Arrow,” among others.
In addition to DC, Warner Bros. also released the trailer for the next installment in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise.
Johnny Depp addressed the panel in full costume and makeup what a surprise as Gellert Grindlewald, the antagonist of the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald.”
Also released was the trailer for “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” the follow-up to “Godzilla” 2014 which starred Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
The sequel stars Millie Bobby Brown of “Stranger Things,” Kyle Chandler of “Friday Night Lights” and Vera Farmiga of “Bates Motel.”
AMC also showed up to talk about the ninth season of “The Walking Dead,” which they confirmed would be the last season for star Andrew Lincoln, who plays central protagonist Rick Grimes.
Lucasfilm also made the surprise announcement that they were reviving the beloved “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” TV series for a final season.
“The Clone Wars” was canceled after five full seasons when Lucasfilm was purchased by Disney in 2013.
A sixth season was later released on Netflix, and fans have been clamoring for more ever since.
This year’s SDCC definitely had a little something for everyone. Though not there in person, I, for one, felt like a kid at Christmas.
CHANCE FARMER is a Martin resident and is copy editor and lifestyles editor at The Post-Intelligencer. He can be reached by email at cfarmerparispi.