Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker greets the audience at the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 23, in San Diego.

Associated Press

The San Diego Comic-Con has become the place for major studios to announce or show off their upcoming projects, and while the convention was undercut last year by Disney moving Marvel’s announcements to the D23 convention and slightly overshadowed this year with Disney again opting to have “Star Wars” news announced at Star Wars Celebration a week before, Comic-Con still provided some new material for fans of movies, television and comics.

And while there is the unusual announcement for dramas – such as Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” which had a panel this year – most of the news coming out of Comic-Con is about movies falling in the science-fiction, fantasy and superhero genres.

Given the popularity of superhero movies and comic book adaptations, this also happens to figure into the vast majority of blockbusters set to be released in the coming years.

Of the numerous panels during this past weekend’s Comic-Con, there were quite a few announcements from studios regarding casting and first looks at movies set to be released this year and beyond.

Here is a look at some of the movie news that came out of Comic-Con:

• Marvel Studios. Marvel returned to Comic-Con to give a spattering of news, including the casting of recent Academy Award winner Brie Larson in the title role of Captain Marvel and Danai Gurira (Michonne from “The Walking Dead”) joining the cast of “Black Panther.” The studio also revealed some new clips, including those from the first days of shooting on “Thor: Ragnarok,” as well as material from “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2.” The unfortunate news is that most of those will not be released online – much like how the initial tease for “Captain America: Civil War” was not available for months after its premiere at D23. The only new public clip – aside from its Netflix properties – is a new trailer for “Doctor Strange,” which opens in November.

• DC. Unlike Marvel Studios, DC had no qualms about publicly sharing material from movies that would not premiere until next year. The studio released a new trailer for “Wonder Woman” set to be released in June 2017, as well as a lengthy tease to “Justice League.” Though “Justice League” won’t be released until November 2017, the clips showed Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman with new characters, The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (newcomer Ray Fisher), though did not show Henry Cavill’s return as Superman. The tease didn’t necessarily reveal much about the plot, but it did show that Zack Snyder is dabbling in a little more comedy, mostly courtesy of Miller’s Flash.

• Movie monsters. Two well-known movie monsters that are actually scheduled for a new showdown in 2020 had some news come out of Comic-Con. The convention had a panel for “Kong: Skull Island,” which premiered the trailer starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman. The convention also featured news that Japan’s “Godzilla: Resurgence,” which premieres in Japan this Friday, will see a theatrical release in the United States, though that date has not been set. Both new versions of their classic movie monsters are the largest versions yet, with confirmed height for Godzilla and a towering presence for King Kong in the new trailer.

• Oh, the horror. Comic-Con also featured two horror movie panels, one on “Lights Out,” which opened this past weekend to rave reviews, and one that most thought was a new horror flick titled “The Woods.” The latter, however, turned out to be a sequel to “The Blair Witch Project” that had kept that association under wraps, even as the studio marketed the film for its Sept. 16 release date. Early reviews are promising, but the new trailer doesn’t make it stand out too much from other found footage films.

• Sequels and where to find them. There was plenty of news on upcoming sequels, including the news that the “Divergent” sequel “Ascendant” would be a TV movie instead of being released in theaters. There aren’t many details aside from that, and the cast – including Shailene Woodley who was present for the “Snowden” panel – did not have much information on what that means for them. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. released its new trailer for “Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them” for those looking for another installment in the world of “Harry Potter” but can’t make it to London’s West End for the new play. The trailer features plenty of new creatures and more of the cast in the movie set for release this November. Another trailer released at Comic-Con was Danny Boyle’s sequel to “Trainspotting,” which has a lot to prove as to why a sequel was necessarily needed for the cult film. The entire cast is back, though for some reason they’re branding it “T2” – an affront to any “Terminator” fan.

It’s a lot of news to take in over the course of a four-day weekend on the West Coast, but it’s always interesting to see and hear what studios want to reveal to the masses of fans at the convention.

Based on the new trailers released at this year's Comic-Con, what movie are you most excited to see? Leave a comment or email me at ncreason@cumberlink.com.


Load comments