It's happening. It's really happening. Even though it feels like it was only yesterday, it's here again — Comic-Con 2011 is just around the bend!
One of my absolute favorite weeks of the year is almost upon us, where the MTV News gang will be magically transported to the wonderful world of Slave Leia cosplay and big blockbuster overload — or, as it's really known, the San Diego Convention Center in California that houses all of these wonderful gems.
There's a lot to look forward to with this year's programming, even if Marvel Studios isn't bringing "The Avengers" to Hall H (boo!). Take "Game of Thrones," for instance: HBO is going to have a huge presence at Comic-Con this year and we're guaranteed to see some new casting announcements (we've got our wish list!) and, hey, perhaps even some new footage. On the movies side, I gotta put Splash Page editor Rick Marshall's hat on for a moment and say that I'm most excited to see whatever's coming out of the "Ghost Rider" panel. Crazy Nicolas Cage meets crazy "Crank" filmmakers for an action movie about a demonic motorcyclist with a flaming skull for a head? You already know how much I loved "Drive Angry," so it goes without saying that I'm beyond psyched for this one.
But that's all just my take. Hit past the jump to see what some of your other favorite writers and outlets across the movies blogosphere are looking forward to come this year's Comic-Con!
MTV's very own Rick Marshall of Splash Page is "hoping to finally see some footage from 'The Amazing Spider-Man' that isn't recorded on someone's cell phone, because I need something to wipe the memory of 'Spider-Man 3.' from my mind. I'm also really looking forward to seeing the 'Locke & Key' pilot at IDW's panel on Friday, since it might be our only chance to find out what we're missing.
Our pals Brooke Tarnoff and Breanne L. Heldman, Hit-Girls/Senior Editors of MTV's NextMovie.com, are heading to San Diego for cowboys, aliens and, well, "Cowboys & Aliens." In addition to catching Favreau's sneak preview, they're most psyched to experience the record-setting decibel levels at the "Twilight" panel -- and will fight to the death, if necessary, to get their hands on "Hunger Games" intel.
The succinct but lovable Mike Sampson of JoBlo.com says, "I can't wait to see what 'The Amazing Spider-Man' looks like, especially in 3D. And with any luck, they'll officially reveal the villain..."
Latino Review's Kellvin Chalvez says: "At this year's convention, with the absence of Marvel Studios, what I really want to see 'The Amazing Spider-Man' and 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' . . . which technically is also Marvel, so there will actually be a Marvel presence. I want to see the new take on 'Spider-Man' and how crazy 'Ghost Rider' will be with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor directing. And let's not forget 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1!'"
Over at Rotten Tomatoes, Ryan Fujitani and Matt Atchity recognize that there's "so much to do, so little time… I want to get into the 'Cowboys & Aliens' premiere. I want to hear fans’ thoughts on DC's Flashpoint initiative. I’m also going to go to the Marvel booth to demand to know why my MDCU subscription isn’t available on the iPad comics apps.”
Don Kaye from MSN's Parallel Universe says, "I'm looking forward to the big 'Dark Knight Rises' and 'Man of Steel' presen -- oh, wait, those aren't happening. OK, then I'm really psyched for the Avengers panel in Hall H and -- er, I guess they're not showing up either. You know what? I'm just looking forward to being surprised by something -- like I am every year."
As for the Screen Rant team, they too are a bit bummed that "The Avengers" won't be at Comic-Con 2011. "We have our fingers crossed that Zack Snyder's Superman reboot 'Man of Steel' will have some kind of presence at the convention, but failing that, we're eager to see if 'The Amazing Spider-Man' is truly a worthy reboot of the franchise.
Danile Hubschman of Hollywood.com says "Many of the films I was most anticipating to see at Comic-Con will not be there at all, but luckily 'The Amazing Spider-Man' will. A first look at the new beginning of this beloved franchise will no doubt be the highlight of the Con, but I'm also giddy about potential small screen hits like 'Person of Interest' and 'Terra Nova,' in addition to blockbuster titles like 'Cowboys and Aliens' and 'Fright Night.'"
Jim Littler of ComicBookMovie.com adds his voice to the conversation: “With many of the major comic book movies bowing out this year ('The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Man of Steel,' 'The Avengers,' etc.) ComicBookMovie.com's reporters are going to have some free time to browse this year — and check out all the cosplayer hotties. Be sure to come by the site to see our massive gallery."
But Jordan Hoffman of UGO wonders, "what exactly does a studio mean when they say they'll have a presence, but not a panel, at Comic-Con? I wanna see how 'The Avengers' pulls this off, and I also wanna see Tarsem Singh dazzle the crowd with his comedy act during the 'Immortals' panel. And I sure as hell hope I get in that elevator of two dozen women dressed like Power Girl like I did last year. . . or was that a dream?"
Katey Rich from CinemaBlend is thinking along the same lines, saying, "I'm excited about all the potential for studios to plan something out of the ordinary this year, like the 'Cowboys & Aliens' premiere or whatever Marvel is cooking up for the show floor. Hall H can be great, but it's time to change up the formula, and I'm hoping studios are planning a lot more unusual stuff than we know about so far."
Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub at Collider.com says he's looking forward to hanging out with his fellow nerds and arguing about George Lucas, the Twilight fans, and what was the coolest footage in Hall H.
Likewise, Edward Douglas of ComingSoon.net says, "As much as I want to see footage and hopefully hear announcements about future superhero movies, Comic-Con is one of the best socializing and networking places for people who want to write about movies or genre-fare, and more than anything, I'm looking forward to spending time with people I don’t normally get to see year-round."
Speaking of people headed down to the show, Kristal Bailey will be trekking down to San Diego Comic Con for Gordon and the Whale. She's a long time attendee, but this is her first year as press. She loves the Hall H panels and Kevin Smith's long talk, but this year with so many big titles bowing out (see: SUPERMAN, BATMAN, AVENGERS), she's most excited for the smaller movies she's haven't even heard of yet. "There's always a handful that blow me away and get me excited for the year of genre movies to come!"
And Movies.com, under the new leadership of former Cinematical Editor-in-Chief Erik Davis, will be assembling a host of movie geeks like David Ehrlich, Todd Gilchrist and himself to storm the Comic-Con castle in the hopes of rescuing a princess... or reporting the same story everyone else is, only five minutes faster and with twice the big words, whichever is easier.
As far as inhumans go, the sentient robots and/or brain-in-a-vat that is io9 communicates, "The whole io9 staff will be in San Diego, covering the big new movies and TV shows, along with astonishing art, dazzling cosplay, and mindbending books. Check out the reviews, interviews, and previews on io9's Comic-Con 2011 page."
Moving on into TV land, Greg Ellwood of HitFix is "on pins and needles to see whether Comic-Con will finally put some of the massively popular TV shows such as 'True Blood' or 'Game of Thrones' in Hall H. It's been too long that fans have to wait for hours to try to get into Ballroom 20 only to never had a shot in the first place. There are definitely some movie panels that would seem more packed in Ballroom 20. There is no reason they can't mix both halls up with TV and movie content."
Chris Carle of IGN agrees that "it’s TV’s big year at SDCC and I personally can’t wait to see what’s happening with 'Game of Thrones.' This should be a huge, happy hug fest for fans, and a big 'We Did It!' moment for creators and producers. Also, 'Fringe.' I’m jonesing to get a look at the revamped 'Beavis and Butthead,' and the new 'ThunderCats,' and curious about 'Locke & Key' and 'Alcatraz.' Despite a reduced movies presence, 'The Amazing Spider-Man'. has us intrigued; hopefully, it can follow in the footsteps of the ' X-Men' reboot.
The gang at Film School Rejects plan to take it easy by hitting the sunny beaches of San Diego to relax, drink fruity drinks, and occasionally see whether or not there's anything going on at the convention center. Their Comic-Con Hit Squad plans on setting up tents inside Hall H, pestering Steven Soderbergh for interviews (at least seven), and finding the most interesting angles on the best stories coming out of the Con.