San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Day 1 Recap

All of us nerds wait every year for this weekend. San Diego Comic-Con is full of announcements for future movies and shows that generate excitement during the convention. Only one day has passed, and plenty of juicy news has dropped, so let’s get into the thick of it.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ending

The hit Marvel show on ABC, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., will go on its final mission for its seventh season.

The show gave background on behind the scenes work with S.H.I.E.L.D. across the MCU. While the TV work from Marvel never gets seen on the big screen, the events happening on the small screen certainly have an impact on the overall universe.

The Witcher Details

An interview with Entertainment Weekly gives some extra details on the upcoming Netflix series based on the popular novels and video games The Witcher. Showrunner Lauren Hissrich (Daredevil) gives some background on the narrative, casting, and some of the controversies that surround the upcoming adaption.

“We’re not adapting the videogames, it’s a straight adaptation of the books,” Hissrich told EW when discussing the video games and her vision for the show. “Which is great as the videogames are also an adaptation of the books. They went one direction, we actually get to go another. We’re kind of holding close to our chest what we’re doing in the first season.”

Like any story, you have a protagonist and antagonist. Hissrich discusses the “shades of gray” in both the books and her adaptions.

“There isn’t really a villain,” she said. “One of the things we’re enjoying exploring is all the shades of grey in the books. The characters you’re rooting for in the beginning may not be the characters you’re rooting for in the end. And characters you hate and seem absolutely evil are motivated by something that’s really relatable and human and emotional.”

The showrunner gives some insight into the controversy that surrounded the casting of Freya Allan (Into the Badlands) as Ciri.

“I think that anytime you’re doing casting and you’re casting something that has a lot of existing fans you’re going to get a lot of opinions about whether it matches fans vision,” she said. “This franchise has millions of fans. We knew we weren’t going to make everyone happy. As you know, per the controversy, we looked at everyone possible for this role. And when we found Freya we made her an offer that day. She’s incredibly special.”

Final Trailer for IT: Chapter Two

The sequel to the profitable Stephen King remake is coming out Sept. 6. During SDCC, the final trailer for the anticipated horror flick dives deeper into the horrors that await audiences.

Westworld Season 3 Details

Co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming season of HBO’s confusing sci-fi drama. He spoke about the narrative will be easier to consume and the casting.

“This is season is a little less of a guessing game and more of an experience with the hosts finally getting to meet their makers,” Nolan told EW.

Familiar faces like Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) but many others have not been confirmed. One new face will be a construction worker named Caleb, who will make a significant impact on Dolores. Caleb will be played by Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul.

““Aaron’s character will challenge Dolores’ notions about the nature of humanity,” Nolan said. “He’s the type of person who doesn’t get to go to Westworld.”

Westworld season three arrives next year.

Original John Connor, Edward Furlong, is Back in Terminator

James Cameron is bringing back all of the old faces from the original Terminator movies. Skyping from the set of the next Avatar, the producer announces Edward Furlong will come back in the role of John Connor.

Terminator: Dark Fate is supposed to take the series back to its roots. The sixth entry comes out Nov. 1.

Star Trek: Picard Gets Information

Sir Patrick Stewart is going back into space in the upcoming Star Trek series. The series coming to CBS all access will take Picard into a fight while developing his character further since fans had last seen him.

The Star Trek panel is Saturday, so expect plenty more details to be released that day.

His Dark Materials Trailer

HBO is adapting another novel series into a show. Taking from Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy which consists of The Golden CompassThe Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. This is the first trailer for the upcoming fantasy series.

His Dark Materials comes out this fall and will star James McAvoy (Split, X-Men), Dafne Keen (Logan), and Ruth Wilson (Luther).

Top Gun: Maverick Lands a Trailer

Tom Cruise is gearing up to train a new generation pilots in the new trailer for Top Gun: Maverick. It has been 33 years later, and the sequel will fly in on June 26, 2020.

Marvel’s Avengers Goes Deeper 

Square Enix showed off its first official trailer for their upcoming Avengers title. The game got a mixed reaction from fans and critics, but at SDCC a new look gives some extra insight into what it will be like stepping into the shoes of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Everything shown will be held off to the public until Gamescom, which goes from Aug. 20 to 24. Customization for gear and outfits were shown. Square goes into the deep history of Marvel to bring out inspired costumes from the many comics that have come over the years. The upgrading system to empower each hero was also shown.

The game will focus on a single-player campaign along with a four-player cooperative mode. It is slated to come May 15, 2020, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Google Stadia.

Pre-order: Marvel’s Avengers – PlayStation 4

Pre-order: Marvel’s Avengers – Xbox One

Image via flickr/William Tung

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