Teasers, trailers and Trekkies: Nerd news from San Diego Comic Con
So you couldn't make it to this year's international gathering of geeks in San Diego. It's cool, neither did we. But being dedicated nerds, we spent the past four days scouring Instagram, Twitter and Facebook patiently waiting for every tidbit of news on our beloved fandoms. The massive amount of news coming out of San Diego Comic Con is exciting and overwhelming. It's almost impossible to cover it all, so we highlighted the best everyone's talking about.
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Luke Cage: The series starring Jessica Jones supporting character Luke Cage (Mike Colter) revealed its first trailer, featuring Cage's super strength and impenetrable skin taking on some bad guys in Harlem, New York City. All episodes coming to Netflix September 30. Watch here
Iron Fist, The Defenders: The Defenders are comprised of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist, who hasn't had his own standalone show - until now. Finn Jones is Daniel Rand, a skilled martial arts master with some supernatural abilities up his sleeves. Both coming to Netflix in 2017.
Legion: A joint production between Fox and Marvel, Legion follows David Haller, a young man diagnosed with schizophrenia. But as one of the men in the trailer suggests, he could be one of the most powerful mutants. In the comics, Legion is the son of Professor X, creator of the X-Men. However, Legion won't take place in the same timeline of recent X-Men movies. Legion comes to Fox in 2017. Watch here
Spider-man: Homecoming: Next July, Marvel gives that sweet Underoos kid Iron Man recruited in Captain America: Civil War his own movie. By day he's a nerdy student at Midtown High and by night he's the wallcrawler Spiderman. Concept art also revealed a major villain for the movie to be Vulture (fingers crossed to be played by Michael Keaton). The teaser trailer for Spider-man: Homecoming was shown only to con-goers.
Dr. Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme makes his big screen debut this fall with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the neurosurgeon-turned-mystic-arts-master. The film focuses on Strange's origins and how he came to have the power to bend reality as a superhero - "Study and practice, years of it." Watch here
Captain Marvel: No trailer yet for Carol Danvers, the first female character to have her own titular movie from Marvel Studios. But Marvel announced Brie Larson, star of Room, will be Captain Marvel, which is one of the best things to come out of the four-day convention.
Wonder Woman: Gal Gadot's Diana Prince is a fierce Amazonian warrior who definitely doesn't need a man. Cameos by a gleaming sword hidden in a gorgeous cobalt blue dress and the famous Lasso of Truth. Coming June 2, 2017. Watch here
Justice League: Honestly, the best parts of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice were the teases to the Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg teaming up with Batman, Wonderwoman and Superman, aka the Justice League. No hints yet to Green Lantern joining the team, but LOOK AT JASON MOMOA'S AQUAMAN OMG. Watch here
Suicide Squad: In the panel for Suicide Squad, director David Ayer said he wanted the film to "look like a comic book." The movie achieves that look in the final trailer before its August 5 debut. The ragtag group of villainous misfits assemble for a chaotic and hilarious fight against things that are even more evil. Multiple trailers are cool and all, but maybe keep secret some of the fun stuff for the actual movie. Watch here
Comic Con celebrates 50 years of Star Trek
What better way to celebrate five decades of Starfleet, Captain Kirk and "Live Long and Prosper" than with the unveiling of the Star Trek: Discovery series? The series debuts in January 2017, with episodes that tell stories more like a novel. There's also a new ship in the final frontier: the USS Discovery. Watch here
Potterheads get another glimpse of Fantastic Beasts
Fans have already seen the basic plot of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander arrives in 1920's New York City with a suitcase full of magical creatures, they escape, the muggle (ahem, No-Maj) and wizarding worlds are thrown into chaos. But the newest trailer has a line that's a bit political - "We're going to recapture my creatures before they get hurt. They're currently in alien terrain, surrounded by the most vicious creatures on the planet: humans." Fantastic Beasts is shaping up to be the perfect supplement featuring the relationship between the muggle and wizarding communities. Premieres November 18. Watch here
Revivals and reboots
Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival: The cult classic TV series is headed back to Netflix after a never-wavering fandom succeeded with a more than $5 million Kickstarter campaign. The 14-episode series will have a new host, Mads, be set "In the not-too-distant future" and have even more B-movies to riff. No word on when the series will debut, but all 49 episodes of the original series are available on Hulu.
Blair Witch: The Woods, original title of the upcoming found-footage horror flick, revealed at Comic Con that it's actually a direct sequel to the 1999 The Blair Witch Project. The screening in San Diego revealed the film's actual title, Blair Witch, and shows the film picks up years after the original. When footage of long-lost main character Heather Donahue is found by her brother, he sets out into Black Hills Forest to find out what happened to her. Premieres September 16.
The Walking Dead: Last, but certainly not least, was the showing of the season seven trailer for The Walking Dead on Friday afternoon. The finale of the last season left fans biting their nails and screaming at the TV, and the trailer took us back to that bloody, torturous moment. It doesn't answer the question of who Negan beat to death with a barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat, but it does show the ways of the Saviors, Carol sounding like she's gone a bit crazy and a first glimpse of King Ezekiel, his pet tiger, Shiva and The Kingdom. The Walking Dead comic book fans go wild. Watch here
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