Countdown to Comic Con 2014 - Superheroes

San Diego’s Comic Con is one of the largest pop culture conventions in the world and has become not just a place for comic book enthusiasts as its name suggests, but one of the premiere events for those in the television, film, book, toy, collectible, and gaming industries to unveil new products and information about upcoming releases.  Multiple panels and workshops feature actors, directors, artists, costumers, authors, and other guests.  This year the event runs from July 24th – 27th and though many fans (such as myself) won’t be able to attend, I thought it’d be fun to go through the San Diego Comic Con Event Schedule and write about some interesting panels and workshops I’ll be keeping an eye on as I count down to Comic Con.

Note: All quoted descriptions of the panels and workshops are from the programming schedule found here.

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Countdown to Comic Con - Superheroes

     Growing up, I wasn’t a huge superhero fan … I read books instead of comics, so though I was familiar with certain characters, it wasn’t until I watched DC’s excellent Young Justice t.v. show and Marvel’s Cinematic Universe movies (Iron Man, Captain America, Avengers, etc.) that I began to truly connect with these heroes.  With the huge popularity and success of (especially Marvel Studio’s) superhero films, it’s no surprise that there are many panels devoted to these superhuman beings. 

Marvel Television Presents

Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm

“Jeph Loeb (Marvel's head of television) returns with exciting news and fun surprises for fans! Join Jeph and the casts of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's Agent Carter in this can't-miss panel that will take you behind the scenes and into the future of Marvel's live-action television series.”
The cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (c.) Disney/Marvel

     My youngest brother and I have been following Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and though I’ve had trouble connecting to several of the characters, I do love the British scientist duo of Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons, so I plan to keep watching for at least one more season (actually, we have a couple more episodes from last season to catch up on).    However, one of my favorite aspects of the Captain America: The First Avenger film was the historical setting, so the announcement of the Agent Carter series (featuring Peggy Carter) has me hoping that they’ll be releasing at least a teaser trailer at Comic Con this year ... 

Marvel Studios

Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm

"Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe."

      There isn't much info from the official panel description, but I'm sure they'll have a filled-to-capacity audience filled with surprises (anyone remember Tom Hiddleston's grand entrance as Loki last year?) I would guess a portion of this panel will focus on Guardians of the Galaxy, since the film releases this August. According to collider.com, Michael Douglas (who is portraying Hank Pym in Ant-Man next year) confirmed he will be attending and supposedly Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk) and some other guests connected with the highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron may appear.

Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment: The Flash, Constantine, Arrow, and the World Premiere of Gotham with Special Appearances by Casts and Producers, Hosted by Arrow's Stephen Amell

Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00pm - 11:00pm

“…Kicking off the exclusive evening is the world premiere public screening of the highly anticipated new drama series Gotham …it will be followed by a screening of the complete pilot episode of new action-drama The Flash, as well as exclusive video presentations of returning hit Arrow and new thriller Constantine. Cast and producers from all four series will make special appearances on stage throughout the night, with the festivities to be hosted by Oliver Queen himself -- Arrow star Stephen Amell ...

The Flash- From the Arrow creative team of executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter, The Flash is a fast-paced superhero drama that follows the high-speed adventures of the Fastest Man Alive. Written by Berlanti, Kreisberg, and DC Entertainment's chief creative officer Geoff Johns, the action drama follows Central City police scientist Barry Allen, an everyday guy with the heart of a hero and the genuine desire to help others. Standing still emotionally since the day his mother was murdered (and his father unjustly jailed for the crime), Barry was taken in as a child by the investigating Detective West and raised in a cop's home alongside West's super-smart daughter (and Barry's dream girl), Iris. But when an unexpected and devastating accident at the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator facility strikes Barry, he finds himself suddenly charged with the incredible power to move at super speeds. While Barry has always been a hero in his soul, his newfound powers have finally given him the ability to act like one. With a winning personality and a smile on his face, Barry Allen-aka The Flash-is finally moving forward in life...very, very fast! …”

      The Flash and his allies quickly became one of my favorite superhero “families” ever since first watching Young Justice last year.  Though Grant Gustin’s version of Barry Allen/The Flash is younger and not as bulked up as the comic book depictions, he won me over in his appearances in Arrow (from whence The Flash will be a spin off of). Though I couldn’t really get into Arrow (though I do love Felicity Smoak), I’m definitely going to be watching The Flash this fall! Check out the extended trailer below ... pretty neat, right?



Do you like superheroes? Who are your favorites or what news (superhero or otherwise) are you looking forward to the most from Comic Con this year? Comment below and let me know!
 
 

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2 comments:

  1. I don't generally follow superheros, but sometimes I casually follow them. My favorite superhero? Haha... I liked Larry-Boy as a kid.

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    1. I love VeggieTales, so very good choice! I like how Larry-Boy began as kind of a bumbling Batman-type and as the series went on they highlighted other elements reminiscent of other superheroes such as Spider-Man. =)

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