Comic-Con 2016: All the Geek TV and movie news you should know (VIDEO)
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SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: A general view of atmosphere at Comic-Con International 2016 on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. Photo credit: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images Israel

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: A general view of atmosphere at Comic-Con International 2016 on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. Photo credit: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images Israel

One Geektime reporter tries to sum up all the major announcements from this year’s geek convention

This past week saw a group of fanatics take over a major U.S. city. No, we’re not talking about the Republican National Convention.

From July 21-24, Comic-Con ruled over San Diego, bringing with it all the chaos and excitement it always does. Here are some of the major stories that geeks should keep an eye on for the coming pop culture year.

General news

The Woods, a soon to be released found footage horror movie, was confirmed to be a surprise sequel to horror classic the Blair Witch Project. Its name will be changed to Blair Witch to reflect this. The film follows the brother of one of the characters from the original film as he searches for his lost sister. It will be released on September 16.

Star Trek has a new series coming out in January 2017. Titled Star Trek: Discovery, the show will follow the crew of the aptly named spaceship. The show will air on CBS All Access in North America and on Netflix globally.

For those computer security interested geeks, Oliver Stone brought the cast from his upcoming Edward Snowden biopic. As an added bonus, Stone voiced his displeasure with Pokémon Go and brought a live stream of the actual Edward Snowden to answer questions. Snowden will be released on September 16.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the upcoming movie set in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, released a new trailer highlighting the many magical creatures we can expect to see in the upcoming release. Set 70 years before the beloved Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts follows Newt Scamander, a Magizoologist, as he attempts to prevent some of his escaped magical creatures from destroying New York, and vice versa. The film will be released November 16.

DC News

Comic-Con is always a big event for the two big superhero story tellers.

DC Started off their panel by presenting the first trailer for Wonder Woman. The highly anticipated film follows the warrior princess as she ventures into the world of men to assist in the battles of World War 1.

DC also brought new footage from this year’s Suicide Squad. The upcoming film follows some of the biggest villains from DC comic’s storied history as they unite to become heroes.

On the television side, DC brought a new trailer for their beloved CW show the Flash. This upcoming season, based on the popular Flashpoint storyline, follows hero Barry Allen as he navigates through a mirror world of the one he grew up in, having changed the past in the finale of last season by saving his mother. The new season premiers on October 4.

Finally, DC brought the first footage from their most anticipated movie to date. Justice League, DC’s answer to the Avengers, will feature Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, a movie version of the Flash, and cybernetic hero Cyborg joining forces to face an unbeatable threat.

Marvel News

Marvel is the reigning king of Comic-con. In previous years, they premiered footage from the Avengers and announced entire line ups to their Marvel Cinematic Universe. This year did not feature a major announcement but did bring some unexpected surprises.
On the TV side, Marvel announced that this upcoming season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would feature notable anti-hero Ghost Rider.

They also revealed the trailer for the upcoming Netflix show Luke Cage which will follow the bullet proof hero, who was introduced in last year’s Jessica Jones, as he fights to protect Harlem. As an added surprise, Netflix also unveiled the first trailer for Iron Fist, the last Netflix Marvel show before the heroes unite to form the Defenders.

On the movie side of their operation, Marvel revealed a new trailer for Doctor Strange. The movie follows the character of the same name as he uses the mystical arts to fight evil.

Brie Larson, who received awards and critical acclaim for her role in Room last year, was announced as playing Captain Marvel in the upcoming film.

Finally, Marvel treated guests at their panel with footage from the new Spider-Man movie, Homecoming. Sadly this footage has not been released online, leaving those fans of the wall crawler disappointed. Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on July 7, 2017.

San Diego Comic Con is always overflowing with major news. The items listed above are only a small sampling of the major news and events coming in the next year. It is outside the realm of possibility for this writer to cover everything that was announced. I would need the Flash’s speed to do that.

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Alex Lazear

About Alex Lazear

Alex is a geek. An avid writer, he spends his free time playing video games, catching up on the latest movie release, or messing with whatever gadget he can get his hands on.

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