San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Everything You Need to Know

The annual celebration of pop culture that is San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, and left us with a treasure trove of news nuggets about our favorite entertainment.

Over the past few years, Comic-Con has not been the exclusive domain of the cape and tights set, but they are still well-represented. Nerdy favorites like The Good Place and Brooklyn Nine-Nine also had a pronounced presence at the event this year.

The biggest news surrounding 2018’s Comic-Con didn’t even take place at the event. On Friday afternoon, Hollywood trade news outlets started reporting that James Gunn, the creative force behind Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies, had been fired as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.

It appears that in an attempt to expose hypocrisy at Marvel’s parent company, Disney over the recent Roseanne Barr firing, some conservative media figures dug up decade-old (and older) tweets written by Gunn that made light of topics like rape and molestation. Screenshots of the tweets began making the rounds on Fox News, and the resulting public furor forced Disney’s hand.

Reaction across social media was similar. Shock and disbelief that a likable director of a beloved movie franchise was let go, followed by an acceptance that seeing Gunn’s tweets all stacked up was more child abuse jokes than acceptable, regardless of the timeframe, and definitely unacceptable for a high-profile employee of the family-friendly House of Mouse.

To Gunn’s credit he owned up to the tweets, saying at the time he saw himself as a provocateur and — much like all of us — he’s not the same person he was a decade or more ago.

There has been no word on a replacement yet but if memes are to be believed, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is an early internet favorite.

Match Gunn’s firing with the furor seemingly racist tweets from former Villanova basketball player Donte DiVincenzo (who in high school, quoted a lot of rap lyrics verbatim) and racist and homophobic tweets from Milwaukee Brewers pitcher, Josh Hader — perhaps instead of July 20th being National Lollipop Day, it should be National Social Media Scrub Day. Every year on this day, everyone should through their past social media posts and deletes all the offensive posts that could cost them their dream job ten years down the line or better yet, helps folks decide not post garbage like that in the first place.

Gunn’s firing was really the bulk of the Marvel-related news out of SDCC. The past few years, all the studios under the Disney umbrella (Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar) have decided to throw their own geeky party (D23 at the end of August), and that’s where we will find our latest Avengers and Star Wars related news.

We did learn about some new animated projects coming from Marvel, and that Clark Gregg, the beloved Agent Phil Coulson, will direct the Season 6 premiere of his old show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

There was a single live action trailer. Iron Fist, the most maligned of the Marvel shows on Netflix, has a second season coming in September.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is getting a new life on Disney’s streaming service and it also has a spiffy new trailer.

Marvel’s absence opened the door for DC to have a huge presence at SDCC and they were met with mixed results.

Most important was the first full trailer for November’s Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa.

It’s hard to tell if this one is going to be more Wonder Woman or more Justice League so jury is still out. There was also a trailer for Shazam, with Zach Levi as the Big Red Cheese himself. That trailer looks like they are going to sell this as Big with superpowers.

Levi is no Tom Hanks, he’s not even Colin Hanks, but it feels like this movie has hit the character’s tone on the nose, so it has the chance to become DC’s version of Ant-Man.

The CW’s DC television shows have only been in production for about a week, so the trailers they showed were more previous season recaps, with forward spinning narration.

DC is also getting into the streaming game, and unveiled a trailer for a Teen Titans-based show, Titans, which pretty much landed with a grim and gritty thud.

Not much room for “booyahs” and waffles when there are F-bombs to be dropped, and necks to be snapped.

The Walking Dead always has a big presence at SDCC, and this year was no exception. The main show starts its ninth season this fall, and brought an extended trailer showing the brave new world after a time jump. The news that this will be Andrew Lincoln‘s last year playing Rick Grimes was confirmed by the actor, himself (though the character is still alive in Robert Kirkman’s comic series) during the series’ panel.

Fewer guns, more horses, same infighting among the survivors.

Fear The Walking Dead also debuted a trailer. I can’t comment on it a ton because I gave up on that show sometime in Season 2.

Star Trek: Discovery will be following up its successful first season on CBS All-Access later this year.

Godzilla King of the Monsters, dropped a trailer featuring Millie Bobby Brown being chased by a whole new group of scary things.

Here’s the trailer for Glass, the follow-up to M. Night Shyamalan‘s Unbreakable and Split starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy and Sarah Paulson.

That’s a lot of the entertainment to be excited about over the next year, so mark your calendars and schedule your vacation time to wedge it all in.

Craig Wack

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