Have you ever wondered why it takes less than 5 minutes for San Diego Comic-Con to sell out every year?
It’s because there’s more to do there than any other 10 Comic-Cons combined. Blink and you’ll miss out on a major panel, autograph signing, or late night party hidden somewhere in the city (who cares if you weren’t invited?). It’s a sad fact of life that it’s literally impossible to do everything San Diego Comic-Con has to offer each year. So what do you do when you’re torn between two panels? What if you can’t get across town fast enough to get a ticket to an exclusive advance movie screening? What do you do when exhaustion overtakes you and you just can’t take one more step?
You go to the internet, of course.
And while it’s illegal for us to show you bootleg footage of the many big surprises unveiled at the panels like Marvel and Warner Bros, we can provide official snippets of content from some of the more fun events throughout downtown San Diego last weekend. So consider this a bonus round of Comic-Con fun from the comfort of your home. Whether you were stuck at home, ticketless or you were there and the debilitating exhaustion is keeping you from remembering much of it, we’re here to come to your rescue. That said, this isn’t even close to everything that went on last week. If you weren’t keeping up with us during the show on our official San Diego Comic-Con page, which included more than 230 original Instagram images from the event, here are just a few of the highlights from the week…
The World’s End
The final chapter in the unofficial trilogy of films from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost was out in full force at Comic-Con. Between the raucous panel, the card collecting game on the streets of the city, the private advanced screening, the insane invite-only after-party, the many-pedaled pedi-pubs (again, with no beer!), and just a little hint as to what the cover of Geek’s next issue might feature, The Worlds End was everywhere. If you have no idea what we’re talking about, here’s a little something that will hopefully clear things up…
Amazing Spider-Man 2
While geekdom is still at war with itself over whether they liked the new Spider-Man film or not from last year, the folks at Sony and Columbia Pictures went ahead and made a sequel anyway, featuring Jamie Foxx as the villain Electro. They showed us lots of footage, including a scene with Giamatti’s Rhino (minus any sort of Rhino costume) and the motivation behind Electro’s character in the film. Now that they’ve got the origin story out of the way, hopefully they’ll be able to get into some meaty storytelling and action. Oddly, just as they did 2 years prior, Andrew Garfield showed up in a Spidey costume, this time the real one from the movie, but this time pretended to be the real Spider-Man, complete with an American accent. The rest of the panelists played along, including Jamie Foxx, which made for some fun exchanges between the two as Spider-Man got to go all fanboy on Django. This was preceded by a video clip of Spider-Man climbing and webslinging his way through the Gaslamp District and getting stopped by security outside Hall H after being mistaken for just another cosplayer. Eventually Spidey left the stage in order to make room for Andrew Garfield, who was given just enough time to slip out of the costume and run a comb through his hair before hitting the stage for the rest of the panel. But for those not lucky enough to make it into the panel, a screen was set up just outside the Hard Rock Hotel that featured this little bit o’ film focusing on Electro…
How I Met Your Mother
The Hilton Bayfront Indigo Ballroom played host to the first and last panel for CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, with the entire cast in attendance. Unfortunately, it took place at the same time as a bunch of other big panels, so even I was among those who missed out on catching this one-time-only panel (this next season is its last). Luckily for us, CBS was kind enough to put the entire panel online for us. There’s 6 parts to this thing, but we’ll start you off with a clip that was shown exclusively to the audience of that panel. Seriously, it’s been 8 years since Ted started telling his kids how he met their mother. I’d be a little upset too…
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag pirate ship party
Admittedly, this was invite-only on Friday night, but during the day on Friday and Saturday, fans of Assassin’s Creed or pirate ships in general could board the re-purposed Star of India ship (normally docked a little further up the bay) and take in the sites, play games, get some rare swag, and even get a shave courtesy of Shick Hydro. But the party was something else entirely. They turned this classically beautiful ship into a dance club and a place to meet and mingle with other gamers, press and industry folks, as well as a few celebrities. Jennifer Morrison from Once Upon a Time, Aaron Eckhart from the Dark Knight, Ben Edlund from the Tick, Doc Hammer, co-creator of the Venture Bros, comedian Eric Andre, and even the Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill, showed up to take in the sites at the most unique after-hours party in all of San Diego. I was just happy that by 1am I was able to get solid food in me for the first time that day other than cookies, in the form of little turkey sandwiches. So other than stuffing my face, I did get the chance to snap a few shots from all 4 decks of the ship.
BONUS: On the way to the ship, which was docked out behind the convention center, you would walk by a number of wonderfully geeky spectacles, including giant Teen Titans balloons (the main image for this post), Batman, Robin, the Joker, and an almost life-sized piece of the Shire, including Bilbo and Gandalf, all created from LEGO.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is the host of a truly cosmic television event. More than 30 years ago, Cosmos was a series hosted by Carl Sagan (he even provides the voiceover at the begging of the clip below). But considering that Sagan has long since returned to the cosmos itself, Fox and the National Geographic Channel has decided to bring it back with deGrasse Tyson at the helm of what appears to be a pretty sweet looking space/time ship, visiting all corners of our galaxy and our history. Cosmos is a multi-part series coming to Fox on Sunday nights at 8pm in 2014, squeezed in alongside Fox’s animation block, which includes the likes of the Simpsons and Family Guy. Not so coincidentally, Seth McFarlane, the Family Guy creator is a producer on Cosmos alongside Brannon Braga (Star Trek: the Next Generation), so the show has a pretty solid pedigree. Throw in some driving guitars over lots of high def live action and animated sequences to portray existence in a way we’ve barely considered it, Cosmos looks to be something truly unique on television next year.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Yes, Warner Bros’ revelation that Batman would be taking on the Man of Steel in the next Superman movie was a mind blower. And Marvel’s panel started strong with Loki addressing his geek army and only got more incredible from there, ending in the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron revelation (plus, who knew that Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy were going to look that AMAZING?!). But it was the X-Men: Days of Future Past panel that pulled out all the stops. Sure, it consisted of 15 actors and a handful of producers along with director Bryan Singer all sitting quietly waiting for their turn to answer questions from the audience, but the footage they showed floored us. Just the concept of Patrick Stewart Professor X talking to his younger James McAvoy Professor X made us squeal. To actually see it turned us into puddles on the floor. Then Ian McKellan flirted with his younger self, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman considered the idea of a Wolverine musical (briefly), and some guy who will probably play Bishop in exactly 10 seconds of the film expressed just how happy and lucky he was to be there. There simply wasn’t a bigger, star-studded panel that week. But for hardcore geeks, it isn’t just the star power associated with this film or the reunion of actors we’ve been dying to see come together in a way that hasn’t been the same since X-Men 2. It’s the fact that one of the most iconic stories in X-Men history – nay, comic book history – is being filmed, even if everything isn’t exactly the way we remember it from the comics. But that’s okay. I personally love time travel stories and this was one of the first that got me into the genre. Could another X-Men film be my most anticipated film of 2014?
This video comes in many parts, but this first segment just gives you an idea of how many cast members showed up for this panel…
And the list goes on and on…
We welcomed an attack from Sharknado fans at our booth. We wiped ourselves out running from zombies at the Walking Dead Escape (but caught it all on camera). We got our heads severed and made into an action figure accessory at the Predator 3D booth on the Exhibition Hall floor. We got a chilling sneak peek at the upcoming 4th season of the Walking Dead on Friday. We got to award one lucky cosplayer big prizes for her Mars Attacks costume during the Masquerade on Saturday. We thrilled at seeing the first few minutes of the final hours of Breaking Bad on Sunday. And exhausted as we were, we had a great time going over the days’ events in a special series of podcasts.
Is there anything that you experienced at Comic-Con that caught your attention more than anything else?