The 2016 San Diego Comic-Con came and went last week as film studios, television networks and other massive companies showed off their pop-culture material to a hungry crowd of fans.
The event took place in the US over a period of four days starting from Thursday (July 21), and concluding on Sunday (July 24).
Those who could not attend (ourselves included) relied entirely on the internet to feed us with hordes of information of what transpired at this year’s event.
Thankfully though, there were some nice folks (particularly Warner Bros Pictures) who were kind enough to share Comic-Con happenings (legally of course) with non-attendees online.
So without further ado, let’s countdown only the biggest highlights at this year’s Comic-Con...
(L-R: The Flash, Superman, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, Batman and Aquaman in the first official image from the upcoming 'Justice League' film. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures)
According to multiple reports, Warner Bros reportedly blew the roof off with an impressive film showcase at this year’s con.
We can now see why as the studio was kind enough to upload footage from each movie showcase online for the rest of the world to see.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was superhero team-up film Justice League which was expected to make some sort of presence. However; a trailer for the November 2017 release, which is still deep in production, was rather unexpected.
The trailer is really good and might just give Batman v Superman sceptics a change of heart.
Fans need not worry as Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman looks to be an excellent film judging by its impressive debut trailer.
By adding a female director to the helm, the Amazonian Princess' first solo outing has that emotional character-driven femininity (with some action of course) to make for a really great film - and the trailer shows just that...
With Justice League and Wonder Woman making bigwaves, it’s such a shame that the final Suicide Squad trailer just couldn’t make us feel the same way. Keep in mind that the film’s debut footage shook Comic-Con to its core at last year’s event and was followed by two equally impressive trailers.
Kong: Skull Island
While the trailer does not show King Kong in all of his gigantic glory; what it does do is leave us wanting more. The mystery of what this film is going to be will leave viewers rather intrigued.
Harry Potter spin-off
By now you’ll all know that the Harry Potter spin-off prequel, set years prior, is the lengthy-titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This latest magical trailer with loads more footage shows us why we need to book our tickets this coming November.
The LEGO Batman Movie
Too young to see Batman in live-action? Well then this animated film may just be the right fit for you. And if it’s anything like 2014’s The LEGO Movie, which this trailer suggests, then adults will find something to enjoy as well.
Marvel Studios may have skimped on non-attendees with their lack of online material, but attendees were reportedly in for a treat.
While non-attendees received a glorious trailer for Doctor Strange, attendees saw footage from an array of upcoming films including Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, Thor 3 and Spider-Man: Homecoming, according to multiple reports.
The second trailer for Marvel's mystic hero gives non-comic book fans a detailed idea of what Doctor Strange can actually do – in other words, his superpowers. Judging by its rather unique trailer, Doctor Strange looks to be Marvel’s next Guardians of the Galaxy – an unconventional superhero film praised for its originality.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Speaking of Guardians of the Galaxy, the sequel which hits cinemas next year showcased quite a bit of footage. According to SlashFilm, the footage involved Ravagers, Star-Lord’s father (played by Kurt Russell), more aliens and loads of comedic moments. (Read their full footage description here)
The site adds that Sylvester Stallone also has a role in the highly anticipated sequel.
Marvel could not show too much footage from their upcoming Spider-Man reboot as the film only recently began production. However, SlashFilm reports that the studio was able to show fans footage from the film regarding Peter Parker’s high school life. (Read their footage description here)
Other Spidey highlights included a piece of concept art confirming The Vulture as the film’s villain.
Other Marvel highlights
According to SlashFilm, Marvel announced that Oscar winning actress Brie Larson has been cast as super heroine Captain Marvel – marvel’s first solo female superhero flick.
Call me Captain Marvel. pic.twitter.com/IgqRIb9ijM— Brie Larson (@brielarson) July 24, 2016
The site adds that Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan were confirmed by the studio as cast members of the upcoming Black Panther film, with the latter playing the villain. Black Panther is the studio’s first solo black superhero film.
Marvel also revealed their new logo and opening which you can watch below:
The title for the upcoming Star Trek TV show has finally been revealed via a teaser which you can watch below:
Marvel superhero Ghost Rider, whose film rights reverted to the company, is heading to the small screen. The skull-faced hero, who was previously played by Nicolas Cage, will be coming to Agents of Shield.
SlashFilm reports that Marvel’s Netflix heroes Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist will all be teaming up for another Netflix original series called The Defenders. Here’s the brief second teaser...
Are you a DC Comics fan? It was revealed at Comic-Con, according to SlashFilm, that 152 of your favourite characters (heroes and villains) will be making an appearance in the animated TV series Justice League Action. Watch the character-filled Comic-Con trailer below...
Aladdin and Jafar are heading into live-action this year as the two characters will be introduced in the sixth season of Once a Upon a Time, ComicBookMovie reported. Here’s a clip featuring the two characters on the show...
New trailers also dropped for Prison Break, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Legends of Tomorrow. (Watch them all below...)