The absolute best from SDCC!

Jake Hughes
July 24, 2018 - 1:23 pm

(Photo by Frank Micelotta/FX/PictureGroup/Sipa USA)


San Diego Comic Con is finally over, and wow, was it a doozy. Dozens of hot new trailers were released, panels held on everything from brutal horror movies to My Little Pony, and all around nerdiness. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s not waste time. Here’s some of the best.

From the man whose career started great, then took the most meteoric nosedive ever, and is now clawing its way back to the top, director M. Night Shyamalan brings us the conclusion/beginning/both of his little cinematic universe in Glass. The movie brings together both Hero (Bruce Willis) and Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) from Unbreakable and “The Beast” (James McAvoy) from Split in one movie where we’re not sure if everyone involved is super powered or just crazy. I must admit, this is the first time in a long time that I have been kinda hyped for a Sham-a-lam-a-ding-dong movie. With his last few flicks actually being… well, pretty damn good, maybe he’s poised for a full comeback? We’ll have to wait and see until 2019.

What’s this? A DC movie that… isn’t dark and gritty?! Praise Siegel and Shuster! Aquaman, the latest in DC’s attempt to build a (pfft) cinematic universe that can compete with Marvel’s, see’s Jason Momoa as the titular hero trying to find his place in the world. Not the most original plot, but it serves as a good origin story for the fish-man. The movie comes out in October.

Yet another DC movie, though we don’t know if it fits into their (pfft) cinematic universe, Captain Marv… oh, what? Oh, oh Marvel already has a movie in the works called Captain Marvel? Oh, then, uh… Shazam! follows foster kid Billy Batson as he is granted with the ability to turn into a massively muscled Zachary Levi by saying the titular word. Captain Marvel/Shazam, has always been a kid’s power fantasy, and it looks like they’re playing up the humorous, kid-friendly aspect of the character. That might just be what DC needs at this point.

Hail to the King, baby! Godzilla is back, and this time, he’s brought some friends. Little was told about what role Godzilla will have in this movie—antagonist or savior—but either way, buildings will crumble, and atomic fire breath will flow. Oh, and you know what I hate? People like the woman in this movie who try and play man as some kind of blight on the planet. Like, okay, we ain’t been the best shepherds, but we’re working on it! All this, “oh, man is a disease, an infection” talk pisses me off. Mankind, heck yeah!

You know what I loved about the first Fantastic Beasts? The differences shown between American and British wizards. Like, for people with no magic, the British made up this silly sounding word. “Muggle.” Just cutesy. But America? What do we call people with no magic? “No Mag’s.” Hell, yeah! Simplicity! That’s another thing that irks me about this universe. The way they talk about mugg—sorry, No Mag’s. Like we’re some kind of sub-human. “Oh, that’s muggle technology. Oh, those muggles are so backwards and helpless.” Know what, ya jerk? You can complain all you want about how “helpless we are,” but I’ll tell you this: the Battle for Hogwarts would have been a damned sight shorter had a muggle sniper been sitting atop the tower of the school with a Barrett .50 cal!

Um, what were we talking about? Oh, right! Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is coming out in November!

Now, there were also a ton of TV previews, but we’re running short on time, so here’s a quick and dirty look.

Rick’s leaving, “CORRAL!” might be leaving, Norman Reedus will still be awesome, and this show has been on about three seasons too long.

Matt Groening takes shots at the fairy tale genre, girl power, should have been a revival of Futurama.

Star Trek still going strong, Captain Pike made me fanboy, the promise of Spock made me fanboy harder, God this show is awesome.

Seth MacFarlane’s only good show returns, Still looks hilarious, TNG satire made with love, seriously this show is better than it has any right to be.

The Purge made into a TV series. Meh.

Blatantly obvious Anti-Trump rhetoric? Classy. TV’s first transgender superhero? Awesome!

There were a few more, but nothing really stood out as noteworthy. Things like new seasons of, Arrow, The Man in High Castle, Black Lightning, Better Call Saul, and Iron Fist. I’ll be scanning the debris of SDCC to see if there’s anything else of note.