SDCC 2013 Thoughts and Things

Once again, I’m battling SDCC envy. For the past 5 days, like thousands of geeks around the world, I’ve been living vicariously through the army of weirdos who have descended upon San Diego for this year’s Comic-Con International aka San Diego Comic-Con aka Geek Heaven.

But while I may not have experienced the magical — and I imagine very smelly — congregation of pop culture fans, creators, and retailers, the Internet was there to keep me updated on what went down. There were a few things that caught my attention and got me genuinely excited — and some made me totally anxious. Here are my thoughts on SDCC things:

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Good News: The sequel to Marvel’s The Avengers will not be based on the recently concluded Age of Ultron event. I read the mini-series and most of the tie-ins and honestly, it was one big stinking pile of meh. Besides, there’s a whole bunch of reasons why the event would not translate well to the big screen, including the fact that it sucks. Joss Whedon and Marvel are aiming for an Ultron origin story and I guess that’s the best way to bring in the character into Marvel’s cinematic universe. This brings us to the bad news.

Bad News: The movie is an Ultron origin story but there’s no Hank Pym. THERE. IS. NO. HANK. PYM. Yes, they can tweak the story so some other genius — probably the genius playboy philanthropist kind — will be the one to create Ultron, and it would probably be a compelling take on Ultron’s story, but that just doesn’t sit well with me. I imagine Pym fans will be throwing fits for years to come, unless Whedon is a big fat liar. That Whedon, always playing with our hearts.

Tom Hiddleston is the best.

I haven’t seen the teasers and trailers they showed during Marvel Studios’ panel but I’m still pretty psyched about Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World. I’m especially excited for the latter because Tom Hiddleston is the best. I mean, just look at him and his surprise appearance in all his Loki glory. I love how the crowd just started chanting “LO-KI! LO-KI! LO-KI!” WWE-style.

Young Avengers: Afterparty

Young Avengers: Afterparty

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One of the best monthly series around is going to celebrate its first year with a 2-issue jam comic involving guest creators such as Ming Doyle, Joe Quinones, and Becky Cloonan. Reading a Young Avengers issue is always a hoot, so I can’t wait to see Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie throwing a party for the Young Avengers with guest creators and — based on the covers — guest stars from Avengers Academy, the Runaways, and the Jean Grey School. Also, TROLL!


Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

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It’s just surreal that only 5 years ago, I was gushing over the newly launched Guardians of the Galaxy monthly series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning and it felt like there were only a few of us who cared. Now the movie is coming and it sounds like an epic space opera that’s about to melt people’s faces. Seeing the cast together felt great. It’s the same kind of feeling that I had when I first saw the whole cast of The Avengers together. Although I’m kind of disappointed that Rocket Raccoon wasn’t there. Still, just look at that cast. That is one weird group of people. Almost as weird as seeing Karen Gillan with a shaved head.

Guardians of the Galaxy Cast

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Does Superman ever smile?

That’s what a young girl asked the Superman writers, artists, and editors at the Superman panel. This is what you’re doing to the world, DC. Having Superman kill the Joker (and a bunch of others) in Injustice: Gods Among Us, General Zod in Man of Steel, and Dr. Light (you know, the rapist) in Justice League #22 is just the tip of the super iceberg. You are depriving the kids of today of a bright and optimistic Superman, the ultimate symbol of hope. You’re turning him into a super flawed being. You’re turning him into one of us. You suck.

Amazing X-Men by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness

Amazing X-Men

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There’s going to be a new monthly X-title. Shocking, I know. But as an X-Men fan, I am full of glee especially because this new series will feature Firestar as an X-Man for the first time ever. Also, Nightcrawler is making his return from the dead to help the X-Men fight his pirate dad! Yay!

Afterlife with Archie

The last time I was excited about an Archie comic was when the Riverdale gang met Frank Castle, the Punisher. This time, it’s not a crossover that’s giving me a boner worthy of Betty and Veronica. Afterlife with Archie is about the undead, and while I’m not the biggest fan of zombies in comics, I’m still pretty stoked about this, mostly because of Francesco Francavilla’s art.

Apparently, it all starts with Sabrina the Teenage Witch resurrecting Hot Dog — Jughead’s dog — after he was run over by a car. Hot Dog then bites Jughead who gets infected with a zombie virus.  It makes so much sense to have Jughead be patient zero. We all know the dude has an insatiable appetite so I guess he should be the first to be Jughead Jonesing (HA!) for human flesh. Also, if there’s one place that should be ground zero for the zombie apocalypse, it might as well be Riverdale because why not?

Wrong Ape Neighborhood, Motherfucker

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, has Caesar rolling with his ape council, looking all gangsta and shit. He also has a wife, a baby, and a teenage son. I can still remember the pure joy I felt when Caesar spoke for the first time in Rise, so I’m really looking forward to this one.

Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow

I have no idea what this is about but I’m in love with Emily Blunt. So.

Man of Steel 2: The Dark Knight Strikes

Superman/Batman Logo

That’s not the title of the officially announced sequel to Man of Steel, but it should be. I’m kidding.

Yes, it’s official. Finally, we’re going to get a Superman/Batman team-up movie. Huzzah! Just ease up on the doom and gloom vibe, DC, and I’ll be all over this faster than Superman snapping Zod’s neck. I might even be more excited about this than The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Of course it’s still frustrating to see that DC is still focused on Batman and Superman when the world is just begging for a Justice League joint. Also, I still don’t get why they can’t figure out Wonder Woman.

And that’s it. See you guys next year as I once again live vicariously through those lucky bastards who get to go to SDCC.


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