Tuesday 23 January 2018

Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, Marvel - what's on at Comic Con?

A general view of the atmosphere as San Diego prepares for Comic Con
A general view of the atmosphere as San Diego prepares for Comic Con

Jess Denham

Comic-Con 2014 has just kicked off with more than 130,000 fervent comic, TV, and movie fans descending upon San Diego, decked out in costume, and hoping to bump into a host of guest TV and film stars and writers.

The four day festival, celebrating comic books, film, TV, video games and more, will see studios present previews of their latest projects.

A Comic Con fan in costume
A Comic Con fan in costume
Getting ready for Comic Con 2014 in San Diego
Another fan in costume at Comic Con 2014
A general view of the atmosphere as San Diego prepares for Comic Con on July 23, 2014 in San Diego, California.

TV in particular is making big waves at Comic-Con with Game of Thrones author and executive producer George RR Martin expected to announce the casting for season five of the hit HBO fantasy drama.

Also tomorrow, Friday, there will be a Q&A with some of the stars including Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kit Harington.

Meanwhile, a panel of Middle Earth Experts from Onering.net will be on hand to discuss Peter Jackson's forthcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

There will also be panel sessions with cast and creators from The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Sons of Anarchy, The Vampire Diaries and Orphan Black, among others.

From the film world, Marvel Studios has kept specific details tightly under wraps but rumours suggest fans will hear more about Ant-Man and the next Avengers instalment.

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch will make his Comic-Con debut in support of DreamWorks animation Penguins of Madagascar, but fans area awaiting other news from the Sherlock star too.

Rumours have been rife that Marvel will announce the cast of their next big project, Doctor Strange and that Cumberbatch will play the Doctor.

Paramount is bringing its Megan Fox-starring, live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the event, while Warner Bros has The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and a Mad Max remake to offer.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles co-creator Kevin Eastman will lead a panel on the tutlres' thirty years, in celebration of new documentary Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Channing Tatum stars in Fox’s animated Book of Life, Frank Miller’s Sin City sequel will feature and Daniel Radcliffe will make his first Comic-Con appearance for Horns. Then there’s the official trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, which has just been released.

Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk will be talking about a comic book sequel to his 90s novel and David Fincher, who helmed the 199 film adaptation will also speak on the panel.

Other projects expected, but not confirmed, to share first looks, special footage or casting announcements include Jurassic World, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Fast & Furious 7, Terminator: Genesis and Doctor Strange.

And if Star Wars origami is your thing you'll be disappointed to miss a master class from origami master Chris Alexander in the niche art.


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