The annual follower contest in San Diego, with its usual combination of teasers, trailers and talks, payed sees extends on what to expect from next years hottest projects

Stranger Things season two will ramp up the 80 s nostalgia

Poor Will Byers might have been rescued from the dark rotate dimension that is beginning to bleed into the town of Hawkins, Indiana( otherwise known as the Upside down) in the Netflix smash. But it ogles as if his agony is not yet over. As our gang of pre-teens take a trip to the neighbourhood arcade to participate Don Bluths Dragons Lair video game, Will unexpectedly construes the Upside Down flash into world, with himself once again inside it. Whats more, a brand-new, big monster 10 times the dimensions of the Demogorgon from season one and with at least six extremities appears to be marauding through the darkened skies.

The fact that this is revealed to the gothic musical strivings of Michael Jacksons Thriller terminated with Vincent Price doomy recital from the classic 1983 John Landis video combined with our heroes garmenting up as the Ghostbusters to carry out their paranormal investigations, merely builds it all the jug. Is that an actual ghost capture?

Michelle Pfeiffer will join Ant-Man and The Wasp

Pfeiffer was announced as Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp in the comic book, at Marvels panel on 22 July. She will appear in Peyton Reeds upcoming sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, as the mother of the brand-new Wasp, Evangeline Lilys Hope Van Dyne, and ex-partner of the original Ant-Man, Michael Douglass Hank Pym.

Michelle Pfeiffer contemplates her superhero options. Image: Craig Blankenhorn/ AP

Fans of the comic books will be aware that the specific characteristics of Janet Van Dyne is a subject of some polemic in the Marvel world, thanks primarily to a 1980 s escapade in which she was assaulted by Pym during a sequence. Marvels recent version of the size-shifting superhero is, of course, the second Ant-Man, Scott Lang, a role this is gonna be reprised by Paul Rudd in the brand-new film. There has been little indicate of Pyms murky past so far in the comic books big-screen transport, so tells hope it abides that way.

Could there be The Walking Dead without zombies?

Season eight of the zombie holocaust see examines as if it will be all about the conflict between Ricks followers, backed up by King Ezekels heavily armoured clan, and the Saviours, led by everybodys favourite nonchalant sociopath, Negan. But after approximately four and a half hours of bloody-minded warfare, its the final fire of Andrew Lincolns Rick Grimes, apparently a decade older and waking up in a infirmary bed, that leaves us with the most subjects. Is this some kind of flash-forward to a future without zombies?

Ben Afflecks reign as the dark knight isnt over just yet

It hasnt been the easiest experience for Affleck since he signed on to play the dark cavalier. Pitting the DC Extended Universes two biggest monsters against one another in Batman v Superman: Sunup of Justice turned out to be a really bad space to propel a superhero cinematic nature. And while Affleck amazed as the caped campaigner, “hes found” himself duelling against both Zack Snyders wrongheaded explain of Gothams shadowy defender and the Watchmen heads convoluted and unwieldy struggles at world-building.

Since then, the negative publicity hasnt stopped. First, Affleck disclosed he was walking away from plans to direct himself in upcoming solo outing The Batman; then his successor, War for the Planet of the Apes Matt Reeves, disclosed that he had completely vacated his predecessors write. On 21 July, the Hollywood Reporter intimated studio Warner Bros was primed to go one stair further and do its best to usher out Afflecks Batman altogether. But at the members of the commission for DCs upcoming Justice League, the actor and administrator confirmed he has no plans to give up the cape.

Let me be very clear, said Affleck. I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest its participation in any world, DC or Marvel. The actor also said he would be an parrot on the floor for Matt Reeves, whose stand in Hollywood could not be higher in the wake of his exultant shepherding of the second and third instalments of the current Planet of the Apes trilogy.

The Hulk will find his voice in Thor: Ragnarok

The green machine has been a part of the Marvel cinematic universe for the best part of a decade, but weve barely discovered him mutter more than the peculiar statement in all that time. Now, following Mark Ruffalos intimates that the superheros identity is beginning to merge with that of Bruce Banner, the brand-new Comic-Con trailer for Thor: Ragnarok showcases a Hulk whos unexpectedly capable of entire convicts, as “hes in” some comic book iterations. While a Hulk solo movie still gazes a long way off, this will be a pandering developed for love of the sulky behemoth, and shows Ragnaroks cribbing from the classic 2006 graphic romance Planet Hulk isnt simply limited to the inclusion of Sakaar and all those monumental gladiator battles.

Star Trek: Discoverys new hero is Spocks sister

You might think Leonard Nimoys pointy-eared alien would have mentioned a human sibling at some object during his near half-century stint in the role, but presumably CBSs brand-new seat story will address the previous is a lack of Sonequa Martin-Greens Star Fleet first officer Michael Burnham from official canon at some quality during the firstly season. The Comic-Con panel for the present on 22 July revealed that Burnham, who is female but has intentionally been given a male given name, already adopted by Spocks Vulcan father Sarek, here give full play to Gotham and True Blood alumnus James Frain, as a child.

The brand-new trailer divulges Discovery will focus on a hulk conflict between the Federation and a resurgent Klingon empire. Burnham is second in bidding on the USS Shenzhou, whose command is Michelle Yeohs Philippa Georgiou. The 15 -episode show takes lieu a decade before the events of the first Star Trek TV reveal, and is exclusively separate from the reset timeline currently being followed in the big-screen instalments. There is no word yet on whether Spock himself is likely to make an appearance.

In Blade Runner 2049, Rick Deckards world has changed beyond recognition

What kind of a movie would the original Blade Runner have been without Rutger Hauers overwhelming final speech as the succumbing Roy Batty? It seems were about to find out, as the weekend body for Denis Villeneuves Blade Runner 2049 exposed the replicants of mid-2 1st century LA now have an open-ended lifespan. A new timeline available to read online here fills in the gaps between the events of 2019, seen in Ridley Scotts doom-laden sci-fi classic, and the new episode. We discover that the Tyrell Corporation released a brand-new prototype of replicant, the Nexus 8, in 2020 to supplant the decommissioned Nexus 6s. These were then switched, in 2036, to the presumably safer Nexus 9s, which likewise have no restriction on their lifespans.

How does this feed into the age-old conundrum over whether Harrison Fords Rick Deckard is himself a replicant? Well, it surely suggests that both he and Rachel might readily have been age-unlimited paradigms, though that would not include the reasons why Deckard himself appears to have been subject to a very human ageing process. What it does do is remove from the Blade Runner world the terrific pathos of the replicants short lives, surely a metaphor for the brevity of the human condition. As Edward James Olmoss Gaff tells Deckard, at the end of the original movie: Its too bad she wont live, but then again who does? Such symbolism now seems to have been itself lost in time, like rips in rain.

The robots will continue to wreak retribution in Westworld season two

After mass host-on-guest slaughter broke out during the final chapter of Westworlds debut season, you are able to make the authorities concerned would be called in to shut down the ballpark early in season two. But 22 Julys panel for the demo, which doesnt yield until 2018, looked the liberate of a trailer exhibition Evan Rachel Woods Dolores and James Marsdens Teddy joyfully hunting down their former tormentors hinting the robots revenge has not yet been completely legislated. Theres too a shot of Jeffrey Wrights revitalized Bernard Lowe next to a dead tiger, and a brief background boasting a blood-spattered Guy in Black( Ed Harris ). Where the Emmy award-winning display wanderings to in season two abides shrouded in mystery, but it looks like well be staying in Westworld itself, rather than leader out into wider vistas.

The virtual-reality world of Ready Player One is fitted with pop-culture phenomena

William Gibsons cult 1984 volume Neuromancer, widely considers the original cyberpunk fiction, presents a vision of cyberspace so alien to our insights with its heavy application of invented technobabble that its murky virtual-reality macrocosm is almost impenetrable. Not so Steven Spielbergs upcoming adjustment of Ernest Clines sci-fi fiction Ready Player One, which offers us a Matrix-like technosphere populated by cheerfully familiar pop-culture supporters. The weekend body for the movie watched the handout of a introduction trailer, in which gamer Wade Watts battles against and alongside The Iron Giant, an orc from The Lord of the Rings and Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, in a dystopian 2044. All of a sudden, Ed Sheeran transforming up in Game of Thrones doesnt seem nearly so incongruous.

The Defenders have work to do to reignite Netflixs Marvel shows

The first trailer for The Defenders, which debuted at Marvel TV panel on 21 July, shows the ensemble superhero prove has work to do in order to convince us its worth binge-streaming next month, especially after the disappointment of the second half of Luke Cages debut season not to mention the whitewashed vehicle gate-crash that was Iron Fist.

Sigourney Weaver plays Alexandra, who appears to be a mouthpiece for evil ninja lineage The Hand, which to our remembering has been set on taking over New York since at the least season two of Daredevil but apparently hasnt quite got there hitherto. The question with these Netflix testifies is the low-level posts: the baddies never seem to want to hold the entire city in subjugation; they are generally exactly want to profit by limiting neighbourhood misdemeanour rackets, placing them up in opposition to the local superheroes who want to keep the streets cleanse.

When Marvel began its Netflix experiment, this low-key approaching was a accepted comfort from the CGI mega-destruction of the big-screen outings, but The Defenders surely needs to up the ante with a more ambitiously evil programme if its to justify accompanying all these street-level heroes together for an epic showdown.


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