The San Diego International Comic Book Convention opened its doors from Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24. The event, organized by and dedicated to the followers of comics and everything related to their universe, movies, series, video games and many other topics.
It is considered the largest convention in the United States and the fourth largest in the world. The first places are taken by the Comiket in Japan, the International Comics Festival of Angoulême in France and the Lucca Comics and Games in Italy.
It is the ideal place to publish the new announcements of producers and brands, thanks to the massive amount of fans, journalists and people from different parts of the world who attend. Marvel, one of the entertainment companies that usually makes the most announcements there, is getting ready to release its juiciest news.
San Diego Comic-Con 2022: The most important announcements to date
On Thursday 21, the company began its run of announcements and confirmed the arrival of a new animated series. Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, which is based on the comics of the same name and has its premiere date scheduled for 2023.
On Friday 22nd, the first teaser of what will be the series of one of the most beloved characters of Guardians of the Galaxy: Groot, was revealed. The mini-series production is composed of 5 episodes. I Am Groot will arrive on the Disney+ platform on August 10. The episodes will be called: Groot Takes a Bath, The Little Guy, Groot's First Steps, Groot's Pursuit and Magnum Opus.
Spider-Man: Freshmen Year was one of the most important news of the day. It is an animated series starring Spider-Man and follows the story of Peter Parker's early period in his transformation as the spider hero. At last the origin of his powers will be known, since in the last Spider-Man they did not. He will have as villains Chameleon, Doctor Octopus and Scorpion. While Charlie Cox will pretend his voice to Daredevil in the series and although it has not yet come out, the second season has already been confirmed, under the name Sophomore. The series will arrive on Disney+ in 2024.
The second season of the animated series, X-Men 97, from the 90's, is on its way. It premiered in 1992 and has captivated an entire generation of viewers. Now comes its sequel 25 years later. The new episodes will follow the plot of the old ones and it is expected that there will be new characters. The series will arrive in the spring of 2023.
They also confirmed the arrival of the second season of What If, the short-episode fiction that imagines alternative stories set in the Marvel universe.Some characters like Kate Bishop and Yelena Belova will appear in the series. At the same time, a new series inspired by Marvel Zombies is also in production, which deals with a planet where the publisher's heroes are zombies in search of human flesh.
In this case, there were several panels. It started with one of The Rookie with Nathan Fillion and Niecy Nash Betts. The series tells the story of John Nolan, a man in his forties who decides to leave his comfortable life in a small town to move to the city of Los Angeles to fulfill his dream of becoming a cop. Thus, he has to face the challenges posed by the criminal world for agents new to the profession.
There was also a panel on Abbott Elementary, the Emmy-nominated comedy series, and a panel with the cast of National Treasure: Edge of History. Several announcements are expected to be released today, most notably with Bob's Burger and the Archer series.
The 2004 Nicolas Cage classic will have a series called National Treasure: Edge of History. This time the plot will tell the story of Jess Morales (who will be played by Lisette Alexis), a treasure hunter, who will try to find a hidden fortune, which will allow her to discover old family secrets. Cage did not confirm his presence but Justin Bartha will return as Riley Poole.
Paramount made multiple announcements on Thursday and the most relevant was about SpongeBob SquarePants: Dive Into SpongeBob Universe. More major announcements from the company are expected today, including Transformer: EarthSpark.
On the other hand, they revealed a preview of what the new movie of the mythical board game will be like: Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. The film will star Chris Pine, Hugh Grant, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith and Sophia Lillis. It is scheduled for release on March 3, 2023.
HBO offered details about the Harley Quinn animated show, which will soon reach its third season, a product that has been more successful than the live-action adaptation of the character. The famous villain has the entire audience waiting for a new season, which is undoubtedly expected to continue to be a success.
Amazon Prime Video
One of the first Amazon panels was The Wheel of Time: Origins. The series dove into the intricate and magic-filled world that the late Robert Jordan depicted in his extensive series of novels. It featured six animated shorts called The Wheel of Time: Origins that provided additional context to the stories unfolding on screen. The three-minute shorts were titled The Breaking of the World, The Fall of Manetheren, The Greatest Warder, Saidar, Saidin - Stone, The White Tower and An Ogier's Longing.
The most awaited panel is undoubtedly The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The new series of The Lord of the Rings starts in just 2 months, as it has a premiere date of September 2. The production took a cost of more or less a billion dollars.
According to JA Bayona, the man in charge of directing the first two episodes, posted the name of the first episode on his Instagram along with concept art that shows an elven queen being crowned under a golden tree in front of a group of elven men. This one will be called Shadow of the Past.
The Walking Dead is reaching its last episodes, which will give rise to new fictions. There will be a mini-series, called The Walking Dead: Rick and Michonne. Both actors, Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira, left fans in shock after appearing at the panel dedicated to their zombie universe. AMC confirmed that it will have 6 episodes, will premiere in the course of 2023 and if it works well, there could be a second season.
According to a press release, the plot was presented as follows: "This series unfolds the epic love story of two changing characters in a changing world. Rick and Michonne were thrown into a new world, built on the foundations of a war against the dead, and also against the living. Will they be able to find themselves and their old identities, in a context like the one they never knew?".
On the other hand, the first teaser for Tales of The Walking Dead was released. The new series arrives on August 14 and will star Danny Ramirez, Daniella Pineda, Olivia Munn, Terry Crews, Jessie Usher and Poppy Liu. The new spin-off will feature 6 stand-alone, hour-long episodes. Each of them will be set in the TWD universe and will feature a different character in them.
Shazam: Fury of the Gods will be released at Christmas. We get to see how the titular star has some trust issues and defends his love for Fast and the Furious, before showing off the new villain, played by Helen Mirren. Also, Rachel Zegler and Lucy Liu are the new additions to the cast.
On Friday 22nd they announced the arrival of Riddler: Year One, the prequel comic book to The Batman, written by Paul Dano. It is expected to be available on October 25.
On the other hand, Black Adam was one of DC's most anticipated panels. The Rock will face off against Earth's mightiest heroes. Quintessa Sindwell will be Cyclone, while Pierce Brosnan will be Dcotor Fate. In turn, we will also see other well-known actors such as Noah Centineo in the role of Atom Smasher and Aldis Hodge as Hawkman.
The Shazam spin-off has a release date of October 21 of this year. The anti-hero possesses the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the endurance of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.
According to DC and Collider, Black Adam is Shazam's main enemy and has the same powers as Billy Batson. Born into slavery in Ancient Egypt, Teth-Adam became a warrior for the Wizard Shazam, before his newfound powers turned him into a tyrant.