Comic-Con 2022 | Marvel reigns supreme again as DC fails to gain momentum

Comic-Con has just finished and we were treated to some amazing appearances and cool announcements so let’s round them up. 

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There Were Some Great Costumes

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A cosplayer at San Diego Comic-Con 2022

As always, fans dressed up to the nines at Comic-Con, the annual convention for all things film, TV, gaming, comics and a plethora of other cool stuff. As reported by the BBC, some have spent years designing and crafting their costumes as well as pouring a lot of cash into them. 

There’s plenty of artistry and craftsmanship behind these costumes, some of which are scaringly lifelike. There were plenty of recognisable characters from franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel and Harry Potter and plenty we didn’t recognise!

Marvel Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

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The cast and Crew of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Kevin Feige lit Hall H on fire by announcing Marvel’s next steps. The megastudio is just about to wrap up Phase 4 with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (which finally got a trailer) later this year, Feige treated us to a sneak peek of Phase 5 and 6, all together which form the Multiverse Saga. 

In the next few years, we will get a brand new Daredevil series (18 episodes, thank you very much!), two Avengers films and a Fantastic Four film just to name a few. Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars got a lot of whoops from the excitable audience, but Marvel has already confirmed that the Russo Brothers, who directed the last two Avengers romps, will not return to helm these. 

But it was the Black Panther trailer that was the highlight of the evening. Not only is the trailer a stunner, but there was not a dry eye in sight in Hall H or in my household as we all continue to mourn the death of Chadwick Boseman. Director Ryan Coogler spoke emotionally about working on the film after Boseman’s passing and there was a gorgeous musical performance before the trailer. 

The trailer still doesn’t reveal who will don the Black Panther suit in the film, but we expect it’s either Shuri or Nakia. 

It was hard not to be amazed and impressed by the sheer showmanship and dedication Feige and Team Marvel have. We can talk about superhero fatigue and I personally haven’t been very impressed by Marvel’s latest films or shows, but the reaction at Comic-Con proves that people are hungry for more. And Marvel is going to be feeding us well in the next few years. 

DC Showcase Shazam and Black Adam

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in Black Adam costume

Warner Bros. were never gonna have a good time at this year’s Comic Con. Their entire future has been thrown into chaos after the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp trial and Ezra Miller’s recent troubles. 

So it’s not surprising that DC only premiered the first trailer for Shazam! Fury of the Gods and a new one for Black Adam. There was nothing on the Aquaman sequel which is supposed to come out early 2023 and not a peep about the Ezra Miller starring The Flash, Andy Muschietti’s first foray into the world of superheroes. 

Even if it was expected, it left DC lacking. While The Rock did come on stage in the Black Adam costume, it all seemed a little awkward, as if there was a giant pink elephant right in the middle of Hall H and no one was mentioning its presence. 

In the new Shazam! trailer, Dame Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu and West Side Story star Rachel Zegler join Zachary Levi, Asher Angel and Jack Dylan Grazer. The sequel seems to retain the comedic tone of the first film, but Shazam! is gonna be struggling to win in a fight against actual, proper Gods. 

Black Adam seems to mostly rely on Dwayne Johnson to bring in the cash. Black Adam is notably a villain in the comics and DC is trying to do what Marvel did with Loki, but with more edge in making a villain into a character you love and root for. We’ll just have to see how that goes down. 

Henry Cavill DID NOT Make An Appearance

It was long rumoured that Henry Cavill was going to walk the stage at Comic Con to announce his return as Superman in the DCEU. 

He did in fact, not appear, leaving many devastated. It seemed almost a certainty that it would be revealed that Black Adam would battle Superman in the film, but as with the entire DC slate, things seem very uncertain. 

While there are constant rumours about actors appearing as certain characters and they rarely manifest themselves, Cavill seemed like a lock for many on social media. People were practically frothing at the mouth for the slightest chance at him lighting up Hall H. 

But he did not. We’re sad but not surprised. 

The Sandman Is Finally Coming

Some have waited a long time to see Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman on the big screen. That wait is finally being rewarded as the first trailer for the Netflix series was unveiled at Comic Con. 

Tom Sturridge stars as Dream (aka Morpheus) who controls all our dreams. Things go a little topsy-turvy when he’s captured and he must restore orders of sorts once he’s freed. Easier said than done. 

Gwendoline Christie, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Charles Dance and Boyd Holbrook also star in the series which will premiere on August 5 on Netflix. 

Trailers Galore

We would still be writing this article tomorrow evening if we listed every single trailer on its own. So, we’ll give you all the hype and highlights here:

John Wick 4: Looks very cool, Keanu Reeves can do no wrong. Enough said. 

Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves: We have reservations. D&D is notoriously difficult to translate into a visual medium, but we are intrigued by the cast which includes Chris Pine and Hugh Grant. But why are they all human? 

National Treasure: Edge of History: Does anyone actually want this? Especially with no involvement from Nicolas Cage?

I Am Groot: I am Groot. We are Groot. (I’m sold, I’d do anything for that tiny tree creature.)

She-Hulk: Another Marvel offering and the last of this year’s Marvel Disney+ TV shows. She-Hulk looks a lot more comedic than anticipated and while we’re not sure of the CGI just yet, we must admit, Tatiana Maslany has charisma for days. 

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: We’re not too far off from the release of the most expensive TV show ever created. The Lord of the Rings is back with a vengeance and this trailer even has me a little hyped (I’m not a LOTR fan, don’t stone me). It looks epic, visually grand and just plain awesome. 

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