The four-day pop-culture convention Comic-Con 2012 attracted plenty of star power and dished out loads of teasers, trailers, and juicy tidbits about some of Hollywood's biggest upcoming flicks and television's hottest shows.
Here are the top ten items you missed at this year's Comic-Con:
An Emotional Final "Twilight" Panel
The fifth and final Comic-Con "Twilight" panel was marred by early tragedy when a 53-year-old fan died after being hit by a car in front of the convention center on Tuesday. Many of the 28 cast members present at the panel discussion that included author Stephenie Meyer, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner wore black ribbons in remembrance of the dead fan. After the interviews and presentation, Meyer confided an additional bittersweet sentiment hovering over the panel discussion "today has been sad, and it's only going to get worse. When we get to the premiere and I know that I'm not going to see Kristen and Rob and Taylor again, or, for who knows how long... They have been my companions for quite a while now and we're breaking up. It's really sad!"
Marvel Announced Four New Films
Fresh off the heels of their "Avengers" success, the comics-company-turned-film-studio announced the release of four upcoming films including the return of Chris Hemsworth in "Thor: The Dark World," (November 8, 2013) and Chris Evans in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," debuting on April 4, 2014. The superhero giant also announced the August 1, 2014 release date for "Guardians of the Galaxy," but provided no details about which writer and director might helm the new project. Finally, director Edgar Wright garnered some of the biggest applause of the presentation after screening some test footage from his upcoming film "Ant Man."
New Iron Man Suit Unveiled
"I have three questions for you," Robert Downey Jr. teased at the Marvel panel. "How much do I love you? How much do you love me? And do you want to see some footage?" The teaser footage revealed that the superhero's suit will once again receive an update for the May 2013 release of "Iron Man 3." New features include an inverted color scheme and a new functionality that allows billionaire Tony Stark to suit up in seconds. Earlier in the weekend, the "Sherlock Holmes" star surprised a bunch of children entered into an Iron Man look-alike costume contest when he stopped by to admire their work and promptly declare himself the winner.
Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger announced "I'm back," while promoting the upcoming film "The Expendables 2" with co-star Sylvester Stallone. The 'Terminator' also revealed he's already working with director Ivan Reitman on a "Twins" sequel tentatively titled "Triplets."
"Homeland" Season 2 Will Have Plenty of Twists, But Pregnancy Isn't One of Them
Claire Danes will be back to reprise her role as the mentally unstable CIA agent Carrie Mathison on Showtime's "Homeland." And while the show revealed plenty of shocking spoilers, the announcement earlier this month that the "Temple Grandin" star and husband Hugh Dancy are expecting their first child will not play a factor in the new plotlines for the show.
Game of Thrones Is Going to Start Killing Off a Lot of Characters
HBO announced they would be adding a dame to the cast of their hit show chronicling the violent dynastic struggles among the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Legendary British actress Dame Diana Rigg is set to play Olenna Tyrell, grandmother to Margaery (Natalie Dormer ) and Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones), who is also known as the Queen of Thorns. The star of the 1960s British spy series "The Avengers" will join 13 other new cast members in the third season. With so many new additions, author George R.R. Martin quipped at Comic-Con "clearly I have to start killing these characters to make room for new ones."
Disney released the first trailer for their upcoming reboot of the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz." The Sam Raimi-directed prequel will star James Franco as Oscar Diggs who is whisked away from a Kansas circus long before Dorothy. Similar to the original, the scenes in Kansas will be in black-and-white, while the magical land of Oz will be in full-color. Unlike the original, the witches Glinda, Theodora, and Evanora (played by Williams, Kunis, and Weisz respectively) won't be "one-dimensional" characters. "There was a reason Glinda didn't go down the yellow brick road," Williams teased.
Tolkien's Estate Didn't Like Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" Might Be a Trilogy
Director Peter Jackson (accompanied by Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, and Elijah Wood) treated an ecstatic crowd to a whopping 12.5 minutes of rough footage from the lengthy 266-day shoot for "The Hobbit." Even including a few snippets from part two of the Bilbo Baggins adventure "The Hobbit: There and Back Again." During the Q&A with fans, Jackson dropped a few more bombshells. "I don't think the Tolkien estate liked those films," Jackson stated in reference to his multi-billion dollar "Lord of the Rings" trilogy after being asked if he would next take on Tolkien's "The Silmarillion." Jackson also hinted that "The Hobbit" might become a trilogy, answering a fan's question by saying "that's a discussion we're having, yeah. We have certainly been talking to the studio about some of the material we can't film, and we've been asking them so we can do a bit more filming next year."
"Man of Steel" Trailer Will Play Before Screenings of "The Dark Knight Rises"
You might have missed the first screened footage from director Zack Snyder's reboot of the Superman character that wowed a crowd of 6,000 at Comic-Con this past weekend. But you won't have to wait long to catch a glimpse of "Man of Steel." The first trailer for the film starring Henry Cavill as Superman, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, and Kevin Costner as Clark Kent's earthly father Jonathan Kent, will roll before screenings of "The Dark Knight Rises" later this week.
Godzilla Is Coming!
It's been 14 years since Roland Emmerich's "Godzilla" failed to live up to expectations of both critics and audiences. However, young film director Gareth Edwards said he almost cried at the audience's enthusiastic response after screening never-before-seen footage from his upcoming reboot of the original Japanese monster movie.
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