Comic-Con has grown since its inception in 1970. The San Diego convention is now less known for comic books and the geek community than it is for Hollywood movies and celebrity appearances. 2012 was no different as many famous celebrities, both geek friendly and the more mainstream, walked the halls of the event, talking to fans and promoting their upcoming product.
Here is a look at the biggest names to show up at Comic-Con in 2012 and what they were there to talk about.
The cast of "The Expendables" made an appearance in 2010, so it was not a shock to see them back in 2012 as the second movie in their franchise prepares to hit theaters. However, the big surprise was when Arnold Schwarzenegger walked in and proclaimed, "I'm back."
The world famous star of "The Terminator" and former governor of California was in good spirits as he talked about his return to acting, his famous career and his friendly rivalry with Sylvester Stallone. He also made some funny barbs about himself and his legendary career.
"I say it's great to be back in acting after eight years," Schwarzenegger said. "But some of the critics say I was never in it to begin with."
The beautiful Michelle Williams turned up at Comic-Con in a cute chic white and navy shift dress, almost looking out of place among the fans dressed in cos-play outfits. Accompanying her was Mila Kunis, her co-star in the upcoming "Wizard of Oz" prequel, "Oz: The Great and Powerful." The two beauties play Glinda the good witch and the wicked Theodora in Sam Raimi's movie.
Williams talked about her character, and the movie, at Comic-Con and seemed to have enjoyed dressing up in a costume herself for the role.
"There was a reason Glinda didn't go down the yellow brick road," Williams said. She added that she "really loved being the good witch," especially with the reactions from kids to her wearing the costume.
At first, it didn't look like Robert Downey Jr. was going to be showing up at Comic-Con this year. He is working on a new "Iron-Man" movie and appeared via a video feed to introduce a new short film by Marvel Studios called "Item 47." In the video, Downey said he was recording the introduction from a toilet stall in North Carolina.
However, Downey did not disappoint the fans who have grown accustomed to seeing him at Comic-Con every year. For the "Iron Man 3" panel discussion, he showed up in grand style, making quite a scene as he entered the room.
"I've got three questions: how much do I love you? How much do you love me? Why aren't we watching any footage yet?" Downey asked the crowd as he strode to the stage.
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