As Movie Fanatic heads down the highway from Los Angeles to San Diego for Comic-Con, we got the opinions of a few of our fellow journalists that are also attending the world’s biggest pop culture convention to chime in as to what their most anticipated moments of the upcoming Comic-Con are and why.
The Movie Fanatic Round Table has convened and some of the best and brightest covering film in Hollywood are giving us their two cents as to what gets us going during the convention that gets fans of all things popular arts excited just thinking about it.
Don Kaye, MSN Parallel Universe
I'm really looking forward to our first look at next year's Godzilla reboot, because I think director Gareth Edwards is the right man for the job on this. Also very interested in the Fox panel and the first looks there at Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and hopefully X-Men: Days of Future Past.
But I am most excited this year for the Marvel panel because I'm hoping we'll get some announcements on Phase 3 of their movie slate, and if so, I am looking forward to seeing the title Doctor Strange on there.
Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend.com
Every year that I’ve gone to Comic-Con I’ve found myself surprised by some of the smaller presentations, be it because of fun panel lineups or cool footage, but it’s always Marvel Studios that puts on the biggest show and I’m most excited to see what they bring next Saturday.
This year the schedule lists both Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier as being part of the show, two films that I’m highly anticipating, but what I’m most looking forward to are the special announcements.
Last year they debuted test footage from Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, revealed they were making Guardians of the Galaxy, announced titles for the aforementioned sequels. I can’t wait to see what they reveal next weekend.
Joel D. Amos, MovieFanatic.com
We recently polled our readership: What is their most anticipated Comic-Con movie and so far, it’s a pretty even split. That’s the thing about Comic-Con is it means so much to so many people because there is literally so much to talk about. But, if I had to choose one movie above all others that I’m excited to hear about… it’s the “surprise” press conference that we’ve been invited to by Fox.
I noticed that The Wolverine press conference is a little shorter than normal, and right after that on the schedule is the “surprise press conference” reference. I’ve got a feeling that we might be seeing our first footage from X-Men: Days of Future Past. When I spoke to James McAvoy about X-Men: Days of Future Past the day before he was due to start shooting -- this film has come together quite nicely. On paper, it sounds like it could be the best of the bunch -- color me excited.
Silas Lesnick, ComingSoon.net
As much as I’m looking forward to the first footage from Mad Max: Fury Road and the (likely) reveal of the next films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, my favorite part of Comic-Con is always the viral marketing campaigns.
Since the whole convention is sort of a tribute to unreality, there’s nothing quite as much fun to me as seeing fans being able to exist in the fictional worlds that they love. It’s hard to say what will end up being the most memorable this year, but Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Godzilla encounter certainly has attention.
Ned Ehbar, Metro World News
Here's what I'm geeking out over the most this year at the annual pop culture smorgasbord. For film, I'm less excited to see what Marvel is trotting out -- unless there are some Guardians of the Galaxy surprises -- and more interested in Fox's big return with a "surprise" presentation, which we're all betting is Bryan Singer showing off something from X-Men: Days of Future Past.
I'll give Marvel some credit on the TV side, though, as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. certainly has my attention. And I'll be complaining about all the dust in my eyes during Matt Smith's last visit for Doctor Who. But who am I kidding? I'm mostly looking forward to taking my breaks at Wired Cafe once again. Did you know they have a Game of Thrones bar this time? I wonder if they'll serve a drink called the Red Wedding.
James Oster, JoBlo.com
Once again Comic Con is hitting us in full force as we descend upon another year of movies, comics, music and even a panel on food!?! This year one of my most anticipated films happens to be The World’s End. I love what Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have concocted in the past and from my estimation, this looks like a blast! And yes, I'm a Tom Cruise fan so I look forward to hearing more about Edge of Tomorrow and whether or not the actor will show up to represent (which would be all sorts of awesome).
Of course, for the first time ever I'm thrilled to be representing Arrow in the Head (and JoBlo.com) on the Masters of the Web panel which is horror specific this year. The panel this year will be moderated by the director of the terrific looking new horror flick You’re Next, Adam Wingard, as well as the film's writer Simon Barrett. The panel will be held at 11:30 on Thursday so I've looking forward to all the horror enthusiast to check it out!