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A Nerd Perspective: San Diego Comic-Con 2016

By Dominik Dutrisac

Summer is an amazing time of year. It’s full of outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, and hanging out by the beach. This isn’t about any of those at all! You may have already heard of a little event which takes place in San Diego every summer. If you haven’t, I’m talking all about Comic-Con.


San Diego Comic-Con International, or SDCC, always provides something for the fans of comic book movie studios (namely Marvel and DC) to get excited about. For nerds everywhere, this is like a second Christmas. All of the news and trailers that drop during the convention fill us with glee and awe for what is yet to come, and this year was no exception.

SDCC’s Hall H is a movie panel that summons lines of fans hoping to get a glimpse of the latest reveals from both Marvel and DC. This year, fans had a lot to look forward to in Hall H. When Warner Bros. took over the panel, they revealed some amazing DC footage regarding the upcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League films. Once Marvel took over the hall, their biggest drops revolved around Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming.

And without further ado, here are some of the biggest takeaways from this year’s Hall H panels!

Warner Bros. & DC


The most notable difference from this year is the change in presence. Usually, Marvel steals the show with all of the best reveals, but this year the title goes to Warner Bros. and DC. They were able to outshine the always newsworthy Marvel. It doesn’t seem like the mixed reviews regarding Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice affected the minds of fans at Comic-Con. Anticipation and a lighter tone are the names of the game for DC this year, with all the footage and news regarding Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Justice League

Suicide Squad already looks like it’ll lighten the tone of the DC movie universe. The Justice League footage showed that Warner Bros. has tweaked the tone of their movies going forward.
The Wonder Woman trailer has shown us the Amazonian lead movie we have all been waiting for! Given that it’s a World War I period piece, it did lack the lighter tone of Justice League.

The biggest surprise is how the overwhelming buzz surrounding Suicide Squad pushed the excitement of November’s Doctor Strange to the back of fans’ minds, mine included. 

Marvel Studios


How much of Marvel’s presentation came as a response to DC’s panel earlier that day? Starting off with Guardians of the Galaxy, the choice to “reveal” that Kurt Russell is Ego, Star-Lord's father, is a curious one. Revealing the identity was a big step, but it’s Marvel actually giving away the main focus of the film (the mystery of Star-Lord’s father) soured the movie’s plot. Essentially it’s the equivalent to learning that Darth Vader is Luke’s father before seeing Empire for the first time. But knowing Marvel, there might be more here than meets the eye.

Another high point for Marvel is the news regarding Spider-Man. They made sure fans come away with the impression that Spider-Man: Homecoming is youthful, diverse, and a full-on high school movie. If Spider-Man: Homecoming hits the mark, Marvel will have parents, kids, and the diehard fans eager attend screenings.

The most interesting thing to come out of Marvel’s Hall H panel, aside from the amazing footage and news, is the presence of new faces. We saw Michael Rooker in full costume as Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy. We also saw Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, and Brie Larson in attendance.

Regardless of your personal fandom between Marvel, DC, or both, there was a lot of footage and news to love at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The next couple of years will be a great time to be a nerd!