Totl – 5 Biggest Surprises from SDCC 2017
The really big show in San Diego is over. And, oh, what a great show it was! There was so much great stuff dropping at SDCC 2017 last weekend that I’m just now getting my head around everything. So many trailers, so many toys, so many pieces of comic book news. It’s almost too much. Sifting through it all has turned my brain to mush, and deciding just how to write a weekly Top o’ the Lot, or TotL (pronounced “Total” by the kids) spotlighting this year’s show was a bit difficult. But with so many unexpected things coming out of SDCC 2017, focusing on the surprises of San Diego Comic Con 2017 was definitely the way to go. So, without further ado, it’s mostly about the movies, a bit about the comics, but all about the nostalgia, with Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: 5 Biggest Surprises from SDCC 2017.
Honorable Mention: Hulk Talk Good
The Thor Ragnarok trailer dropped and it was a really big deal. This trailer in and of itself was a big surprise in a lot of ways, but nothing was as unexpected as a relatively calm Hulk chatting with Thor in what appears to be somewhat full sentences. Yes, we knew this was always a possibility, and despite the fact that the comic book version of The Hulk goes to and fro between levels of intelligence, this is a telling point moving forward for the MCU. An honest-to-goodness Hulk standalone movie is now something that’s doable. It likely won’t happen, but it doesn’t really matter as Hulk appears to be a standout character in this film.
5. Goliath is in Antman and The Wasp
We had several bits of casting news involving the Antman sequel, and while Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne is incredibly good news for the film, adding Bill Foster as a character, and then casting the great Laurence Fishburne in that role, is a stroke of genius I wasn’t expecting at all. Goliath is a wonderful character, and it won’t matter if he appears in the present day or in some flashback, it’s a terrific addition to the cast.
4. Ready Player One’s Awesomeness
A lot of trailers dropped at this year’s show, but none were as chock full of nostalgic awesomeness as Ready Player One. A future so overpopulated that the only place people can go to get away from it all is into a virtual world, and this particular virtual world is so full of pop culture references and Easter Eggs that the whole thing amounts to a geek’s wet dream. There were a dozen or more TV series trailers, and half a dozen new movie trailers, but Ready Player One was by far the one that caught me the most off guard. This is going to be amazing!
3. The Flashpoint Paradox
There may have been a Justice League trailer debut at SDCC 2017, and it should have been the biggest news of the con for the DC Cinematic Universe, but it was not. No, the biggest surprise came from the news that the previously confirmed Flash solo film that will be part of the DCEU will now be a Flashpoint film. For those who do not know, Flashpoint involves the Flash traveling back in time to correct a perceived injustice, only to dramatically change history. Like, changing it so Bruce Wayne dies in a Gotham Back Alley while his parents eventually become Batman and the Joker. It’s a great story, but it was designed specifically to bring about drastic change to an existing universe, dividing fans in new and different ways. I’m not sure what to think about this news, but I never saw it coming.
2. Everything about Captain Marvel
Of all the movies showed off at SDCC 2017, the details revealed about the upcoming MCU film Captain Marvel were the most surprising. Not only was Nick Fury with two good eyes confirmed for the flick, the 1990s as a setting, and the Skrulls as the antagonists were also confirmed. What!? Adding Skrulls to the MCU is one thing, but making it so the Skrulls have been in the MCU since before the MCU started is insane. This opens up a lot of opportunities for stories after the current phase, and puts Captain Marvel as a character in an odd place herself. Where was she during the Battle of New York, or during the Ultron War? You got a lot of explaining to do, Marvel.
Arblus, look! It’s Unicron!
I’m a huge fan of IDW Publishing’s Hasbro Comic Universe comic book line. I do an entire podcast dedicated to the line. So it’s not that big of a surprise that the biggest surprise for me was the return of the planet-sized, planet-eating monster who first debuted in The Transformers 1980s animated film, Unicron. IDW teased the Cybertronian god’s return, and I lost my shit. I’m not sure how Unicron is going to impact the Hasbro Comic Universe specifically, but we’re talking about a planet-sized Transformers. Things are going to get crazy!
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