Comic-Con Falls Short On Surprises, Hits High Notes With Fandom & Activations

Deadline | 7/25/2018 | Dino-Ray Ramos
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It’s been about 72 hours since Comic-Con has concluded. As fanboys and fangirls hang up their cosplay capes and various superhero accouterments and start to prep for next year (Honestly, all hotels for 2019 are probably booked at this point), I reflect on this year’s confab. There were a lot of highs and a few lows, but despite all of the high-octane commercialization and ads taking over San Diego’s Gaslamp district, this year’s Con felt very much more for the fans than it has in the past years. As for the TV and film side of things, the Con definitely delivered on teasing and giving plenty of non-answers when it came to news.

With Marvel, Disney, Pixar, and HBO absent from this year’s confab, it seemed like there would be a gaping hole in the presentations in the major hubs of Comic-Con like Hall H and Ballroom 20. Actually, I wouldn’t say it was a gaping hole. It was more like an empty seat at the table. But that doesn’t mean we weren’t treated to some fantastic exclusive footage and trailers.

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Before Marvel and DC movies were made, there was always a rivalry between the two comic book powerhouses when, in fact, there is plenty of room in the world for both universes. Even so, people LOVE to argue about who has the better franchise. If you stood in one of the many lines at Comic-Con, it is guaranteed that you would hear at least one heated debate between cosplayers about how the Justice League movie isn’t as bad as everyone says it is or how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is overrated. Seriously, the arguments can get intense.

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