Here I am again, posting all of the news from a major event so you don't have anything to make pages about!
So, what is this San Diego Comic-Con, or SDCC for short? Well, think of it as E3, but for everything else besides video games... well, and with video games. It's where thousands of nerds gather every year to catch first looks at upcoming stuff for highly anticipated comics, books, movies, TV shows, the like, receive memorabilia, get their stuff signed by famous peoples, and fangirl out with their peers. Oh, and there's cosplay. But I try to forget about that.
So, here, I shall give you the latest updates from this three-day jamboree... well, stuff that we care about anyway.
So don't worry, I won't shower you with horribly recorded clips from the latest Twilight film...
The Legend of Korra
The successor to the hit Avatar: The Last Airbender series, this show has gained a big fanbase. Therefore, Nickelodeon thought it was a good idea to order 26 new episodes for the series, which I revealed in my blog, a few days ago. The creators of the show, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, as well as a few voice actors including Janet Varney (Korra) and P.J. Byrne (Bolin) took to the panels to show us some juicy new content.
First off, they straightened out the episode order thing. The new 26 episodes will be split into two books, both 13 eps each, making Book 1 (which already aired) 12 eps, Book 2 (which will air next year) 14 eps, and Book 3 & 4 (just announced) 13 each. With that cleared up, they confirmed that Book 2, coming 2013, would be called "Spirit." Because it has to do with the Spirit World:
And these weird looking things, spirits:
The new season takes place six months after its previous one. Korra's become a fully realized Avatar, who can go around on an air scooter and enter the Avatar State at will - as a matter of fact, she evens uses this to win a race, much to the scolding of Tenzin. Asami's taken up Future Industries, trying to build it back up after the disaster that was her dad becoming an Equalist. Mako's... a cop for some reason. And Bolin has his own entire sub-plot where he's a Pro-Bender again and he tries to find his place in life.
Oh, and they all have new costumes:
Asami actually has two new outfits, just because she's awesome like that.
We'll also be seeing more of Korra's parents, Senna and Tonraq, who has a buff chest:
We'll also see the return of Bumi, Tenzin's bro, and the introduction of Kya, his sister. Korra's uncle, Unarock/Unalok/whatever, will also be making his debut. He also has twin sons and daughters:
... yes, those are two different people of separate genders.
And some more concept artz:
... and finally:
Here's a trailer for Book 2, featuring some rough cinematics:
And a table read with the voice actors:
And to round it out, nothin' better than some good ol' signable poster fanservice. (No, not that kind of fanservice, mind you.)
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Lauren Faust and friends took to the panels (wait, didn't I use this wording for the Korra section already?) to show off new season 3 - which was said to be premiering
NEXT MONTH! The Hub has confirmed that that was a big fat lie and that the season will be premiering later on in the year. - stuff for one of the internet's favorite shows. Notably, Trixie will be returning... there will be a "Fluttershy dragon" that makes an appearance, and on the song side, Rarity and Octavia will share a duet, as well as Twilight Sparkle and Spike (which can be seen directly below, along with an Applejack musical number!).
Phineas and Ferb
We'll start this one off with that age-old question: Where's Perry?
Dan, Swampy, Vincent Martella, Alyson Stoner, and Dee Bradley Baker were up at the panel:
... and on-lookers were treated to some sneak peeks of the upcoming Where's Perry? Part 2. (Speaking of which, Part 1 of this ep is set to premiere on Disney Channel in a couple of weeks, but can be downloaded right now on iTunes for free). The upcoming 2013 feature film was also mentioned, and was again compared to Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Another special P&F production coming out summer 2013 was revealed as well...
The first true crossover between Disney and Marvel properties since the former bought the latter (not counting the recent Club Penguin thing), this collaboration has the bros teaming up with some of the comic book company's most famous superheroes. As the synopsis puts it:
"Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk enter Danville after Dr. Doofenshmirtz's latest "inator" scheme accidentally removes their powers and immobilizes them. Now it's up to Phineas and Ferb to team up with the Marvel Super Heroes to help them regain their powers and defeat Marvel Super Villains – Red Skull, Whiplash, Venom and M.O.D.O.K. – who are working together with Dr. Doofenshmirtz to use his power-draining technology to create mayhem."
The teaser featurette:
Some notable screens:
And there'd be no better way to send this section off than with some cast signing:
The whole panel can be seen here, courtesy of Stitch Kingdom:
Disney Television Animation (Gravity Falls, Wonder Over Yonder, etc.)
While P&F and Tron: Legacy were treated to their own panels, the rest of DC's cartoons were forced into one singular one - the Disney Television Animation panel. On the Fish Hooks side of things, we had Noah Z. Jones, creator/executive producer of the show, Maxwell Atoms, co-executive producer, as well as voicetalent Justin Roiland ("Oscar") and Kari Wahlgren ("Shellsea"). For Graviy Falls, Alex Hirsch, creator/executive producer, Michael Rianda, creative director, and voice actor Jason Morgan Ritter ("Dipper") joined the party. Finally, for the upcoming Wonder Over Yonder, we had Craig McCracken, the creator, and Lauren Faust (whom you might remember from the pony section), co-producer and McCracken's wife.
ClevverTV conducted a review with Justin and Kari, seen below:
The GF part of the panel dominated the event. Alex Hirsch noted how some of the characters were based off some people he knew in real life. Mabel Pines, for example, was inspired by his real-life twin sister; Grunkle Stan by his Grandfather Stan; and Soos, inspired by a friend he knew from college. Some future episodes were also revealed, which include an episode dedicated to the Gravity Falls tradition of Summerween, and a video game inspired one and featuring guest animation by some guy called Paul Robertson.
Some pics also courtesy of Stitch Kingdom:
A few clips shown at the panel can also be seen below:
For Wonder Over Yonder, some concept art and a one minute animation clip was shown. He noted that the show would have the energy and silliness of The Powerpuff Girls, and the heart of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. A video of this can be seen below:
The aforementioned clip (at the 1:45 mark):
A couple of cards promoting the series were handed out as well:
The questions that the audience asked the panel can be seen in this vid:
And lastly, the folks behind all of the wondrous cartoons on Disney Channel! Kudos to these guys!
The Marvel panel was abuzz with nerds eagerly awaiting the first looks at Phase II of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase I of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ended a few months ago with the premiere of The Avengers, currently the third-highest grossing film of all time. We start off with...
The film, which is set for May 3, 2012, is still filming, but five minutes of footage were screened for the audience which, I'm told, were awesome. Iron Man's armor seems to have gotten a bit of a change for the movie, as you can see in the above pic, gaining a bit more gold. The footage confirmed that the main villain in the picture would be one of the hero's most famous - the Mandarin. And it was action-packed as well. Just read the impressions of this one viewer.
But that's not the only sequel that was showcased. Thor 2 (which, as you might remember, was delayed to November of 2013 to make room for the upcoming P&F feature film which will be coming out July 26th of that year) got an official name:
Captain America: The First Avenger's sequel got renamed as well. If you're familiar with the storyline it references, you may realize that Cap's best friend from the first movie who died may not be dead after all...
Their next film, which has been rumored for a while now, is an original one. Have you heard of the "Guardians of the Galaxy"? No. Well you do now.
Yes, that's right, it has a raccoon holding guns. It'll do great at the box office.
And this last one is based off the superhero "Ant-Man", who can change his size. Some test footage was shown off, which was pretty well-received by its watchers. These five movies, combined with The Avengers 2, will fill Phase II of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here's the timeline:
- Iron Man 3 - May 3, 2013
- Thor: The Dark World - November 15, 2013
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier - April 4, 2014
- Guardians of the Galaxy - August 1, 2014
- Ant-Man - 2015
- The Avengers 2 - 2015
Man of Steel
You know, that new Superman movie.
This reboot of the film franchise, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, got its first trailer shown off at Comic-Con, as well as its first poster. However, unlike the poster, which was released to the public, the footage remained exclusive to the event. There were people who still recorded it using their cruddy cell phone cameras though, so you can probably find dozens of videos of it online. I saw it here, which is also the first result when you type in "man of steel comic-con trailer" on Google.
A teaser trailer will also be played in front of The Dark Knight Rises, another DC superhero movie also produced by Nolan and released by Warner Bros. While it's not sure whether it will be the same as the Comic-Con footage or something else entirely, it'll sure be something to see. It might even make you cry. It made one fan.
Not me though. I'm too manly for that.
*sobs tears of joy in the corner*
A month after E3, everyone's gotten over how horrible it was except for Alt. and are ready to see the true brilliance of the games that will dominate the Wii U's launch lineup and window. First-party and third-party games for the upcoming Wii U were taken to Comic-Con for a second chance (well, third if you count that Wii U Experience no one cared about). Some choice gameplay videos:
IGN also has an article detailing the 10 Wii U demos you have to see from the event. It's written by the guy who does the PlayStation news for the site, so it's interesting to see what a PS guy thinks of his rival company's newest consoles.
On the handheld side of things, we didn't get many gameplay vids, but we did get our fair share of new trailers. A New Super Mario Bros. 2, the upcoming 2D side-scrolling which will be released August 19, one was uploaded on Nintendo's YouTube account. It gave us a look at some new stages and confirmed the return of the Mini and Mega Mushrooms, which were introduced in its predecessor.
And while not 3DS exclusive, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed had a CGI trailer revealed at the event. It's set to arrive November 20 for a variety of systems, and has numerous SEGA character playable (and even some non-SEGA, including
Danica Patrick Wreck-It Ralph from the highly anticipated Disney film).
Adventure Time: Hey Ice King, Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?! is coming to DS as well as 3DS, but no one cares about the DS version (nor has any gameplay been shown for it), so this is safe to put in the 3DS section. The title takes some cues from Zelda II: The Adventure of Time for the NES, and combines exploration, combat, and platforming in a sprite-based game from acclaimed developer Wayforward. This hits stores October 23, and is also going to have its own collectors edition.
Pokémon Black and White 2 is a DS game, but Nintendo's always talking about how it can also be played on the 3DS per its backwards compatibility (and no one's really gonna play it on a regular DS in this day and age), so I might as well put it here. Already out in Japan, this gem -and I'm not just saying that because the logo literally has a gem in it - comes to US and Europe shores early October, along with a new Pokémon app on the Nintendo eShop that connects with the game.
Lastly, Nintendo uploaded this demonstration video for the enlarged Nintendo 3DS XL model at Comic-Con. The system comes out the same day as New Super Mario Bros. 2 does in North America - but at the end of the month in Japan and Europe. Curse you, Nintendo of America!
Oh well, at least we actually get a charger included with it...
Plenty of violent games were showcased at the event. You had your Resident Evil 6, Assassins Creed III, God of War: Judgment, The Last of Us, Halo 4. Even DLC for Mass Effect 3 was playable. A new video game based on the Marvel superhero Deadpool was even announced, though the platforms it'll be on were name named. Can't show you any of that though. The most violent M-rated game thing from Comic-Con I'm allowed to put on here would probably be the leaked logo of Metal Gear Solid 5 from the event, which is most likely fake:
So now you're probably asking me: is there any family-friendly stuff that's not Wii U/3DS stuff that you can show? And the answer... is yes.
First off, we have a new trailer for 'Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, heading to PS3, 360, and Wii this November. This is actually a CGI cutscene from the beginning of the game - and it features the Mad Doctor executing a musical number. It's a must-see at least.
Sony Smash Bros. (also known by its fan name PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale) is a
Super Smash Bros. rip-off fighting game staring the best of the PS family duking it out, and a few more characters were announced at the San Diego happening. First off, we have Jak & Daxter from the PS2 games of a similar name, and Cole MacGrath from the Infamous franchise. It was also announced that it would be released October 23. You can pick this up for either PS3 or the Vita (preferably the Vita, since it's... kinda failing right now and it could use all the sales it can get).
Marvel had a lot of movie news - they had some video games ones as well. Avengers: Battle for Earth was announced at E3 for Xbox 360 Kinect and Wii U, and was greeted with another CGI trailer at Comic-Con. If that doesn't float your boat, Marvel Heroes, an upcoming multiplayer online game for PC also exists. It has a disturbing lack of Spider-Man though.
And last, but not least... well, actually, I've never heard of this game prior to noticing this trailer on my YouTube subscription list, but it has "awesome" in the title, so it must be good! :D