San Diego Comic-Con, the annual pop culture convention, has become the go-to place for studios to drop trailers and sneak previews for their buzziest films and television shows, from horror movies to superhero fare. This year’s Comic-Con, which runs from July 18 through July 21, will feature actors and directors reflecting on popular, completed franchises, like Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones.
But Hollywood still has plenty of fresh stories to get excited about (even if they are, as per usual, extensions of old franchises), including new trailers and clips for It: Chapter 2, Terminator: Dark Fate, The Witcher, Batwoman, His Dark Materials and Nancy Drew. Plus, Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige is expected to drop news about future Marvel projects, including Black Widow, The Eternals and Shang-Chi.
Here are all the best trailers from San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Return to this post throughout the weekend for more updates and footage.
It: Chapter 2 (Sept. 6, 2019)
The final trailer for the buzzy sequel to It features an all-star cast that includes Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader. They play the grown-up versions of the kids in the Loser’s Club from the 2017 film. At Comic-Con, the actors also shared several clips from the new movie based on the latter half of Stephen King’s famous novel.
In one clip, the adults reunite but most of them can’t remember the villainous Pennywise or any of the events from the first movie. In another scene, McAvoy’s Bill follows a child into a funhouse to protect him and things go awry. The final scene featured the crew facing off against a monster in a sequence that pays homage to John Carpetner’s The Thing.
During the panel, It director Andy Muschietti expressed interest in making a Pennywise origin story set before the events of either of the It movies.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019)
A trailer for the Jay and Silent Bob reboot was published online ahead of a Saturday panel at San Diego Comic-Con. The movie reunites Kevin Smith with Jason Mewes and revives the drug-dealing characters the two actors played in Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
In Strike Back, the titular characters tried to prevent a film from being made about their comic book alter-egos. They fail, and in the new reboot, they travel to Hollywood to try to prevent a reboot of the movie from happening. It’s all very meta.
Terminator: Dark Fate (Nov. 1, 2019)
The R-rated movie from Deadpool director Tim Miller will star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular Terminator and bring Linda Hamilton’s iconic character Sarah Connor and Edward Furlong’s John Connor back into the fold. Miller revealed that the film will deal with the fallout of Terminator 2: Judgement Day and match tonally with that film.
Fans have been disappointed by recent Terminator spinoffs, including the Emilia Clarke-led Terminator Genisys, but the return of Hamilton’s badass, gunslinging Conner, alongside franchise newcomer Mackenzie Davis, offers new hope. The panel showed new footage from the film to the live audience which has not yet been released online. But a trailer (above) was released in May.
Top Gun: Maverick (June 26, 2020)
Tom Cruise made a surprise appearance at San Diego Comic-Con to premiere the first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, the long-awaited sequel to the fan-favorite fighter pilot film. Tom Cruise has cultivated a reputation for executing his own, increasingly crazy stunts. It looks like his time as a pilot in Mission Impossible: Fallout convinced him to take on even crazier tricks in the new Top Gun: Maverick.
His Dark Materials (2019)
The first full trailer for HBO and BBC’s highly-anticipated adaptation of the His Dark Materials series starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson and Dafne Keen dropped at San Diego Comic-Con. The production looks to have spared no expense on the many magical elements of the series including a formidable armored bear by the name of Iorek. The show is poised to fill a Game of Thrones-sized whole in fantasy fans’ hearts.
The new clip also debuted daemons, external manifestations of the characters’ inner selves. When an audience member asked the panel of actors what their real-life daemons would be, Lin Manuel-Miranda answered, “Pizza rat.”
21 Bridges (Sept. 27, 2019)
The Russo brothers have spent the last several years churning out Marvel movies, including Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. But at Comic-Con, they gave fans a sneak peak at their post-superhero career during a panel. In their forthcoming thriller 21 Bridges, directed by Brian Kirk, the producers reunite with Chadwick Boseman, who plays Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Boseman is an NYPD detective who shuts down all 21 bridges out of Manhattan an initiates a manhunt for a couple of cop killers (Friday Night Light‘s Taylor Kitsch and If Beale Street Could Talk’s Stephan James). But the trailer suggests that the crimes may not be as they appear.
The Walking Dead, Season 10 (Oct. 6, 2019)
Walking Dead actor Danai Gurira shot to superstardom thanks to Black Panther. So it wasn’t a big surprise when, during the Walking Dead Comic Con panel, she confirmed reports that season 10 would be her last. She received a standing ovation.
Gurira said during the panel that her character “protects until the end” on the zombie show. Cailey Fleming, a young, new arrival to the cast, praised how fierce Gurira has always been with her sword on the show and said she aspires to be like the actor. After the panel, the cast presented a new trailer for the 10th season of the show.
The Witcher (2019)
Netflix revealed the first trailer for its sprawling fantasy series The Witcher. Showrunner Lauren Hissrich clarified during the panel for the show that the series will be adapting straight from Andrzej Sapkowski’s book series, not from the hugely popular Witcher video games, as some expected. The show will star Henry Cavill, who played superman for years and is no stranger to Comic-Con. He plays a Witcher — a monster hunter — named Geralt who encounters a sorceress named Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and a mysterious young girl named Ciri (Freya Allan).
The panel also featured several clips, played just for the Comic-Con audience, including one of Yennefer talking to a baby’s corpse on a beach about all the pain in the world. So, yes, this will be a very adult fantasy show.
Fear the Walking Dead, Season 5
Fear the Walking Dead, which is halfway through its fifth season right now, teased its remaining episodes at Comic-Con with a new trailer. But the biggest news to come out of the panel was that a third Walking Dead show is in the works. The show will skew more towards teens and follow younger people who lived behind the wall during the apocalypse and have never had to kill walkers. The series does not yet have a title.
The Walking Dead Movie (TBA)
As if there wasn’t already enough Walking Dead content, the creators announced that a Walking Dead movie will head to theaters soon. The movie will continue the story of TV show character Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who exited the show last year.
Steven Universe The Movie (Sept. 2)
The beloved Cartoon Network show is getting a movie treatment. Half-gem, half-human hero Steven just wants to kick back and relax with his magical friends, the Crystal Gems. But heroes never get vacations. In swoops a new villain to challenge Steven’s magical powers.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Aug. 30)
Netflix offered another sneak preview of its prequel to the cult hit, Dark Crystal. The original fantasy-adventure film starring puppets was created by the legendary Jim Henson and Frank Oz in 1982. The new clip shows the artistry behind the puppets in the new fantasy series, which look more uncannily human than ever before.
Helena Bonham Carter, Mark Hamill, Keegan-Michael Key, Andy Samberg, Sigourney Weaver, Taron Egerton, Awkwafina and Lena Heady are among the voice actors in the all-star cast.
Carnival Row (Aug. 30)
Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevigne star in this fantasy series set during the Victorian era. The story centers on fantastical creatures who are immigrants trying to live alongside the humans that previously invaded their homelands. Delevigne plays a fae runaway, Bloom a human orphan-turned-detective, and each character got a Comic-Con feature told from their perspective.
The creators said during the show’s panel that they plan to tackle racism, sexism, tribalism, spiritualism and class divides through a fantasy lens.
Batwoman (Oct. 6)
The CW released a new teaser for their forthcoming show, Batwoman starring Ruby Rose, ahead of their Comic-Con panel on Saturday. Rose will play the first queer superhero in the CW’s lineup of DC shows. Kate Kane steps in as Gotham’s guardian three years after Batman has disappeared.
CW dropped the trailer despite the fact that Rose had to pull out of Comic-Con last minute. The actor posted an apologetic message on her social media, thanking her fans for their support.
Watchmen (Oct. 2019)
Damon Lindelof of Lost and Leftovers fame is tackling the Watchmen universe. In the upcoming HBO series, Lindelof won’t retread the same story as the famed graphic novel — though everything that happened in the source material is canon. Instead, he’ll tell a story set in modern day with new characters, including a cop played by Regina King. In this world, both police and criminals wear masks, making it impossible to tell who is a cop and who is a vigilante.
Still, fans of Alan Moore’s original story are sure to be sated: The new trailer reveals that Jean Smart will be playing an FBI Agent named Laurie Blake, presumably the same Laurie that fights crime as Silk Spectre in the graphic novel. It also looks like older versions of graphic novel characters Ozymandias (Jeremy Irons) and Doctor Manhattan will appear in the show.
Westworld, Season 3 (2020)
For its first two seasons, Westworld was a puzzle box show, but the trailer for season 3 suggests that the HBO drama is headed in a new direction: “This is season is a little less of a guessing game and more of an experience with the hosts finally getting to meet their makers,” co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan told Entertainment Weekly.
Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores is free in the world, where she meets a construction worker played by Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul. Meanwhile, Thandie Newton’s Maeve looks to be trapped in the World War II themed park. Maybe the world inside the park and the world outside the park aren’t that different after all.
Star Trek: Picard (2020)
Patrick Stewart returns to the Star Trek franchise as an older Jean-Luc Picard in a CBS All Access spinoff. When we meet Picard in the new show, the former captain of the Enterprise is no longer at Starfleet. In fact, he seems somewhat emotionally traumatized from the events of his past. But he quickly gets pulled back into action after a mysterious young woman contacts him.
TNT is adapting the apocalyptic movie Snowpiercer, which was about survivors confined in a moving train to escape a catastrophic global freeze, into a TV series. Jennifer Connelly is playing the role once occupied by Tilda Swinton, while Daveed Diggs is taking over the character once played by Chris Evans.
The train is divided by class: those in coach remain there and work to keep the train going while surviving on disgusting food rations, while those in first class enjoy the luxury of their station. But a revolution is brewing.
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