Special Movie Report: Comic-Con 2019 Recap

Another Comic-Con has nearly passed in San Diego and like normal, there was plenty of buzz surrounding the world of movies. Like usual, a lot of this had to do with super heroes.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel Studios made huge announcement Saturday Night at the famed “Hall H” during San Diego Comic-Con.

According to Deadline Hollywood, one of the announcements was Academy Award winner Natalie Portman being selected to portray a new female version of the character Thor. The film, to be directed by Taika Waiti, will open in fall 2021. Portman previously played Jane Foster in “Thor” 1 and 2.

Courtesy ComicBook Now!

According to Polygon, Portman will join “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, who portrays Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One thing to keep in mind was Odin, Thor’s father, said the people worthy of the hammer Mjolnir would inherit all of the powers of Thor. This was seen with Captain America in “Avengers: Endgame.”


Another Academy Award winning actor coming into the franchise is Mahershala Ali. According to Deadline, Ali will take the role of Blade in an MCU reboot of the franchise. The original series was from New Line Cinema and featured Wesley Snipes in the titular role.


Marvel also introduced Simu LIu as the actor to portray Shang-Chi in the film “The Legend of the Ten Rings.” The movie, according to Deadline, will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Also joining that film’s cast are Tony Leung and the rapper-turned-actress Awkwafina. The movie is set for Feb. 2021.


Another announcement coming from Comic-Con Saturday was background on “The Eternals.” Deadline reports the movie will open Nov. 6, 2020 and stars Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie.
The film is based on characters who debuted in 1976. The Eternals are super-powered god-like beings named the Celestials.


Angelina Jolie at Comic-Con for The Eternals, courtesy Deadline Hollywood.
The cast of The Eternals. Courtesy Eric Davis of Fandango.

Another picture unveiled Saturday by Marvel was and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Benedict Cumberbatch is expected to return in the flick, slated for 2021.


Marvel also reconfirmed that the “Black Widow” spy movie will hit theaters on May 1, 2020.


Top Gun: Maverick

2019 Comic-Con International - "Terminator: Dark Fate" Panel
Tom Cruise at Comic-Con. Courtesy Getty Images.

Another celeb making a Comic-Con appearance was Tom Cruise, who showed off the trailer for the new “Top Gun” picture. According to Polygon, Cruise said during his panel that “everything you see in this film is real. We’re working with the Navy. I wanted to give you an experience of being inside that aircraft.” The picture will fly into theaters June 26, 2020.


It Chapter Two

The cast of “It: Chapter Two” at Comic-Con. Courtesy Los Angeles Times.

During another panel for “IT: Chapter Two,” Comic-Con attendees learned about the coming sequel featuring the clown Pennywise. According to USA Today, the clown will once again haunt a group of people from Derry Maine, who dealt with the clown 27 prior in the original film.

Along with the whole cast discussing the upcoming feature, a new trailer also debuted at the convention. The clown is played by Bill Skarsgard. Other cast members include Jessica Chastain, Andy Bean, Bill Hader and James McAvoy. The film will enter theaters Sept. 6, 2019.


Terminator: Dark Fate

“Terminator: Dark Fate” cast at Comic-Con. Courtesy Variety.

At the panel for “Terminator: Dark Fate,” original movie stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton were welcomed back at Comic-Con. According to the Hollywood Reporter, as the panel got underway, series creator and producer James Cameron discussed the event and revealed the actor Edward Furlong will be returning to the franchise.

Furlong portrayed the hero character John Connor in “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” in 1991.

Another announcement coming at the panel was that “Dark Fate” will have an R-rating. Director Tim Miller also announced “Dark Fate” will be a direct sequel to “Judgement Day,” ignoring “Rise of the Machines,” “Salvation” and “Genysis.”

THR reports that the character Sarah Connor stopped Judgement Day and has since worked to hunt terminators. “Dark Fate” opens Nov. 1 from Paramount.


Jay and Silent Bob: Reboot


Director Kevin Smith was also present at Comic-Con and debuted a trailer for the new comedy “Jay and Silent Bob Rebooted.” The picture will be the first time the characters have made an appearance since 2006’s “Clerks II.” The movie is slated for this October.


For the upcoming week, the only major release is “Once upon a Time in Hollywood” by Director Quentin Tarantino.

On the small screen, meanwhile, new releases are:

  • Alita: Battle Angel, my rating: 3 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.38 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 61%.
  • Hellboy, my rating: 1.5 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 1.92 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 18%.
  • Missing Link, my rating: 3.5 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.83 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 89%.
  • Master Z: Ip Man, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88%.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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