It’s been a while, a long while, but Comic-Con is finally back in 2022. Well, you could say it never left because they did sort of have the event last year as well. But it certainly wasn’t the same because it was mostly done virtually. Even if you’re like me and you have never been able to travel to San Diego to actually go to Comic-Con, there’s just a special feeling of the idea of hordes or fanboys and fangirls descending to one location to participate in their favorite geeky hobby.
So I had some high hopes for this year. I was expecting them, the movie and television studios that is, to pull out all the stops as people can finally travel and participate in Comic-Con this year. I will say I was somewhat disappointed but that’s mostly because I had particularly high expectations. Still, this year had some really good trailers and it did whet my appetite regarding some movies and television shows I’m sure to look forward to in the future. So, without further ado, here, in no particular order, are my top trailers that were revealed during this year’s Comic-Con.
When it comes to breaking the fourth wall in Marvel, She-Hulk did it first.
I hate to admit it but I am kind of a poser when I say I’m a huge fan of She-Hulk. I’ve never really read her comics but I did look through the character when I was researching something for a post. And through my research, I did find myself liking her stories, not because of her adventures but more because of the comedic touches throughout her adventures. And what I mean by that is She-Hulk’s ability to break the fourth wall. In fact, she doesn’t just break the fourth wall but totally tear through it! Not only will she talk directly to the reader but She-Hulk would also travel to different locations in an instant due to “panel teleportation” and even rip through the next page to see what’s going to happen next.
So, the instant the trailer for She-Hulk: Attorney-at-Law had our main character turn to the camera and talk to the viewer, this instantly made this upcoming Disney+ series a must-watch for me. It doesn’t look like it’ll be serious but more of a comedic romp through the Marvel Cinematic Universe regarding how superhero law would be like. At the very least, it should be interesting because of the idea of how prosecuting and defending supervillains in the court of law would look like. But I’m still just going to be watching if they can pull off the comedy.
Shazam: Fury of the Gods
So… will this superhero finally get a name in this movie?
I really liked the first Shazam movie. I actually have to say it’s my favorite modern live-action DC superhero movie so far. But I’m also aware how movie studios just love to tinker away at things that already work. So I’m incredibly relieved that the trailer for Shazam: Fury of the Gods looks like the studio heads seem to have kept their grubby hands away from the film’s production.
Shazam: Fury of the Gods still looks like it’s going to be a neat little superhero movie from DC that looks like it’ll concentrate on making superheroing look actually fun while still adding some introspective of how a young preteen handles the pressure of being a superhero. I am a little concerned as I have the sneaking suspicion they’ll try to connect this to the upcoming Black Adam movie and I’m just afraid it’ll look forced and the tone between the two just doesn’t mix well together.
He’s going to bring me a dream… but not the dream you may want.
Long ago, I had a friend who collected all of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comics in trade paperback. I borrowed the first couple one day and, in one night, I read them all. The next morning, I asked if I could not just borrow the next few book but the entire collection. That’s how good I thought the stories were. The Sandman was nothing I was used to as it was definitely more “adult” than the comics I was reading. But, when it was announced Netflix was producing a live-action version of The Sandman, I was extremely skeptical. The series seemed like something that works best for the comic book medium and making a live-action version might just seem like a mistake. Well, the first trailer for the Netflix adaptation for The Sandman is out and, for now, I am keeping an open mind.
The reason why the trailer made me cautiously optimistic for the show is because it looks like the series is going to follow the comics. More importantly, it’ll be covering my two favorite story arcs, which are Morpheus’ journey to hell and his hunt for the “serial killer” known as the Corinthian. I do have some objections, such as the direction they’re taking with Death and Constantine. But, like I said, I’m going to keep an open mind to see if they can prove me wrong.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Wow, a non-comic book property made it to this list!
It’s hard to believe that there have already been several live-action movies based on the Dungeons & Dragons game property. Sure, the ’80s cartoon was a hoot and a half in a cheesy sort of way but the live-action movies? Woof! So it’s already an uphill battle to get any fan of the tabletop RPG to actually care about a new one. Based on the new trailer, though, it looks like they might have finally got it right.
While the movie might not convince non-players to actually pick up a Dungeon & Dragons rulebook, the movie does feel it’s getting character classes right, with each of the heroes having specializations to help them with their quest to take down the big bad of the quest. Honestly, if they get that right and make the adventure fun, I can see this becoming a long-running franchise much like the property it’s based on.
John Wick 4
It’s not a trilogy anymore, sadly.
A part of me was honestly disappointed that they didn’t make the John Wick movies end with the third film. Not because I didn’t want the series to continue. But it was more like I wanted the franchise to be a nice trilogy of kickass movies. So I was a little concerned when the last movie ended and we had what basically could be called a cliffhanger. Even with that said, I’m not going to pretend like I can’t wait for John Wick 4 and the trailer just made me want to see it even more.
The trailer doesn’t really show much but, by this point, does it really need to? As long as it uses the previous movies as a template and throw in a lot of cool, bloody and inventive action fight scenes with guns, swords, knives and whatever weapon you can think of, you just know it’s going to be good.
What was your favorite trailer shown during this year’s Comic-Con? Let me know in the comments section below!