Superheroes, videogames, toys, cosplay, TV shows—you name it, and the San Diego Comic Con has it.
The yearly geek festival is the Pop Culture Coachella, and instead of Kanye West and Daft Punk invading headlines, we get Batman, Godzilla, and The Walking Dead teasing us with their next moves, alongside throngs of cosplayers. As this year's frenzy comes to a close, we take a deep breath and carefully select what we'll be keeping a close eye on in the coming months.
Now, if only there were some way to make these shows or movies exist right now!
1) The Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Release date: May 2015
Quick recap: Sequel to the 2012 Marvel hit, The Avengers. S.H.I.E.L.D. is gone, and so, Tony Stark creates Ultron, an A.I. form capable of controlling his army of Iron Men, the Iron Legion. But Ultron, like many super-smart movie A.I., has that classic eureka moment: "The humans are the greatest threats, themselves! Must eradicate!" Tony Stark proceeds to tweet: "#AvengersAssemble."
What we heard: The Comic Con sneak peek reveals a scene where the Hulk, Iron Man, and Captain America try to lift Thor's hammer, with only Captain America having a small measure of success. The Iron Legion then attacks, all hell breaks loose, and ends with a reveal of Ultron in his shiny, shiny armor.
Check out IGN.com's reaction footage:
2) Mad Max: Fury Road
Release date: May 2015
Quick recap: The trilogy that made post-apocalyptic movies cool in the '80s returns with Fury Road—a follow-up, 30 years in the making. The last Mad Max movie, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, came out in 1985, so it's safe to say that it's about damn time those dune buggies and road warriors returned to the big screen!
What we heard: Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises' Bane) stars as the titular (anti?) hero. The real big deal though is that series creator George Miller retains directorial responsibilities, after having helmed more family-friendly flicks like Babe and Happy Feet.
If the explosive trailer is any indication, we're in for a wild ride:
3) Godzilla 2
Release date: 2016
Quick recap: Giant movie monster trashes the box office and makes nearly $500 million, making the decision to push through with a sequel an easy one.
What we heard: Gareth Edwards returns as director, and brings three classic 'Zilla monsters into the fray: the pterodactyl-like Rodan, the oversized moth Mothra, and the Hydra-inspired, King Ghidorah.
4) New King Kong
Release date: To be announced (TBA)
Quick recap: From the same house that brought us the Godzilla remake, comes another remake of another movie giant: King Kong!
What we heard: After showing off their Godzilla 2 trailer, Legendary Pictures teases the Comic Con crowd with a new project that focuses on Skull Island, better known as King Kong's hometown. Ironically, little is known so far about the big monkey—aside from the fact that we're pretty sure he won't look like this: