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san-diego-comic-con-logoBy Dane La Born

In case you didn’t hear, or like me, are too poor to make it all the way to San Diego, The SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) was this weekend, and with it came the next year of nerdy entertainment laid out on a platter for all to see. I figured I’d take a minute and share some of the more exciting developments to come out of San Diego this weekend.

Walking Dead debuted the full trailer for it’s fifthth season, that begins in October, and it looks like we are finally getting back on track with the comic books storyline. On their panel, they spoke a little about the first six minutes of the season five premiere. Apparently, it’s going to be a doozy. They were shocked that they were going to actually be able to air it at all, and the director of the episode shot it without letting the actors in on what was happening, the same way Ridley Scott did with John Hurt in Alien. As if Walking Dead needed to do anything else to shock us.

The Sand Snakes have been cast in Season Five of Game Of Thrones , we got new clips of the Flash television series from the CW; a promise of a Supernatural musical episode in it’s tenth season; new trailers for Constantine; the first trailer for Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1; the announcement that Lucy Lawless (Xena) has been added to the cast of Season two for Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Peter Jackson brought along a new trailer for Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies and for three days, nerds ruled all entertainment news.

Warner Brothers and Zack Snyder debuted some footage of Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and also debuted photos of Gal Gadot in full Wonder Woman regalia. They did their best to bring the noise in Hall H, Comic Con’s largest floor, but DC was nowhere near as well-received as Marvel was.

Not only did we get Guardians 2 and Ant-Man announcements, but, totally unscheduled (and ruined of surprise by a certain Tweet-Happy-Ruffalo-Hulk) The entire cast of The Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron took the stage, complete with 5 minutes of footage that brought the entire room to their feet with thunderous applause. If Warner wasn’t worried about Man Of Steel 2’s chances against The Avengers before, they certainly are now. With under a year left until release time, Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron is one of the most anticipated sequels of all time, and from all the reports on the footage, Joss Whedon has once again done the impossible.

I love Comic Con, and was very sad that I was again unable to go. For all the social isolation that Nerds and Geeks are supposedly prone to, it’s funny that we have several of the largest gatherings in the world. One of the most awesome things about Comic Con is how close it brings creators with their fans, and allows us to tell them how much we love and appreciate the things they do. It also gives them a chance to tell us how much they love us, because afterall, without us they are nothing, and the bigger studios have finally started learning that we can make or break a movie.

Passion is inherent in the nerd community. Passion for the art, passion for movie and television, passion for characters. Comic Con gives us a chance to meet thousands of people who are just as passionate as we are, allows us to interact with and meet our favorite directors, writers, and actors. It’s a wonderful place.

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