Comic-Con 2010: the highlights
This year’s Comic-Con, the annual get-together of fanboys, fancy costume wearers and lovers of comics, just wrapped up in San Diego. Here are the highlights from the four-day nerd fest:
By Subhajit Banerjee
27 Jul 2010
Sneak peek at how a huge comic franchise like Avengers is shaping up for the big screen – good. Identity of the new Hulk revealed (Mark Ruffalo) – great. Full cast turnout including Samuel L Jackson, Robert Downey Jr and Scarlett Johansson – awesome!
After the successful silver screen transformations of Spider-Man, X-Men and Iron-Man, the next Marvel superhero outing sees Iron Man co-stars Downey Jr and Johansson reprise their roles as Iron Man and Black Widow respectively while Jackson plays the formidable Nick Fury.
A new teaser trailer for Tron: Legacy was one of the highlights of the opening day, despite this being the third consecutive Comic-Con to feature footage from the upcoming sci-fi spectacular. Jeff Bridges, Michael Sheen and others from the cast also fielded questions on Disney’s 3-D sequel to the 1982 cult classic that made blue neon-lit suits super cool. Or super geeky.
Harrison in handcuffs, Helen’s homage
Comic-Con’s best stunt took place as Iron Man director Jon Favreau was discussing his upcoming Western-alien invasion flick, Cowboys & Aliens. As he introduced co-stars Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, and Sam Rockwell, a seemingly bewildered Harrison Ford was “escorted” on to the stage in handcuffs by guards. Despite most people not getting the gag (that Ford was being dragged to the gathering against his will), the 6,000-strong audience gave the 68-year-old a standing ovation. Hard to believe, but this was the Indiana Jones and Star Wars actor’s first Comic-Con appearance.
It was also a Comic-Con first for the majestic Helen Mirren. Dame Helen paid a T-shirt tribute to Harvey Pekar, the American Splendor creator who died recently, while promoting her new film Red. “This is how Dame Helen Mirren made Comic-Con fall in love with her,” blogged an excited Warren Ellis, on whose comic book series the film is based.
What’s Comic-Con without a bit of eye-stabbing. A man in his 20s was arrested on Saturday for stabbing a fellow attendee in the eye with a pen after they got into an argument over whether they were sitting too close to each other [watch an amateur video of said man in a Harry Potter t-shirt being led away by police]. The incident took place while the crowd was waiting for Seth Rogen and other panelists to take the stage for Universal’s science-fiction comedy Paul. But hey, what’s a little eye-popping between geeks.