Comic-Con isn't so much a convention as it is a cultural festival. More than 150,000 people flock to the staggeringly large San Diego Convention Center to snap up collectibles, traipse around in costume, and play Fluxx for hours while waiting in line to see a preview of a new episode of Dexter. No longer just for comics, Comic-Con has become a mecca for nerds of all stripes. It's also one of the biggest launching pads for new TV shows, movies, and other pop culture. Comic-Con 2013 has a lot to offer, and we're collecting the best of it for you right here.
Jul 19, 2013
It sounds like the cast and crew of The X-Files are itching to make that third movie. Creator Chris Carter, stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, and seven of the show's writers reunited today for a panel at Comic-Con to celebrate the paranormal series' 20th anniversary in front of a massive audience of fans. The discussion ranged from the possibility of a new movie, to why Duchovny and Anderson never worked together again (Duchovny feels their X-Files relationship is too special), to Mulder and Scully's lost sex tape (a joke, we think).Read Article >
There were no shortage of fans wearing T-shirts from 2008's The X-Files: I Want to Believe in the audience. It doesn't sound like a new movie is in the works just yet, but everyone on the panel was on board. Duchovny said he assumed they'd keep making movies. Anderson said she'd like to do a movie. Of course, they both said the same thing last year.
Jul 18, 2013
One of the big stories surrounding the impending release of Ender's Game are the political and social views of the author of the original novel, Orson Scott Card. Card has been a vocal opponent of gay marriage, a stance that has led not only to calls to boycott the Ender's Game movie but also caused Card to step back from writing a Superman comic this past March. The movie's distributor has tried to distance itself from Card's views, arguing that they were not reflected in the film itself. Now Harrison Ford, one of the stars of the movie, has echoed that sentiment by pointing out that "I think none of Mr. Card's views on gay marriage are part of the thematics of this film." Despite those views, which he said are "outside of those that we get within the film," Ford said Card "has written something that is, I think, of value to us all."Read Article >
Jul 18, 2013
The yearly San Diego Comic-Con international kicks off today, and The Verge is here to bring you the latest news, interviews, and on-the-ground reports straight from Hall H to the Expo floor. SDCC goes beyond just comics and graphic novels: it's ground zero for the newest movies, television shows, and cultural trends. It's where a restaurant in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter transforms into a futuristic eatery, and you might spot Harley Quinn chatting with Boba Fett while you're waiting in an early morning line.Read Article >
Whether you're excited about Ender's Game and Godzilla, The X-Files, or Doctor Who, there's going to be a little something for everyone — and we'll be talking to the people that make it all happen. Keep it locked here through the end of the show on Sunday. It's going to be a crazy ride!
Jul 18, 2013Read Article >
Joss Whedon's 2002 TV series Firefly suffered an untimely fate, cancelled by Fox before its first season even finished airing — and fans have never really let it go. The franchise has flickered back to life a few times over the years, most notable in the 2005 film Serenity, and now Firefly fans will get another taste of the universe thanks to a new mobile game for iOS and Android. Announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Firefly Online the first officially-licensed video game set in the Firefly universe and, like nearly every mobile game out there, will include some social components. It sounds like the game will essentially let players assume a ship captain, hiring other crews and leading unspecified "missions" in competition against all the other players across the Firefly Verse. There aren't a lot of details quite yet, which makes sense given that the game isn't planned to launch until the summer of 2014. Until then, fans can check out the trailer below and keep up with the game's development over at its official site.
Jul 18, 2013
The first teaser for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has just been unveiled as part of the Comic-Con festivities in San Diego. Posted by Cosmic Book News, The 40-second spot is essentially one big build-up to a quick shot of Jamie Foxx as the villainous Electro, who's lying suspended underneath some kind of huge apparatus. From the looks of it, Peter Parker would be well advised to keep his Spidey suit’s MP3 player out of harm’s way.Read Article >
The clip ends with a message telling us that "Electro arrives" at the movie's July 19th Comic-Con panel, where we’re hoping to hear more about the project. The film — which also stars Paul Giamatti as Rhino and Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn — won’t be in theaters until May 2nd, 2014.