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New York Comic Con 2018 trailer round-up: Aquaman, Star Trek, and more

New York Comic Con 2018 trailer round-up: Aquaman, Star Trek, and more


All the teasers, trailers, and sneak peeks from the weekend

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The main floor at New York Comic-Con 2018 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, October 4-7, 2018.
The main floor at New York Comic-Con 2018 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, October 4-7, 2018.
Photo by Stefan Etienne / The Verge

New York Comic Con wrapped yesterday, and it was a busy few days, with plenty of news about highly-anticipated titles like Daredevil, Star Trek: Discovery, and American Gods.

Interestingly, much like with San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, the big reveals at this year’s NYCC were almost entirely for major television shows, rather than movies. While we did get previews of films like Aquaman, Mortal Engines, and Hellboy (the trailer for which hasn’t been released online yet), the slate of late 2018 and spring 2019 television shows dominated the show.

We’ve rounded up all the biggest and best trailers from this year’s show in one place for your viewing convenience. Check them out below.

American Gods

The next season of Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel hit some considerable bumps in the last year — its lost not one but two showrunners, and it’s going to miss airing in 2018 completely. Gaiman and the cast stopped at the Hammerstein Ballroom to talk about what to expect in the new season, including several new faces like New Media (played by Kahyun Kim, ostensibly the replacement for the departed Gillian Anderson’s Media) and the queer First Nation student Sam Black Crow (Devery Jacobs), as well as a majority female directing line-up.


A brand-new five-minute extended trailer for Aquaman, DC’s second bid for charismatic redemption after Wonder Woman, gave fans a much more detailed look at the forthcoming film, including more cyberpunk-meets-Raiders of the Lost Ark-meets-Otoh Gunga aesthetics, a peek at what looks like an impressively shot rooftop fight sequence, a refreshing number of stoner-dirtbag jokes from star Jason Momoa — and best of all, evidence of an actual trident.


Netflix dropped not one, but two teasers for Daredevil this year. The first shows off what to expect when the show premieres on October 17th: the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen faces a new threat as the Kingpin turns the tide of public opinion against him, thanks to a new, mysterious enemy.

Rather than let fans speculate on who that enemy is, the cast and showrunners finally just told the crowd exactly who Matt Murdock will be going up against — Benjamin “Dex” Poindexter, AKA Bullseye — and released a second teaser to introduce the character.

Deadly Class

A school full of teenagers learning how to become assassins: what could possibly go wrong? Syfy’s upcoming TV show about young killers based on Rick Remender’s 2014 comic takes everything that makes school an evocative setting — rules, hormones, morphing identities — and amps the stakes up a by making it all life or death, literally. The Russo Brothers-produced show arrives January 16th.

Good Omens

American Gods isn’t the only project Neil Gaiman has been hard at work adapting for television. Good Omens, the novel he co-wrote with the late Terry Pratchett, is also slated to begin streaming on Amazon Prime sometime in early 2019. The trailer — which, along with a few brief clips, debuted to an adoring crowd at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater — shows off the extremely British, odd-couple comedy, in which Aziraphale the angel (Michael Sheen) and Crowley the demon (David Tennant) must work together to stave off Armageddon.


Exploding nuns, a guy without skin, the phrase “Make Easter Great Again” — we’ll be honest, we haven’t gotten around to the first season of this deranged SYFY show yet (it’s available on Netflix now), but whatever is going on in the season 2 first look NYCC fans got this weekend, it seems maybe a bit more sane than the actual world right now? Whatever the case, Christopher Meloni recommends you do not take drugs before watching.

Harley Quinn

DC Universe premiered the first episode of its original show Titans at the convention this year (more on that below), but it also took the opportunity to unveil a first look at the upcoming animated show Harley Quinn. The resulting teaser is very meta, addressing con-goers directly as well as name-checking Donald Glover’s canceled Deadpool cartoon and DC’s tendency to make their films too dark and gritty. Harley even drops an f-bomb! All hail premium subscription content.

The Magicians

Among Syfy’s many, many offerings this year was a preview of The Magicians season four, which will premiere on January 23rd. The Brakebills gang have been jettisoned back into the real world with all their memories of magic and Fillory wiped; in the new clip, a very confused Fillorian High King Margo (Summer Bishil) — who currently believes she is Janet, a fun throwback to her character’s original identity in Lev Grossman’s novels — wakes to find herself confronted by the god Ember. There are also several nice kittens.

Mortal Engines

NYCC provided a big moment for Peter Jackson’s latest, an epic new steampunk world based on Philip Reeve’s book series in which cities have become dangerous contraptions that can roam around the world. The story goes like this: a woman discovers a pre-apocalypse secret that gets her killed — but her daughter is determined to set things right. The Tolkien Whisperer’s latest visual effects bonanza debuts in theaters on December 14th.


Syfy’s biggest reveal this year was for its upcoming space-horror show Nightflyers, based off of a novella by George R.R. Martin. In addition to screening the pilot for con-goers, the network also revealed that the show will be aired in a big marathon during the first two weeks of December.


One project that flew relatively under the radar this year was Overlord, an upcoming J.J. Abrams-produced film coming November 9. Starring Wyatt Russell (the guy from that particularly horrifying Black Mirror episode “Playtest” who is suddenly everywhere), it takes place in what appears to be an alternate-universe WWII, in which a mysterious, Nazi-developed serum brings American soldiers back from the dead with deeply disturbing consequences.

Star Trek Discovery

One of the bigger panels at NYCC this year was undoubtably the one for CBS’s Star Trek Discovery. The network revealed that the show would return to CBS All Access on January 17th, and released a packed teaser that shows off what the crew of the USS Discovery and USS Enterprise would be up to, along with a first look at Spock, whose facial hair suggests he’s seen better days.

Tell Me A Story

Many, if not most, of the major previews glimpsed at this year’s New York Comic Con were for properties slated for 2019 premieres, but CBS All Access appears to be fleshing out its offerings post haste with Tell Me a Story, a retelling of three classic fairy tales — The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel — which will arrive on Halloween. Based on Mexican series Érase una vez, developed by Scream impresario Kevin Williamson, and starring Kim Cattrall and Dania Ramirez (Heroes, The Sopranos), the series seems like it’ll be a mix of American Horror Story’s current-event threading with good old-fashioned axe-murder horror vibes.

The Boys

Like AMC’s Preacher, The Boys is a Garth Ennis (and Darick Robertson) comic being adapted, this time for Amazon Prime, by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (and now with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke). Centering on a team of super-powered CIA operatives tasked with policing a world where shellacked celebrity superheroes cause more trouble than they prevent — judging by the teaser that arrived over the weekend, it’ll have the cynical, meta feel of a Watchmen or Sin City, if either had a sense of humor.


DC Universe screened the first episode of its upcoming show Titans, and released a new trailer that shows off the entire team in action. The early word on the series has been that it’s actually pretty good — which is lucky since it’s already set to come back for a second season.


Dreamworks released a trailer for Voltron: Legendary Defender, which will return for its 8th and final 13-episode season. The stakes have never been higher for the Voltron alliance, which the trailer shows pretty well — it’s set up as a series of radio transmissions from the 5 paladins reacting to the coming threat. As Hunk puts it: “I can’t be the only one who sees this is nuts, right?”