CULTURE: Was SDCC 2017 Better Than 2018?

Hi, friends! Now, I’m not saying one way or the other when it comes to which SDCC was better or worse but for a lot of people SDCC 2018 did not feel worth it as much as the previous year. Why is that? Well, let’s take a look see and compare events from both years.

Marvel’s Year

What did 2017 SDCC have to make it stand out from the rest? For starters, it was Marvel-ous. See what I did there? Anyway, 2017 SDCC gave us more insights to not only Marvel’s two biggest and best(as far as box office numbers go) movies but also into Thor: Ragnarok and Captain Marvel(2019). There should have been little doubt that that’s already a lot of hype to contend with.

Theron Makes Statement

Charlize Theron made an appearance at SDCC 2017 promoting her film ‘Atomic Blomde’. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, Theron used the platform to touch on gender equality. Not taking anything away from the movie, personally I quite enjoyed it. This was a hyped movie and whether you like the movie or not or haven’t even seen it, it was definitely a highlight of the convention.

Stranger Things

A lot of things may have been strange at this SDCC but what Netflix gave us last year regarding their hit series was not. In fact it was well received and warranted. Netflix premiered the Season 2 trailer with much anticipation from the fans.

Adieu to the Doctor

For any fans of the cult-iconic and hit sci-fi series Doctor Who saw, 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, bow out of his respected and beloved role for the final time. Now, for the general public you may think ‘Eh.’ but in the comic-con universe this was huge. Capaldi received two standing ovations from the crowd and co-stars.

Fox and FX Reveal Their Own Marvel Shows

Ok, so I haven’t actually seen either of these shows but SDCC 2017 saw the reveal of two more Marvel series in Legion and The Gifted.

New Comics, New Heroes

Outside of ‘The Big Two’ comic universes(DC and Marvel) we saw an independent(if that’s the right word) comic distributor, Lion Forge, announce they will have heroes and villains not only of various ethnicities but coming out with a series that features a hero that lives with Down Syndrome. That’s a way to make waves!

The CW Reveal ‘Black Lighting’

Not a bad way for DC and The CW to showcase their first lead character of color! Black Lightning premiered back in February of this year but SDCC 2017 is what made us want this show much more.

These were just some of the highlights from last year’s SDCC. Now, let’s look at the bigger events of SDCC 2018.

DC and The CW Show Out Strong

SDCC 2017 saw a lot of Marvel’s muscles being shown. SDCC 2018, however, showcased a lot of DC’s products. Notably: Black Lightning, Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow all showed upcoming season trailers. Outside of The CW we caught the trailer for Titans, DC’s dark series following the Teen Titans. On the film side of DC, trailers for Shazam and Aquaman were revealed and received with mixed emotions. Along with those came, not footage but information on Wonder Woman 2 now titled Wonder Woman 1984.

Disney and Marvel Respond

Because of course you can’t have one without the other, right? Marvel also put up their dukes and got down to it…I can’t stop with the puns I’m sorry! We got our first look at Iron Fist Season 2 as well as the reveal of Sony’s big bad villain for Venom.

Sequels Looking Good

Stepping away from everlasting feud between Marvel and DC we finally got a good look at Godzilla 2: King of Monsters and Nicholas Flamel’s reveal in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Preview of Horror

I’m not a fan of horror movies by any means but for some reason I always find myself watching AMC’s marathon of horror movies every year with the same reaction, “Why do I do this to myself?” I bring this up because the new Halloween and its team released a new trailer to add to the horror that is set to be released by way of Nick Castle’s Michael Myers on October 19 this year. It: Chapter Two gave us new footage as well. Set to be released just over a year from now and set years after the first movie takes place. Whatever you do, don’t take the balloon.

Other Notable Highlights

Netflix graced us with the trailer for their new animated series Disenchantment. Meanwhile, season 3 of The Man in the High Castle was teased and the release date is slated for October 5, 2018.

Obviously, this is not all that either of the past two years’ conventions had to offer. Overall, not a bad year to be sure. But did SDCC 2018 live up to expectations and the hype that 2017 had. Unfortunately, we didn’t get much as far as continuing Marvel’s main movie saga and nothing more on the upcoming final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Could it be people just wanted certain things? Let the writing team and admins of the Player Way Network know what you wanted to see and what your thoughts are!!

Play Life Your Way!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s