Comic-Con 2010 is finally over, and we've got the blisters, sore throats and random swag to prove it. But Comic-Con is all about news and surprises, of course, and this year's convention had plenty in store. From the reveal of the 'Avengers' cast to the announcement of Linda Hamilton as Chuck's mom on 'Chuck,' here are the 10 biggest stories -- five from movies and five from TV -- that had fans buzzing.
The 5 Biggest Movies Stories at Comic-Con
1. The 'Marvel' panel lives up to the hype.
By far the most anticipated panel of Comic-Con was that of Marvel Studios, which promoted a lineup of 'Captain America: The First Avenger' and 'Thor,' though it was widely expected that there would also be a "secret" presentation at the end announcing the cast of 2012's 'The Avengers.'
The first two panels alone were enough to make fanboys froth at the mouth: After a teaser trailer depicting Captain America (Chris Evans) in his suit hurling his shield toward the camera, director Joe Johnston showed a scene featuring Hugo Weaving as Red Skull -- despite the fact that the movie's only been shooting for a week. (The footage was so rough, it still had time codes at the bottom.) The 'Thor' trailer was longer, with a fantasy/historical/action feel, a strong romantic storyline between Thor and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and ... Hemsworth shirtless.
Then the big reveal. The screen went black, Samuel Jackson's voice narrated a trailer tease for 'The Avengers' as the title treatment appeared, and the cast came out on stage: Jackson (Nick Fury), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), and the three previously missing pieces of the puzzle in Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo "reprising" (or more accurately, replacing Edward Norton in) the role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk, and Joss Whedon as the movie's director. Those people lucky enough to be in the room had never felt prouder to call themselves geeks.
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2. 'Scott Pilgrim' screening wows the fans.
There'd been a lot of buzz around Edgar Wright's adaptation of the comic-book series 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,' and Universal had a huge presence at Comic-Con, including a Scott Pilgrim Experience which allowed fans to customize t-shirts or make flip books of themselves and their friends. (Note: We made a flip book ourselves, and we think it's hilarious.) The movie, which stars Michael Cera as a guy who has to defeat seven evil exes to win the girl of his dreams (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), had its premiere on Thursday night, and it proved to be quirky, unusual and fun, with highly stylized effects that mimic aspects of video games and comics. While it remains to be seen how the movie will fare with general audiences, the fans went crazy for it, and certainly there was no better place to see the movie than in a packed theater at Comic-Con. Fans who stuck around were treated to a special performance by the indie band Metric.
Read Cinematical's review of 'Scott Pilgrim'
3. Han Solo and James Bond, together at last.
Jon Favreau, with two 'Iron Man' films under his belt, already has plenty of cred at Comic-Con; so when he came out to present the panel for his sci-fi Western 'Cowboys and Aliens,' there were enthusiastic cheers for him alone. Then he brought out the cast: Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell ... and, making his surprise Comic-Con debut, Harrison Ford, who was escorted by police officers and handcuffed in apparent reference to the man who, at a previous panel, had stabbed someone in the eye with a ballpoint pen (though it was later reported that the Ford stunt had actually been planned earlier, as a joke that he was being forced to appear against his will). The crowd exploded. Han Solo and James Bond -- plus Indiana Jones -- on a panel together? Madness!
Get Cinematical's full coverage of the 'Cowboys and Aliens' panel.
4. 'Tron' footage and party takes fans back to the future.
Comic-Con has been a major showcase for 'Tron: Legacy' ever since the first trailer debuted there three years ago. As expected, the film, which opens in theaters this December, was highlighted both in a packed panel -- where eight minutes of footage was shown, including a scene in which Sam (Garrett Hedlund) is taken into the game and has his outfit put on him by four "Tron girls" -- and a buzzed-about party at Flynn's Arcade, which had been done up to look like an abandoned arcade and a futuristic nightclub, complete with people in skin-tight costumes who wandered through the crowds with vacant looks on their faces. (In attendance at the party were stars Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain and director Joe Kosinski.)
5. Warner Bros. panel shows new 'Harry Potter' footage, but 'Sucker Punch' gets the buzz.
Although 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' is one of the biggest movies of the fall, there wasn't much hype surrounding that panel, with only one cast member (Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy) in attendance. But the terrific extended footage from Part 1 of the film went over big -- the scenes, which showed a heightened intensity as the series draws to a close, included Harry and Ron fighting in the tent, a shot of Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour, a glimpse of the seven Harrys, and Hermione firing her wand -- and there's hope that at next year's Comic-Con, the full cast will appear to promote the final film.
Next came the 'Green Lantern' panel, and if fans were disappointed that the footage didn't show Green Lantern in his suit, Ryan Reynolds' charm more than made up for it. In what must have been the most endearing moment of this year's Comic-Con, the actor responded to a young fan's question about the oath by reciting it from memory ("In brightest day, in blackest night ..."), then growling out the end, "Beware my power ... Green Lantern's light!" while holding up the Green Lantern ring on his finger. He also signed a comic book for the fan, whose day, presumably, had just been made.
But the biggest buzz coming out of the Warner Bros. panel was for Zack Snyder's'Sucker Punch,' a fantasy-action film with an all-female cast that includes Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung and Jena Malone. The footage from the movie, which is about a young woman (Browning) who attempts to escape from an insane asylum before she is lobotomized, looked stylish and explosive; but we can't describe it better than our friends at Cinematical, who tweeted, "OMG Sucker Punch is Tarantino meets Final Fantasy meets your most erotic fetish dream."
The 5 Biggest TV Stories at Comic-Con
1. Linda Hamilton is Mama Bartowski on 'Chuck.'
'Chuck' fans, you have your mother. Yep, after months of speculation the cast and crew revealed Hamilton's role on 'Chuck' and more about the upcoming season and its various guest stars -- the Old Spice guy (!) -- at their Comic-Con panel. Turns out Linda Hamilton called up series creator Josh Schwartz about the coveted role. Cool, huh?
2. 'Supernatural' stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki spill details on season 6.
One of The CW's most popular shows is sticking around past its original five-year plan and we sat down with the stars and creators to find out what's up with Sam and Dean.
Check out the rest of our interviews with them here and for even more 'Supernatural' news, check out our panel coverage. Naturally, spoilers are abound.
3. 'The Walking Dead' have risen.
AMC's new zombie series has been generating a ton of buzz both at Comic-Con and in the overall TV world. At the convention zombies roamed around to the delight of the audience. We've got news in a roundup here and even more panel coverage here. The show is based on a Robert Kirkman-penned comic book series based
4. 'Glee' tackles 'Rocky Horror.'
You may have heard of this little show called 'Glee.' Well, it's back for a second season, tackling Britney Spears episode centered on the scene-stealing cheerleader, Brittany. Plus, the kids are going to do 'Rocky Horror'! For more tidbits, including new romantic pairings, check out our panel coverage.
5. 'Dexter' debuts a killer season 5 trailer.
'Dexter' always seems to make quite the impression on everybody, not just the anti-hero's victims. This year, fans were treated to a very memorable season 5 trailer. We have the trailer and are so excited! What do you think, 'Dexter' fans?