New G.I. Joe Movie

You’d think “movie about a team of badass soldiers saving the planet based on a long-running media franchise with a passionate fanbase” would be easy to crack, but G.I. Joe has proven anything but. Still, the modest-at-best success of the previous two films based on the toys, comics, and animated adventures of those real American heroes hasn’t deterred Paramount and Hasbro, who are now working on another live-action film. It has writers and everything!

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy TV Series

Few writers could turn a phrase quite like the late, great Douglas Adams, whose The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series remains a high watermark for literary comedy and science fiction. Now, we’re greeted with the news that his beloved books are being adapted into a television series on Hulu and I’m reminded of one of his best quotes: “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” 

Substitute “space” for “online streaming” and it still works. Eventually, there will be enough streaming platforms to accommodate series adaptations of every single thing you have ever loved.

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hawkeye series at comic-con

Marvel and Disney+ are finally going to let Jeremy Renner‘s take center stage with Hawkeye, a new series that will draw on the Matt Fraction and David Aja comic series. Renner is back in the role of Hawkeye, and fan-favorite Kate Bishop will be appearing, too. But what of Pizza Dog? We’ll have to wait and see. Here’s what we learned about the show at Comic-Con.

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Doctor Stephen Strange was dusted by Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but we didn’t need the events of Avengers: Endgame to know that the master of the mystic arts would be back. Late last year, it was reported that director Scott Derrickson would return for Doctor Strange 2. Naturally, this also meant the return of a (living) Doctor Strange, once again played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

But now, Marvel Studios has made it official. The first proper sequel to Doctor Strange (aside from the character’s appearances in Endgame, Infinity War, and Thor: Ragnarok) is on the way – the incredibly named Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Here’s what you need to know.

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star trek picard cast

A new Star Trek: Picard trailer premiered before a packed Hall H crowd at Comic-Con 2019 and it brought with it a number of massive surprises. In addition to shedding some new light on the still-mysterious plot, it revealed the return of two fan-favorite Star Trek characters: Brent Spiner‘s Commander Data and Jeri Ryan‘s Seven of Nine. The panel then further revealed that Jonathan Frakes will return as Commander William Riker, Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi, and Jonathan del Arco as Hugh the Borg.

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the witcher comic-con

Henry Cavill and his glorious wig entered the spotlight during The Witcher Comic-Con panel. The Netflix adaptation of the fantasy series and its massively popular video game adaptations stars Cavill as monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, with Witcher creator Andrzej Sapkowski serving as creative consultant on the show. We were in the audience during The Witcher Comic-Con panel, and got a front row seat to what the Netflix fantasy series has in store.

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The latest Comic-Con panel for AMC’s The Walking Dead arrives at a pivotal time for the series. Original star Andrew Lincoln has left the show and Danai Gurira will bow out after this season. The Image comic book, which has long been the chief inspiration for the show and its storylines, has come to an end. This is also the show’s tenth season, a milestone that few television shows have reached.

And yet, The Walking Dead continues to be a major draw for the crowds at Hall H, even as the series attempts to redefine itself a decade into its run. Here’s what we learned from this year’s panel.

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Fear the Walking Dead Comic-Con Panel

Fear the Walking Dead has never achieved the popularity of its sister show, but it remains a key piece of one of the biggest franchises on television…and a constant presence in Hall H at Comic-Con. AMC brought the series back to the world’s largest pop culture convention in the middle of the series’ fifth season, which continued the show’s attempt to soft-reboot itself with new cast members and a new direction.

Here’s what we learned from the panel.

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Undone TV series

In many ways, Comic-Con is often all about betting on a sure thing. Fans will line up hours, if not days, in advance to guarantee being in the room to see something related to a film series or TV show they love. So what about the newcomers? The fresh projects that snatch up real estate between the big dogs, hoping to hog the crowds at the right moment to convince the hordes that this is the next thing they’re going to love, this is the next thing they’ll line up in advance to see?

Very often, these shows simply vanish. But occasionally, you see something that instantly and immediately feels special. That was very much the case with Amazon’s Undone, an animated series that, quite frankly, looks and feels unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Meanwhile, two new ABC shows, Emergence and Stumptown, revealed that the wild west of streaming is still the place to go if you want something fresh and challenging, because these shows feel carefully calculated to live on basic cable. For one of them, that may not be a problem. For the other…we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Terminator Dark Fate Photos

The Terminator franchise has been in a rocky place for a few decades, so director Tim Miller (Deadpool) and producer James Cameron need you to do one thing before you see Terminator: Dark Fate – pretend the last couple of sequels don’t exist. Literally. Their new film not only brings back Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor and Arnold Schwarzenegger as that famous killer cyborg, it is a direct follow-up to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, ignoring the three other films that followed entirely.

But is that enough to get audiences on board? They brought the film to Comic-Con to find out. Here’s what we learned.

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