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Like many conventions right now, WonderCon 2020 has been postponed out of abundance of caution for the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But while the annual comic book and film convention won’t be holding its regular festivities in Anaheim, the show goes on for the art galleries participating in the con. Spoke Art announced that it will be debuting several new art exclusive art pieces from artists Marq Spusta, Tom Whalen, Ian Glaubinger, Brad Hill, Joshua Budich, and Max Dalton as part of a virtual WonderCon this week. The art will become available this Thursday, April 9, but some of them are timed limited editions, so jump on those fast.

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Once Archer made its fifth season a Miami Vice spoof, every season has reinvented the show in a different genre. There was the film noir Archer: Dreamland, the ‘30s serial Archer: Danger Island and more. The upcoming tenth season will be a sci-fi spoof set in deep space and full of aliens.

FXX brought the voice cast and executive producers of Archer to WonderCon to preview the new season. /Film spoke with EPs Matt Thompson and Casey Willis in a press room roundtable to find out more about the new season, coming sometime in 2019.

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NOS4A2 Review

At WonderCon in Anaheim, California this weekend, AMC announced that June 2 will see the premiere of their adaption of Joe Hill’s book, NOS4A2, which stars Zachary Quinto as the vampiric, Christmas-loving Charlie Manx, and Ashleigh Cummings as the young Vic McQueen, who tries to rescue his victims.

In addition to the release of a new trailer (which features children with pointy teeth and puts Manx and Vic clearly at odds with each other), WonderCon attendees also got a chance to see the full first episode of the series. The pilot is creepily good, with showrunner Jami O’Brien capturing the horror that fans of the book will instantly recognize.

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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power creator Noelle Stevenson and the voice cast of the animated series were on a WonderCon panel for the upcoming second season. Speaking with reporters in a pressroom roundtable, Stevenson discussed some of the changes coming to She-Ra.

Stevenson’s re-imagining of the Masters of the Universe spinoff was met with love from new fans and grown-ups who grew up with She-Ra (and some who, ahem, saw He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword in theaters), so why change a thing? It’s only been one season. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Well, both real-world factors and narrative factors necessitated some evolution.

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Legion season 3

I could try to describe the clip that kicked off Friday night’s Legion WonderCon panel. I could attempt to explain how creator Noah Hawley uses colors, how Lauren Tsai’s character, Switch, moves around her world wearing bright red headphones and a yellow fur-like coat. Or I could talk about how the scene’s different languages and sounds are integral to Switch and her surroundings, whether she’s listening to a voice giving her time travel lessons, telling her things like, “The present is not just a date, it’s a feeling;” “Nostalgia is your enemy,” and; “Time is a jungle filled with monsters,” or hearing the static of the radio as she tries to tune in to station 89.1 to find out about an orange fish.

Or maybe I could mention how she’s following the advice listed on flyers stapled to telephone poles, flyers that tell her to find the pregnant virgin and to not trust the mustache. Or that she ends up following a red double decker bus full of women in bright yellow dresses to a place odder than the oddest clothing store you could imagine, where reality bends like a kaleidoscope and employees burst into song as she crawls through a human-sized hamster tube that tunnels through different planes of existence.

Or maybe I could just sit there, slack-jawed and wide-eyed as I clutch the discordantly mundane Legion baseball cap that each audience member received to my chest. Legion is entering its third and final season, and we’re in store for another unbelievable experience.

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arrested development ending

Years after Fox cancelled Arrested Development, creator Mitch Hurwitz and the cast kept talking about the possibility of resurrecting the show. Reporters would ask them in every interview and they would happily keep hope alive for the Bluth family to return. Finally, in 2014, Netflix streamed season four of Arrested Development and it was a big enough hit to order a fifth season, although it would take another five years to produce it. The second half of that season premiered weeks ago to little fanfare. Has everyone just moved on now?

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AMC debuted the season five trailer for Fear the Walking Dead at WonderCon. Fans were surprised to see not only the spin-off’s Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades) return, but Dwight (Austin Amelio) from the mothership Walking Dead. Amelio and Blades were there to surprise the fans, and producers spoke with reporters about the new season in a press room.

Scott Gimple, Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss spoke about the new season, including the returning characters, some new ones and the emotional turmoil of killing walkers.

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The MCU movies Captain Marvel and Black Panther introduced a world of new fans to some of the heroines of Marvel comics. There’s Carol Danvers herself and her friend Maria, and all the scientists and warriors of Wakanda. Fans won’t have to wait until Avengers: Endgame to see them again. The animated special Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron includes Carol Danvers, and future Marvel Rising specials will touch on other fan favorites.

Cort Lane, executive producer of Marvel Rising and SVP of Family Entertainment for Marvel, spoke with reporters in a press room for Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron at WonderCon. He discussed how fans can see different sides of their favorite characters in their animated forms.

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Dark Phoenix trailer Sophie Turner

At this weekend’s WonderCon in Anaheim, California, the cast of X-Men: Dark Phoenix took the stage to promote what may be the last installment of the X-Men cinematic world as we’ve known it now that Disney has officially acquired 20th Century Fox. Despite it being the end of an era, first-time director Simon Kinberg (though long-time screenwriter, including X-Men: Apocalypse and Fantastic Four) promises Dark Phoenix will be something new, even though we’ve seen a version of the Dark Phoenix story in the 2006 film, X3: The Last Stand. “This is the first X-Men movie that goes out into outer space,” Kinberg said to the WonderCon crowd. “It’s the first X-Men that has an alien in it, that does a lot of things that we weren’t able to do with X3.

The audience got to see some of film firsthand during the panel, with Kinberg and producer Hutch Parker screening a 10-minute clip from the movie. Below is a brief recap of what was shown, so this is your spoiler warning if you want to go into Dark Phoenix completely fresh.

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Godzilla King of the Monsters TV spot

Warner Bros./New Line highlighted three of its upcoming films during their panel this Saturday at WonderCon in Anaheim, California. While the new trailer for Annabelle Comes Home debuted and footage from Shazam was screened, the real treat came from the section dedicated to the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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