Ben Pearson: Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer

I didn’t attend Comic-Con in person this year, but easily my favorite thing I saw from the massive geek-friendly convention was the trailer for Stranger Things season 2 (or Stranger Things 2, as Netflix seems to be referring to it). The first season of The Duffer Brothers’ ’80s-set series caught the world by surprise, but the surprise factor is totally gone now. Will they be able to live up to sky-high expectations with the new batch of episodes? This trailer pushed any nagging skepticism away and got me excited to see what the kids of Hawkins, Indiana are up to this time around.

Ghostbusters Halloween costumes! A massive, Lovecraft-inspired, multi-tentacled beast in the air! Douchey Steve Harrington rocking sunglasses at a party! Eleven making her way back to the real world from the Upside Down! This looks fantastic, and October 27 can’t come quickly enough.

Jack Giroux: Thor: Ragnarok Footage

Both Thor movies are the weakest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston’s charisma, especially together, is a joy to watch, but they haven’t served the best stories in the MCU. The first movie was a decent enough origin story that wasn’t without its moments, but Thor: The Dark World was all-around lackluster.

But the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok teases a very different kind of Thor movie, a Thor movie I really want to see. The director of What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Taika Wititi, is definitely bringing his sense of humor and winning sensibility to the franchise. He seems to be adding all sorts of new flavors to the Norse God’s world, including the best flavor of them all: Jeff Goldblum. Every little thing he does in the trailer had me smiling. All Goldblum has to do is nod his head the right way to score a laugh. He looks so wonderful as Grandmaster, as does Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Cate Blanchett as Hela, and Karl Urban as Skurge. They look like they’re in a superhero bursting with color and energy. Thor: Ragnarok looks like an adventure movie with equally big thrills and laughs. I left Comic-Con looking forward to this new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe the most.

Christopher Stipp: Rick and Morty Season 3

Sure, Comic-Con 2017 always ends with people talking about who “won” Hall H as if it were some kind of Hollywood cockfight that only ends with the tallying of how many snarky Tweets or blog posts have the greatest number of superlatives. But for my money, it was all about Rick and Morty.

I knew this particular fan base was set to explode when, months ago, I drove to see the Rickmobile here in Chicago, only to stand in a line to actually buy swag from it that quite literally wrapped around an entire city block for five minutes before realizing I’d never come close to smell the sweet smell of fresh overly priced t-shirts for the three hours it would be there. It’s literally captivating a nation and I didn’t stand a chance this year to see the Rick and Morty panel as I was not inclined to wait hours upon hours for a tiny window of time to hear all about what’s in store for season 3.

Now that I have heard what’s on deck this season, I’m a little disappointed I didn’t suck it up and wait it out. Even though this season is primed to be just as nutty and silly while being incredibly deep and incisive on the human condition, it’s all I can do to just embrace this new season’s output of a paltry 10 episodes with the kind of passion many reserve for far more adult fare. I’m thrilled that it takes so long for these to come out and that there are so few of them created for every season; it’s the anticipation for getting quality entertainment from Dan Harmon & Justin Roiland that makes it worth every excruciating second between every new episode.

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