The 5 Coolest Things to Come Out of Comic-Con 2013

1. Man of Steel 2 will be Superman/Batman!

With Christopher Nolan and David Goyer heavily involved in both franchises, I’m really hoping that we see a continuation of the continuity established in The Dark Knight Rises. And by that, I mean Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the Bat-suit teaming up with Henry Cavill’s Superman!

2. Avengers 2: Age of Ultron

Avengers 2 has a subtitle: Age of Ultron! Who’s Ultron, you ask? Ultron is a robot created by Hank Pym aka Antman/Giant Man/Goliath/Yellow Jacket. After gaining sentience, Ultron decided that the world would be a more perfect place if humans weren’t on it and set about eradicating all life. Whedon has stated that Hank Pym will not be in Avengers 2. Does this mean Whedon is changing Ultron’s origin so that he’s created by Tony Stark? It makes sense. With Tony Stark having created his AI assistant Jarvis in the Iron Man franchise, do we need another scientist for Ultron’s creation? I’m fine with this change. Thankfully, it looks like Avengers 2: Age of Ultron will have anything to do with Marvel comic Age of Ultron beyond its title and main villain.

While Hank Pym won’t be in Avengers 2, his fans will be happy to know that it will be Hank Pym as Ant-Man in the Ant-Man movie!

3. James Robinson releases Grand Passion through Dynamite

I only recently read Starman for the first time. But since reading it, Robinson has quickly become one of my favorite comic book writers. I was extremely sad to see him leave Earth 2, which he seemed to be setting up for a grand, multi-year run. While we wait for The Saviors, his creator-owned project with J. Bone being released through Image, we have Grand Passion to look forward to.

Dynamite is setting themselves up to be a nice competitor to Image for strong creator-owned projects. Uncanny has been really good. It will be interesting seeing if Dynamite lures more talent for creator owned series that would have otherwise gone to Image, Icon or Vertigo.

4. Karen Gillan chopped off all her hair for Guardians of the Galaxy

So this happened…

The famously red-headed Karen Gillan shaved her head for her role of Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy. In the comics, Nebula is Thanos’s granddaughter. Thanos was the big blue guy in the scene after the credits in Avengers. Like her grandfather, Nebula is also a villain.

It will be very interesting seeing the usually nice Gillan taking on the role of a villain.

5. Zombified Weezer played The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Party

I have a soft spot in my heart for Weezer. I played their first album over and over again on repeat in my car in the mid-90s. I was already jealous of people who had access to The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Party before I heard Weezer performed.

But what’s really cool are the zombified Weezer posters promoting the concert.