Posted by Kim and Sage
Another San Diego Comic Con, another four days that most of us spend in abject agony, knowing that we’re (yet again) missing the fandom event of the year.
We know, we know. The Hall H lines are misery. But frankly, a 4am wake-up call doesn’t sound so bad to those of us watching it all go down through the lens of Tumblr and Twitter. (Especially when one of the Supernatural men brings you your caffeine fix.) Anyway, Kim and I are New Yorkers. We majored in line waiting.
Until we can finally make it there for Sesame Street panels and running into DanRad on the floor in full Spidey garb, we’ll have to settle for live tweets and dispatches from the TV Guide yacht and hope that a little bit of stardust from the lucky bastards who were there can rub off on us. For now, here are the eleven ways that SDCC completely ruined us.
1) The Avengers assemble for a massive lovefest.
Not since The Lord of the Rings have I been so obsessed with a group of men (and bonus ladies) so genuinely in love with each other. Every member of Team Marvel is a delight on their own (don’t even get me started on my feelings for Mark Ruffalo right now) but something magical happens when the Avengers assemble. Lots of hugging and kissing. Lots of rough housing and shenanigans. Lots and lots of fangirl hearts exploding. It’s all just too much. It’s going to be a sad sad sad sad when this group no longer has legitimate reasons to all gather with cameras everywhere to document their love. I think Comic Con should just have a panel with them every year from here on out…even after the movies are done, because we should never live in a world without them together. –Kim
You probably heard that RDJ took the Hall H stage to the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” and thew roses into the audience (“Playing” Tony Stark? Who’s playing?), but you may have missed it when he told a reporter the real deal about his castmates: “We don’t just hang out on press lines, you know. They’re like family to me.”
Of course the unapologetically bright Marvel-verse would cultivate this type of cast camaraderie. And maybe it’s not totally necessary for the protectors of our planet to be so damn lovable, but it certainly helps. I’ve got little use for dour superheroes. Dour superheroes aren’t gonna dub Chris Evans “Dorito” for no apparent reason or launch a full-scale assault on their fellow male friends’ pecs or publicly shame Mark Ruffalo (who we like, very much, just as he is) with their inhumanly large biceps.
In addition to flaunting their enviable friendships in our faces, the Avengers were in San Diego to drop an Age of Ultron teaser. Which certainly didn’t leak and which we certainly didn’t watch. Contraband trailer or no, we anxiously await that movie…and the kindergarten press tour that’ll come with it. –Sage
2) Community celebrates a new life at Yahoo Screen
There wasn’t much information at this panel regarding the miraculous sixth season of Community that will be airing on the internets (where most Community fans watched the show in the first place…hey-o!) mainly because I think contractual details are still being hammered out and writers are being hired, as much of the current staff has already moved on to new projects. We DO know that Yahoo Screen is raging against the Netflix model by planning to release episodes weekly (THANK YOU JESUS cause you KNOW that it would all get binged and therefore spoiled for the people like me who can only binge on weekends) and that the show will probably be returning in early 2015. As for how it will be received? I think it was summed up perfectly when the panel said “Ratings? Where we’re going, we don’t NEED ratings.” It seems like Community was always destined for this and I think it will feel right at home in its corner of the internet.
It was a little sad only seeing 3 of our principal cast on the stage, as previous Comic Cons have featured almost the entire cast. But Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, and Jim Rash were delightful as always and clearly still in awe that they were even THERE celebrating a sixth season. A SIXTH SEASON you guys! We did it!!! The most overwhelming thing to me about Community at this year’s SDCC was the sheer amount of promotion that Yahoo gave it. All the bathroom signs were the Greendale Human Being. There were banners everywhere. The local Subway turned into Shirley’s Sandwiches for the day on Thursday. It was more promotion in a weekend than 5 seasons on NBC combined. My heart swells with gratitude. Thank you, Yahoo.
Also, Joel McHale? I CANNOT WITH YOUR FACE. How DARE you, sir. –Kim
What she said. — Sage
3) Benedict Cumberbatch attends. Against all odds, not ripped to shreds.
What’s miraculous is not that Benedict escaped Comic-Con in one piece but that he seemed truly delighted to be there. It’s always the fear when a megastar comes to their first mega-con…that they will have no idea what to do when surrounded by that much love and adoration (we had that fear when Billie Piper went to Gally) and that they will freak out and never want to come again. It was wonderful to see Benedict just drink it in. He was delightfully cheeky in all of his Q&A’s and gleefully selfied with his Hobbit
castmates (we’ll get to that later). It was a joy. Come back again, Benedict. And next time…bring Sherlock
with you. –Kim
While he did sit on The Hobbit panel too, Benedict was actually at SDCC to promote The Penguins of Madagascar, of all things. Attendees were strictly forbidden from asking any Sherlock-related questions, so it was up to Ben to entertain a gathering of adoring Cumberbitches, none of whom had any idea Dreamworks was still making Madagascar movies. How’d he do it? Dick jokes, obviously.
Meanwhile, half of me is convinced that Benedict braved the San Diego beast just to have more things and people to point at in pictures. –Sage
4) Stephen Amell’s got abs and he knows how to use them.
We’ve seen our friends live-tweeting and screaming about Arrow for two seasons now. Sage and I both held out on watching though…for reasons neither one of us can remember now. What we DO know is that we’ve both watched half of season one since Comic-Con ended. And that Stephen Amell wearing a shirt is a crime against humanity. –Kim
Part of the reason I embarked on the Arrow marathon is that Stephen Amell is already a confirmed guest for New York Comic Con in October. And now I know what I’m asking him to do in our photo op. –Sage
5) No one is safe from the charm of the Sleepy Hollow cast.
I spent most of the weekend in the Tom Mison tumblr tag yelling “OH MY GOD I HATE YOU SO MUCH” at my computer screen. Our reigning Sexiest Man Alive and Best Actor in a Drama was in rare form all weekend from playing MFK with historical figures to constantly expressing his love for John Noble to having the world’s SASSIEST eyebrow (how does it NOT have its own Twitter handle?). The Sleepy Hollow delight didn’t stop with Tom though. Nicole Beharie continued to prove that she has the world’s best facial expressions, Orlando Jones expressed his desire to be a unicorn (don’t we all want that?), and the rest of the cast gushed with love for their show and for each other. I need this show back on my eyeballs post-haste. Is it September 22nd yet? –Kim
Sleepy Hollow is a show that was surely conceived with the Comic Con audience in mind. And if the concept wasn’t enough to hook the fandom, Fox went ahead and cast it with actors who seem born to sit on an SDCC dais. (“Hashtag Ichabbie!” – Tom Mison) I don’t anticipate a second season slump, but it’ll still be interesting to see where Sleepy takes its season one momentum. SDCC brought us new artwork, which seems to indicate that this new crop of episodes will be heavy on both the mythology and the scares, and a new clip of Crane in a bank, which seems to indicate that Ichabod has made little progress in conforming to the little inconveniences of the modern world. We wouldn’t want it any other way. –Sage