Day two of San Diego Comic-Con was all about drama. Some of it surrounding the panels we had, and some once again outside the sphere of influence of the pop culture fest. But there was plenty to keep us talking, while we waited in line for Hall H.
Disney Cuts Ties with James Gunn
We’ve all heard about Disney cutting ties with James Gunn. It’s a sad thing when one’s online past catches up with them, and while we can debate ad infinitum about what happened, one thing is certain, fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe are the poorer for it.
The move was lightning quick, but almost as fast was the talk about who should succeed Gunn as the director of Guardians Vol. 3 would be. And the name that kept popping up is Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. His blend of action and sense of humor would no doubt make a lot of sense, and judging from Disney’s penchant for using talent already in the barn, so to speak, it would help to keep the Marvel space epic on track. And Waititi is also wide open after he wraps his current film JoJo Rabbit, so we’re going to give his odds at 5-1.
Another name popping up is Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed. In his second outing with the insect sized super hero, Reed is enjoying his second hit in a row, which could keep the momentum going with the Guardians series to keep on schedule for filming in 2019. I give his odds at 10-1.
But the major challenge will be how either director, or another name, will handle Gunn’s original Vol. 3 script. Will Disney want to start from scratch, and will the replacement director want to write their own spin on the story? That could cause some delays and put a kink into Phase IV of the MCU. Only time will tell.
Star Trek Discovery
Back to Comic-Com news. In Hall H, Star Trek Discovery had their season 2 panel, which is about 1/3 of the way through filming and will premiere on CBS All Access in 2019. New showrunner and Alex Kurtzman, along with producer Heather Kadin, joined the cast, which included Sonequa Martin-Green (Burnham), Doug Jones (Saru), Shazad Latif (Tyler), Mary Wiseman (Tilly), Anthony Rapp (Stamets), Wilson Cruz (Culber), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell) and new series regular Anson Mount, who will play Captain Christopher Pike. Not in attendance was Rebecca Romijn (formerly of The Librarians), who has been cast as Number One on the Enterprise in a role originated by Majel Barrett before she became nurse Chapel.
The first series ended with the Discovery coming face to face with an familiar friend, the Starship Enterprise, only this is about a decade before Kirk, McCoy, and company are aboard. But Spock is, and we’ll be seeing more of him and his uncomfortable relationship with his adopted sister Michael Burnham later in the season.
Meanwhile, the series trailer shows that Pike will take command of the Discovery for a secret mission, and the crew is more than happy to comply. Or are they. One thing is certain, according to Kurtzman, fans will get the answers to all their questions, just not in the way they want or expect. He did say, however, that the Discovery will find itself visiting Commander Saru’s homeworld in Season 2, plus he hinted that we may not have seen the last of Captain Lorca.
The Walking Lincoln
The big news coming out of The Walking Dead Panel was that series regular Andrew Lincoln confirmed he is leaving the show, and many expect he’ll get bit and become a zombie before he takes his leave. Saying it’s time for him to spend more time with his family, the longest serving cast member on the Walking Dead added “I love this show, it means everything to me. I love the people who make this show. I’m also particularly fond of the people who watch the show. It has been the most extraordinary, beautiful experience of my career, largely because of you guys.”
That’s it for Day 2. Tomorrow, for Day 3, we’ll have had a look at all the Warner Bros. films including Wonder Woman 1984, Fantastic Beasts, The Lego Movie 2, Aquaman, and Shazam. It’s sure to be exciting!