Freaks and geeks had a ball of a weekend at Comic-Con 2019. Other than the Eisner Awards ceremony, cosplays, Conan and the slinging of limited-edition swag, there were scores of pop culture announcements. We compiled the more noteworthy ones.
It: Chapter Two
It takes Pennywise 27 years to return but it only took roughly around two years for the It sequel to hit the screens. It: Chapter Two involves the grown-up version of the Losers' Club, returning to the town of Derry, Maine to finally put an end to Pennywise's reign of terror… but not before the eldritch monster-clown delivers the scares.
It: Chapter Two will hit cinemas on September 5, 2019.
Get ready for a female Thor
The role of Jane Foster in the first two Thor series was a great disservice to Natalie Portman. It was underwritten, just a few levels shy of it being a hua ping ( Chinese for "vases"; a role so insignificant, they might as well be set decoration). The fourth instalment of Thor will change that.
Helmed by Taika Waititi, who directed the last Thor movie, Ragnarok and the upcoming Jojo Rabbit, the title of the next Thor movie is called Thor: Love and Thunder and will star Portman as… Thor. The narrative is adapted from Jason Aaron's run on the comic book version where Foster is worthy enough to pick up Mjolnir to become the goddess of thunder. But as to how will a 5'3″ tall Portman be believable as a superhero, that remains to be seen.
We didn't get a sense of HBO's Watchmen when the teaser came out several months ago but the latest trailer revealed a little more about the series. Developed by Damon Lindelof, this iteration of Watchmen takes its cues from the movie and the comic book and throws in some original elements as well. It's a world where the current American president is Robert Redford. It's a world where the alien threat from the comic book is still real. It's an America where the police wear masks to protect themselves from a cult inspired by Rorschach's journals. We think that this might fill in that Game-of-Thrones-shaped-hole in your life. We'll find out more when the series comes out in October this year.
Adapted from the series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski's, The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt, a witch hunter. The public was split when a screen test of Cavill in character was released. Criticism ranged from "noticeable wig" and how "babyfaced Cavill looks". But the teaser from Netflix showed… promise.
The Witcher will be released later in the year on Netflix.
The first LGBTQ Marvel character
While Tessa Thompson, who played Valkyrie, mentioned that her character was bisexual (a scene in Thor: Ragnarok confirmed that but said scene was cut out). It was only during the Marvel panel that producer Kevin Feige confirmed that Valkyrie's LGBTQ storyline will be in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Star Trek: Picard
It's the eighth series from the Star Trek franchise. Not only does Patrick Stewart reprise his Jean-Luc Picard role (IMO: Picard remains the best Star Trek captain), we caught glimpses of Seven of Nine and Data. The cameos are not the most surprising thing—it's that this series actually got made given Stewart's vehemence on not returning to the franchise after Star Trek: Nemesis.
The series picks up 20 years after Picard's last appearance in Nemesis (remember young bald Tom Hardy?) Picard is now tending to his family vineyard, making wine and getting caught up in some hi-jinks. We'll see how it picks up when it premieres next year.
We didn't think that there would be a TV series on Snowpiercer, given that the movie of the same name (directed by Bong Joon-ho) was perfect as it is but there you go.
It's a reboot. It still bears the familiar plot of a perpetually moving train that contains the last of humanity as it circles an inhabitable world that's frozen over. Slated for release next year, Snowpiercer continues to explore class warfare with Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connelly as the leads in the series. No word on whether we'll see Tilda Swinton in it but one can only hope.
Rick and Morty
Fans had to wait for a long time in-between seasons of Rick and Morty. After securing 70 more episodes, the creators, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are now writing season five while finishing up season four.
Information was scant with regards to the show but there's time travel involved. And Roiland hinted that fans might want to watch, "all of season three before season four". Like we needed a reason to rewatch Rick and Morty…
Season four of Rick and Morty is slated for November, 2019.