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SDCC 2018: Day 2 Recap

No Marvel, No Problem. The absence of big hitting names made way for other franchises to make an impact at SDCC 2018

As the lights dimmed at the San Diego Convention Centre on Friday a relatively large group of people were getting ready to call it a night in their sleeping bags and tents pitched right outside the hotspot that is Hall H. These die-hard enthusiasts are ensuring they get a front row seat to the hottest panels Hall H has to offer, which are usually saved for the conventions busiest and most jam-packed day.

This years line-up however has people wondering whether or not the 2018 convention can live up to past cons with the notable absence of big name heavyweights like Marvel and HBO favourites, Game of Thrones and Westworld. So what exactly are those campers so diligently lining up overnight to see? DC will undoubtedly use this opportunity to swoop in and make their mark on audiences with special previews to future projects lined up for release in the next few years, hopefully including Aquaman, Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984.

For those lucky enough, or rather, for those who persevered through the treacherously long lineup to get a seat in the coveted Hall H, were treated to not one but three panels from AMC, including Fear the Walking Dead, Preacher, and The Walking Dead, where many were not surprised to learn that the shows lead actor Andrew Lincoln will be leaving the show after the upcoming season 9. The storylines in the ever evolving graphic novel are what gives fans hope that the show can carry on without their favourite sheriff.

Universal also had a big presence on Friday, showcasing new footage from a promising Halloween revival, taking place 40 years after serial killer Michael Myers wreaks havoc on the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois. Jamie Lee Curtis was also on hand to talk about stepping back into her debut role of Laurie Strode and how her character is suffering from PTSD after the events that hellish night.

Finally, Universal concluded their reveal with the new trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, the highly anticipated follow up feature to 2016’s massive hit Split, and Unbreakable. Glass will be a colliding thriller with characters across different movies who have lived in the same universe finally coming together under one roof. The film stars Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson reprising their roles as David Dunn and Elijah Price, along with newcomer to the franchise Sarah Paulson as Dr. Ellie Staple, who studies people who believe they are superheroes. Although he wasn’t on hand to about his character personally, James McAvoy’s formidable turn as Kevin Wendell Crumb will be returning to the big screen in a central role, bringing with him as much as 21 personalities that we know of so far says Shyamalan himself.

Simone Meier

Simone Meier is a freelance writer from Toronto. She ardently wishes she lived in a period drama, and often thinks fondly of the day she met her film husband Michael Fassbender.