Comic-Con: Highlights (and Lowlights) From Thursday

Luke Cage Mike Coulter Still - Publicity - H 2016
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Luke Cage Mike Coulter Still - Publicity - H 2016

After getting underway with the world premiere of Star Trek Beyond, San Diego Comic-Con kicked open its doors to the public Thursday with a full day of TV and film panels.

The Hollywood Reporter is on the ground in San Diego covering all the hottest events and bringing all the news from inside the jam-packed convention center. Here are the winners and losers from Thursday's festivities.


Valerian soars | Luc Besson's big-budget sci-fi film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has been relatively under the radar, with its promotional campaign only kicking in during the past few weeks. But the French director's film is under the radar no longer and had the distinction of making the first big splash of Comic-Con (at least on the film side), with the footage featuring alien worlds and cool armored heroes earning thunderous approval from the crowd. Besson even threw down the gauntlet to challenge fanboy favorite Christopher Nolan, whose war drama Dunkirk opens one year from today — opposite Valerian. “You will feel my breath on your neck,” was his message to Nolan.

Marvel and Netflix impress | Marvel stole the TV show on Thursday during its first-ever panel for its Netflix superhero shows, with a killer trailer for Mike Colter-starrer Luke Cage, a surprise third-season renewal for Daredevil and the exclusive room-only footage of Iron Fist, as well as its hero mashup mini The Defenders. Are we still upset about Agent Carter?

Oliver Stone sounds off on Pokemon Go | The politically active director made his first trip to Comic-Con, bringing the Joseph Gordon-Levitt starrer Snowden. But it was his comments about Pokemon Go — not his Edward Snowden biopic — that grabbed the most attention. He denounced the game as "a new level of invasion," adding that "corporations are data mining everyone in this room." So much for trying to catch them all.

The Strain turns into a musical | One surefire way to stand out from the pack at Comic-Con? Do something insanely off-brand. And that's just what the stars of FX's wormy drama The Strain did with a music video featuring David Bradley rapping. Who needs a blooper reel when the actor behind Harry Potter's Argus Flich and Game of Thrones' Walder Frey is rapping?

Good buzz for The Good Place | NBC's forthcoming Mike Schur (Parks and Recreation) scored an enthusiastic reception from the make-or-break crowd at the Con. Schur set the stage for what to expect from the Kristen Bell/Ted Danson high-concept comedy about the afterlife and revealed how Damon Lindelof helped play a role in getting the show on the air.


MTV | The Viacom-owned cable network used its Teen Wolf panel not to reveal the show's annual renewal, but instead to break news that the previously announced upcoming sixth season would be its last. The series, in addition to being MTV's longest-running original scripted series, was the only thing working at the network. The demise of the fan-favorite and social media powerhouse leaves sophomore series Scream and The Shannara Chronicles as MTV's longest-running dramas.  

MacGyver | Following a season of reboot swings and misses, the CBS remake hopes to bring original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson on the series, which producers say will "honor the original show." Only there isn't a show to speak of yet as the drama is undergoing major recasting and is on its third writer ahead of a total pilot reshoot with a new director.

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