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And the geek shall inherit the Earth

And the geek shall inherit the Earth

Every year Comic-Con attracts more fans and followers of everything associated with science fiction, superheroes, cult movies and comic books. Scott Snowden went to see what all the fuss was about...

Sunshine once again drenches the city of San Diego as it bathes in the glow of another glorious summer’s day. The streets of the old Gaslamp District are packed with people as Comic-Con has arrived and the carnival is in full swing.

This annual event gets bigger every year and there were some big announcements in 2010, the biggest draw probably being all the attention the new Tron movie was attracting. For anyone whose been living under a rock recently, this is the much-anticipated sequel to the 1982 original that promises more spectacular special effects than Avatar – and certainly more of a story. As it happens, the mind-blowing CGI is integral to the plot as the story takes place inside a computer mainframe, on the other side of the screen.

Since announcing it in 2008, Disney has managed to keep fans on the edge of their seats for three years in a unprecedented and beautifully orchestrated marketing exercise. Each year, a new trailer has been released, along with new photographs and tit-bits of information about the new movie. However, it’s due out in December, so not long to wait now.

Many of the trailers - or even new images and concept artwork - shown for the first time at Comic-Con are for projects already in progress. Crowds were hungry for as much as they could get of the Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds, and also Captain America, starring Chris Evans from the Fantastic Four.

Harrison Ford made his first appearance ever at Comic-Con to promote his new sci-fi blockbuster Cowboys & Aliens also starring Daniel Craig, Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde and directed by Jon “Iron Man” Favreau. Rumour has it Ford plays the bad guy…and a particularly nasty one at that.

However, many of the announcements are made for the first time too; Comic-Con is universally regarded as the best event to let news out to the fans. Only the Academy Awards puts more movie stars in one place.

Director Kenneth Branagh unveiled a trailer for Thor, opening May 2011 starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman.

Joss Whedon, the brains behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly and also Captain America (in production) confirmed he would be writing the eagerly-awaited Avengers, which will bring together a whole host of Marvel superheroes into one film, including Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the Hulk.

New Zealand-born Karl Urban, who played Dr McCoy in J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot confirmed he will be playing Judge Dredd in a substantially darker movie adaptation than the earlier Sylvester Stallone attempt.

And Zack Snyder (director of Legend of the Guardian, Watchmen) announced his next project will be Xerxes, the prequel to his 300. He also showed off a trailer for Sucker Punch (trailer below), a dark, dazzling experience set in an insane asylum that seems to draw on every science fiction, fantasy, and action genre, and catching everyone by surprise.