San Diego Comic-Con 2023 reveal highlights

San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) has wrapped for another year, with all the panels now finished. And despite a lack of well-known movie names like Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and Netflix not showing up, there wasn’t a lack of announcements. Here are the highlights of the event, in no particular order.

In what was probably the most anticipated panel, “Marvel’s Spider-Man 2” had a new story trailer debut for the upcoming game, with a significant look at a ripped Venom, the updated character models and Harry Osborne walking about all well after his coma (is he Venom?).

It’s very cool, and something that will sure to get fans of the game excited for what’s to come in October. Sony also revealed a limited edition PS5 bundle to commemorate the game’s release, featuring a Venom and Spider-Man console and controller design. “Marvel’s Spider-Man 2” will be released on October 20.

Sticking with gaming, “Star Wars: Outlaws” got a a-behind-the-scenes look, with the creators explaining several things. The placement of the game, which is between “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” and “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” was chosen because it’s the height of the civil war between Empire and Rebellion, so it’s a time where criminality thrives. Audiences also got confirmation that they could work of and even betray Jabba the Hutt.

“Star Trek” had a huge panel this year. It released a new trailer for “Star Trek: Lower Decks” season four, which will release on September 7, a tease for a musical episode of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”, and a clip for the upcoming fifth season of “Star Trek: Discovery”.

While Marvel Studios weren’t at SDCC, there were still some comic reveals for Marvel. Some of the notable announcements were X-Men: Blue Origins, a new X-Men team formed by Doctor Doom, the New X-Men, and also a new Punisher comics line, with Joe Garrison taking on the mantle of the anti-hero.

Marvel Studios didn’t want to be left out of the conversation entirely however, releasing a new trailer for “The Marvels”, teasing the teamwork of Kamala Khan, Captain Marvel, and Monica Rambeau. The film hits cinemas on November 10.

DC Studios also might have skipped the event, but there were some excellent announcements from the comic brand. “Harley Quinn” got a new release trailer and a July 27 release date, two animated films were announced (one on Watchmen and another about Crisis on Infinite Earths), and several new comics, including one titled Amazon Attack, a 30th-anniversary special for the Return of Superman and a crossover between the Justice League, Godzilla, and Kong.

Despite not being present at the event either, Amazon Studios released the second trailer for the upcoming show “Gen V”. It’s a spin-off of “The Boys”, and has all the gore and raunch one would expect, but this time in a university setting. Class starts on September 29.

Amazon Studios also confirmed that the first four episodes of “Invincible” season two will release on Amazon Prime Video on November 3. A poster for the second season was unveiled a day prior to SDCC.

And those are the major reveals for SDCC 2023. Fans have a lot to look forward to in the coming months and years, with comics to read and movies and TV shows to watch. The event will return next year, hopefully with all of the big movie studios present and also all of the actors who are currently on strike.

Kieran Burt

My name is Kieran and I am based in the UK. I love writing about all things science fiction and fantasy, particularly Star Wars and Marvel. When I’m not writing or watching anything sci-fi related, you can probably find me exploring the open worlds of alternate lands through my Xbox.

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