'Godzilla 'Comes to America, 'Valerian' Debuts, And More News You Might Have Missed From Comic-Con Day 1

'Godzilla 'Comes to America, 'Valerian' Debuts, And More News You Might Have Missed From Comic-Con Day 1

Jul 22, 2016

Comic-Con International is in full swing in San Diego, and just like every other year, there's a lot of news coming from the convention – so much, in fact, that it can be hard keeping up with it all.

With that in mind, here's some of the news, previews, and other updates from the show floor that might otherwise fly under your radar:

 

Godzilla: Resurgence to stomp into U.S. theaters

American fans of Godzilla have been wondering for a while now whether Toho Productions' upcoming live-action reboot Godzilla: Resurgence would get a theatrical release here in the U.S. Well, they now seem to have an answer of sorts, as Funimation has acquired the distribution rights for the film – alternatively titled “Shin Godzilla” – throughout North America. The film is now expected to have some sort of theatrical release in the U.S. later this year, well after it debuts in Japan this month.

 

Yondu gets portrait-ized

One of the items Marvel Studios revealed on the show floor at Comic-Con is a portrait of Michael Rooker's blue-skinned Guardians of the Galaxy character Yondu that will appear in the upcoming sequel. Marvel posted a photo of the portrait on Twitter, and indicated that it will be part of the set on Yondu's ship, The Eclector.

 

 

The Exorcist heads to TV

It was announced a while back that one of the scariest movies of all time, William Friedkin's 1973 demonic-possession story The Exorcist, was being adapted for television. We got our first look at how the film will translate to the small screen on Thursday with the first trailer for the FOX “event” series. The series will be directed by Rise of the Planet of the Apes filmmaker Rupert Wyatt, so we canlikely expect a cinematic feel to the horrifying tale.

 

The First Views of Valerian

We've been eager for a peek at Luc Besson's upcoming sci-fi adventure Valerian for a while now, and the filmmaker responsible for The Fifth Element finally gave us a peek at the movie Thursday. The footage hasn't been released online (yet), but descriptions of it are circulating, along with some new images released during Comic-Con. The film is based on 1960s French comic book series Valerian and Laureline and stars Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) as a pair of time-travel cops who protect the universe from dangerous paradoxes. The film hits theaters July 21, 2017.

 

Marvel teases Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and The Defenders

Marvel went big on the Netflix side of its cinematic universe by previewing not one but three upcoming series. Along with the first full-length trailer for the Luke Cage series – the next Netflix series on the schedule – fans also got a peek at the first teasers for the Iron Fist series and the big crossover miniseries, The Defenders.

 

Hello, Edrio!

Lucasfilm used Comic-Con to introduce a new character to the Star Wars universe that will debut in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Called “Edrio Two Tubes,” the character – or rather, a life-size model of the character – was on display on the show floor. According to his official description, he's a Tognath mercenary pilot who teams up with his “eggmate” on missions that often involve putting a hurt on The Empire. Our own Erik Davis took the above photo of Edrio in all his two-tubed glory.

Check back tomorrow for more news you have missed from San Diego Comic-Con this year!

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