Comic-Con Reactions: The Buzz on 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' 'RoboCop,' 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and More

Comic-Con Reactions: The Buzz on 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' 'RoboCop,' 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and More

Jul 20, 2013

Curious about what's been shown at Comic-Con today? Among today's big panels were presentations of highly anticipated movies like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, RoboCop and YA adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. There was also a panel on the movie version of the TV series Veronica Mars and on the TV version of the movie The Avengers -- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that is. Also the latest Avengers one-off short spin-off film Agent Carter.

Each of these and a few others showed footage to the crowds at the San Diego Convention Center (for S.H.I.E.L.D., it was the whole pilot), and below we've highlighted some reactions to each. After seeing these blog and Twitter quotes from our friends on the ground, I have to say I'm at least more interested in the Spidey sequel and the RoboCop remake than I had been before today.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2

"Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer suggests bigger, more 'whole' movie than first Webb outing." - Russ Fischer, Slashfilm

"The Comic-Con trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was entertaining.  No bad lizard effects, so there's that." - Matt Goldberg, Collider

"Looks like a real fun take on the story." - Germain Lussier, Slashfilm

"Foxx’s Electro looks pretty great in action, and the lighter side of Peter Parker that we glimpsed in the first film is still on display. However, the darkness in the film comes from the complication of Parker’s human relationships...My favorite moments in The Amazing Spider-Man were the intimate character scenes, and I’m happy to say that there appears to be a strong focus on character in this sequel." - Adam Chitwood, Collider

"WOW. The footage was incredible. Starts out with Rhino in the beginning, being a menace, gets made fun of. Spidey saves Electro before he becomes Electro, intimate moment with him talking with him on the street. Some great shots of Ravencroft and much more. Electro looks like a God, the power comes out of his hands and the final shot is him destroying Times Square. Spidey catches a cop car flying through the air. 'Need a hand?' Incredible footage." - Alex Billington, First Showing

"Rhino also makes a further brief appearance. Spider-Man uses his web to trap him between two buildings, and further humiliates him by pulling down his pants. Rhino’s anger is stopped in its tracks when a pipe falls from the sky, knocking him unconscious. While some of the comedy in the trailer works (Spidey fixing Dillon’s combover, for instance) this bit was a little more rough." - Angie Han, Slashfilm

"Jamie Foxx looks like he's bringing a lot of depth and subtlety to Max/Electro. The character seems filled with pathos and isn't just evil for evil's sake. The electric effects I saw looked much better than in still form, his skin looking jellyfish-like with a storm brewing just under the surface. But the performance trumps visual effects anyway and I think he's bringing his all to this." - Eric Vespe (Quint), Ain't It Cool News

"Snap Judgment: It was interesting to see how the film is establishing Electro’s story as a parallel to Spider-Man’s: Another dweeby guy transformed by science into a superbeing. Still, although the footage was received by an exultant Hall H crowd, it felt a bit repetitive: Yet another villain transformed by OsCorp science into a city-attacking bad guy. (Oscorp is to Spider-Man as the ACME Corporation is to the Roadrunner.)" - Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

"The SHIELD pilot is at times cooler than I expected, but with moments of silliness and over the top network tv-style action...ties into the Marvel movie universe in more ways than just a few references and throwaway jokes. This makes me happy." - Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

"There are plenty of fun, laugh-out-loud moments in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot — including one interrogation scene that will have you falling out of your chair. What the pilot doesn't have is a lot of drama or suspense. There are almost no stakes in this first episode, and there's almost no effort to get you excited if you weren't already excited after The Avengers." - Charlie Jane Anders, i09

"If you’re expecting a show in which familiar superheroes make an appearance each week, this isn’t it.  S.H.I.E.L.D. is clearly focused on the agents themselves — as it should be...Overall, it’s a superb, smart and witty series with a lot of action and incredibly excellent execution.  It’s a must-see for Marvel fans but it’s also enjoyable and fun for anyone unfamiliar with the universe." - Elena Butler, Collider


Agent Carter

"Marvel's Agent Carter short is legitimately great. The world needs more Peggy Carter." - Mike Sampson, Screen Crush

"The Agent Carter short was AMAZING. Peggy Carter appreciation life!" - Angel, Girls Reading Comics

"Hayley Atwell is really wonderful in Agent Carter. Kicks ass in a big way. Story has a nice strong, competent woman thing going on." - Devin Faraci, Badass Digest

"Hope everyone gets to see Agent Carter without reading spoilers as there are a few really great surprises. Extremely well done. Much better than last year's." - Steven Weintraub, Collider

"Agent Carter is a cheeky, cool noirish thriller with a kick-ass Hayley Atwell a fun revelation and a post credits gag. Fab." - Total Film

"Marvel Agent Carter short kinda odd - feel like it squanders some of its pro-woman cred w/ a cheap joke at the end. 95% great overall." - Jordan Hoffman, Screen Crush




"I'll admit: first bit of finished RoboCop footage didn't look that bad at all. Actually looked quite good, but so did Total Recall at first." - Alex Billington, First Showing

"RoboCop trailer makes it clear this is a different movie with an affinity for the original. Very distinct. Multiple suits. Gritty." - Germain Lussier, Slashfilm

"Definitely getting a good vibe from RoboCop trailer. Doesn't need to be R-rated to sell the theme and story...footage was better than I was expecting. Has a more polished District 9 vibe, though not necessarily as powerful. - Ethan Anderton, First Showing

"First footage from RoboCop borrows a whole lot from District 9 and Afghanistan Iron Man stuff in terms of visuals and tone." - Eric Vespe, Ain't It Cool News

"The footage is slick and sometimes flashy, and I don’t quite know how all the elements — particularly the influence of Murphy’s family — are going to fit together. But it’s clear this isn’t an imitation of Paul Verhoeven’s film. I don’t know if it will stand on it’s own, but I’m more intrigued than before at the thought of this new telling. The focus on drones and the evolution of intelligent weaponry is provocative, and what we saw today suggests that there is more than simple lip service given to those ideas, at the same time as Padilha has put together enough action to connect the dots of deeper ideas." - Russ Fischer, Slashfilm


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

"Mortal Instruments looks really sh*tty, but it does have a dog that splits apart Thing-style, so there's that..." - Eric Vespe Ain't It Cool News

"Mortal Instruments looks like a young adult acid trip with douchebags. Hard pass." - Ethan Anderton, First Showing

"City of Bones seems like a fake movie." - Devin Faraci, Badass Digest

"It's just kind of silly. The footage looks like a SyFy movie made love to an ABC Family movie. The leads have weird chemistry." - Katie Calautti,



"It looks crazy — and given all the CGI, some of it felt less like Pitch Black and more like a bleak sequel (bleakquel?) to Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Which doesn’t sound too bad." - Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly

"This thing looks cheaper than the last one, but it also looks leaner, meaner and so much more fun." - Jacob Hall, Screen Crush


Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 clips are hilarious. Has the spirit and energy of the first one. Realized it's like 30 Rock for kids." - Ethan Anderton, First Showing

"Not only filled with glorious, glorious puns, but also great-looking character designs for the foodimals and new characters.  I don’t see how Cloudy 2 isn’t just a ton of fun" - Adam Chitwood, Collider


Veronica Mars

"You know what the production value of the Veronica Mars movie looks like? It looks like Bell's fake cop show from Forgetting Sarah Marshall" - Eric Vespe, Ain't It Cool News


Kick-Ass 2 

"The footage we saw lacked the hyper-stylized living-graphic-novel vibe that Matthew Vaughn brought to the original movie; it also looked disappointingly sentimental, with lots of talk about how the mask is your true self and we’re all heroes, etc etc." - Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly



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