5 Takeaways From Comic-Con: The Brits and Indies Ruled, But Where Were the Women?
Comic-Con concluded on Sunday after four days of panels, men in tights, women in costumes and fans sleeping on the grass.
Hollywood film studios maintained the robust presence they have become known for, taking over Hall H for most of the week with the latest iterations of Spiderman, Captain America and Katniss Everdeen.
(For the uninitiated, Hall H is the convention's massive home to the event's biggest panels, where reporters spend almost all their time).
See photos: The Scene at Comic-Con 2013
The surprise factor paled in comparison to last year, when Marvel announced several of its future movies and fans caught early teases of everything from "Pacific Rim" to "Godzilla."
Many of the showcase movies this year were either teased last year, like "Godzilla," sequels, like "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," or both – including "Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and many more.
However, there was still plenty to like and learn from at the year's preeminent showcase for all things geek.
Here are five things any film fan should know:
The British are coming! The British are coming!
Two centuries after the War of 1812, our former colonial patriarchs have returned to reign over not one but two industries of American cultural hegemony – film and comic books. British actors and directors were ubiquitous at the convention this year, and two of them – Andrew Garfield and Tom Hiddleston – drew the biggest applause of all.
Garfield (Spiderman) and Hiddleston (Loki, the Avengers' villain) both took the stage in character, offering a level of showmanship missing at most of the other panels.
Hiddleston was even brash enough to demand the fawning audience's unbreakable allegiance: "Claim loyalty to me and I will give you what you need," he implored. (You can find footage of him below)
Before you brand us xenophobic, understand that this is not a rejection of the stellar crop of British actors. We understand the reason for it: great young American actors are scarce.
The United States is producing plenty of great actresses, many of whom, like Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley, were on stage this weekend. Yet the most popular male American movie star this weekend may have been Tom Cruise, still a superb showman and major action star despite being two or three times as old as most of the fans in attendance.
Here's hoping some unknown, brash American steps in to play Batman, a role recently vacated by Christian Bale.
Hollywood fails the diversity test. Again.
Comic book fandom is getting more diverse in terms of both gender and ethnicity. When TheWrap got breakfast with BOOM! Studios founder and CEO Ross Richie, whose graphic novel "2 Guns" Universal adapted into an upcoming film, he recalled a recent visit to a comic book store.
A young woman came in to buy a copy of a "Walking Dead" graphic novel – her first comic book. It was thanks to the TV show, one of many that has made women feel more comfortable embracing genre fare.
Anyone who was at Comic-Con five years ago can recall when "Twilight" took the event by storm.