The Film Industry Brought Loads of Nostalgia and Little Else to Comic-Con

Hope you like reboots and sequels, movie fans!

Comic-Con fans hungry for sneak peeks of original movies were left wanting this year. Marvel released its “Phase 4” lineup but precious little footage of May 2020’s Black Widow; DC skipped the festivities entirely. The long-awaited full trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker was also a no-show.

Convention-goers were, however, treated to a heaping helping of bygone films and franchises—pretty much every major trailer revealed were for properties meant to conjure fuzzy childhood memories.

Tom Cruise got the best-of train rolling with a surprise appearance to show off the preview for Top Gun: Maverick, a sequel to a movie that came out 33 years ago.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton did press together for the first time since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day to discuss, yes, Terminator: Dark Fate. Director James Cameron called in from the set of his Avatar sequel to announce that Edward Furlong is reprising his role as John Connor, and to offer up a new NSFW featurette.

Eighteen years after Jay and Silent Bob struck back, they’re back again, in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.

And Warner Bros. dropped a new trailer for It, part two of the film series based on Stephen King’s 1986 book and which reboots the two-part 1990 made-for-TV miniseries.

SDCC 2019 revealed that there’ll be plenty of living in the past on the small screen as well, with Star Trek: Picard, and retooled versions of Creepshow, Watchmen, and The Dark Crystal all featured at this year’s Con.

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