No one expected Day 3 to be such a manic day—the geek convention got down and dirty…literally. Green Lantern and Harry Potter fans showed up in record numbers, costing hundreds of fans a ticket into Hall H, including myself...
..so we begin instead with Let Me In, an American horror film based on the John Ajvide Lindqvish novel and the Swedish film Let the Right One In. Director Matt Reeves, Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Richard Jenkins chatted with fans about the complexities of this dark tale. The film follows the life of Owen (Smit-McPhee) who befriends a girl vampire (Moretz). Based on the sneak peek trailer fans got to watch, the story of these two kids focuses mostly on the pain of adolescence. This is Reeves’s first time directing children, so he went to none other than Steven Spielberg for advice: “He told me to let them come up with stuff and have them keep a journal in character…from the point of view of the character.” If you’re wondering about Richard Jenkins’s role, he plays Moretz’s father who helps her hunt for blood.
The fourth installment of the Resident Evil franchise was received with arms wide open from fans. Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller, and director Paul W. S. Anderson exuded a contagious excitement for Afterlife. According to Anderson, this 3D film used the same cameras James Cameron used in Avatar. Jovovich exuded her contentment with the film, saying, “We all got into loving it, it’s a crazy wild adventure…I have the kind of character that keeps evolving. I get to come back over and over again and tweak things. This time [Alice] is more human and ready to get her friends and defeat Umbrella.”
Then came the madness...as soon as the panel finished and the cast exited the stage, lights slowly came back up, and revealed an unexpected altercation blowing up between two males. From my firsthand point of view…it all happened in a split second. One man was in a choke hold and before you could call for help the two men were on the floor. According to reports, a man was stabbed above the eye. It’s important to point out that security was very late in responding. The crowd was screaming for help and a medic and Comic-Con personnel were a little too late. Paramedics took the stabbed victim in a stretcher, and two men were apprehended. Afterwards, trailers were played to distract the massive crowd, but the momentum seemed to be completely lost. Before long, the cast of Paul was on stage.
For all those alien lovers out there, Paul is definitely one movie that will entertain you. Seth Rogen voices Paul, the hilarious alien that enters the life of two sci-fi geeks whose road trip to Comic-Con takes them on an insane adventure. Sigourney Weaver, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, and Jeffrey Tambor round out the cast. The team tried filming at the San Diego Convention Center but the fire-marshal responded with a “**** no,” so the crew had to rebuild the Comic-Con convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
And then, just when you thought you couldn’t gain back that zest and fervor in Hall H…Harrison Ford hit the stage. The Comic-Con virgin electrified the crowd, who welcomed him with a standing ovation. But get this—Ford came out in handcuffs and was escorted by three security guards to his seat…so thanks, Harrison, for breaking the tension after that unnecessary altercation.
Cowboys and Aliens stars Ford and Daniel Craig, and director Jon Favreau presented exclusive footage, but, due to schedule delays, the panel didn’t have an opportunity to chat with fans. Favreau promised fans to come back to Comic-Con next year.
The much anticipated panel for Captain America: The First Avenger finally took stage. President of Marvel Comics Kevin Feige introduced the panel—Director Joe Johnston, Chris Evans, and Hugo Weaving. Captain America takes place in the early 40s and the crew has only been shooting for a few days. “This is a classic adventure love story with an edge,” said Johnston. Evans admits that taking on this role was “intimidating and daunting…I’ve been on set for five days, we eased into things...the suite is fantastic.” According to Feige, “This really is the next step for us and you’re gonna want to see what we’ve done."
The day concluded with Thor, another Marvel classic. Director Kenneth Branagh said the goal was to create a clean, classy, modern, punchy, destructive and cool action film. Anthony Hopkins co-stars, although he wasn’t able to make it to Comic-Con. Star Chris Hemsworth says, “He brings the most enthusiasm on set. At times, he would look at me and say, ‘God isn’t this fun.’” Hemsworth says he’s been preparing for the role since he got it nine months ago: “I got a bunch of books of men finding their way in life, noirs mythology, comic-books and just filled up with as much info and soaked it up since I had not read the comics as a child."
Fans asked Feige what happened with Edward Norton, and he responded with, “We love consistency and The Hulk will live on” regardless of cast members, producers, etc. This prompted the crowd to throw some serious boo’s towards Feige...awkward...
But, just when you thought it was over…the monitors dimmed out...and revealed an Avengers logo, with Samuel L. Jackson doing a voice over…the next thing you know Jackson was there on stage, introducing the cast members which included Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo…on such a mad, mad day, it was the perfect and preferred way to end it.