Tom Hardy Says 'Sure' to Venom-Spidey Flick, Young Spock To Join Star Trek: Discovery, and Halloween Primed for Sequels

Plus, Optimus Prime to appear in Bumblebee and Amazon brings out the big names in our Friday Comic-Con Ketchup.

by | July 20, 2018 | Comments

We’re breaking down the biggest news, announcements, and other happenings coming out of Comic-Con every day, and on the second day of Comic-Con it was all about M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, Tom Hardy’s Venom, a shock Star Trek announcement, and horror royalty, Jamie Lee Curtis.

Glass Trailer Shatters Fan Expectations

Arguably the most anticipated trailer not involving a fishy superhero at Comic-Con was for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, the pointy end of a trilogy that began with Unbreakable in 2000, continued (to many people’s surprise!) with Split in 2017, and will culminate next January with the new movie’s release. And when Night and co. dropped the new trailer during their Thursday Hall H panel, fans were ecstatic at what they were seeing – Bruce Willis’s David Dunn, James McAvoy’s Beast (and friends), and, the key focus of the trailer, Samuel L. Jackson’s Glass (“first name Mr”). Check it out below.

Blame Canada: Things Get Heated At Your Opinion Sucks When A Fan Calls Incredibles 2 “Rotten!”

In the second installment of Rotten Tomatoes’ live show Your Opinion Sucks at this year’s Comic-Con, one brave soul stood up and declared Incredibles 2 was “Rotten” – contrary to its actual Tomatometer score, which sits at 94%. Our critics went savage on the curmudgeonly Canadian fan, but he had some allies in the audience. Did his opinion really suck? Also in the show: The voice of Deadpool and Deadpool 2′s Colossus, Stefan Kapicic, surprised guests for a round of Slide Into Our TMs, the game that sees fans guessing the correct Tomatometer scores for different movies and TV series (tonight the category was Marvel TV shows). Check out the full episode.

Riz Ahmed Plays Riot in Venom, Tom Hardy Wants a Movie With Tom Holland’s Spider-Man

The biggest news – beyond that extended trailer shown in Hall H but not yet online – from Sony’s Venom panel was that the silver symbiote in Venom is Riot, who can transfer between people (one of them being Riz Ahmed).

And in news that will get Marvel fans pumped, Tom Hardy seemed open to the idea of a project that included his Venom and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. When asked about facing off with Holland’s Spidey, he said, “I’ll have a go, sure.”

Optimus Prime Will Appear in Bumblebee

Bumblebee is being marketed as an Amblin-style, all-’80s-nostalgic spinoff – and departure – from the Transformers franchise, but it will have at least one big connection to the other films beyond its title character: Optimus Prime will make an appearance. The news came directly to Rotten Tomatoes when director Travis Knight, and stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, and Jorge Lendeborg Jr, sat down with us at the Hard Rock Hotel.

The Walking DeadFear The Walking Dead Drop Trailers, Plus Salute Outgoing Star Andrew Lincoln

It was all about Walkers for the first half of the day in Hall H, first with the Fear the Walking Dead panel in the morning and then with The Walking Dead cast and crew taking their stage in the early afternoon. You can check out both trailers here, and save the following dates: The Walking Dead returns October 7 and Fear the Walking Dead is back for its midseason return on August 12.

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: (L-R) Greg Nicotero, Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, and Norman Reedus attend 'The Walking Dead' panel with AMC during during Comic-Con International 2018 at San Diego Convention Center on July 20, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
(Photo by Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln, who will be leaving the series this upcoming season, was treated to a standing ovation by his fellow cast, series producers, and fans. We’re not crying – you are.

Samantha Morton (Minority Report and Hulu’s Harlots) will also join the cast this season as Alpha, who leads a villainous group called the Whisperers. Series creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman confirmed the Morton casting, but executive producer Scott Gimple said the show hasn’t cast Alpha’s underling Beta as of yet.

New Halloween Could Have Sequels, Kick Off a New Era for Michael “The Shape” Myers

Jamie Lee Curtis and David Gordon Green
(Photo by Brian Beasley)

Director David Gordon Green and original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, who reprises her role as Laurie Strode in the upcoming Halloween, spilled blood, guts, and details on the new movie to Rotten Tomatoes. The duo revealed that while the new movie does play as a direct sequel to the original 1978 movie – ignoring the sequels and reboots that came between (sorry H20 fans) – there are plenty of Easter Eggs and throwbacks to the other films for fans of the franchise. Curtis said that the narrative change makes for a richly emotional story about a woman who has been dealing with trauma for 40 years. “It’s a movie about trauma,” Curtis said. “It’s a perfect movie for 2018.” As for whether there are going to be sequels, whether this new movie will kick off a whole new era for Michael Myers, Green had three words: “Anything is possible.” More Jamie Lee Halloween movies? Sign us right up.

Spock Will Appear in Star Trek: Discovery Season 2

Star Trek: Discovery executive producer and showrunner Alex Kurtzman dropped a bomb on Hall H, announcing that fans will see a young Spock in season 2, which will debut in early 2019. The Comic-Con panel for the CBS All Access series also marked the first SDCC appearance of Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike of the U.S.S. Enterprise. A trailer release during the panel ignited fans’ imaginations, as Pike takes command of Discovery. Mount offered another big season 2 news item, announcing that Rebecca Romijn — the X-Men franchise’s original Mystique — will appear as “the original No. 1.” Tig Notaro (One Mississippi), who has a guest spot in season 2, moderated the panel, and no cast member was safe from the comedian’s antics; Mary Wiseman, who plays fan-favorite Cadet Sylvia Tilly, may not recover from the experience.

Kurtzman also announced that starting in December the franchise will also release four short episodes of 10-15 minutes in length each and called “Star Trek: Short Treks.” In them, fans will find out more about Tilly’s background, Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson) will make a return, a character played by actor Aldis Hodge will be introduced as the lone human on a deserted ship, and Saru’s backstory will be told. Finally, asked by a fan if the Federation version of Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) might make an appearance in the future, Kurtzman answered with a definitive “maybe.”

Amazon Treats Fans to a Buffet of Top Showrunners and Producers

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: (L-R) Naren Shankar, Sam Esmail and Neil Gaiman speak onstage at the Amazon Prime Video Showcase during Comic-Con International 2018 at San Diego Convention Center on July 20, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
(Photo by Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Streaming giant Amazon Prime Video brought in the big guns for its Friday panel: Carlton Cuse, a showrunner and executive producer of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan; The Tick creator Ben Edlund; Sam Esmail, director of upcoming series Homecoming, which stars Julia Roberts; world-renowned author Neil Gaiman, creator-writer-showrunner of Good Omens; Lore executive producer Gale Anne Hurd; and Naren Shankar, showrunner of The Expanse. Each title presented either a trailer or behind-the-scenes video (see them on our Comic-Con trailers page), with Cuse later bringing out Jack Ryan writer Graham Roland to help introduce the North American premiere of episode 1 of the series.

News out of the panel included:

  • Homecoming‘s Friday, November 2 premiere date
  • the casting of Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) as the voice of God in Good Omens
  • the casting of Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) as the female lead for Jack Ryan‘s second season
  • the Friday, October 19 premiere date for season 2 of Lore

In a video, Shankar and The Expanse cast expressed their heartfelt gratitude to fans for their support of the series and to Amazon for its pick-up of the show for season 4, which is expected in 2019.

Be sure to check out Rotten Tomatoes’ own live event during Comic-Con, Your Opinion Sucks. It’s the ultimate fans vs. critics face off, and you can watch it live in San Diego or on video at Rotten Tomatoes.

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