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Biggest News From SDCC 2020

Keep up to date with all the news from San Diego Comic-Con 2020 with our guide to every breaking story. SDCC is traditionally one of the most important events of the year for the entertainment industry. Over 130,000 attendees flock from all over the world to experience Comic-Con, to watch trailers live as they're dropped, and to pick up exclusive merchandise. SDCC 2019 has, of course, been severely disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning such large gatherings aren't safe right now. The annual convention canceled all in-person celebrations, but organizers quickly set up a new event titled Comic-Con@Home.

All panels are available free on the Comic-Con website, and participants can select panels of interest and create their own personal schedules. In addition, fans can watch all the star-studded events by subscribing to the official Comic-Con YouTube channel at no cost. There are even interactive elements to some of the panels, which promise to add a new dimension to the experience. With SDCC 2020 available to all, this is an opportunity for everybody to join in and enjoy an event they've usually only read about afterwards.

It's true many heavy-hitters like Marvel Studios have chosen to skip 2020 - partly because marketing schedules are in chaos right now - but there are still over 350 panels. What's more, while some of these will stay online afterwards, only will be swiftly taken down. As a result, it's very easy for virtual attendees to miss some of the biggest news, especially when you factor in time differences. So here, for ease of reference, are all the biggest news stories from SDCC 2020.

SDCC Still Saw Some Major Trailer Drops

Many film studios pulled out of SDCC 2020, but there were some exceptions, and a lot of panels focused in on TV shows as well. As a result, there were major trailer drops including:

His Dark Materials Season 2 Casts Terence Stamp & More

The first season of His Dark Materials was a hit for the BBC and HBO, and casting details for season 2 were revealed ahead of the show's dedicated Comic-Con@Home panel. Dafne Keen and James McAvoy will be joined by new actors including:

Stamp is a particularly interesting choice, because he was also involved in the BBC Radio 4 dramatization of His Dark Materials.

The Boys Has Been Renewed For Season 3... With An Aftershow Too

The Boys season 1 was another success story, and Amazon is clearly confident of season 2 as well. During the dedicated panel, showrunner Eric Kripke revealed that Amazon has already renewed The Boys for season 3, and he hopes to begin production in early 2021. Kripke also announced an after-show hosted by Aisha Tyler called Prime Rewind: Inside the Boys. This will launch on August 28 and look back at season 1 before releasing alongside each new episode.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Has 10 Episodes Already Planned

CBS recently announced a new live-action Star Trek TV series, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. This will spin off from Star Trek: Discovery season 2, starring Anson Mount as Captain Pike, Ethan Peck as Spock, and Rebecca Romijn as Number One. According to executive producer Alex Kurtzman, things are still in their earliest stages, but the writer's room is hard at work. "There are 10 stories broken," he confirmed, "which is very exciting, and they're just sort of at the beginning, but it was one of those shows that I think everybody came in with such enthusiasm, and so much love."

CBS & Nikolodeon Announced Star Trek: Prodigy

Nikolodeon and CBS officially announced their upcoming Star Trek animated series, Star Trek: Prodigy. The series has been in development for over a year now, and will finally debut in 2021. According to the official synopsis, "The new original CG-animated series follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation." This will be the first Star Trek animated series aimed at children.

The Star Trek Panel Released Footage From Star Trek: Lower Decks

The Star Trek panel also released the opening scenes from Star Trek: Lower Decks, introducing the concept of "Second Contact." Where First Contact is the cautious, careful establishment of a relationship between the Federation and a new race, Second Contact is simply about filling in all the necessarily paperwork. The crew of the USS Cerritos are far more suited to Second Contact, however little they like to admit it; the clip shows two members of the crew preparing for Second Contact in their own ways, which involve copious amounts of (illegal) alcohol and an accident with a Klingon bat'leh.

Oscar Isaac Is Working On His Own Graphic Novel

Oscar Isaac revealed he's working on a new graphic novelHead Wounds: Sparrow, which will be published next year. This supernatural noir story will feature a bad cop who suffers a head wound, losing all sense of empathy. Isaac is developing the story with two childhood friends - Bob Johnson, and John Alvey. He's just the latest actor to announce he's launching a new comic book series, perhaps indicating how mainstream the genre has become.


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