I knew if I was going to fully experience my first Con, I knew that tackling Hall H for the first time would have to be a part of it.
Before I get to Hall H, I had to tackle the Warner Bros. booth on the floor and HAD to sit in Sheldon Cooper's "spot" on the set of The Big Bang Theory.
Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Studios teamed up to preview 4 movies coming out within the next year, including Ready Player One.
This sci-fi apocalyptic movie based on the book of the same name looks literally out of this world ridiculous. The trailer showed us some great 80s throwbacks as well as an awesome story set about 20-25 years into the future.
Being in the same room as legendary director Steven Spielberg and author Ernest Cline shot the breeze about the movie and their inspirations and it was nothing short of magnificent.
Oh, to be a fly on that wall behind closed doors.
Then, came out the cast and show-runners for Blade Runner 2049.
Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and others promoted the incredibly-hyped sci-fi sequel from the original 1982 classic. It's tough to see reboots/sequels for classics such as this one because it's to be expected. Needless to say, I want to watch the original again before seeing the new one.
Also, being in the presence of a guy like Harrison Ford just made me lose my mind (in a good way). I feel I can die a happy man.
Then, the movies everyone in that room was really waiting for...
The cast from Justice League and there was not a quiet voice in that room. Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Jason Mamoa (Aquaman) got the greatest ovations and it was wonderful to see how well people responded to the humility of these stars. We also got a taste of what's to come from the stand-alone Aquaman film.
What's awesome about this is not only will the movie rock, but Aquaman often gets a bad rap. After both Justice League & Aquaman, I'm sure that character will be nearly as popular as Wonder Woman... just saying...
Prior to my favorite panel of the day, Charlize Theron had an intimate discussion with a woman from Entertainment Weekly in the magazine's first-ever Women Who Kick Ass: Icons panel. That was cool to catch the final 15-20 minutes.
She decided to pose for a few shots too.
My favorite panel of the day was the Stranger Things panel.
This ridiculously original TV show from Netflix follows kids around a rural Midwestern town in the 1980s in search of their friend who gets taken into another dimension. The cast was so down-to-earth, and the show's top star in Millie Bobby Brown had this infectious laughter and personality at the panel. It was hard to not like everyone who surrounded her as well.
The best part about the panel was not only the genuineness of the whole cast, but the reactions from everyone when watching the new season 2 trailer as well as the cast taking a group picture at the end.
By the way, we also got a surprise question from the woman who plays Barb on the show. (If you don't know who Barb is, go watch the show... like, now!)
Westworld's panel was super fun as well, but as lame as this sounds, I couldn't really see much of the panel being in the press cage. However, it was quite nice to hear the stories of the cast members and executive producers/creators. It's a very complex show, but once you dive into it and start to enjoy it, it's hard to not binge on it.
Final Hall H panel of the day was Marvel Studios and it sure didn't disappoint.
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum and a few others showed a new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok coming out in November, and it might have been the best trailer short of Stranger Things.
The staff and crew from Black Panther took the stage after the cast from Thor: Ragnarok and debuted a new poster. Both movies look nothing short of insane!!
Also, they debuted a new teaser poster for Marvel's The Avengers: Infinity War and everyone lost their freaking minds!!
Ummmmmmm... I may have gotten a little too excited now... this is unreal!!
I ducked out halfway through Marvel's panels (I know, I know... hit me with your best shot) in order to check out the awesome X-Files: Cold Cases panel presented by Audible. You can check out that entry here.
An epic weekend, to say the least!!