I worried about tickets. I worried about accommodation and schedules. I worried if my back could take the hours of standing in line. I worried about everything.
But I made it to SDCC 2015 – San Diego Comic Convention, the promised land of nerds everywhere.
Here’s my personal take on the most epic moments of this year’s Comic Con.
1Everything Star Wars
— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) July 11, 2015
First, they brought out the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Hall H. Then utter pandemonium erupted as the original trio of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford were introduced.
But it wasn’t just about Hall H. Stormtroopers led more than 6,000 people to a secret location where the San Diego Symphony serenaded everyone with some of John Williams’s most iconic music from the movies.
If there was one franchise that won Comic Con, my vote would have to go to Star Wars.
2Fox’s Marvel Superhero Picture
— X-Men Movies (@XMenMovies) July 12, 2015
Yeah yeah, we know, Marvel Studios skipped Comic Con this year. That doesn’t mean the rest of the Marvel franchise rested on their laurels.
At the end of three fantastic Fox panels that saw presentations for upcoming movies Deadpool, X-Men: Apocaplypse and the rebooted Fantastic Four, Marvel decided to break the Internets by attempting the biggest superhero selfie of all time.
As the casts of the three movies assembled on stage, Generalissimo Stan Lee popped up just in time to get in on the action. AND THEN Channing freaking Tatum (#notmygambit, but he’s cool) turns up and helps to take a picture of what must be the most epic superhero picture of all time.
3DC’s Suicide Squad Surprise
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) July 11, 2015
Warner Bros upped their game this year, installing a screen that wrapped around most of Hall H in anticipation of DC’s movie presentations that included the cast of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the announcement of a Green Lantern Corps movie.
But what really stole the show was a fleeting visit from the entire Suicide Squad, save Jared Leto (boooo!), and the first look at the chilling trailer.
I might swear allegiance to Marvel, but dammit if I’m not excited by that trailer.
4The Deadpool trailer
Oh wait, no. My favourite trailer to come out of Hall H on Saturday was the Deadpool trailer.
Not only is Ryan Reynolds easy on the eyes, it’s clear that he’s the perfect choice to play the Merc with a Mouth, and this time he promises it won’t be sewn shut like it was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Thank you to The Powers That Be for keeping Deadpool to a hard R rating, because D Piddy wouldn’t be himself if he weren’t swearing and making inappropriate comments while slashing at the bad guys. Is it chimichanga time yet?!
5The freakin’ Batmobile visits Hall H
— Batman v Superman (@BatmanvSuperman) July 11, 2015
‘Twas the night before Saturday
in the Hall H queue.
No one dared move out of place,
not even a shoe.
When, “Hark! What’s that sound?”
geeks wondered aloud.
Only to find the FREAKIN’ BATMOBILE
trundling along through the crowd.
In what must be one of the best Hall H line visits in SDCC history, Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder drove up to the convention centre IN THE BATMOBILE, and then started throwing caps and t-shirts into the crowd. Seriously, try to top that.
Other notable visits: Current Doctor Peter Capaldi dropped by the Hall H line to say hello to fans the night before the Doctor Who panel, and Supernatural star Misha Collins handed out pizzas to hungry fans in line.
Now that’s the kind of fan service I’m talking about.
6The Marvel TV Dubsmash Wars
What happens when the casts of Marvel TV’s Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter spend the whole weekend together doing press junkets?
For known practical joker Hayley Atwell, you spend it introducing your colleagues to a video messaging app where you have to lip synch along to a song.
This resulted in one of the most hilarious showdowns ever as Agents Coulson and Carter tried to one-up each other.
While the Agents of SHIELD thought they had clinched a resounding victory (nice hat, Clark Gregg), Atwell was the one who felled the winning blow…by roping in Captain America (Chris Evans) himself.
— Hayley Atwell (@HayleyAtwell) July 15, 2015
Take that victory lap, Team Carter. You deserve it.
— Hayley Atwell (@HayleyAtwell) July 15, 2015
7The Supernatural Fandom Always Keeps Fighting
— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) July 12, 2015
After Supernatural actor Jared Padalecki opened up earlier this year about his struggle with depression and anxiety, he started the Always Keep Fighting campaign to bring awareness to mental illness.
In a show of support, fans got together and gave out candles to the crowd during the Supernatural panel, and when the signal came, thousands of candles lit up in one of the most touching moments Hall H has ever seen.
And that is all. Going to Comic Con was one of the best things that ever happened to me. May it happen again!
Time to end with my real highlight of SDCC 2015: Meeting Joey Fatone of N’Sync!
What was your highlight of SDCC 2015? Tell us!