San Diego’s Comic-Con took place over the weekend from July 9-12, 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center.
The popular convention was founded by the Golden State Comic Book Convention in 1970, though over the years, as comic book movies have become more mainstream, Comic-Con has become a dazzling Hollywood affair.
This year’s celebrity line-up included too many stars to name, but many were excited about the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” panel as well as the chance to see panels dedicated to fan favorite TV shows, from “The Walking Dead” to “Teen Wolf” to “The Big Bang Theory.”
Here are 5 highlights:
5. Olivia Munn and Lana Condor Talk “X-Men”
It was a star-studded panel, featuring panel were director Brian Singer, Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Lucas Till (Havok), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Olivia Munn (Psylocke), Lana Condor (Jubilee), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Ben Hardy (Angel), James McAvoy (Professor X) and writer/producer Simon Kinberg.
4. Kunal Nayyar Makes a Surprise Appearance
“The Big Bang Theory” actor and his co-star Mayim Bialik read a sampling of “50 Shades of Grey” fan-fiction to the delight of the crowd.
“Have you ever read ’50 Shades of Grey?’ I’m about to introduce you to ’50 Shades of Brown.'”
"Amy replied, 'That doesn't make sense. 'Grey' was the main character's last name."
“That kind of semantic nit-picking is going to get you a spanking.”
3. Steven Yeun Returns to Comic-Con to Talk About “The Walking Dead” Season Six
The Korean American actor who plays Glenn told USA Today: "It's an interesting reprieve from what we're doing on set, because on set we're kind of in a cloistered, closed-quarters situation. Then you come here and you realize, 'Wow, this is who the show is for and what the show is for.' It's pretty mind-boggling to see that every single year." He also shared that he and some members of the cast have a tradition of jumping into the ocean every year.
There was also a world-premiere trailer released for “Fear of the Walking Dead.”
2.Ming-na Wen Talks Strong Asian American Roles
The actress who plays Agent Melinda May on Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” told audience members at her panel: “It’s so vitality important to have Asian American representation on a regular basis as opposed to as just a token or as something of a caricature and a stereotype,” she said. “At this day and age, it’s such a global medium that it requires to have more Asian representation because we populate quite a lot of the globe.”
1. J. J. Abrams Asked If There Would Be Asians in His Upcoming Rendition of “Star Wars” — and He Said Yes!
After joking that if he had his way, he'd cast the movie as all-Asian, the director said: "I think you'll be happy to see when you see this film, there are Asians in this film…. We wanted the movie to look the way the world looks. And I think it is important that people see themselves represented in film. I think it is not a small thing. So I completely understand and think your question is hugely important. And it was a big consideration."
BONUS: The Super Asian America Panel
Moderated by Racebending.com, this special panel featured actors Chloe Bennet (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Dante Basco (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”) and Sumalee Montano (“Beware the Batman”), stunt double Ilram Choi (“The Amazing Spider-Man”) and graphic novelists Amy Chu (“Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman”), Greg Pak (co-creator of Amadeus Cho), and Keith Chow (“Secret Identities”).