Comic-Con 2019: Marvel casts Simu Liu as its first Asian superhero, Mahershala Ali plays Blade, and other headline-making announcements and must-see trailers

Comic-Con 2019: Marvel casts Simu Liu as its first Asian superhero, Mahershala Ali plays Blade, and other headline-making announcements and must-see trailers

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Text: Aravin Sandran

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To put it into perspective, the San Diego Comic-Con is that once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage on any true-blue comic fan's bucket list. It's the only occasion (other than Halloween) when it's acceptable to dress up and walk the street as Spider-Man. On top of that, attendees get to meet their favourite superheroes in the flesh, while being one of the lucky few to catch the world premiere of the most highly anticipated trailers (first looks of Black Panther and Aquaman were revealed at the convention).

Held over the weekend from 18 to 21 July, this year's edition was undoubtedly all about Marvel Studios. Check out its headline-making announcements as well as a few important teasers and trailers from other studios below.

Marvel Studios brings its A-game

Marvel Studios revealed that actor Simu Liu will be playing the studio's first Asian superhero, Shang-Chi. To date, the Candian-Chinese actor is best known for his work on television in sitcoms such as Kim's Convenience. It came to light that his casting process happened in a matter of days within the week. He will be starring alongside Tony Leung and Awkwafina. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be hitting cinemas on 12 February 2021.

Oscar-winning American actor Mahershala Ali will revive Blade, the vampire trilogy made famous by Wesley Snipes in the late 1990s. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said that discussions with Ali began after he picked up 'Best Supporting Actor' for Green Room at the Oscars earlier this year.

Marvel Studios will soon have a LGBTQ potline. While promoting Thor: Love and Thunder (Fall 2021), Tessa Thompson teased that Valkyrie will be looking for "a queen". The film will also bring back Natalie Portman as a hammer-wielding Lady Thor.

A-listers Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie will be joining the Marvel universe. Revolving aound a group of immortals who find their humanity on Earth, The Eternals will see a star-studded cast of Marvel first-timers including Richard Madden and Kumail Nanjiani. The film is expected to drop on 6 November 2020.

Must-see Trailers

Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Maverick in this high-octane revival of a classic. His co-stars include Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, and Val Kilmer. It's expected to be released on 26 June 2020.

Pennywise is back to terrorise the Losers Club in IT Chapter Two. The grown-up cast features Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader.

Based on the best-selling fiction by Phillip Pullman, HBO's upcoming fantasy adventure series His Dark Materials is a visually stunning ride through magic, thrilling conspiracies, and quirky animal kinships. The series stars James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, and is slated to premiere later this year.

Ruby Rose will be bringing Batwoman to our small screens in October this year. The series depicts the Gotham superhero as an out lesbian and skilled street fighter.