Comic-Con 2011 – what to expect

Costume sales soar as nerds leave their gaming dungeons to brave the light of day for Comic-Con. Here are the expected highlights...

The Amazing Spider-Man

Once again our friendly neighbourhood webhead gets rebooted – this time with Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) sporting the lycra. Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) directs as The Lizard (Rhys Ifans), but we're more excited about web-swinging in 3D.

The Dark Knight Rises

A special briefing with Grant Morrison and The Dark Knight’s David Fincher point to something big. Probably not Batman himself smashing through the convention centre roof to battle the Joker, but following the recent teaser (below) we're getting hot under the cape in anticipation of more baddie Bane action from Comic-Con.

The Adventures of Tintin

Perhaps Tintin – officially titled The Secret Unicorn – is aimed at children with its hunt for sunken treasure. But like the Comic-Con nerds, we’re not going to let that stop us reliving our childhoods.

The Avengers

No, not the born-in-a-bowler-hat John Steed TV series but the main Marvel event we’ve all been waiting for. Directed by Buffy creator Joss Whedon and starring a host of famous actors in their superhero guises and a whole lot of heroics. After last year’s Comic-Con revealed the below teaser, there are no prizes for guessing what'll be showing at this year’s event.

Mass Effect

Forget Resident Evil. Mass Effect is set to be the first game-to-movie adaption that's actually good. Which would be nice. Although it might spawn a legion of mediocre copycats.

Pacific Rim

Guillermo del Toro (Hell Boy, Pan’s Labyrinth) directs, the plot involves humans piloting giant robots to fight off an alien invasion and it stars Idris Elba of The Wire and Luther fame. Here’s hoping Comic-Con gives us a trailer to stave off the waiting pain. This is what Guillermo had to say.

Total Recall

Yes, it’s a remake of the Arnie action-fest. But we have a feeling this new adaption of Philip K Dick's is going to get an extra layer of depth under the direction of Len "Underworld" Wiseman and with Colin Farrell in the lead role. Trailer incoming? We hope so.

20th Century Fox

The editing suites at 20th Century Fox's studios are filled with reels from forthcoming films, among them The Wolverine, Deadpool, Avatar 2 and Die Hard 5. So expect an announcement and possible trailers for these too. Or hope.

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