Wel­come To Hall H

Em­pire spends a day in the leg­endary arena. And lives to tell the tale. Kinda

Empire (Australasia) - - Empire Co Mic Con -

Saturday 22 July, 11:18am __ Hall H, right at the end of the San Diego Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, is the place where Hol­ly­wood shows off its wares to the Comic-con mas­sive. And mas­sive is about right — it’s a cor­nu­copia of cinema, a glut of geek­ery, that can host 6,500 peo­ple, many of whom have camped out all night to try to get in for the Con’s big­gest day.

11:30am __ Warner Bros. are first up with their sig­na­ture move: gi­ant screens that wrap around the hall.

11:39am __ Ready for Ready Player One? Here comes for­mer Em­pire edi­tor Sir Steven of Spiel­berg. It’s only his sec­ond visit to the Con, but he knows the drill: don’t come empty-handed. He's brought the teaser for his pop cul­ture-tas­tic film, a vis­ual treat fea­tur­ing cameos from Freddy Krueger, the Iron Gi­ant, the Back To The Fu­ture Delorean and more. The crowd ac­cept his of­fer­ing.

12:06pm __ Next is Blade Run­ner 2049, which kicks off with a holo­graphic Jared Leto. Harrison Ford soon fol­lows, look­ing like he wishes he’d taken the holo­gram op­tion, too.

12:21pm __ As the DC panel be­gins with Aqua­man him­self, Jason Momoa, racing through the crowd to take the stage, we break into our first snack. Not, sadly, an aquaflan.

12:45pm __ Comic-con: the only place on Earth where a man dressed as Won­der Woman can ask a ques­tion of the ac­tual Won­der Woman, Gal Gadot. Never change, Hall H.

2.30pm __ Three hours in. Sun­light is but a ru­mour.

3:29pm __ Stranger Things is hap­pen­ing on stage, with the de­but of the new Sea­son 2 trailer, sound­tracked to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The ’80s vibe con­tin­ues with the kids in Ghost­busters cos­tume. And stranger things are hap­pen­ing off stage, too — a bloke dressed as streaky ba­con walks past.

4:45pm __ The cast and cre­atives of West­world talk up Sea­son 2, bring­ing some early teases in­clud­ing Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) gun­ning down peo­ple while on horse­back.

5.30pm __ The Mar­vel Stu­dios panel is sched­uled to be­gin. An­tic­i­pa­tion is at fever pitch. The only thing that could dampen spir­its would be Mar­vel pres­i­dent Kevin Feige strid­ing on and telling ev­ery­one to go home.

5.50pm __ Feige doesn’t do that. In­stead, he brings out the teams be­hind Thor: Rag­narok and Black Pan­ther, with ex­clu­sive footage ga­lore. The big­gest cheer may be re­served for Jeff Gold­blum, though, mak­ing his first Con ap­pear­ance.

6.55pm __ Dur­ing the Avengers: In­fin­ity War footage, the crowd wel­comes each char­ac­ter re­veal with ear­split­ting screams that would give Paul Mccart­ney a se­ri­ous dose of Beatle­ma­nia flash­backs.

7:00pm __ And that’s that. Seven-and-a-half hours af­ter en­ter­ing, we stag­ger blink­ing into the sun­light like Andy Dufresne af­ter his es­cape from Shaw­shank. But bet­ter than Andy Dufresne, be­cause he hadn’t even seen any Avengers: In­fin­ity War footage.

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