7 Things We Learnt At Wizard World New Orleans
Wizard World's 2015 series of comic cons kicked off on a high note in New Orleans this weekend, with the usual host of big names, wild panels and screaming fans. Outer Places were on site speaking at panels about Marvel vs DC Comics, and The Walking Dead, and furiously scribbling down notes at others. Here's what we learnt during our time at Wizard World New Orleans.
Karl Urban remains hopeful that a Dredd 2 movie can happen
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In one of the most intriguing panels of the weekend, Karl Urban faced hundreds of adoring fans as they fired questions at him regarding everything from Star Trek, to Almost Human, to Dredd, and it was his words about the latter that really caught my attention. Urban has made no secret of his desire to make Dredd 2 a reality, but the actor is realistic about its chances, saying that the people who backed the first movie will likely be a little "Gun Shy" when it comes to fronting money for a sequel. Dredd failed to recoup its $50m budget at the box office, but went on to sell more than 750,000 units in its first month of DVD and Blu-Ray release. Urban believes that Dredd's failure at the box office was because, quite simply, "nobody knew it was out". But Urban, like many other Dredd fans, was buoyed by the DVD sales and it's the movie's cult status that is giving him hope that a second Dredd movie could one day be a reality. Unfortunately though, Alex Garland, the man who wrote the first movie also spoke out about the chances of a sequel this past weekend, but he was rather less optimistic:
"My hope is, and I actually think this will happen – somebody else will do it," said Garland Not to be all coy and silly about it, but I think our film was better than the first one, right? Just to be blunt. And the job of the next people is to make their film better than ours. And then if they do that, then finally, maybe this character will break out in the way that it deserves to. But we'll see."
Brett Dalton wants Robert Downey Jr. to make good on his promise and appear on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
This was Dalton's first Wizard World appearance, and I have to say, he seems like one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet. Meeting fan questions with enthusiasm, Dalton revealed that Robert Downey Jr. once made a promise to appear on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and that even though it hasn't happened yet, he's not giving up hope that Tony Stark might some day pay a visit to the show. Robert, if you're listening, please take heed!
A Number of Characters From Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Could Appear in Future Marvel Movies
After covering off which MCU star he wanted to see appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Dalton teased fans by hinting that the stars of his show could play a bigger part in future Marvel movies than fans might have expected. It's already widely thought that Skye's character will end up featuring in the Inhumans movie, scheduled for a 2018 release, but in saying that he wouldn't be surprised if a few Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D characters featured in future Marvel movies, I got the feeling that Dalton knows something we don't and that TV/Movie crossovers may become more frequent in the MCU in the coming years.
Michael Rooker thinks The Walking Dead's Merle would take Guardians of the Galaxy's Yondu in a fight.
One of the best fan questions came during Sean Gunn and Michael Rooker's panel on Saturday. Rooker is arguably best known for his display as the whistling Centaurian, Yondu, in Guardians of the Galaxy, but many will also know him as The Walking Dead's Merle Dixon. Both characters had a rather fearsome reputation, but when Rooker was asked who he thought would win in a fight between the pair, his answer was not what you would expect. Rooker suggested that the victor would be Merle, purely for the fact that he would get in a cheap shot nice and early. Gunn however, said that if that cheap shot never came, he could only see Yondu winning.
Walking Dead's Andrew J West thinks Gareth's cannibalism was a severe case of PTSD
We were lucky enough to be joined by The Walking Dead's Andrew J West for our Sunday panel, The Walking Dead Psychology, and during our time with him we got to hear his thoughts on Gareth and his controversial eating habits. When asked if he thought Gareth was a bad guy, West was forthright in answering with a resounding no. Instead, West believed that Gareth's cannibalism could be put down to what he described as a "severe case of PTSD". Whether or not you agree with him is for you to decide!
One expert believes Sam Wilson is Marvel's "House Negro"
Pop culture expert, Richard Douglas Jones, isn't happy about Sam Wilson's role in the Marvel comics universe. During a panel on civil rights movements in comic books, Wilson said that he felt Wilson (known as The Falcon) reinforced negative stereotypes about blacks at various points in the comics and generally played "second fiddle" to Captain America. But in describing the relationship between Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson, Jones felt that the term "second fiddle" was too mild: "I'm being really nice right now, the word I want to use is 'House Negro'." Hopefully Marvel can make amends with the new storylines that see Wilson take over the role of Captain America.
Tom Felton Was Deeply Disturbed by His First Experience Reading Harry Potter Fan Fiction
I'm a big fan of Harry Potter's Tom Felton. Unlike his character, Draco, he strikes me as a true gentleman and he always appears to be genuinely excited to meet his legions of fans at events like Wizard World. However, during his panel on Saturday, Felton confessed that there was a part of Harry Potter fandom that had him slightly worried. The British actor revealed that he had recently read some Harry Potter fan fiction, some of which he described as being more than a little bit disturbing. It's comforting to know that even folk as nice as Tom Felton have their limits when it comes to bizarre fan theories and shipping.