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San Diego Comic-Con: Early bird round up

- July 23rd, 2014

Christmas has come early once again for comic book, gaming, superhero movies, anime, and science fiction fans everywhere – San Diego Comic-Con is back.

While the convention is kicking off officially tomorrow, studios have already begun to release exclusives and first looks, not helping at all with the anticipation for Saturday’s biggest reveals.

As news trickles in, we’ll try to keep you updated as quickly as possible. Without further ado, here are some of the stories already coming out of SDCC 2014.

Sony sets release date for ‘Sinister Six’, ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3′, and ‘Uncharted’ movie

In a less than subtle attempt to jump on the success of Marvel’s Avengers and DC’s Justice League (we all know it’s going to be successful) Sony has announced the release date for its first collaborative superhero movie.

Sinister Six, which focuses on six of the most popular villains in the Spider-Man franchise, will be released on Nov. 11, 2016.

The decision to bump the release date of the film comes as a slight cost to the studio, however, who have pushed back the release date of The Amazing Spider-Man 3 until May 4, 2018, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Genre veteran Drew Goddard (World War Z, Cabin in the Woods) will be writing and directing the spin-off series, his first for the studio. Let’s hope after working on both Cabin in the Woods and Lost, Goddard will pull his influence from Joss Whedon and not J.J. Abrams.

The less lens flare on Doc Ock’s metallic tentacles, the better.

Sony also announced their live action adaptation of Naughty Dog’s popular video game franchise Uncharted (Note: Naughty Dog is owned by Sony Studios) will release on June 10, 2016.

Seth Gordon (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses) will direct the movie, while David Guggenheim (Safe House, Stolen) is set to pen the script.

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies’ gets exclusive Comic-Con poster unveiling

You can never have too much Hobbit news.

Unless you’re Peter Jackson, of course. Then mum’s the word.

All of which is the reason why the internet has just about exploded with the unveiling of the first poster for the last movie in the Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of Five Armies.

In the poster, we can see the devilishly charming, yet totally maniacal treasure obsessed dragon Smaug looming above the desolate city of Laketown.

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The only other figure on the page is a silhouette of Luke Evans’ Bard the Bowman, the handsome protagonist from the second installment of the series, The Desolation of Smaug.

Jackson unveiled the poster on his Facebook page with one single line of text: “Anyone else excited about San Diego Comic Con?”

Oh yes, Tolkien nerds, prepare for a trailer to be shown during the official Hobbit panel. “The defining chapter” may be upon us.

Hopefully, the defining chapter is also the last chapter. Seriously Jackson, you need to start scheduling intermission breaks during your movies.

Disney announces ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Men Tell No Tales’ and gives it a release date

This is probably the most unexpected news to come out of Comic Con, and probably the least wanted.

Johnny Depp will reprise his roll as the swashbuckling Jack Sparrow in the fifth installment of the franchise, set to release on July 7, 2017.

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Not much else is known about the film other than it has the entire weekend to itself upon release (avoiding Marvel’s unannounced movie due out on July 27, 2017)

The movie is being directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki), and will once again be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

Disney, stop trying to make Pirates of the Caribbean happen. It’s not going to happen.

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