Flicks fight for fanboy attention at Comic-Con

Hollywood is set to descend once again on San Diego for Comic-Con, an annual five-day event that’s become the de facto epicentre for sneak previews of upcoming movies and TV shows, whether they have anything to do with comic books or not.

Several upcoming comic book adaptations are fighting it out for fanboy attention, including next year’s Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds as the famous DC Comics hero. Metro will be in San Diego all week to report on the announcements, parties and general insanity that is Comic-Con.

Marvel Comics has the most movie adaptations presenting at the convention, with star-studded panels packed for Thor and Captain America, which are currently in production.

Fans also expect to hear updates on The Avengers, the planned film to unite those two characters with Iron Man, the Hulk and others.

Though Robert Downey Jr. is set to reprise his Iron Man role in the film, Marvel had a very public falling out earlier this month with Edward Norton, who will not return as the Hulk for the team-up film. Insiders predict Marvel will use Comic-Con as an opportunity to announce who will take on the part next.

At least one movie being presented at the convention has a direct link to the event: Shaun of the Dead star Simon Pegg will present details about Paul, a film about two geeks who meet an alien on their way to Comic-Con.

A notable absence will be anything related to the Twilight saga. Though fans of the series hit Comic-Con last year en masse, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner won’t be showing up this year. Breaking Dawn, the next installment, won’t be out until November 2011.

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