What would nerds and fangirls do without Comic Con? It’s the time you can break out that costume that is only supposed to be worn on Halloween and not look like a crazy person. Comic Con used to be for comic books only but over the years it’s become a platform for just about everything but that. And thank goodness! It’s the only place you can get up close and personal with your favorite stars without receiving a restraining order. With such panels ranging from Avengers 2 to Once Upon a Time, it’s the largest and most diverse place for genre shows to connect with their fans. Sometimes the panels are boring thanks to lame hosts and others have so much going on that if you blink, you miss something.
While this year had more than its fair share of good panels and bland ones, certain moments stood out.
#8. Grimm producers have freaky intuition
Usually when picking out filming locations, random creative people paid by their networks will search the globe for just the right spot. For the Grimm team, no place spelled out HOME quite like Portland, Oregon – right here in the good ole USA; the lush green forests, old world charm, and endless rain made it perfect for the unique fairytale crime show. Wanna know who else calls Portland home? The Grimms – as in actual descendants of the Brothers Grimm. They too have a thing for fairytale looking places (talk about a stereotype). Who knew huh? Certainly not the producers as during the open Q&A someone in the audience from Portland informed them of that fact and you could see that their mind had just been blown. That’s right. A show about a guy who is a Grimm descendant films in the same town that the actual descendants live in.
That is one hell of a koinkidink. Of course the panel could have been faking their reactions but since major networks don’t make a habit of digging too much into facts, we wouldn’t be surprised if this was a truly bizarre fluke.
#7. Orphan Black became the main attraction.
When you see a sign that says, “If you see seven different people wearing the same badge, they might all be Tatiana Maslany”, chances are your curiosity will be stirred. “What is this devilry?” you might ask. That would be the sorely underrated show about clones – all played by one actress, Tatiana Maslany. So far, the young woman has played 10 different ones and several of them are on screen at the same time. The stir isn’t about that though; it’s about the fact that Maslany is so talented that fans often forget that it’s the same actress playing them.
But it wasn’t just the show itself garnering attention. The cast worked their first Comic Con like down to earth pros. In their very first panel, a shaking audience member apologized for her nerves, at which point the trio of actors (Maslany, Gervais, Bruce) practically shouted at the audience that they were no better off than the crowd. In fact, Jordan Gervais, who plays Felix, rambled on because he was so overwhelmed and got quite embarrassed by it. Maslany at one point had a brief ADD moment when answering a question: she got distracted by a fan who was dressed as one of the clones and basically got so excited that she forgot what she was saying.
Once the trio got past their nerves and became more comfortable on stage, it was clear that they not only love their fans but also are genuinely overwhelmed by the response. They give well thought out answers to every question and Maslany is the very definition of charm. Oh, and Jordan Gervais is a Taylor Swift fanatic. He even sang some lyrics on stage and then promptly tried to hide behind his sweater.
#6. Tom Hiddleston totally cosplays his own character
This is why people go to Comic Con, why they spend hours waiting online for a slim chance at a badge, and sleep outside of the halls. If they only wanted interviews and bland answers to obvious questions, they would just stay home and youtube them. Fans scramble into the overcrowded event for the experience of being close to their favorite actors. Sometimes, they get a special treat. Tom Hiddleston hijacking the Avengers 2 panel in cosplay as Loki is definitely a treat that any fan would gladly pay for. Not only is it a surprise but it’s an actor that is speaking directly to his fans because he likes doing it. It’s not just Tom Hddleston talking; it’s him bringing a character into the real world that the audience only saw on screen. And he loved doing it! It was an interesting experience as his monologue mimicked that of the stuff he said in the Avengers and he often broke character, laughing at either stuff the audience said or even himself. His most badass moment was when the crowd was going crazy and he shushed them with a silent but classic finger to lip move.
And that’s why we adore him.
#5. Matt Smith trolled his fans
Doctor Who always has one of the biggest turnouts and with Matt Smith’s appearances, it isn’t hard to see why. Smith is outgoing, funny, dorky, and so in love with his fans that it is almost impossible to imagine him not being at Comic Con. He has a certain light that comes through when he speaks to fans of the show. So imagine what it was like when he found out how non-famous people are treated on the ground floor. As this is his last Comic Con (for now), Smith did something he had always wanted to do: walk around on the ground floor. In case it wasn’t painfully obvious in pictures, the ground floor of the event is where people line up and mingle; it’s a waiting room essentially. But unless you’re famous, no one gives two ribbons in a breeze what you say or do. How did Smith walk around unnoticed? He disguised himself of course. A Bart Simpson head piece was soon seen around the floor as Smith was his usual witty self. Except this time, no one paid much attention to him because his face was hidden. Never mind the fact that his voice was the same. He then tried an American accent (which was hilarious by the way) and honestly tried to hold conversations but no one would reciprocate! He kept his composure but you could see he was slightly disappointed, especially since those same people would be screaming his name in a few moments. In the Brave New Warrior panel, when the guys were asked about their characters’ fates, he cheekily answered, “It would be cool if I was in the TARDIS and I laid out and I put my arms out and loads of golden light poured out of my hands and my face. And then I turn into a woman.”
Such a tease!!!
#4. So did Benedict Cumberbatch
Oh, Cumberbatch. You’re one of the busiest and in demand actors right now. Yet you still make time to tease your fans with how Sherlock survived his fall. In the Sherlock panel, neither he nor Martin Freeman were present but sent videos instead. Martin’s was hilarious as he instructed the audience to flood the panel with absurd questions; Cumberbatch didn’t even know which panel this was for. He was kidding of course but said that since he was taking a much needed holiday, he would give the audience a present – the secret to Sherlock’s fall. The video then fast forwarded as we were shown puppets made out of monkeys, quips of him saying random things, and giving out a strange rendition of what happened. It was…interesting to say the least. It showed Cumberbatch’s sense of humor (dude is really hilarious) as well as Moffat’s, as he no doubt had to approve of this little shenanigan.
Leave it to Benedict to give us a video with stuffed monkeys to illustrate something.
#3. Jason Momoa is a creeper.
Unfortunately, Jason Momoa storming the stage for the Game of Thrones panel was the only interesting that occurred in that event. It seems that Momoa stalks the background looking for the perfect opportunity to remind fans that he exists despite the fact that his character has long been dead. Momoa himself hasn’t been on the panel for a few years. As a fan was congratulating Emilia Clarke on her Emmy nomination, Momoa came out of the shadows and stole a kiss from her. For some reason this struck fans as cute instead of creepy and there was a roar of applause. Maybe it’s just us but the fact that Momoa consistently makes himself appear around the popular Clarke comes off as a desperate attempt to stay in the limelight – like fans will forget about him or something if he isn’t hanging off her arm like some dopey eyed candy. It would be like if that girl you dated one time kept hanging around you like you were still a couple. Don’t be the creeper ex-girlfriend, Momoa.
Clarke doesn’t seem to have a problem with it and hey, if that’s what floats her boat who are we to judge? But that’s totally weird.
#2. Steven Moffat is the king of teasers.
Not only does Moffat head up one of the most popular shows at Comic Con, he runs an occasional series about that one detective who is super smart named Sherlock. With Matt Smith retiring his Doctoring days after the anniversary special, fans are anxious to find out who the new Doc is. Of course Moffat would rather get tortured by Ramsay Snow than let that information slip but that doesn’t stop him from telling Smith what’s coming in the next season. He also let it out that both Cumberbatch and Freeman had signed on for a fourth season of Sherlock. That means we have plenty of time to save up for Comic Con 2020 – about the same time George Martin will finally be done with his latest book. Moffat said nothing more than that and we’re not surprised. For every chunk of liar’s cake he gives fans, there’s a tiny crumb of truth in it . He has no compunction about flat out lying about plots, playing on words to confuse fans or anything of that nature which makes us both irritated and excited.
#1. If you play a serious character, it means you’re actually pretty funny in real life.
Maybe it’s a good thing Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t at Comic Con this year. We don’t think the girls at the Brave New Warriors panel could have taken the extra dose of eccentricity. David Guintoli (Grimm), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Steven Yeun (Walking Dead), Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones), and Matt Smith (Doctor Who) rounded up the panel and that was more than enough for screaming fans. The men all got along and played off each other like old friends. They swamped stories and told embarrassing personal moments as well as creepy fan encounters. Smith was the star as it is his last Comic Con and fans were practically begging him to stay on the show; Posey was definitely the breakout fan favorite as Guintoli playfully teased the young star about his “sexiness”.
By the way, can we just say how much we adore David Guintoli? Though the least known actor in the room, he quickly delighted the audience with his quick wit and entertaining anecdotes. Every time he opened his mouth, there was something hilarious coming out of it. Posey admitted that he reads fan fiction and is sometimes disturbed by the stories, Harrington let it slip how he wants Jon Snow to die (“Maybe on a Sunday afternoon, peacefully, 85 years old, just resting my head gently on the side of a big iron chair” LOLZ). Smith wished that the world would be more like Comic Con – which is easy for him to say because he’s up on stage instead of sitting next to a sweating, screaming 12 year old girl; and Yeun declared that filming in Georgia means that he gets bugs in places that he shouldn’t. The best part: Kit Harrington revealing that his first – and only – sex scene was “the most humiliating moment” of his life. Apparently, he had broken his ankle and had to hobble onto the set in nothing but a vanity pouch to cover up his goodies. That’s probably why Game of Thrones fans never got to see the deed. Still, it was a really funny story and Kit’s blush only made us laugh harder.
They did the typical Q&A where they all got a good amount of questions. Their answers were so outrageous and blunt that sometimes that it was hard to believe these guys play such serious characters. Whenever they couldn’t decide on an answer, they’d ask the audience the question. The girls went insane for the male leads and the whole place kept flashing like a room decorated with light clappers in a daycare. But that’s what happens when you get five insanely good looking guys in the same room who like to play around and flirt back with their fans. It was by far one of the most entertaining panels in a long time.