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‘House of the Dragon,’ ‘Lord of the Rings’ take center stage at Comic-Con

By Javier Romualdo

San Diego, US, Jul 21 (EFE).- The “Game of Thrones” prequel, “The Lord of the Rings” TV series and the latest offerings from Marvel are the big draws at Comic-Con, the entertainment industry’s biggest annual event that returns in-person this week after a two-year gap.

More than 130,000 people throng every year to the event, being held in San Diego in southern California, to see their favorite stars and the trailers of upcoming TV shows and movies

Chris Pine, Hugh Grant, Regé-Jean Page and Michelle Rodriguez were the first stars to make an appearance at the 2022 Comic-Con on Thursday to present the long-awaited big-screen adaptation of the classic role-playing game “Dungeons & Dragons,” which is scheduled to hit theaters in March 2023.

“Seeing your faces reminds us why we do this; thank you for being here,” director Jonathan Goldstein said at the beginning of the event after showing some footage from the movie.

“We did try to come with Sense and Sensibility but were turned away,” joked Hugh Grant, who made his first appearance at the event.

In exchange for tickets ranging from $50 to more than $200, and queues of over two hours, fans will see their favorite movie and television stars and have the opportunity to ask them a question during the various panels.

That is what Sarah, a “Game of Thrones” fan who traveled from San Francisco to be among the first to find out more about its prequel series, “House of the Dragon,” which will be officially launched on Saturday, hopes to do.

Although movies are a major part of the entertainment industry, this year it is the TV series that are drawing most of the attention at Comic-Con.

Expectations are high for “House of the Dragon,” given that it is the prequel to one of the most successful shows of all time, with a record 59 Emmy Awards.

It will premiere on Aug. 21, a week before another highly anticipated series, Amazon’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” debuts on Sep. 2.

The TV show, the most expensive ever produced with a reported budget of $465 million for the first season alone, will take center stage on Friday.

Other Comic-Con panels include Apple TV+’s “Severance,” Paramount’s “Star Trek” and Disney’s “National Treasure.”

Also highly anticipated are the upcoming offerings from Marvel, which for the first time will divide its presentation over two days, one focused on animated projects and the other on the future of its series and movies.

Steven, a participant dressed as Spider-Man, rattled off the trailers he hoped to catch at the event: that of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the “She Hulk” Disney+ show as well the future of “Fantastic Four.” EFE


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