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Kapow! Comic-Con review

For years UK fans of all things comic book have been forced to get their fix watching grainy You Tube videos from the San Diego Comic-Con. But now we have our very own Comic-Con: Kapow! Championed by Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar, Kapow is the UK’s answer to San Diego, crammed full of comics, merchandise and panels offering exclusive sneak peeks at summer blockbusters, upcoming comic news and TV exclusives. Sound-Screen was there, and we can say, with feet aching and the sense of excitement finally fading, that Kapow is an institution that’s here to stay.

The exclusive 20 minutes of Thor footage was the highlight for many. Hosted by Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, and Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki, the footage revealed a tantalising cameo from Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, ahead of his role in The Avengers, and the obligatory Stan Lee appearance. Any Thor sceptics left the auditorium marking April 29th in their diary – the day Thor reaches UK cinemas.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Marvel's upcoming blockbuster

Other film news came from Duncan Jones talking Source Code, Danny McBride discussing Your Highness and The Woman in Black director James Watkins debuting a suitably spooky teaser trailer for the film. The much-speculated Movie X was revealed to be James Gunn’s Super (to the disappointment of many people who were hoping for Thor in full), but the film, about a superpower-less wannabe superhero, proved to be wickedly, darkly enjoyable.

Kapow!'s main hall.

The Misfits panel stole the show for the TV buffs in the crowd, with the shock news that Robert Sheehan, Nathan in the BAFTA-winning E4 show, has already departed for pastures new and will be written out in an online short ahead of series three’s arrival in Autumn. There was a groan of disappointment from the gallery hall, but a funny and engaging panel interview with Iwan Rheon (Simon), Lauren Socha (Kelly) and producer Petra Fried put fans’ minds at rest. As Petra reminded everyone, Robert Sheehan will be sorely missed, but Nathan was created by Howard Overman, and everyone has faith that he will strike gold again with new character Rudy.

Elsewhere, Being Human creator Toby Whithouse confirmed that Aiden Turner’s Mitchell is definitely dead and gone, and Sherlock and Doctor Who writer/actor Mark Gatiss revealed the next three Sherlock tales. They will be modern takes on The Final Problem (to be written by Stephen Thompson), A Scandal in Bohemia (Steven Moffat) and The Hound of the Baskervilles (Gatiss himself). He also revealed that his upcoming episode of Doctor Who will be called ‘What Little Boys Are Made Of’ and will be a present-day tale about a boy whose fears come true when the Doctor appears in his life. However, the premiere of Steven Spielberg’s new series Falling Skies failed to set Kapow alight.

Many, though, weren’t there for the panels: they were there to walk the floors, visit the dozens of stalls, queue to get their limited editions signed by the many writers and artists in attendance (including comic book royalty in the shape of Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons), engage in a little fancy dress (Sound-Screen spotted everything from Judge Dredd to Super Ted, via a handful of Jokers and Black Cats) and get chatting to the thousands of friendly, welcoming people there.

Cosplayer-ers extraordinaire!

Kapow! will be back again next year, no doubt bigger and better, with Mark Millar revealing that some films are already lined up to appear. If this weekend was anything to go by, it will be a sell-out again, and will fast become the UK Con for upcoming films, TV and comics to appear at.

By Abigail Chandler

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