San Diego Comic-Con 2014 highlights

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Thousands of fans flocked to San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

Comic-Con 2014 has come to an end, after taking San Diego by storm in a flurry of comic books, movies, television shows, and video games. DC Comics and Marvel Comics both went head-to-head in their classic rivalry, bringing out the big guns like The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman v Superman, Lucasfilm unveiled Star Wars goodies, fantasy fans gushed over The Hobbit, and hundreds flocked to watch geek celebrities from popular sci-fi shows.

The big gorillas at Comic-Con this year were definitely DC vs. Marvel, or should I say Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? The hotly anticipated followup to Man of Steel has been making waves all year, and Comic-Con unveiled a juicy teaser of Ben Affleck’s old and grizzled Batman staring down Henry Cavill’s Superman, while Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman costume was shown off in a glorious poster!

Meanwhile, as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters this week, riding on waves of positive reviews, they announced that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be hitting theaters in summer of 2017! Plus, fans drooled over tidbits from the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, with the Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., drawing the most applause at the show.

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Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman costume has been revealed.

Hobbits, elves, and orcs rattled their blades (no, really, people go dressed up to Comic-Con all the time), when The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies showed off its epic Smaug dragon action. The third movie in the trilogy is definitely shaping up to be the most epic. Comedian Stephen Colbert moderated The Hobbit panel, dressed in a goofy fantasy outfit.

While the comic book giants made sure to put the “Comic” in “Comic-Con”, countless other fantasy and sci-fi giants threw down stunning interactive displays of geektastic fun. The popular video game series Assassin’s Creed, which is releasing its French Revolution themed “Unity” in October, built a real-life obstacle course that allowed fans to show off their master assassin skills by dodging traps, leaping over rooftops, and actually jumping from a miniature cathedral to the safety of a landing pad down below.

The convention center was also taken over by a 10-foot-tall Transformer, a Lego Spider-Man, and a life-sized Hot Wheels car that drew inspiration from the legendary Star Wars baddie Darth Vader. Speaking of the Force, Jedi nuts got to see Star Wars Rebels clips from the upcoming computer-animated series. Shows like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and The Big Bang Theory also weighed in.

Featured image and image of convention center  courtesy of San Diego Convention Center. Image of Wonder Woman courtesy of DC Comics.