Even if you've never set foot in the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con, you likely know that there are always a healthy number of surprises that aren't listed on the already-massive schedule. Last year, Warner Bros. dropped perhaps one of the biggest bombs in Con history, by simply unveiling a logo, the merging of Batman and Superman's iconic symbols that let everyone know the forthcoming Man of Steel sequel was, in fact, something much, much greater: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Marvel did the same thing last year as well, with Joss Whedon announcing that the Marvel's The Avengers sequel will be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron, thus revealing the main villain in the same breath.
Way back in 2008, my first year attending SDCC, I was covering what I thought to be a rather innocuous Disney panel. Keep in mind, this is years before Disney had Marvel and LucasFilm in their stable. Out of nowhere, the lights went out and a bizarre video started playing on the screen, and just as we realized who Jeff Bridges was really playing... Tron: Legacy was announced. No one saw that coming, at all, and when that logo was flashed on the screen (at the time, they were going with Tr2n), it created the kind of euphoric bedlam that both studios and fans alike crave, and is one of the reasons San Diego Comic-Con gets bigger and bigger every year.
With SDCC 2014 just a few weeks away, we were pondering what dirty little tricks the studios have up their sleeves, which secret will cause the 7,000 nerds in Hall H to lose their shit. Of course, the official schedule hasn't even been released yet, but that hardly matters, since the best moments at the Con won't be found in that handy little guidebook they give you with your badge every year. With that in mind, we thought we'd dig deep through the highly-anticipated movies and TV shows coming out in the next year (or two) to see if we can determine what the big surprises of SDCC 2014 will be.
1 Footage or Images of Original Cast Members in Costume for Star Wars 7
If we finally saw Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher in their new costumes for Star Wars: Episode VII, it would be an event talked about for ages among this crowd. And imagine if they showed up in person? Harrison Ford is currently recovering from his on-set injury, and its not even clear how much footage he has in the can. So odds of seeing him in some for, be it in a photo or on stage, in San Diego are slim to none. (But never tell us the odds!) Still, this trio of icons are so revered to this crowd! They could have retired after the original trilogy and still be held in high esteem, because their characters have meant so much to so many people, and let's not forget...Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope ws first introduced at Comic-Con, so what better way than to bring it all the way back home?
Of course, it also wouldn't hurt if Disney gave us any sort of clarification on who this new crop of cast members (John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Max von Sydow, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis) are actually playing, or anything at all related to Star Wars: Episode VII. Even a video from the set with director J.J. Abrams and the cast would surely be a welcomed gesture from this production that has been shrouded in secrecy since Day One.
Since we're feeling so generous, we decided to include two bonus surprises, one of which would put this year's Comic-Con light years above the rest.
10 That One Project/Announcement No One Sees Coming
Sure, this doesn't happen every year, but after the overwhelming reaction to Batman v Superman last year and Tron: Legacy in 2008, I don't see why a massive reveal like those shouldn't happen annually. Now, I'm not talking about actors who weren't on the official schedule "surprisingly" popping up, because that happens practically every day at SDCC. Do you think a project will be announced this year that will totally catch you surprise? Here are a few possible suggestions to throw out into the ether, just for shits and giggles. How about Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law abruptly showing up to announce Sherlock Holmes 3? Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass reveal their return to the Jason Bourne franchise? The possibilities are endless!
Naturally, it's possible that some of these potential surprises will be listed in the official schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2014 when it is announced, but even if they are, always remember that you never know who will pop up on stage at any time, during any panel, big or small. It's also possible that I'm completely wrong and none of this will happen at all. Think you can do better? Do you have any own to add? Let us know what your own ideas for potential Comic-Con 2014 surprises may be.