For those of us who aren't able to make it to San Diego Comic Con 2013 this week, there is still plenty to look forward to as swathes of movie news, trailers, posters and other promotional material are set to debut at the event. The Screen Rant team will be on hand to bring the latest announcements and reports from the convention (that is, if they can avoid being attacked by zombies this year), and already there are new images from some of the most anticipated movies emerging in previews.
Since the various studios will be decking the halls with posters for the many great-looking movies they have lined up, there is a certain amount of competition as each publicity team tries to produce the most eye-catching and original artwork. With that in mind, here are some brand new posters for four major upcoming movie titles, created especially for use at Comic Con.
Four of the films on this list are based on comic books or graphic novels, making this poster for Godzilla, courtesy of IGN, the odd one out of the selection. The movie is Legendary Pictures' next big kaiju flick, following on from the recently-released Pacific Rim, and stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in leading roles. The real star of the movie, however, is shown here constructed from the rubble of a destroyed building. This is probably the most creative out of all the new posters, and teases the movie's monster nicely without giving us a real look at it.
Next up, Tom Cruise's latest sci-fi flick, Edge of Tomorrow (formerly All You Need is Kill) has gotten a Comic-Con 2013 poster, courtesy of Warner Bros - no doubt in part to help fanboys and girls become aware of the title switch.
In the movie - based on the manga by writer Hiroshi Sakurazaka and artist Yoshitoshi ABe - Cruise plays Lt. Col. Bill Cage, a soldier in a futuristic war against aliens, who dies in battle - only to find himself stuck in a Groundhog Day-style loop, reliving his last fight. In order to break the chain, Cage tries to improve his fighting skill, so that he can defeat his lethal enemy.
From MTV comes a stylish black and white poster for I, Frankenstein, Stuart Beattie's new movie based on Kevin Grevioux's comic book series, which in turn is loosely based on the original novel by Mary Shelley. The images of Aaron Eckhart in the eponymous role so far indicate that they have dropped the truly monstrous appearance of the creature in favor of monster-chic: the current fashion wherein horror movie monsters are redressed as attractive, brooding Heathcliff types. In keeping with this, Eckhart seems to be sporting designer scarring - just enough to indicate a tortured past, but not enough to interrupt that handsome jawline.
There are also two additional character posters released over at /Film and CBM and representing good and evil, respectively. It's lucky that the captions are there, because without guidance it might be a little difficult to tell the difference between the good character and the evil character. For reference, one represents the Gargoyle Order and the other is the face of the Demons of Niberius.
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One of the biggest movies still to come this year is Thor: The Dark World, the second standalone movie with Chris Hemsworth in the role and also the second Marvel Studios movie of the year. If you're attending Comic Con this year then keep a look out for this new poster from Marvel on Preview Night, when you will be able to acquire one of your very own. It's a nicely composed piece of artwork with all the principal characters - both new and recurring - featured amidst the lightning storm. Whatever you do, though, don't allow your brain to notice the similarities between Thor and Mary Poppins; once you've got that in your head it's hard to look at the poster any other way.
UPDATE: In other comic-book movie news, Sony (via Facebook) has released an official banner for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It seems - at least if this banner is the final say - that we will not be seeing a "Dark Knight" or "Man of Steel" type subtitle for the second film in director Marc Webb's reboot series; ASM2 seems to be the short, simple, franchise-promoting direction they are going in.
The second film sees Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) settled into his alter-ego as Spider-Man, and still pursuing his lady love Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). New threats arise in the form of Electro (Jamie Foxx), The Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and the bigger (but more clandestine) threat of industrialist Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) and his son (Peter's childhood friend) Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan). There are also many potential plot twists and potential surprise villains in store for fans.
Finally, TotalFilm has released two new posters for 300: Rise of an Empire. The first features a fierce-looking Lena Headey returning to the role of Queen Gorgo and vowing vengeance for the death of ... well, let's not spoil the first movie for those who haven't seen it. The second is of a soldier in Xerxes' army called the Protosamurai, and it's a fairly safe bet that there are more character posters like this to come. 300: Rise of an Empire is director Noam Murro's second feature film, and his first in this particular genre, so hopefully Warner Bros. will bring some new footage - possible in the form of another trailer - to the table this week.
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Keep a close eye on Screen Rant over the next week as we bring you plenty of news from the front lines of San Diego Comic Con 2013 - you can get an idea of what to expect and when by taking at the at the schedule and line-up for the event. Let us know which of these new posters is your personal favorite in the comments.
Godzilla is out in theaters on May 16, 2014, I, Frankenstein on January 24, 2014, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013 and 300: Rise of an Empire on March 7, 2014. Edge of Tomorrow will be in theaters on June 6, 2014.
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