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As has been the case every year of my life, I did not attend Comic-Con this year. Alas, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it from afar. Here is some of the things I’m excited about, for now… as always, in no particular order.

1. The first image of Daniel Craig in Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens

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2. A new trailer for Tron Legacy

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3. Mark Ruffalo is the new Hulk!

It’s still far away, and we get Captain America and Thor in 2011, but news and rumors have still been trickling out steadily for months for The Avengers. First, in┬áterms of strictly Avengers casting news, it was Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, but then the rumors started to surface of Whedon directing, and now Ruffalo as the Hulk… Mark fucking Ruffalo! Who doesn’t love that guy? (If you say “me,” I will reach through this computer and bitch-slap you.)

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4. More and more people are seeing Scott Pilgrim vs. The World… and more and more people are going ape-shit!

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5. Another new trailer for Let Me In

It doesn’t suck. I still have mixed feelings, but, you know, the trailer really doesn’t suck! Plus, the great cast is going a long way in winning me over.

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6. Trailer for The Goon

I know, lately everything is zombies and vampires. This isn’t anything new, it’s just more mainstream right now… especially concerning zombies. Sometimes, things are just too awesome to be kept for the fanboys and fangirls… especially concerning zombies.

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7. The new poster/first full cast shot for AMC’s The Walking Dead

I’ll be writing about the Robert Kirkman graphic novel at length soon, if you haven’t read it, trust me, it’s awesome.

The cast looks great, and as Frank Darabont guides this baby to (un)life in October, I am as excited for this as I’ve ever been for the premier of any television show.

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We all already knew that Joss Whedon was directing The Avengers, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when he confirmed the fact at SDCC. However, that doesn’t mean Whedon didn’t get me even more excited than I was previously.

The Avengers is scary. It’s a big, audacious movie that could wind up being a big, audacious crapfest. We already saw how Marvel Studios is still learning how to handle their interwoven movie universe when Iron Man 2 came out and paled in comparison to the first film, in large part because Favs was forced to jam two movies into one movie, while also gearing everything up for future continuity. Much of the interaction and character development felt forced and rushed. That is worrisome.

Yet, Joss Whedon is a man who invokes strong feelings of calm and hope for nerds everywhere. Especially when he says stuff like this, speaking of why he is excited to do The Avengers movie, “These people should not be in the same room, much less the same team. The very definition of family.” That’s right folks, Joss Whedon understands The Avengers as a ragtag group of people who shouldn’t get along or like each other, but have to bond and work together… in other words, it falls right into Whedon’s wheelhouse.

**sigh** Sometimes the universe doesn’t seem to hate me after all.

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