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The Best of San Diego Comic-Con 2014

The lines have all dispersed and the costumes have been neatly stored away for the next convention. San Diego Comic-Con 2014 has wrapped up, leaving show-goers with more merch and pop-culture news than anyone can handle. We could go on for weeks talking about James Spader, the original Christian Grey, calmly nailing Ultron at the Marvel panel, or about how we’re getting a seriously awesome-looking new Mad Max in 2015. Instead, we’ll just run down our five favorites from this year’s show. The choices were not easy.

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Arrow Season 3

DC has been getting schooled by Marvel on the big screen, especially now that Nolan’s Batman trilogy is done, but television is a different story. Arrow has somewhat quietly become the best superhero show on TV over two seasons, and that figures to continue. The third season trailer features all the personal drama Oliver Queen has to go through, and the even worse threats he has to face when he grabs his bow. This time, that means Ra’s al Ghul. It’ll be interesting to see how Ra’s, better known as a Batman villain, fits in here, but with the way his appearance has been built up, I doubt he’ll disappoint.

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Wonder Woman

We’ve been excited about the long-overdue return of Wonder Woman to the big screen for some time, but we haven’t had anything in the way of visuals to whet our appetite until now. At the Batman V Superman panel, a promotional shot of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman finally appeared, with a costume that retains the contours of the original, while opting for a more warrior-like look better fit for Diana of Themyscira’s origin and the darker tone Zach Snyder is taking with his DC movies. We just hope she doesn’t get relegated to the background in favor of the two title characters.

Game of Thrones Season 4 Bloopers

Not much outside of some probably incomplete casting information came out about season 5 of Game of Thrones, and you know there wasn’t anything said about The Winds of Winter. We did get some pretty funny outtakes from the season past, though, including Prince Oberyn almost getting lit on fire and Emilia Clarke going in hard with the English accent.

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All-New Captain America: Fear Him

News of Sam Wilson replacing a now-geriatric Steve Rogers as Captain America was already broken on the Colbert Report before SDCC got underway. But, at SDCC, we got our first look at how Wilson, formerly the Falcon, will be adjusting to his new role. Dennis Hopeless will be the writer for the six-part All-New Captain America: Fear Him mini-series, coming in October. He’ll be working with artist Szymon Kudranski to show what Wilson will be going through as he takes up an iconic mantle—all while having Rogers himself jawing at him through an earpiece. The new story will put both Wilson and Rogers in radically different roles than they’re used to, which should make for some great drama and allow Marvel to take both characters in new and unexpected directions. We’ll see what they have in store when the All-New Captain America series officially begins this fall.

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Geeks for CONsent

Anything that tries to make not just SDCC, but any convention a safer and more enjoyable place for anyone is fine by us. Geeks for CONsent was hard at work at SDCC, handing out fliers and comics advocating for more respectful treatment of all con-goers while lobbying for ‘more formal anti-harassment policies.’ As it always is with such campaigns, the message is pretty simple—don’t be creepy. They’re also running a website where people can talk about their experiences with sexual harassment and groping while cosplaying. It’s all in the service of making conventions places where people can dress up like their favorite characters without having to always be on guard. Geeks for CONsent should also get credit for recognizing that harassment goes both ways, keeping the door open for men to talk about their experiences without feeling ashamed, too.