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San Diego Comic-Con 2016: the complete list of movie and television trailers

Alex Abad-Santos is a senior correspondent who explains what society obsesses over, from Marvel and movies to fitness and skin care. He came to Vox in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the Atlantic.

The titanic pop culture event that is San Diego Comic-Con has finished.

This year, the event featured a wondrous woman, a new team, a new Marvel captain, a few fantastic beasts, some strange things, and, well … you get the point. A ton of stuff happened, and it’s easy to get lost in the entertainment whirlpool.

But not to fear. We’ve got you covered — for the trailers at least. Here’s a roundup of all of the movie and TV trailers that debuted over the weekend.


Blair Witch

The grandmother of found-footage horror films gets a nifty reboot. Sticks are still very scary.

Doctor Strange

Marvel’s first Doctor Strange trailer looked a bit like magic meets Inception. This one does too.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Harry Potter magic comes to America. Colin Farrell sports the best undercut of the year so far.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

King Arthur gets the Guy Ritchie treatment. You might need subtitles for the thick British accents and there'll be costume department you’ll want to raid.

Kong: Skull Island

Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson do their best to make King Kong cool. It works, until you get to the part of the trailer that touts "from the producers of Godzilla" like a badge of honor.

The Lego Batman Movie

Is this the Batman we deserve?

Justice League

Warner Bros. seems to be getting the message that people are tired of grim and dark superheroes. Justice League focuses on a lot more fun, and it … seems like it works.


Here’s one more chance to absorb Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s accent in this movie and still be completely baffled by it.

Suicide Squad

This might be the movie that gets Warner Brothers’ superhero efforts back on track. Viola Davis’s Amanda Waller is enough to make me believe it.

Wonder Woman



American Gods

Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s classic novel of the same name is in its early stages, but this might be the most exciting tease from this year’s convention.

Arrow: Season five

Oliver Queen is putting together a whole new team, and he promises a season of shirtlessness (if not the team’s, then his own).

The Defenders

It’s a testament to Marvel’s marketing machine that they managed to make what amounts to a spiffy reveal of a logo exciting.

The Exorcist

There are a lot of barely lit shots of people looking scared in this trailer.

The Flash: Season three

Flashpoint is coming. Flashpoint? Flashpoint!

Fear the Walking Dead

The zombies and this show are going to Mexico. Also, I’m still in love with Kim Dickens’s accent.


It’s impossible to tell if the introduction of supervillain Mr. Freeze is exciting or terrible or exciting in a terrible way.

Iron Fist

The only difference between the similar tales of Iron Fist and Doctor Strange — essentially two white men who are taught magic by mystical Asian people — is that it appears Iron Fist actually hired more than one Asian actor.

Legends of Tomorrow

"Nazis. I hate Nazis," is a line said in this trailer and surprisingly not the one for The Man in the High Castle.


In the X-Men comic books, Legion is a complicated, challenging character with a weird backstory featuring multiple personalities and huge amounts of power. The funny part? Knowing all of that only helps make sense of this trailer a tiny bit.

Luke Cage

Luke Cage, right off the bat, looks like a lot more fun than Daredevil or Jessica Jones. We’ll see if the series lives up to that promise in September.

The Man in the High Castle

A story imagining what it would be like if Nazis took over the world would actually be a lot more shocking if neo-Nazis weren’t a pertinent subplot in this year’s election.

The Originals: Season four

If this trailer says anything about the new season, it’s that there will be a lot of kissing and a lot of staking.

Sherlock: Season four

If I watched this trailer and knew nothing about the show, I would believe that Sherlock has to be the best series on television.

Star Trek: Discovery

A better title for this janky-looking introduction might be Star Trek: DIY.

The Walking Dead: Season seven

Negan is going to kill someone. Negan is going to kill someone. Negan is going to kill someone. Negan is going to kill someone. Negan is going to kill someone. Negan is going to kill some

Vikings: Season four, part two

This trailer feels like a Game of Thrones spinoff that focuses on the Greyjoys (but with much better hair). Everyone seems upset and cold.

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