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We’ve survived May Bank Holiday weekend and MCM London Comic Con weekend has become as synonymous with the end of the spring as grey skies and howling winds.
Once again the MCM team took over a humungous space at the ExCel centre in London for 3 fun-filled days of entertainment including exclusive screenings, panels and a chance to meet the stars.
A particularly strong line-up saw the likes of Oscar nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg – yes Lex Luthor himself – appear alongside his The Spoils co-star, The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar. The pair were on hand to chat about the play which is currently running at The Trafalgar Studios in London but inevitably talk did turn to the upcoming Justice League movie – currently shooting in the UK – and whether Eisenberg would be reprising his role as the villainous Luther: “I’m kind of in wait. They just started filming Justice League, so I’m kind of like waiting for my crack at it,” the actor said. “I don’t know what I’m allowed to say, because I feel like there’s probably some drone following me from DC, and if I say anything wrong I get, you know, picked off. But yeah I think so, and I love it, and I love everybody who’s in it. You know, it’s a really talented group of people.”
Actor Dominic Cooper was on hand to promote his role in the long awaited adaptation of Preacher, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic series about tough guy turned preacher Jesse Custer (Cooper). With the first episode already delighting fans on Amazon Prime Video the rest of the series is set to continue next week. Of course Preacher is not the first time that Cooper has tackled a comic character, portraying the father of Iron Man, the suave Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger and most recently on the small screen in Agent Carter. With the show mercilessly cancelled, Cooper told the audience at the Preacher panel: “There may be more story to tell and what’s wonderful about streaming sites is that while it may have been the end of the road, now there’s hope that it might not be.” The British star added that he’d spoken to lead Hayley Atwell and co-star James D’Arcy since the announcement that the show had been cancelled: “I know James and Haley, the fact that people have gotten behind it and want to see it return means a huge amount to them.”
Along with all the great panels and guests the event was of course packed with enthusiastic cosplayers, from Manga and anime fans to comic book favourites, the place was teeming with colourful costumes and props. Gamers too were out in force as well as some really excellent film and TV exhibitors. FOX TV were on hand to spook the public with an ingenious levitation photo op to tie in with the upcoming possession series Outcast while attendees were encouraged to bob for ‘zombie fingers’ at AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead stand. Warner Bros. Pictures UK were out to frighten unsuspecting folk with a virtual (and virtually terrifying) look around the famous haunted Enfield house of the Hodgson family to promote the upcoming The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case.
All in all, there was something for everyone at the event which has grown at an alarming rate since its humble beginnings, seeing a whopping 133,156 attendees across three days.
Visit MCM Comic Com’s website to relive the weekend and for information on the next show.