The San Diego convention wrapped up this weekend. We take a look at some of the buzziest TV and movie trailers that played there including "Justice League," "Westworld" and "Star Trek: Discovery."

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Comic-Con in San Diego came to an end this weekend and, per usual, the major studios dropped a lot of previously unseen footage. Here’s a round-up of some of the buzziest movie and TV trailers:

‘Thor: Ragnarok’

With “Thor: Ragnarok,” Marvel appears to be hitting the reset button on the eponymous Norse god. Earlier entries in the franchise were self-serious (the first was directed by the auteur of posh, Kenneth Branagh) and stifled star Chris Hemsworth’s charisma with pseudo-Shakespearean dialogue. “Ragnarok,” on the other hand, feels more like a “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie than a “Thor” movie, boasting bright colors, an unlikely band of heroes (including Tom Hiddleston’s Loki), and a retro vibe (if you’re looking for that song, it’s Magic Sword’s “In the Face of Evil”). It’s refreshing. “Ragnarok” has character, Thor has a sense of humor, and The Hulk has lines!

“Ragnarok” also looks like the first “Avengers” movie to stop downplaying the whole “legend” thing. There are some astonishing near-biblical tableauxs in this trailer that really emphasize what makes Thor unique. He’s more than a man in a cape, he’s a God.

Grade: A

‘Ready Player One’

Many questioned how Steven Spielberg would get the rights to the mountain of creative properties featured in Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name. And yet everyone is present and accounted for. I clocked Freddy Krueger, The Iron Giant, Christine (Stephen King’s possessed car) and Marty McFly’s DeLorean. It’s like an adult “Wreck-It Ralph” without the thin veneer of homage.

The trailer, though, isn’t exactly the greatest. The voiceover is kind of lame, and for those who haven’t read the book, it’s rather confusing. It’s also a visual effects orgy, a major red flag nine out of 10 times. In the hands of another director, I’d be concerned. But if I trust anyone to tell a great story amid the noise, it’s box office whisperer — and subject of every one of my childhood biography projects — Steven Spielberg.

Grade: B+


‘Stranger Things’: Season 2

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (and Vincent Price’s voiceover) serves as the perfect soundtrack to this near-perfect trailer. We open on the “Stranger Things” kids playing Dragon’s Lair (so much yes) and then move back into the supernatural world of the upside down. Will is having visions, Nancy continues to be a teenager (although at night I’m sure she whispers Barb’s name to the stars) and Eleven is alive and kicking.  I guess I just wish there were more Winona Ryder.

Grade: A-


‘Westworld’: Season 2

In the Season 2 trailer of “Westworld,” the iconic piano in Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan’s HBO series is stained with blood, a violence-ridden snapshot of what’s to come. There’s not a ton to see here – just people shooting more people. Regardless, it’s shocking that HBO chose to debut new footage despite a 2018 release date. Some points ought to be rewarded for fan-service. Additional points for revealing that Luke Hemsworth’s Stubbs is alive and that Westworld suit Lee Sizemore and Thandie Newton’s Maeve are friends?

Grade: B


‘Game of Thrones’: Weeks Ahead

“Game of Thrones” remains tight-lipped, and this preview lacks anything big or bold. Still, for “Thrones” junkies, I imagine it’s fun to see everyone coming together.

Grade: C+


‘Justice League’

Everyone has something to say about DC’s extended universe. It’s too dark, too action-packed, too confusing. DC has reportedly heard those criticisms and seems to be pushing its properties in the opposite direction (or at least keeps saying its movies are “lighter”). This “Justice League” trailer, however, is pretty standard. There’s another apocalyptic, seemingly unstoppable villain and a metric ton of action. Also: Aquaman seems to have inherited every DC superhero’s knack for jumping enormous distances and colliding with bad guys mid-air.

Grade: D


‘Star Trek: Discovery’

“Star Trek: Discovery” remains something of a wild card. The inimitable Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies”) is no longer the Wizard pulling the strings because of prior commitments. Alex Kurtzman – whose “The Mummy” just bombed hard – is now captain of CBS All Access’ latest enterprise. This switcheroo concerns me for obvious reasons (see: “The Mummy), and the trailer kind of hits the same beats over and over – Fire! Destruction! Bad guys! – a bit like it’s big screen brethren. Of course, “Star Trek: Discovery” still boasts an incredibly diverse cast (maybe this time the much-trumpeted gay crewmate will get more than just a side-hug from some dude holding a toddler) and a “Peak TV” aesthetic that has me intrigued.

Grade: B+