Comic-Con International 2018 - Warner Bros. Theatrical Panel

The Best Moments of Comic-Con 2018

From Aquaman's ascendance to Johnny Depp's cosplay, it was an epic weekend in San Diego

The 2018 edition of San Diego's Comic-Con International is officially in the (comic) books. And despite the absence of "Star Wars" and Marvel this year, there were plenty of big moments, thrilling trailer reveals, and surprise appearances. Here, a look back on all the news you need to know. Above: Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, and Chris Pine memorialize their "Wonder Woman" panel.

WICKED SURPRISE Kevin Winter/Getty Images WICKED SURPRISE Johnny Depp surprised the audience at the "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" panel, by showing up in character as the sequel's title villain. He proceeded to wield his wand and give a perfectly evil monologue. "The moment has come to rise up and take our rightful place in the world," he said, as the Muggle-hating wizard who faces off against Jude Law's young Albus Dumbledore. WATER WORLD Kevin Winter/Getty Images WATER WORLD The "Aquaman" team had lots of goodies for fans, including the first trailer, bonus footage, and an appearance by the main cast. "I wanted to create a superhero film that we’ve never quite seen before," said director James Wan. "So my movie plays more like a science-fiction fantasy film than a traditional superhero movie." (Above: Momoa, who plays the half-human, half Atlantean superhero; Heard, who plays warrior Mera; Nicole Kidman, who plays Queen Atlanna; Patrick Wilson, who plays King Orm; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who plays Black Manta; and director Wan.)

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WONDER PANEL Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images WONDER PANEL Gadot speaks onstage at the "Wonder Woman 1984" panel, where they showed off new footage to the crowd, even though the much-anticipated sequel only recently started filming. Director Jenkins wouldn't reveal exactly how Chris Pine would be back as Steve Trevor, considering Trevor memorably died at the end of the first movie. But Jenkins did talk about the sequel's setting in the 1980s: "It was grand and wonderful, there was great music and there were elegant and beautiful things," she said. "But other things about the decade revealed the worst of us. To have Wonder Woman in that period of time that was us at our most extreme, is wonderful." BABY BAD Kevin Winter/Getty Images BABY BAD Aaron Paul brought his hazmat-suited daughter Story on stage for the "Breaking Bad" 10th anniversary panel with Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, and the rest of the cast. THE WHOLE GANG Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images THE WHOLE GANG Cranston reminisced about the show during the panel and recalled the moment he realized they had a hit on their hands. Around the second or third season, ardent fans started swiping directional signs from the New Mexico set. “I was thinking, ‘Not only am I getting lost, but something’s happening,'” Cranston said. (Above, top row: Patrick Fabian, Giancarlo Esposito, RJ Mitte, Michael Mando, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul, Vince Gilligan, and Peter Gould; bottom row: Rhea Seehorn, Bob Odenkirk, Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, and Betsy Brandt) LEGO RETURN Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images LEGO RETURN Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks onstage at the panel for "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part." "You’re in the hall of fame when you’ve been memorialized in a Lego movie," said Pratt. HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION Jamie Lee Curtis (here with moderator Yvette Nicole Brown) will star in a sequel to her 1978 horror classic "Halloween." The new version is a direct follow-up to the original and will ignore many of the reboots and sequels over the years. Curtis returns as a grown-up, traumatized Laurie Strode facing evil again. “Laurie Strode is the greatest part I’ll ever get to play," she said. "Now 40 years later we’re at Comic-Con announcing a new movie in 2018, it is mind-blowing." EMOTIONAL MOMENT Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images EMOTIONAL MOMENT During the Q&A portion, an audience member named Jeffrey Scott got up and told Curtis a stunning story of surviving a scary break-in, in part, by channeling her "Halloween" character. "What would Jamie Lee Curtis do?" he remembers thinking before he fled the house. Visibly moved, Curtis came into the audience to hug him. THE DOCTOR IS IN Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BBC America THE DOCTOR IS IN The new, groundbreaking Doctor Jodie Whittaker appeared at the "Doctor Who" panel. The 13th Time Lord in the long-running British series, she's also the very first woman to take on the role. "DEAD" FAREWELL Kevin Winter/Getty Images "DEAD" FAREWELL At the "Walking Dead" panel, there was much talk about the departure of star Andrew Lincoln, who would be leaving the series after the upcoming ninth season. "I promise not to cry," he told the audience. "I love this show. It means everything to me. I love the people who make this show. I’m particularly fond of the people who watch this show." (Above: Lincoln with costar Danai Gurira.) A NEW KIND OF SUPERHERO Mike Coppola/Getty Images A NEW KIND OF SUPERHERO Trans activist Nicole Maines made history at the "Supergirl" panel when it was announced she'd be joining the series as Dreamer, the first transgender superhero. "It feels fitting to say with great power, comes great responsibility," she told Variety. "I’m nervous because I want to do it right." EZRA'S COSPLAY Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images EZRA'S COSPLAY "Justice League" and "Fantastic Beasts" star Ezra Miller is known for his dedication to authentic Comic-Con cosplay, and this year was no different. For the "Fantastic Beasts" panel, he sat tall and stole the show as a sexy version of the Mario world character Toadette.

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