We were a bit concerned that San Diego Comic-Con might be a little boring with Marvel and HBO skipping this year, but it turned out that 2018's edition of the most prominent gathering of nerds in the world was just as wild as always. So without further ado, here are our winners and losers from this year's Comic-Con.
Winner: 20th Century Fox -- "The Predator" opened Comic-Con with a bang on Thursday, and Fox ably stepped into the normal Marvel Studios slot on Saturday night with a really fun and funny "Deadpool 2" panel.
Winner: "Demolition Man" -- Being a cult classic approaching its 25th anniversary, there was not really any reason to expect the Wesley Snips/Sylvester Stallone flick to steal the show during Comic-Con. And yet it managed to do just that with a pop-up recreation of the film's five star Taco Bell restaurant that was the talk of the show Thursday evening.
Winner/Loser: "Star Wars" -- Lucasfilm managed to bring something to Comic-Con that people actually cared about (the "Clone Wars" revival) for the first time in years. But also the presence of fans rocking "Star Wars" gear was pretty low for a Comic-Con taking place just two months after a new "Star Wars" film.
Winner: "Mayans MC" -- The sequel-spinoff to "Sons of Anarchy" has big shoes to fill, but the first 13-minutes screened during the "Mayans MC" Hall H panel Sunday busted through them. (Read about it here.) Not bad, especially since "Mayans" inherited "Sons'" old Hall H slot.
Loser: "The Walking Dead" -- Not AMC's fault by any means, but the Hall H panels for "The Walking Dead" and "Fear the Walking Dead" took place just after James Gunn was fired from "Guardians of the Galaxy" on Friday. That whole thing completely drowned out anything and everything in its path, so these business-as-usual panels weren't enough to make an impact.
Loser: Donald Trump -- Last year's edition of Comic-Con managed to be almost entirely apolitical, but that wasn't the case this time. Some attendees in anti-Trump cosplay drew tons of attention around the con, and we got some big moments during panels of stars expressing anti-Trump sentiments, like when Zoe Kravitz said during the "Fantastic Beasts" panel that if she had magic in real life she'd use it to impeach Trump. Politics didn't dominate the week, but folks were less shy about it this year.