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For yet another consecutive year, New York Comic Con has set an attendance records with 180,000 tickets sold for the four day event taking place at the Javits Center. That number is up, compared to 167,000 tickets sold in 2015. NYCC is expanding well past the show at the Javits, and is increasingly becoming a bigger part of the cultural scene with NYCC presents. Known previously called super week, the occasion encompasses a series of events taking place around the city during the week leading up to the first day of the show. The events taking place off-site have been held at numerous near-by venues, including the theater at Madison Square Garden, Hudson Mercantile, and the Hammerstein Ballroom. All three locations hold a combined 11,000 people.
As always, NYCC was full of huge news and announcements. Marvel and Netflix revealed the trailer for their series ”Iron Fist”, as well as assembled a panel featuring the stars of next year’s “Defenders” series, which will team up all four of Marvel’s streaming service heroes: Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil and Iron Fist – for the first time. The panel also saw a surprise appearance by Sigourney weaver, who will play a villain in the series. Marvel also broke news about their animation projects. They may have killed her off in a movie and cancelled her on TV, but Agent Carter isn’t gone yet. It was announced the Agent Carter would be appearing in the next season of Disney’s XD’S “Avengers” cartoon. It was also revealed that Hayley Atwell, who has portrayed Carter in the movies and TV show would be voicing the character. Disney XD will also debut a new Spider-Man cartoon with a teenager, Peter Parker and his transition to superhero.
Marvel wasn’t the only company to discuss animation. DC highlighted their own animated division with the world premiere of “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader.” Adam West and Burt Wolf will be reprising their roles from the original 1960’s TV show (vocally, of course). There was also a sneak peak of next year’s “Justice League Dark”, a combination of DC’s hero’s including Deadman, Swamp Thing, and John Constantine.
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