Over the weekend, I attended the October MCM London Comic Con, the twelfth time the convention has been held. It’s always exciting to see so many entertainment industries converge on a single exhibition space, and this year was far from a disappointment.

By far, the biggest attraction was the extensive Marvel presence, with booths set up to promote Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok and more. Alongside the usual trailers, Marvel brought tie-in games and virtual reality experiences, exclusive merchandise and a couple of stars from their movies, including Anthony Mackie and Hayley Atwell

Marvel’s latest films were in the spotlight

On the opposite side of the hall, DC were hard at work with their Justice League and Wonder Woman booths. Both companies have had a massive year, and they’ve still got big releases around the corner. Fans were visibly excited to see more of their upcoming projects.

The rivalry was real

In the theatre halls, MCM organised panels with the people behind Blade Runner 2049 and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (you can read my write-up of that panel here). Also making an appearance were musician Wednesday 13 and the What to Watch on Netflix podcast.

Working with Summer in the City, a couple of big YouTubers visited MCM for signing sessions and smaller panels, including BananaJamana, TomSka and Joe Tasker.

What a lot of merch!

In the massive gaming area, there were booths set up by Nintendo, Sony, Bandai Namco and Ubisoft. Some of  the biggest names in gaming—Far Cry 5, Super Mario Odyssey, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom—were available to play on the show floor.

This year’s MCM was, as usual, an event stacked with big names from across the entertainment industry.

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