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9 of the most important things we learned from Comic Con 2014

From the Avengers, to Game of Thrones, to the new Mad Max.

COMIC CON 2014 finished up yesterday, marking the end of an action-packed week of previews and gossip about everything from TV to film to video games.

Founded in 1970 as the Golden State Comic Book Convention, San Diego Comic Con (or SDCC) has become THE place to be for anyone in the entertainment business.

Of course, there were dozens and dozens of announcements, but here are some of the biggest and most important things to come of Comic Con 2014.

1. Avengers: Age of Ultron ruled the roost

2014 Comic-Con - Marvel Chriz Pizzello / AP/Press Association Images Chriz Pizzello / AP/Press Association Images / AP/Press Association Images

Fans who managed to get into the infamous Hall H saw the first footage from the sequel to 2012′s massive hit, The Avengers.

Most of the cast turned up for the announcement, including Josh Brolin, who has been cast as the villain Thanos – though it’s unclear if he’ll actually appear in the film.

2. Nine new cast members for Game of Thrones

2014 Comic-Con - Game of Thrones Panel Chris Pizzello / AP/Press Association Images Chris Pizzello / AP/Press Association Images / AP/Press Association Images

Nine new cast members were announced at SDCC, including Tomorrow Never Dies villain Jonathan Pryce as High Sparrow, Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell and Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand.

We also got this cute gag reel:

GameofThrones / YouTube

3. Mad Max is back

The long-awaited reboot of the franchise will finally see the light of day in 2015, and the first trailer got an airing on Sunday.

Starring Tom Hardy as the titular character, the film looks nothing short of epic:

Warner Bros. Pictures / YouTube

4. We finally got a look at that Simpsons/Family Guy crossover


…And no one is really sure how to feel about it. In the five-minute clip, Homer welcomes the Griffins to Springfield and Stewie and Bart prank call a few people.

It won’t be broadcast until September 26th, so we have a little more time to make up our minds.

5. Panem is at war in the new Hunger Games teaser

An exciting teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One was released yesterday, showing the country of Panem at war as the rebellion reaches boiling point.

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It also features the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, one of his last roles before his death earlier this year.

6. There’s going to be a King Kong prequel

There aren’t many details other than the unconfirmed title – Skull Island – and a November 2016 release date.

It’s rumoured to be an exploration of the mysterious Skull Island, the home of King Kong.

7. Ant-Man is starting to take shape

Despite a rocky start and the departure of original director Edgar Wright, the film adaptation of Marvel’s Ant-Man is getting off the ground.

Evangeline Lilly joins star Paul Rudd as the female lead, Hope Pym, while House of Cards’ Corey Stoll will play villain Yellowjacket.

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A concept art poster for the film featuring Rudd and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) was also created for the convention.

8. The Battle of the Five Armies continues in new Hobbit trailer

Peter Jackson was kind enough to release a teaser trailer for the third and final Hobbit film before its release in December – as the Battle of the Five Armies rages on, it’s up to Bilbo to stop it consuming Middle Earth. Heavy.

Warner Bros. Pictures / YouTube

9. There was a sneak peak of the new Wonder Woman

On Saturday, director Zack Snyder revealed the first image of Israeli actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Very Xena: Warrior Princess.

wonderwoman Twitter / @ZackSnyder Twitter / @ZackSnyder / @ZackSnyder

Batfleck and Henry Cavill also appeared at SDCC to give fans a brief glimpse of the film, which won’t be on our screens until 2016.

Previously: 9 must-see costumes from Comic Con International 2014>

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