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Comic-Con Futures: Scott Pilgrim and Thor Up, Green Hornet Down

At Comic-Con over the weekend, studios and networks offered sneak previews of a year's worth of geek-aimed movies and TV shows to auditoriums full of unshowered, costumed taste-makers. So, from Green Lantern to Green Hornet — which tentpoles helped their cause and which ones stunk up Hall H?

• Returning for its third consecutive Comic-Con, Tron: Legacy continued to look awesome.

• Returning for its third consecutive Comic-Con, Tron: Legacy continued to look awesome.

• Previously released stills from Kenneth Branagh's Thor were nearly laughed off the Internet a couple of weeks back, but the footage unveiled Saturday "looked a lot better than we’d been afraid it might," reports /Film.

Captain America has only been shooting for a week, but a teaser trailer and a roughly edited scene "looked fantastic," says SuperHeroHype. "Like a [sic] amalgamation of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Hellboy."

• Even though Jon Favreau's Cowboys and Aliens has only been shooting for a month, he previewed ten minutes of polished footage, which was generally well received. And the only way Harrison Ford's first-ever Comic-Con appearance could have gone over better is if he'd apologized for Indiana Jones 4.

• All indications are that Greg Mottola's Simon Pegg–starring sci-fi road-trip comedy Paul will be great. But enthusiasm over the new footage shown Saturday was a little muted ("It was funny," says Collider), possibly because of that stabbing that happened a few minutes before the panel.

• NBC screened all of the pilot for The Event to mostly positive reviews.

• Great-looking footage from AMC's The Walking Dead continues to make us think it will be terrific.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, whose panel lasted all of ten minutes and starred only the kid who plays Draco Malfoy, didn't really make much of an effort here. The extended trailer still sounds nice, though. (Also, that stabbing was not Warner Bros.' fault.)

• Even though Jon Favreau's Cowboys and Aliens has only been shooting for a month, he previewed ten minutes of polished footage, which was generally well received. And the only way Harrison Ford's first-ever Comic-Con appearance could have gone over better is if he'd apologized for Indiana Jones 4.

• Sony unveiled an extended trailer for their Aaron Eckhart–starring Battle: Los Angeles featuring lots of cool-looking battle footage. But will we care about the characters? And is it too much like District 9?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, whose panel lasted all of ten minutes and starred only the kid who plays Draco Malfoy, didn't really make much of an effort here. The extended trailer still sounds nice, though. (Also, that stabbing was not Warner Bros.' fault.)

• A short teaser was shown at the Green Lantern panel, but it contained no shots of Ryan Reynolds wearing his motion-captured costume, which director Martin Campbell says is "still a work in progress."

DOWN:
• Spielberg's alien-invasion-themed TNT show Falling Skies maybe has cheesy special effects.

Resident Evil: Afterlife, the "slow-mo-iest movie of all time"?

• Sweet Jesus, have you seen the new trailer for Nicolas Cage's Drive Angry 3-D?

• Or the one for Priest 3-D?

• Seth Rogen introduced a new trailer for his oft-delayed The Green Hornet that he hoped would clear up any lingering confusion over what the movie would look like. It seemed to do the trick: "People started exiting the panel the moment it ended," observed /Film.