Wizard World Chicago took over the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois this past weekend and Hypable was lucky enough to attend and experience everything it had to offer!

When it comes to comic cons, Chicago really pulls out all of the stops. Wizard World Chicago not only had some of the best talent that’s currently on TV and the silver screen, but also drew in large crowds of dedicated fans. There’s nothing quite like the con atmosphere and Wizard World Chicago totally nailed it.

Over the course of three days, we experienced quite a few panels and saw so many awesome things. Here are just a few highlights that we think you’d really enjoy.

The Cosplay

Guardians of the Galaxy cosplay

While there actually weren’t as many cosplayers at Wizard World Chicago as we had expected, the ones that were there were awesome. From video games, to movies, to TV shows, all mediums were represented by some pretty hardcore fans. We loved the enthusiasm demonstrated not only by the cosplayers themselves but by the other attendees as well when they would take pictures with the cosplayers.

One trend that we noticed was that there were SO many Black Widow cosplayers. It was AWESOME. Little kids, adults, even men. The appreciation for Black Widow was definitely present. (Can we get a movie now?!)

We posted a few of our favorite cosplayers on our Instagram, including a really great Kaylee Frye cosplayer (who does that for a living), a pretty impressive Peter Quill and Gamora duo (pictured), and a Captain America who donned his classic motorcycle mission outfit. We also saw quite a few Groot cosplayers (mostly kids, interestingly enough) and a pretty great Rocket Raccoon. Other notable mentions include a Lego Captain America, a pretty impressive Stan Lee, and zombie Star Wars characters. To see more photos of cosplayers at Wizard World Chicago, check out their photos from their costume contest!

The exhibitors and artists

Wizard World Chicago purchasesThere were no Groot Funko Pop Vinyls to be found anywhere. They were sold out within the first few hours of the first day (Thursday). Even though we were really disappointed that we couldn’t find one, we have to admit that that’s pretty impressive, especially since the upcoming Baby Groot Funkos were announced before Wizard World Chicago started.

There was, however, Groot art aplenty in the Artist’s Alley, quite a few which included Rocket as well. We actually bought a print that had both Groot and dancing Baby Groot on it and may or may not be totally in love with it. Winter Soldier art and gifts were also pretty popular, as were Power Rangers and Star Trek merch. We especially loved to see quite a few booths dedicated to Harry Potter and other literary works, as well as just word art in general.

There was really a wide variety of artists and vendors at Wizard World Chicago which meant that there was a little bit of something for everyone, including those who may not be huge Marvel or superhero fans. We’re not lying when we say that after just an hour of walking around the convention center, we truly wanted to buy everything.

The panels

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s ‘Winter Soldier’ panel/comedy hour

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian StanAnthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan are quite the duo. Even though they didn’t have many scenes together in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they have a ton of chemistry. The two of them know it too because when asked what kind of genre they would like a Bucky/Sam Wilson Marvel movie to be, they answered a buddy cop or rom-com kind of movie. Mackie took it a few steps further, saying that he imagines the two fighting over Black Widow as a love interest and having Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers in a sort of wacky neighbor-like role (which we’d totally love to see!).

On a similar note, when asked what they think Captain America 3 will be about, Mackie said that he could see Steve and Sam looking for Bucky and then the three of them becoming a sort of “three-man duo” (his words, not ours). They’d “save the world, beat up Batman and Superman, and have a theme song.” Again, we’d be all for this.

One more item of note during this panel is that both Stan and Mackie each have another Marvel character in mind that they would want to play if they didn’t already have their roles. While Stan would choose Dr. Strange, Mackie would totally go for the ever-feisty Rocket Raccoon. We could definitely see both of them in those roles, especially Mackie.

So many other hilarious things happened during this panel that we couldn’t possibly touch on all of them. But we know from experience that you’ll be able to read about a lot of them on Tumblr! Just search for “Sebastian Stan” or “Wizard World Chicago.” It’s all there (including Stan and Mackie’s response to “Chris Evans’ left boob grab” tendency).

Continue to the next page to find out what our other favorite panels were and learn about the interesting tidbits we took from them (including some Guardians of the Galaxy fun facts)!

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DCOM marathon schedule: See full list of movies and when they air

The mega marathon begins Friday, May 27 and runs into June!

10:00 am EDT, May 27, 2016

The highly-anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie marathon began Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. eastern and runs through the holiday weekend. See the complete DCOM marathon schedule here!

When Disney Channel says they’re running a DCOM marathon, they mean it. The network will be airing 51 DCOMs from Friday to Monday ahead of this summer’s release of their 100th DCOM, Adventures in Babysitting (debuting June 24). Who needs Memorial Day festivities when you can sit inside and enjoy Disney Channel classics all weekend?!

After Monday they’ll continue to air a couple more movies every night until they eventually air all 100 DCOMs. That’s right! Every single one of ’em is returning to television between now and late June.

Below is the complete list of DCOMs airing from Friday, May 27 into the middle of June. Since many are airing in the overnight hours, you’ll probably want to set up your DVR. Or in case you want to watch them again. And again.

DCOM Marathon Schedule

Friday, May 27

10:00AM Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
11:20AM Read It and Weep
12:55PM Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
2:40PM Jump In!
4:15PM Lemonade Mouth
6:15PM Zapped
8:00PM High School Musical 2
9:55PM The Cheetah Girls 2
11:45PM Zenon the Zequel
1:25AM Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
2:55AM Twitches Too
4:25AM Alley Cats Strike!

Saturday, May 28

6:25AM You Wish!
8:05AM The Proud Family Movie
9:50AM Quints
11:25AM Horse Sense
1:10PM Cow Belles
2:50PM Twitches
4:30PM The Even Stevens Movie
6:15PM Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie
8:00PM Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
9:50PM Princess Protection Program
11:30PM The Cheetah Girls: One World
1:05AM Zenon: Z3
2:40AM Halloweentown High
4:20AM The Thirteenth Year

Netflix DCOMs High School Musical

Sunday, May 29

6:00AM Right On Track
7:45AM Full-Court Miracle
9:35AM Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off
11:20AM Brink!
1:10PM Double Teamed
2:55PM Rip Girls
4:35PM Motocrossed
6:20PM Cloud 9
8:00PM Teen Beach 2
9:55PM Bad Hair Day
11:40PM How to Build a Better Boy
1:20AM Pixel Perfect
2:55AM The Other Me
4:30AM Genius

Monday, May 30

10:00AM Stuck in the Suburbs
11:30AM Halloweentown
1:05PM Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century
2:55PM Smart House
4:25PM High School Musical
6:15PM Camp Rock
8:00PM Descendants
10:05PM Teen Beach Movie
11:55PM Cadet Kelly
1:50AM The Cheetah Girls
3:35AM Johnny Tsunami

Camp Rock DCOM

After Memorial Day Weekend, Disney Channel will air two more DCOMs each night. Here’s the schedule so far (again, set your DVRs because these air late!)

Wednesday, June 1
12:00AM Return to Halloweentown
1:40AM Can of Worms

Thursday, June 2
12:00AM Going to the Mat
1:40AM Miracle in Lane 2

Friday, June 3
12:00AM The Suite Life Movie
1:40AM Ring of Endless Light

Saturday, June 4
12:00AM Invisible Sister
1:40AM Now You See It…

Sunday, June 5
12:00AM Girl vs. Monster
1:40AM Phantom of Megaplex

Monday, June 6
12:00AM Tru Confessions
1:40AM Tiger Cruise

Tuesday, June 7
12:00AM Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire
1:40AM Under Wraps

Wednesday, June 8
12:00AM Den Brother
1:40AM Go Figure

Thursday, June 9
12:00AM Avalon High
1:40AM Jett Jackson: The Movie

Friday, June 10 and beyond
As of right now Disney Channel hasn’t released the schedule beyond June 10.

Which DCOMs do you plan to watch during the Disney Channel Marathon?

Next week we’ll be launching a fun new game here on Hypable where we’ll seek your help in ranking every single DCOM in the history of DCOMs. It’s probably a good idea to watch as many of these as possible so you can brush up on your knowledge base and rank them accurately!

James Cameron’s Battle Angel adaptation has found its lead in Maze Runner standout Rosa Salazar.

According to Collider, Salazar has been officially confirmed as the lead in Alita: Battle Angel, beating out Maika Monroe and Zendaya for the titular role. The manga adaptation was developed by James Cameron, and will be directed by Robert Rodriguez.

Battle Angel Alita is a manga series by Yukito Kishiro, which takes place in the 26th century and follows a cyborg girl with amnesia. Designed with spectacular martial arts skills, Battle Angel becomes a bounty hunter, who makes a living tracking down violent criminals.

As Brenda in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Lynn in Insurgent, Rosa Salazar is already well-known in dystopian YA circles. She’s also had recurring roles in Parenthood and American Horror Story, and you can currently catch her in FXX’s Man Seeking Woman.


James Cameron has been tinkering with this project for a while, but his extensive and all-consuming work on the Avatar sequels led him to hand over directorial duties to Robert Rodriguez last year. Rodriguez previously served as showrunner on From Dusk Till Dawn (after directing the movie of the same name in 1996), and his versatile directorial resumé includes Sin City, Spy Kids and The Faculty.

When Cameron picked Rodriguez as Battle Angel director, he said in a statement, “Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years, so I was pumped when he said he wanted to do Battle Angel. He’s very collaborative and we’re already like two kids building a go-kart, just having fun riffing creatively and technically.

“This project is near and dear to me, and there’s nobody I trust more than Robert, with his technical virtuosity and rebel style, to take over the directing reins. We’re looking forward to learning a lot from each other while we make a kick-ass epic.”

Alita: Battle Angel has no release date yet, but we’ll keep you posted. Here’s the official synopsis from IMDb:

“Alita is a creation from an age of despair. Found by the mysterious Dr. Ido while trolling for cyborg parts, Alita becomes a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But to Dr. Ido, the truth is all too clear. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. And that is where Alita’s true significance comes to bear. She is an angel from heaven. She is an angel of death.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to continue Harry, Ron and Hermione’s story. Downside: The characters that survived Deathly Hallows are suddenly no longer safe!

Details about Cursed Child, the Harry Potter play opening in London next month, are being kept tightly under wraps.

But one teaser J.K. Rowling did let slip? It’s designed to make you cry.

Answering the Twitter question, “Will the Cursed Child make me cry?” Rowling strongly implied that the answer is yes — “or we’ll be checking your vital signs.”

Bombarded with worried follow-up questions, Rowling (randomly) chose to answer “why are you like this” by reminding fans of what she believes her primary responsibility is as an author: To make us feel things.

Of course there’s no reason to assume the “OMG RON IS DEFINITELY DYING AKSDJFSHFJ” position (even if that is the first instinct of this writer), but it is an indisputable fact that for many authors — Rowling included — evocative storytelling is synonymous with, “I’m going to make you love something, and then I’m gonna kill it.”

Cursed Child takes place 19 years after the conclusion of the Harry Potter saga. Not only are there many elderly characters we might reasonably fear for (including McGonagall, Hagrid, and Molly and Arthur Weasley), but J.K. Rowling’s Potter series has set a strong precedent for killing off parental figures to usher in a new generation of characters.

Related: England’s biggest bookstore announces first Cursed Child midnight release party

On the other hand, we could just be traumatized by the original Potter series, and everything is actually gonna be fine. Maybe J.K. Rowling simply expects us to cry tears of happiness because we get to return to the fantastic, magical world she has created.

What do you think? Is someone we love dying in Cursed Child, or will the plot make us emotional in other ways?