Out and About: MegaCon 2016 – The Panels Part One

MegaCon 2016 - William Shatner, Hayley Atwell, John Cusack, and Ming-Na Wen

Memorial Day weekend thousands of people took over the Orange County Convention Center for MegaCon 2016, and I was one of them!

The four day event featured lots of great cosplay, genre-themed panels, and merchandise to buy. But one of the main highlights of the weekend for me were the celebrity panels, where we were able to spend time with our favorite actors, and even ask questions if we were fast enough to line up for the microphones.

William Shatner

My first panel was William Shatner, best known as Capt. James T. Kirk from the original Star Trek series, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. He spoke about his time with the show, how he felt about the movies, including the new reboot films, and his personal life. At 85, he is still full of energy and wit, and he had the audience rolling with laughter. We also learned not to ask anything about his horses or there wouldn’t be time to ask another question.

Hayley Atwell

I was up early Saturday morning to make sure I caught the Hayley Atwell panel. As Agent Peggy Carter in the hit Marvel movies and eponymous TV show, I’ve always enjoyed her performance. The best part of the interactions was when someone asked what she thought of the recently revealed “Hydra Cap” comic storyline. She hadn’t heard about it, but when briefed, she quickly said, “Peggy says NO! Cap is NOT Hydra!” I’m happy to say Ms. Atwell is a delight in person.

John Cusack

My next talk was legendary actor John Cusack. Shortly into the questioning, Cusack admitted he’s only done three fan cons prior to this one, which explained a lot of his nervous mannerisms. I enjoyed hearing him talk about his films, even if he only gave short one to three word answers, but I was a little frustrated that he kept pulling his baseball cap down to cover his eyes.

Ming-Na Wen

He was followed by fellow Marvel actor Ming-Na Wen, who plays Agent May on the TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But she’s equally famous as the voice of Mulan in the Disney movie of the same name. That led to the questions being pretty evenly divided between her Marvel and Disney characters. She was hilarious, witty, and as beautiful in real life as she is on screen. Definitely one of my favorite talks of MegaCon.

That wasn’t the end of the weekend, but if you want to read about the rest of the panels I attended, you’ll have to wait for part two, which will go live tomorrow. (To be continued…)

Visit instagram.com/zengrrl for more photos from MegaCon 2016. You can also check out my MegaCon 2016 cosplay post.

[Disclaimer: I attended MegaCon 2016 as press. As always, my opinions are honest, and my own.]

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