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Angelina! Scarlett! Milla! Girl power was in full force this weekend at Comic-Con, what with all of the fierce females who graced the geekfest to show fans that kicking ass isn't just for the guys.
Leading the charge on Thursday was Angelina Jolie, who brought her new spy thriller, Salt, in which she shoots and fights her way through an endless trail of baddies.
But Angie's a-Salt on Comic-Con was just the first wave of wonder women at this year's San Diego event.
Olivia Wilde pulled double duty, showing up first with TRON: Legacy, in which she plays a sleek, skilled "program" in a skintight suit and four-inch heels. A few days later she was back alongside Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) and 007 (Daniel Craig) with a preview of Jon Favreau's sci-fi Western, Cowboys and Aliens.
Genre queen Milla Jovovich and preggers costar Ali Larter returned to Comic-Con to show footage from Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Afterlife, a sequel shot in 3-D that promises to have zombies, ninja stars, and Jovovich and Larter zooming right off the screen and into our laps.
After leveling bad guys left and right as Hit Girl in this year's Kick-Ass, 13-year-old Chloë Moretz showed a softer—but still dangerous—side in a sneak peek at Let Me In, Matt Reeves' English language remake of the Swedish kiddie vampire flick.
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But no single panel wielded more awesome bad-girl power than the presentation of Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch, which brought out stars Emily Browning, Carla Gugino, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung and Vanessa Hudgens (who says bye-bye to her squeaky clean High School Musical persona by playing a gun-toting character named Blondie).
The Sucker Punch trailer had everything a lover of grrl-power action flicks could ever want: Girls with samurai swords! Guns! Explosions! Dragon-fighting! Burlesque! The Hall H audience was so blown away that Snyder played the trailer twice.
Saturday brought a few more big names and future superheroines to the Con, starting with Green Lantern actress Blake Lively. Wearing a cleavage-tastic dress, Lively had the fanboys mesmerized and enthused about her character Carol Ferris, who will eventually become the supervillainess Star Sapphire if Green Lantern gets sequels. Ryan Reynolds, who stars as the titular superhero, might have to contend with Lively gone bad—and she couldn't be more excited about it. "I can't wait to kick his ass," she laughed.
Last but not least, Reynolds' real-life wife, Scarlett Johansson, made a surprise appearance at the big Marvel panel, where she joined fellow Avengers castmates to welcome Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo into the fold. Expect to see much more of Johansson as Black Widow when the Joss Whedon-directed superhero movie hits theaters.
And try to remember to pay attention to the guys on the team once in a while as Scarlett reps lady power in that black leather catsuit of hers.
See much more of all the stellar attendees in our Comic-Con 2010: Star Sightings gallery.