Friday at Comic-Con is shaping up to be full of power and princesses with She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. She-Ra executive producer Noelle Stevenson and stars Aimee Carrero (Adora/She-Ra), Karen Fukuhara (Glimmer), Marcus Scribner (Bow) and Lauren Ash (Scorpia) were on hand to give con-goers a sneak peek of Season 3.
The panel began with a sizzle reel featuring clips from Season 2. This is Marcus's first Comic-Con who said, "Just seeing this room and these cosplayers, I'm pumped!"
Lauren Ash talked about the buzz before the show even started. "I feel so embraced by a community of people who were pretty excited that this was a thing that was going to exist," she said.
"It's just so great seeing people respond to the episodes that we all put our thoughts into... the prom episode is going to be the episode that's so close to my heart," said creator Noelle Stevenson. She also talked about how amazing it is when all the actors are together, such as the prom episode.
About memorable outtakes, "I think the most fun we have is when we have to do the effects, falling off the cliffs... those are the most hilarious things because we're all screaming in the booth" said Karen Fukuhara. Marcus Scriber talked about how his voice was going through changes at the beginning of the show, and now Bow's voice cracks are a part of the character and will even be written in.
Noelle discussed different combinations and situations characters aren't used to, "and we're pushing them even more... we're gonna throw characters into situations they've never been in before. This is the season where they're all going to the Crimson Waste... and they're so out of their element."
On Scorpia's love going even harder for Catra, Lauren commented, "I can't give anything away but what I will say is Scorpia is literally the most loyal being that has ever existed and so she loves hard to her own detriment... I think that it's actually really relatable... I think we've all had times in our lives where someone you really really cared about was really ambivalent about you." About being loyal to the Horde, Lauren said that Scorpia was in a vulnerable place at the beginning, "someone who didn't really fit in and didn't have a sense of self, and there was this group that was willing to take her on.. that became her family. It's not that they like that they're bad, that's just her family... she has an identity with them." Noelle teased that there will be more about Scorpia in Season 3.
Karen Fukuhara teased how she's excited to see the friendship between Entrapta and Lord Hordak.
About Bow's two dads, Noelle said, "I wanted to show that having two dads is super super normal... And even though they are so supportive, they still have their own problems... It was magic from day one recording those episodes. Reggie and Chris who voiced the Dads had a really great dynamic. They improved so many of those lines; it lit up the booth. It was amazing."
"She just transforms every episode," said Noelle about their composer, mentioning how her blood ran cold in a good way during a certain scene with Adora staring off over a cliff.
Noelle and the cast didn't confirm nor deny the possibility of a musical episode, with Aimee saying for sure Adora doesn't have a good singing voice. "I'm listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac, and I think of Scorpia. I feel like Scorpia would really like Fleetwood Mac," said Noelle.
"We pick up right where we left off... we find both Adora and Catra thrown into whole new situations right away where Catra is in disgrace with the Horde and Adora is dealing with Shadow Weaver being here," Noelle said about the beginning of Season 3.
"I think Adora sees Shadow Weaver as like a dysfunctional mother figure.. so there is love there so when she shows up on her turf... I think it throws her identity into a tailspin... it's interesting to see what that does to her new sense of self," said Aimee.
A Season 3 clip was shown about Adora trying to sneak out to see Shadow Weaver with Bow and Glimmer stopping her every time. The next clip focused on Light Hope giving Adora more information. "There's these incremental truths, and it only gets worse, you guys. It gets complicated," said Aimee about Adora's relationship with Light Hope. The clip showed Light Hope showing Adora she's not from Etheria -- she came from a portal and is a First One.
About Adora processing that information, Aimee compared it to a metaphor to growing up, and Adora doesn't take the revelation of where she's from well. With writing a character like Light Hope, Noelle said, "I honestly really love Light Hope as a character. She's a program, she's basically a ghost of this dead civilization and that means her priorities are different than Adora's." Adora is trying to gain more agency for herself in this season, Noelle went on to say.
"One thing that fans latched on to that surprised me is Hordak baby," said Marcus. "He's a creepy baby... I mean, he's a good dad... it's like free-range parenting," added Noelle about Lord Hordak and his baby.
Adora, Bow and Glimmer find out this message is coming from the Crimson Waste, which is a place that is extremely dangerous. No one who walks in there comes back out, and it's coming from Mara, the shadow that's hanging over Adora that Adora is kind of obsessed with. "It all Adora has and it's the only thing that Adora feels in control of with her destiny," Noelle elaborated.
Huntara is voiced by Geena Davis who came to Dreamworks and offered to be a voice for anything and taught Noelle archery moves on her first day. Noelle said that Huntara is the perfect character for Davis. A clip played introducing Huntara in a Crimson Waste tavern. About Davis's reaction to the character, Noelle said, "It was great. The first thing [Davis] said was, '[gasps] her abs!'"
Another clip played showing new characters that the Horde runs into in the Crimson Waste. "She does not care anymore," says Noelle of Catra's new attitude, which is very freeing for her, since she's a character who cares a lot but pretends that she doesn't." About improvisation, "I think they creep in often because Noelle really sets the tone that it's an open environment" said Aimee. Noelle added that they write scenes around the actors as well.
"My other favorite part is making you guys imitate each other... like last season making everyone imitate Catra," said Noelle.
The best friends squad would be Gryffindor when Karen was asked about Hogwarts houses for their characters. "Bow gives me Hufflepuff vibes though," said Marcus. Though she hasn't seen or read Harry Potter, Lauren said Hufflepuff for Scorpia. "Catra's gotta be a Slytherin," said Noelle.
Entrapta feels at home in the Horde and has made a connection with Hordak via science and is being understood in a way she hasn't before. "Entrapta is the first person who gets to come into his lab and see who he really is," said Noelle about Horak and Entrapta.
On Easter eggs, Kyle's name is actually Bow's original real name, and Lani and Mara are references to original characters that Noelle says not a lot of people have picked up on.
The panel ended with the official Season 3 trailer.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, starring Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, AJ Michalka, Marcus Scribner, Reshma Shetty, Lorraine Toussaint, Keston John, Lauren Ash, Christine Woods, Genesis Rodriguez, Jordan Fisher, Vella Lovell, Merit Leighton, Sandra Oh and Krystal Joy Brown, is now available on Netflix. Season 3 debuts on Aug. 2.