PHOENIX - Actor Jason David Franks, who originated the green power ranger in the hit TV series, will be returning to Phoenix Comic Con next year.
Franks made the announcement Thursday morning via a live broadcast on Phoenix Comic Con's Facebook page.
"I am definitely coming back guys. I'm so excited. That's what I'm here to talk about," he said in the broadcast.
The announcement is significant because Franks was believed to be one of the targets of an armed 29-year-old man who made his way past security with three handguns, a shotgun, knives and extra ammunition on the opening day of last year's event.
"I had a great time and want to reassure you guys as many shows as I've done, as I've done before, Phoenix, by far, is the best all around. I'm saying with security, with their fans and everything like that. So, there's nothing to worry about," he said.
The suspect, identified as Mathew Sterling, was arrested the Phoenix Convention Center. He struggled with police during the arrest, according to court paperwork, but did not fire his weapon or hurt anyone.
Organizers then made swift security changes including banning weapon-like props, limiting the number of entrances and exits, and regulating how props were sold from vendors for the remainder of the convention.
Phoenix Comic Con will take place May 24-27, 2018 at the convention center. Passes are scheduled to go on sale on Dec. 15, 2017.
Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and Dave Bautista, all from Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies, will also attend next year's con, organizers announced earlier in the week. William Shatner is also scheduled to attend.