It’s Comic-Con week! The country’s biggest convention for all things deliciously geeky. Whether your fandom is Marvel, DC, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, or My Little Pony, you are guaranteed to find representation at this huge event at San Diego’s Convention Center. While the convention sells out quick each year, now the internet makes it easier than ever to feel a part of the five day convention no matter where you live.
You can always for breaking news from panels or you can , a new site devoted to streaming content from the convention, both in real time and with original content you can only find online.
No matter how you plan to plug-in to Comic-Con, here’s a list of the biggest panels to keep your eyes and ears alerted to for the best possible news and previews revealed during this jam-packed week.
1. Warner Bros.
Saturday, July 23, 11:30AM PST, Hall H
There’s no doubt in a year where Warner Bros. has already released one of the biggest films of the year (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and who have a couple of the most widely anticipated films of the year just around the corner, Suicide Squad on August 5 and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18, this is . In addition to all the stars of the two previously mentioned films in attendance, the panel will be led by Conan O’Brien and will also feature Will Arnett promoting The LEGO Batman Move, Charlie Hunnam repping the epic King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and most of the cast of Kong: Skull Island, including Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson. That’s A LOT of star power and a guarantee of plenty of never before seen footage.
Luke Cage -Thursday July 21, 5:45pm PST, Ballroom 20 Marvel’s Agents of Shield – Friday July 22, 3:00pm PST, Ballroom 20 Marvel Studios – Saturday July 23, 5:30pm PST, Hall H
Obviously Marvel gets far more representation than the above 3 panels. This doesn’t include the comic book panels (Civil War II!!), the animation panels, the toy panels and just general fandom celebrations. Luke Cage is the hotly anticipated spin-off from Jessica Jones, though Luke Cage the character is long established in the Marvel universe if not the MCU. Those who loved him in the show will be excited for a glimpse of his ahead of it’s September 30 premiere. The Agents of Shield panel is a must for fans of the show, especially those wanting sneak peeks into what to expect in Season 4. It’s obviously Marvel Studios though that is the big draw, which is why it’s in Hall H, Comic-Con’s largest room. Nothing official has been released about what to expect, but its a safe bet fans will get to see a bit more of Doctor Strange than anyone else yet has and James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has indicated he’ll be there. I’m betting fans will be seeing Chris Pratt in attendance as well.
3. Game of Thrones
Friday July 22, 2:15pm PST, Hall H
After it’s most jam-packed and exciting season yet and with only one more season (two half seasons) to go, fans will certainly be eager to see the cast of the HBO series and hear all the behind-the-scenes gossip as well as any and all information about what we can expect in .
4. AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead & The Walking Dead
Friday July 22, 12:00pm PST, Hall H
Alright, so these are technically two separate panels, but they are one after the other, and let’s be honest, unless you get into the first, you won’t be getting into the second. While FTWD has a much smaller fan base than TWD, watchers will be interested in discovering what we can expect when the show returns after it’s so-called “mid-season” break on August 21st. The final episode seen was quite the cliffhanger with much of the cast separated and on the run. But let’s be honest, there’s no bigger cliffhanger looming over fans at the moment than the one The Walking Dead left us with. Moderator Chris Hardwick will certainly be grilling the panelists for any and all info on .
5. STARZ Original Series American Gods
Friday July 22, 3:15pm PST, Room 6BCF
Ok, so this may be a personal pick, but if you aren’t aware and anticipating this new series from STARZ based on of the same name, then perk up. With the intriguing supernatural premise around the idea that mythological gods live among us and are embroiled in a battle against the new gods of consumerism and worldly obsessions, this is the all-new show to be on the lookout for. The series cast including Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle will be in attendance with exec producer Bryan Fuller. Gaiman fans should certainly tune in.
6. Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary
Friday July 22, 4:30pm PST, Room 5AB
For the nostalgic kid in us all. Directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise and producer Don Hahn will be discussing this pinnacle of Disney Animation from the ’90s.
7. Star Trek
Saturday July 23, 2:00pm PST, Hall H
In addition to of an enormous franchise and its huge fanbase, there will be plenty of discussion around CBS’s new Star Trek TV series slated for next year. William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Micheal Dorn, Jeri Ryan, and Brent Spiner will be on a panel led by the new show’s exec producer Bryan Fuller (he’s got his hand in everything lately).
8. Aliens: 30th Anniversary
Saturday July 23, 3:15pm PST, Hall H
Personally, this would be at the top of my Comic-Con must-attend list (though I’ve vowed not to sleep on any Hall H sidewalk lines this year). In addition to the film’s director, James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd (guess she can just stick around after The Walking Dead panel, eh?) the panel will include Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, and Michael Biehn. At 30 years old, and with rumors swirling amuck around further Alien films, this will be a fun time for fans.
There are TONS of panels to be on the lookout for at the convention. For a full look at the Comic-Con schedule, . Here are to pay attention to also, and just so you know what else to get excited for here are just a few more awesome panels happening over the next few days:
DreamWorks Animation Theatrical, 10:00am PST, Hall H
Snowden, 11:45am PST, Hall H
Moana: Art of Story, 12:30pm PST, Room 6A
Silicon Valley Panel and Q&A, 4:00pm PST, Indigo Ballroom
Mr. Robot, 6:00pm PST, Room 6BCF
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 8:15pm PST, Room 6DE
Dark Horse: Conversation with Joss Whedon, 3:45pm PST, Hall H
Orphan Black: BBC America, 4:00pm PST, Room 6BCF
Preacher, 6:30pm PST, Hall H
DC 75 Years of Wonder Woman, 3:00pm PST, Room 6DE
The CW Block (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow), 3:30pm PST, Ballroom 20
Sherlock, 10am PST, Hall H
Happy Comic-Con Week! What are you most excited for?
MP Staff Writer, lover of all things fantastical and spooky. “Only the meek get pinched. The bold survive.” – Ferris Bueller