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San Diego Comic-Con: All of the biggest panels for film buffs

It’s an emptier slate than usual this year

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San Diego Comic-Con has returned and, with it, a bunch of movies to look forward to.

It goes without saying that the two biggest movies at Comic-Con this year are Avengers: Infinity War and Justice League. While Marvel Studios gave fans something to obsess over this past weekend at D23 — a first trailer seen only by those in attendance — we’ve seen quite a bit of Justice League already.

But these aren’t the only movies that appearing at Comic-Con. Horror buffs have Annabelle: Creation to look forward to while those into the Lego movies will be treated the Lego: Ninjago Movie. There are also animated movies like Joker and Harley Quinn from DC’s animation side.

After that, the menu is rather thin for films in a Comic-Con otherwise dominated by television. 20th Century Fox is back after missing last year, but Lucasfilm won’t be bringing any of its upcoming films, and Sony is out, too. Lionsgate is only bringing one movie — for which it does not have a panel — and Paramount’s slate is pretty clear as well.

That being said, it’s still shaping up to be a great year for movies and we’ve got you covered on what time everything goes down.

Michael B Jordan in Black Panther Image: Marvel Studios


Avengers: Infinity War: We got our first look at Avengers: Infinity War at D23 and we’re expecting Marvel to repeat the same song and dance at SDCC. They’ll bring out several actors playing Avengers and Guardians — and Spider-Man — and play the trailer. What we’re not expecting them to do is publish that trailer online. We anticipate that will drop later this fall.

Thor: Ragnarok: Thor: Ragnarok is just around the corner and we’re expecting most of the cast and director Taika Waititi to be on hand. Possible surprise? A new episode of Thor and Darryl, Marvel’s semi-ongoing web series about Thor and his human roommate, Darryl. Again, that will be for Hall H attendees only.

Black Panther: Marvel has confirmed it is bringing the highly anticipated Black Panther to SDCC. The movie has had a large publicity presence already this year, but we’re expecting to see a new sizzle reel. Don’t hold your breath for a new trailer, though. We just got one last month and Marvel isn’t bringing another to Comic-Con.

Marvel’s panel is 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 22.

Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics

Warner Bros.

Justice League: With the main cast and director Zack Snyder slated to be at the convention, prepare for a new Justice League trailer. This is going to be Warner Bros.’ biggest movie in attendance and, although we’re not expecting much news out of it, we may hear about some of the changes Joss Whedon made when he stepped in to finish the movie after Snyder suffered a death in the family. The trailer should be online as soon as it debuts in Hall H and we’ll have it ready for you on Polygon.

It: The adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel is also sure to get some play. Although we’re not expecting a new trailer, we’re hoping for some kind of footage out of it.

Annabelle: Creation: The sequel to Warner Bros.’ 2014 horror hit should get a new trailer, which will be available online once it’s shown in Hall H.

The Lego Ninjago Movie: This is the only movie to get its own panel outside of Warner Bros.’ big Hall H slot. The film, whose star-studded cast includes Jackie Chan, follows Master Builder Lloyd, otherwise known as the Green Ninja, and his friends as they try to save their city from destruction. This isn’t necessarily a continuation of the Lego movies we’ve seen out of Warner Bros. before (like The Lego Batman Movie), but it should have a similar vibe. Expect to see a trailer. The panel takes place at 6:45 p.m. PT/9:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 19.

The Warner Bros. panel is 11:30 p.m AM/2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 22

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox

Kingsman: The Golden Circle: After pulling out of SDCC last year, 20th Century Fox is back ... well, kind of. The studio is only bringing one movie — Kingsman: The Golden Circle. That means those who were hoping for some Deadpool 2 news or updates on the X-Men franchise will have to wait a little while longer.

20th Century Fox’s panel is 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 19


Brigsby Bear: It’s a little unclear as to why Sony is bringing Brigsby Bear to SDCC. The film, an abstract comedy about a man obsessed with a children’s TV show, is a little unorthodox for a Comic-Con crowd. That said, it does star Kyle Mooney and Mark Hamill, the latter of course being a Comic-Con mainstay. The movie premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January.

Sony’s panel is 12:45 p.m. PT/3:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 20

Death Note James Dittiger/Netflix


Bright: Netflix’s first “superhero” blockbuster arrives in Bright. The movie stars Will Smith, was written by Max Landis, and is being directed by Suicide Squad’s David Ayer. Bright’s first trailer will debut at this panel and, yes, it will be made available online immediately after.

Death Note: Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s manga series has been under the spotlight for quite some time. With two trailers already published and the movie due out next month, we’re not expecting this part of Netflix’s SDCC panel to bring much in terms of footage. But we may get some fun behind-the-scenes moments from the cast and director Adam Wingard.

Netflix’s panel is 3:15 p.m. PT/6:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 20.

Of course, this is just what we know is coming. The studios, especially Marvel and Warner Bros., are sure to bring out a couple of surprises and announce some new films. We’ll be covering the panels from the convention and updating our Comic-Con coverage as it happens.

San Diego Comic-Con runs from Wednesday, July 19 through Sunday, July 23.

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