We’re in the midst of San Diego Comic-Con 2018, and the oncoming onslaught of debuts, reveals, and media morsels can feel almost as overwhelming as being on the convention floor itself. Who’s ready for some Aquaman? The lastest show from the team who brought us Avatar: The Last Airbender? Get ready for the weekend at SDCC.
While last year’s convention schedule was jam-packed (Infinity War! Black Panther! Westworld!), SDCC 2018’s programming slate feels considerably more fan-friendly. With no major Marvel Studios panel scheduled this year (and thus no new Captain Marvel or Avengers 4 information), no giant Game of Thrones surprises planned, and a number of obvious suspects sitting out the proceedings, SDCC 2018 feels a bit lighter than usual. Which isn’t to say that this year’s convention won’t be equal parts exhilaration and exhaustion — we still have four days full of announcements and trailers that’ll have people talking.
Polygon will be covering all things Comic-Con over the next four days, but to keep up with everything, here are our picks for panels most likely to produce the biggest announcements of this year’s convention.
Note: All panel descriptions appear as listed on the official San Diego Comic-Con 2018 schedule.
Saturday, July 21
10:00 a.m., Indigo Ballroom
Did you hear that Cartoon Network is bringing Steven Universe back to Comic-Con? You’d better believe it! Estelle (Garnet), Michaela Dietz (Amethyst), Deedee Magno Hall (Pearl), Zach Callison (Steven), and the true diamond authority series creator Rebecca Sugar will share insights about the show and make epic announcements. Even more exciting: Rebecca is bringing her ukulele!
Warner Brothers Theatrical
10:30 a.m., Hall H
Get a first look at the studio’s highly anticipated future releases. Films and special panelists TBA.
Black Lightning Special Video Presentation and Q&A
11:00 a.m., Ballroom 20
Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, he must return as Black Lightning to save not only his family but also the soul of his community. Series stars and producers give an electrifying look at season 2! In addition to Williams, the supercharged series stars China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, Damon Gupton, and James Remar. Based on the characters from DC, Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil, and Sarah Schechter. Black Lightning returns this fall to The CW on Tuesdays (9/8c).
NBC’s The Good Place
11:00 a.m., Indigo Ballroom
From creator Michael Schur and Universal Television comes the critically acclaimed and unique afterlife comedy series about what it means to be a good person. Stars Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil,D’Arcy Carden, and Manny Jacinto and executive producers Michael Schur, Morgan Sackett, and Drew Goddard will hold a forking great conversation.
Avatar’s Head Writer Reveals New Series
11:00 a.m., Room 25ABC
From Aaron Ehasz (head writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender) comes an all-new original animated series, The Dragon Prince. Aaron, along with co-creator Justin Richmond (Uncharted game director) and executive producer Giancarlo Volpe (ATLA director), will give a sneak peek and an inside look into this new epic fantasy tale, coming as a Netflix original series in September. Audience Q&A session will follow.
12:00 p.m., Ballroom 20
The Simpsons’ team looks ahead to their 30th(!) season with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, legendary director David Silverman,actress Tress MacNeille, and moderator Johnathan Fernandez. Warning: There will be prizes!
12:00 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
After a mind-blowing season 1 finale that saw Krypton’s history drastically rewritten, the future of Superman has never been in greater jeopardy. The cast and creators of SYFY’s hit series discuss the many surprises of the first season and give an inside look into what fans can expect in season 2.
Big Hero 6: The Series Heroes Return
12:30 p.m., Room 6A
Executive producers and cast of Disney Channel’s animated superhero comedy series discuss Big Hero 6: The Series. Executive producers Mark McCorkle, Robert Schooley, and Nick Filippi (Kim Possible, Penguins of Madagascar) will be joined by the original actors from the feature film who have joined the show, including Scott Adsit (Veep, 30 Rock), Ryan Potter (Titans, Big Hero 6), Jamie Chung (The Gifted, Gotham, The Hangover 2, Suckerpunch), Genesis Rodriguez (Run All Night, Identity Theft, Man on a Ledge, Tusk, Casa de Mi Padre), plus new cast members Brooks Wheelan (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central’s The Half Hour) and Khary Payton (The Walking Dead, Teen Titans Go!, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Young Justice). Panelists will discuss bringing the feature film to life for TV, introduce you to exciting new characters, and play never-before-seen footage from the series.
Lara Croft’s Defining Moment: Shadow of the Tomb Raider
12:30 p.m., Room 5AB
The creative team and cast behind Shadow of the Tomb Raider share new details about Lara Croft’s newest adventure, in which Lara must become the Tomb Raider she is meant to be. Jill Murray (lead writer), Heath Smith (lead game designer), Rich Briggs (senior brand director), and panelists Camilla Luddington(performance artist for Lara Croft) and Early Baylon (performance artist for Jonah Maiava) will be joining moderator Andrea Rene.
Expanding Sea of Thieves
1:30 p.m., Room 5AB
Joe Neate (executive producer) and other members of the development team discuss the future of Sea of Thieves, including content updates and the expanded universe in the form of comics, novels, and collectibles. Joe and the team have exclusive new details to reveal about coming game content, as well as an exclusive giveaway for fans.
The Adventure Zone Graphic Novel
2:00 p.m., Room 28DE
Guess what? Your favorite fantasy and comedy podcast where the three McElroy brothers (Disclosure: Justin and Griffin McElroy are Polygon co-founders) play Dungeons & Dragons with their dad is now a graphic novel, and you can hear all about it at this program! Join co-creators of The Adventure Zone and co-adapters Travis McElroy and Clint McElroy as well as co-adapter and illustrator Carey Pietsch to learn more about The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins, which is now available wherever books are sold. This event will be moderated by Jackie Jennings (host, SYFY channel).
2:30 p.m., Ballroom 20
From 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, season 2 of The Gifted picks up after the explosion of the Atlanta Station. The Mutant Underground search for their friends and family who left with The Inner Circle. Having tracked them outside of Washington, D.C., they must contend with new groups with extreme ideologies, both human and mutant alike, to stave off a brewing conflict. Executive producers Matt Nix and Jeph Loeb and stars Stephen Moyer, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford,Natalie Alyn Lind, and Skyler Samuels show an exclusive first look at the upcoming season. Returning Tuesdays this fall on FOX. See an extended season 2 sneak peek!
Midnight, Texas Season 2
2:45 p.m., Room 6BCF
Universal Television presents the return of NBC’s supernatural thriller Midnight, Texas to Comic-Con. Welcome back to a place where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in. Based on the bestselling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels that inspired True Blood) comes a journey into a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. Home to a psychic, vampire, witch, angel, and hitwoman, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different-a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world. After defeating the demon Colconnar, the residents of Midnight try to go back to life as it was, but the balance they thought they were regaining becomes threatened with the opening of a mysterious new hotel in town. Join your fellow “Midnighters” for a sneak peek of season 2 and a Q&A session with the cast and producers: François Arnaud (The Borgias), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Parisa Fitz - Henley (Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), Peter Mensah (True Blood), executive producers David Janollari (Six Feet Under), Eric Charmelo (Supernatural), and Nicole Snyder (Supernatural).
RZA: Movies, Music, and Martial Arts
2:45 p.m., Hall H
The maestro, the myth, the master known as RZA (The Man with the Iron Fists) is coming from Wu-Tang Mountain for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of all great things . . . like his new movie Cut Throat City. Don’t be surprised to see some of the all-star cast (Shameik Moore, Wesley Snipes, T. I., Terrence Howard, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Denzel Whitaker, Keean Johnson, Kat Graham), as well as exclusives and sneak peeks. It’s RZA’s amazing world, so bring your eyes, ears, heart, and soul to come experience it!
Explore the Wonders of the Universe with Cosmos: Possible Worlds
3:00 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
The Emmy Award-winning worldwide phenomenon Cosmos returns to Fox and National Geographic in Spring 2019. At this panel, get an exclusive sneak peek of Cosmos: Possible Worlds as host Neil deGrasse Tyson along with executive producer/writer/director/creator Ann Druyan and executive producers Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga, and Jason Clark discuss more on cosmic evolution and the great minds who’ve contributed to our understanding of the universe, and get a first look at the new season.
Comixology Originals: On the Horizon
3:00 p.m., Room 29AB
The biggest news in comics is comiXology’s exclusive content program: comiXology Originals. Join comiXology’s head of content Chip Mosher and comics creators Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Revival), Mike Norton (Revival), Sam Humphries (Green Lanterns), Alti Firmansyah (Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde), M. K. Reed (The Castoffs, Palefire), Tish Doolin (Modus Operandi), Mark Sable(Graveyard of Empires), and Kristian Donaldson (The Massive, DMZ) as they give you an intimate look at upcoming comiXology Originals releases. Catch a glimpse of never-before-seen artwork, covers, and more!
Page to Screen: The Darkest Minds
3:00 p.m., 25ABC
Bestselling author Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds, Passenger) joins director Jennifer Yuh Nelson (The Darkest Minds, Kung Fu Panda) and cast (Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech) for a look at the journey from YA novel sensation to summer blockbuster from 20th Century Fox.
Supergirl Special Video Presentation and Q&A
3:30 p.m., Ballroom 20
Season 3 saw Supergirl stop Reign and the other Worldkillers’ threat to humanity and our planet, and in the process Kara was shocked to find her mother Alura alive and living in a salvaged Argo City that survived the destruction of Krypton. Reconnecting with her past caused Kara to realize that her true home is now here on Earth, where big changes are taking place for her and all of her friends in National City and also, it appears, for a doppelganger in Russia! Season 4 promises to be full of surprises, action, adventure, and lots of big revelations for Supergirl, Alex, James, J’onn, Lena, and Brainy. The series’ cast and creative team give a special video presentation, followed by a Q&A where they’ll discuss what’s to come and more! From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supergirl’s fourth season will premiere in its new Sunday 8/7c time slot on The CW this fall.
Chapters and Panels: Blizzard Publishing
3:30 p.m., Room 5AB
See how Blizzard’s many worlds are crafted into compelling art and narrative through an array of books and comics. Some of the industry’s best authors discuss how they bring to life compelling stories that expand and widen the universe of Blizzard’s games, told through the lens of some of gaming’s most unique characters. Panelists will highlight recent releases, hint at what may be yet to come, and perhaps unveil a surprise or two. Moderated by Blizzard Publishing senior editor Cate Gary. Panelists include Christie Golden, Jody Houser, Mark Evanier, and Steve Danuser.
4:00 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane, The Orville is back for season 2! Some of the crew members of the U.S.S. Orville,including Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, and Scott Grimes, along with executive producers David A. Goodman, Brannon Braga, and Jon Cassar, give an exclusive look at some of the new and exciting missions in the upcoming second season.
The Man in the High Castle
4:15 p.m., Room 6A
The Man in the High Castle is back to preview its third upcoming season on Prime Video. This panel features cast and creator discussion, exclusive sneak peeks, and audience Q&A. Panelists will include Alexa Davalos (Mob City), Rufus Sewell (Victoria), Stephen Root (Dallas & Robo), and Jason O’Mara (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), along with executive producer Isa Dick Hackett (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) and Dan Percival (Strike Back).
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A
5:00 p.m., Ballroom 20
After defeating Mallus by cuddling him to death with a giant stuffed animal named Beebo, the Legends were ready to ease off the gas. That was until Constantine arrived to inform them that, in solving one major problem, they have created another, much larger one. When the Legends let time crumble in order to release and defeat Mallus, the barrier between worlds softened. History is now infected with “Fugitives,” magical creatures from myths, fairytales, and legends. Having been expelled throughout time by people like Constantine, these Fugitives are now returning to our world in droves and making a real mess of things. So when all hell breaks loose, who ya gonna call? That’s right, the Legends! Join the cast and creators of The CW’s zaniest superhero series at their annual Comic-Con panel for an in-person look at what makes this time-traveling crew tick. From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return to The CW this fall on Mondays at 8/7c.
The Purge: From Film to Television
5:15 p.m., Room 6BCF
Cultural phenomenon The Purge comes to San Diego Comic-Con in a major way. Jason Blum, founder of Blumhouse Productions, and creators of the blockbuster film franchise share an exclusive inside look at how they are expanding the universe into TV with USA Network this Fall. Cast from the latest film The First Purge and the upcoming TV series will join the creative team with their own unique perspectives on the world of The Purge. The television series picks up 10 years after the events of The First Purge and will follow several seemingly unrelated characters whose stories all connect in a mysterious way as they discover how far they’ll go to survive The Purge.
Netflix: Matt Groening’s Disenchantment
5:30 p.m., Room 6A
Netflix and Matt Groening give a special sneak peek at the animation legend’s newest and much anticipated series, Disenchantment. Get whisked away into the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where Matt tells the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci. The cast and creators will be in attendance to show you an exclusive first look and answer all of your burning questions about this much anticipated television series.
The Flash Special Video Presentation and Q&A
5:45 p.m., Ballroom 20
Matching wits with The Thinker, who by season’s end had harnessed the powers of all 12 bus metas he created, stretched Team Flash to its limits, but with the help of some new allies, Barry Allen (a.k.a. The Flash) and company were able to put a stop to the Enlightenment and save Central City once again. However, with the arrival of Barry and Iris’s speedster daughter Nora, who appears from the future admitting to having made a “big mistake,” things are anything but status quo. Will parenthood be the challenge that finally slows the Flash down? For answers to this and all your other season 5 questions, please join the cast and creators of The CW’s highest-rated series at their annual Comic-Con panel. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, The Flash will return to The CW this fall on Tuesdays at 8/7c.
6:00 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
Be the first to get a sneak peek of SYFY’s new series Deadly Class, based on the graphic novel by Rick Remender and Wes Craig. Executive produced by the Russo Brothers (Avengers: Infinity War), Deadly Class follows the story of Marcus, a teen living on the streets who is recruited into King’s Dominion, an elite private academy where the world’s top crime families send their next generations. The cast and creators give a preview of the first season.
An Evening with Kevin Smith
6:45 p.m., Hall H
If you’re into it, Kevin Smith wants to use his mouth on you. The podcasting director returns to the Hall H stage after nearly dying of a heart attack back in February! Hear him talk about directing Supergirl and Flash, his new show Hollyweed, and the forthcoming sequel, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot!
IDW Entertainment and SYFY: Wynonna Earp
6:45 p.m., Room 6DE
The cast and creators of the breakout SYFY hit series Wynonna Earp, including Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley,Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Chantel Riley along with show runner Emily Andras, and comic creator Beau Smith reveal behind-the-scenes antics, show off exclusive footage, and answer your biggest questions about season 3!
Crunchyroll Industry Panel: The Latest and Hottest in Anime Today!
8:30 p.m., Room 7AB
Hear about all the latest and greatest anime coming out of Crunchyroll straight from the source. A special gift for all who attend.
Sunday, July 22
Emily the Strange Panel Experience
10:00 a.m., Room 32AB
Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and fellow Strangers come together for the annual Emily the Strange Panel Experience and get the insider scoop on the feature film development with Dark Horse Entertainment and Amazon Studios. AIn celebration of the 25th anniversary of Emily the Strange, Rob will unveil the brand new “Still Strange Collection” designed in collaboration with long time co-conspirator Brian Brooks. Rob will discuss his creative process, how it’s evolved over the last 25 years, and the powers of independence versus collaboration in his work. As always, audience participation will be encouraged, and there will be plenty of rewards for being strange . . . Oh yeah, bring your Q’s for some A’s . . . Be there or get lost!
Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A
10:30 a.m., Hall H
The series’ stars and executive producers answer questions about the shocking events in last season’s intense finale and reveal what’s in store for the 14th season, when the show will reach the rare milestone of 300 episodes! Fans will also be treated to an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights. Supernatural will return to The CW on Thursdays this fall in its 8/7c time period. The series is produced by Kripke Enterprises Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.
10:30 a.m., Room 6A
If you think ninja and LEGO are cool, then this is the panel for you! Ninjago veterans Tommy Andreasen (co-creator/producer) and Michael Svane Knap(LEGO senior design manager) are joined by lead writer Bragi Schut, voice talents Brent Miller (voice of Zane), Kelly Metzger (voice of Nya), and Vincent Tong (voice of Kai) to talk about their favorite memories and other reflections on creating LEGO’s longest running and most successful show. Bring the kids! Ninjaaaaa-GO! Moderated by the LEGO Group’s Brian Bowler.
Shonen Jump Panel with Kohei Horikoshi
11:15 a.m., Room 6DE
The superhero group known as Team Jump will be joined by Kohei Horikoshi,the creator of the My Hero Academia manga! Together, they’ll scour the mean streets of San Diego, looking for evil to fight! Or maybe just do a really cool panel. Panelists will be making announcements, having fun with the creator, and giving out tons of prizes!
Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A
11:45 a.m., Hall H
Following yet another drama-filled season and shocking season 2 finale, don’t miss Riverdale when it returns to San Diego for its third appearance at Comic-Con-this time in Hall H! Catch up with Archie and the gang as they continue to dive into the secrets that loom and keep emerging from the shadows in a town that once seemed like a quiet, ordinary place. The circumstances surrounding Archie’s arrest kick off the drama of season 3 as the gang tries to #FreeArchie and Hiram Lodge continues to flesh out his plans to control not only Riverdale but the ever growing SoDale. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series starsand producers. Riverdale’s season 3 returns Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
Mayans M.C. Discussion and Q&A
1:00 p.m., Hall H
Mayans M. C. is the next chapter in Kurt Sutter’s award-winning Sons of Anarchy saga. Set in a post-Jax Teller world, Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes is fresh out of prison and a prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the Cali/Mexi border. Now, EZ must carve out his new identity in a town where he was once the golden boy with the American dream in his grasp. Featuring co-creator/executive producer/writer/director Kurt Sutter,co-creator/co-executive producer/writer Elgin James, and executive producer/director Norberto Barba, and stars J. D. Pardo, Clayton Cardenas, Edward James Olmos, Sarah Bolger, Michael Irby,Carla Baratta, Antonio Jaramillo, Raoul Max Trujillo, Richard Cabral, Danny Pino,Emilio Rivera, Frankie Loyal, Joseph Lucero, and Vincent “Rocco” Vargas.
Marvel Animation Presents
1:30 p.m., Room 6A
Marvel Animation presents an action-packed, news-breaking panel that’ll leave you begging for more! This year they are going royal with the Wakandan king himself, T’Challa, as they preview the new season of Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest. Plus, tons of exclusive info on fan-favorite series Marvel’s Spider-Man, as well as other exciting projects. Hosted by the calamitous Cort Lane (SVP, Animation and Family Entertainment), the effervescent Eric Radomski (SVP, production and creative director, Marvel Animation), and the horrendous Harrison Wilcox (senior director, development and production), you’ll get eyefuls of never-before-seen information and sneak peeks . . . plus surprise panelists and a can’t-miss Marvel Team-Up live! Get there!
World Premiere of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis
1:45 p.m., Room 6BCF
Aquaman must battle foes in the air, on land, and in the depths of the Seven Seas, along with some help from The Justice League, to save the day in his latest animated adventure, LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis. Enjoy the first-ever live showing of the film, then prepare for laughs when the postscreening panel takes the stage. Discussing the fun of making a LEGO movie will be actors Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad!) as Aquaman, Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Knight) as Batman, Grey Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls) as Wonder Woman and Lois Lane, Cristina Milizia (Bunsen Is a Beast) as Green Lantern/Jessica Cruz, Susan Eisenberg (Justice League / Justice League Unlimited) as Mera, Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots) as Jimmy Olsen, and Fred Tatasciore (Batman Ninja) as the villainous Lobo. Filmmakers on the panel include Matt Peters (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Gotham City Breakout), screenwriters Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham By Gaslight), and Jeremy Adams (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash), and executive producer Brandon Vietti (Young Justice). As usual, expect some additional surprise panelists, plus everyone in the audience will receive an exclusive LEGO mini-figurine of Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern! Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment, and the LEGO Group, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on July 31 on Blu-rayT Combo Pack, DVD, and digital.
Legion Discussion and Q&A
2:15 p.m., Hall H
FX’s Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller, a man who believed himself to be schizophrenic only to discover that he may actually be the most powerful mutant the world has ever seen. Along with a team of other extraordinarily gifted people, David learned to accept his true self and set out to defeat the Shadow King, who was on a path to attaining infinite and world-ending power. In season 2, a series of mind-bending twists and turns called into question who is the hero and who is the villain. Creator/executive producer/writer/director Noah Hawley,alongside fellow executive producers John Cameron and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb,and some cast members will participate in a conversation of what to look forward to in season 3.
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Thursday, July 19
We’re Not from ‘Round Here: Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Big City Greens
10:00 a.m., Room 6DE
The creators and stars of Disney’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil and the new series Big City Greens bring you never-before-seen clips, answer your questions, and even perform a live table read. Panelists include Daron Nefcy (executive producer), Eden Sher (The Middle, Veronica Mars), Adam McArthur (Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Adventures of Puss in Boots), Esmé Bianco (Game of Thrones, The Magicians, Star vs. the Forces of Evil), Shane Houghton (executive producer), Chris Houghton (executive producer), and Marieve Herington (How I Met Your Mother, Good Luck Charlie).
20th Century Fox: The Predator
10:30 a.m., Hall H
The hunt returns as director, Shane Black (Iron Man 3, The New Guys), along with cast members, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski, Thomas Jane and Augusto Aguiliera, bring their all-star firepower to an explosive panel on Fox’s upcoming bigger n’ badder take on the iconic franchise.
Doctor Who: BBC America’s Official Panel
11:45 a.m., Hall H
BBC America’s Doctor Who panel introduces the 13th Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch). Marking a new era for the legendary Time Lord, Whittaker will be joined on the panel by two of her co-stars, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill, who play Ryan and Yasmin, as well as award-winning series showrunner Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) and executive producer Matt Strevens (An Adventure in Space and Time). With this year’s highly anticipated season packed full of action, adventure, humor, and emotion, this will be the cast’s first-ever panel appearance ahead of Doctor Who premiering this fall on BBC America.
Brand New Action-Thriller from YouTube Originals: Impulse
12:00 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
You can’t control what you don’t understand. Get an inside look at the critically acclaimed YouTube Original series Impulse. Watch scenes from the series with executive producers Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow), and Gene Klein and David Bartis (Suits), along with showrunner Lauren LeFranc (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and stars Maddie Hasson and Missi Pyle, as they explore the mysterious town of Reston, New York, where 16-year-old Henrietta “Henry” Coles is an outsider with a major chip on her shoulder and no friends. She remains withdrawn and isolated, but everything changes when a traumatic encounter with a classmate triggers something deep within. Henry discovers an extraordinary ability to teleport, unleashing a new power she cannot control.
Marvel Games Panel
1:00 p.m., Hall H
Get an inside look at the latest and greatest from Marvel Games. Attendees will see exciting sneak peeks of Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel Powers United VR, and Marvel Battle Lines, with many unannounced surprises and panel exclusives. Host Greg Miller (loudmouth at KindaFunny.com) will be joined by Mike Jones (vice president & executive producer, Marvel Games), Bill Rosemann (executive creative director, Marvel Games), Bryan Intihar (creative director, Insomniac Games, Marvel’s Spider-Man), and others.
Exclusive First Look at New YouTube Originals Sci-Fi Thriller: Origin
1:00 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
From the producers of The Crown and Strike Back comes the riveting new sci-fi thriller series Origin. Watch never-before-seen footage and join stars Tom Felton (Harry Potter film series), Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones), Nora Arnezeder (Mozart in the Jungle) and newcomer Sen Mitsuji, along with writer/creator/executive producer Mika Watkins and director Paul W. S. Anderson (Resident Evil). In Origin, a group of outsiders seek a clean slate on a colonized planet but are jarred awake on their journey as an asteroid collision damages their spaceship, leaving them stranded. The abandoned passengers discover a terrifying truth and must work together for survival, quickly realizing that one of them is far from who they claim to be.
Viz Media Panel
2:00 p.m., Room 7AB
The VIZ crew will talk about some of your favorite titles, including My Hero Academia,One-Punch Man, Tokyo Ghoul, and Sailor Moon. Panelists will make announcements, show off exclusive first looks at new titles, and give away prizes!
Dragon Ball Super
2:15 p.m., Hall H
English voice actors for Goku and Vegeta, Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat, talk all things Dragon Ball -and reveal never-before-seen material for the new movie. Don’t miss some special surprise appearances, too.
AMC’s Better Call Saul
3:30 p.m., Hall H
Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, and Giancarlo Espositojoin executive producers and showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould to discuss the series upcoming fourth season. New and familiar faces return as Jimmy McGill continues his evolution into the Saul Goodman persona that fans met on Breaking Bad. The panelists hold a Q&A session and an official preview of season 4, returning August 6 on AMC.
Pokémon GO, Ingress, and Everything Next, from Niantic
3:30 p.m., Ballroom 20
Summer in San Diego means it’s time to fire up your mobile devices and head for outdoor adventures! Niantic’s CEO John Hanke, Kento Suga, and Andrew Macintosh discuss the months ahead for their breakout games Ingress and Pokémon GO, as well as what comes next. From live events to new game features, AR updates to a sneak preview of the upcoming Ingress anime, panelists will give players and fans an in-depth look at all the big things happening.
5:00 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
Be the first to witness a whole new evolution in zombie-kind as the cast and creators of SYFY’s hit series Z Nation reveal exclusive details of what’s in store for the 5th (and possibly final) season. Join cast members D. J. Qualls, Kellita Smith, Russell Hodgkinson, Karl Schaefer, and surprise panelists.
Assassination Nation Panel
5:45 p.m., Hall H
As if high school wasn’t difficult enough already, imagine if every phone in your town was hacked, the contents shared for all to see, and you and your three best friends were framed as the hackers. Welcome to the explosive world of texting, terror, and teen-angst that is Assassination Nation. Already dubbed “the most aggressive high school movie in film history,” Assassination Nation is being brought to the big screen by the Russo Brothers (Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War), who will be joined by director Sam Levinson and the film’s stars Bill Skarsgård (It), Suki Waterhouse(Insurgent), Hari Nef, and Abra for an exclusive look at what is sure to be one of the most controversial and cathartic films of the year.
Black Summer: A Netflix Original Series
6:00 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
This Netflix original series is the highly anticipated spin-off to SYFY’s hit show Z Nation,and attendees will be the first to find out all the gory and shocking story details of what the creators have planned in the expanded universe of this iconic zombie mythos.
Funimation Industry Panel
6:00 p.m., Room 29AB
From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America’s largest anime distributor, Funimation.
Netflix: Marvel’s Iron Fist
6:00 p.m., Ballroom 20
Be among the first to get the exclusive inside scoop on what’s in store for season 2 of Marvel’s Iron Fist, as Danny Rand and Colleen Wing set off on a new adventure as the protectors of lower NYC. Featuring executive producer and Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb and surprise panelists.
NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine
7:00 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
[Note: As of now there’s no official description for this program listed on the SDCC Programming Schedule and no further information is currently available. This will be the one first major event for the comedy following its harrowing cancellation at the hands of Fox and renewal by NBC. Season six will premiere in early 2019 on NBC.]
Friday, July 20
Young Justice: Outsiders Special Video Presentation and Q&A
10:00 a.m., Room 6DE
It’s time for a first look at one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year. In Young Justice: Outsiders, the teenage superheroes of the DC universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, super-villains, and super-secrets. This time, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on metahuman trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy. Producers and members of the voice cast give you an inside look at what it means to be an outsider. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Young Justice: Outsiders is coming soon to the DC Universe digital streaming service.
10:00 a.m., Indigo Ballroom
Cartoon Network invites you to come along with them to celebrate 10 seasons of this most mathematical show! Without spoiling too many of the surprises, they can promise you a live musical performance featuring some of your favorite tracks from the series along with special panelists and an exclusive series finale trailer! Grab your homies and don’t miss this epic celebration before The Ultimate Adventure.
Dreamworks Voltron Legendary Defender: A Netflix Original Series
10:15 a.m., Room 6BCF
Rhys Darby, Bex Taylor Klaus, executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery, and story editor Josh Hamilton show a first look at the seventh season of the Netflix original series DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender. All attendees will receive a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive poster created by the Voltron crew.
AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead
11:15 a.m., Hall H
Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Lennie James, Danay Garcia, Jenna Elfman, Maggie Grace, and Garret Dillahunt join executive producers and showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, executive producers Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero to discuss where the series left off in the midseason finale and what to look forward to when the show returns August 12. Panelists will also participate in a Q&A session and offer an official sneak preview of the second half of season 4.
11:15 a.m., Room 6DE
Rejoice, DC faithful! The DC Nation is back and better than ever! DC publisher Dan DiDiohosts this all-star gathering with Tom King (Batman, Mister Miracle), Joshua Williamson(Flash), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, The Jetsons), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn, The Jetsons), and Mark Russell (The Flintstones, The Snagglepuss Chronicles)talking and teasing upcoming stories.
AMC’s The Walking Dead
12:15 p.m., Hall H
Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan join executive producer and showrunner Angela Kang and executive producers Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero. The panelists will discuss the show’s exciting new chapter and share some hints of what’s to come with a sneak peek into season 9, debuting in October on AMC.
Marvel Comics: Spider-Man
12:30 p.m.: Room 5AB
Editor Nick Lowe with his Amazing Friends Nick Spencer (Amazing Spider-Man) and Donny Cates (Venom) swing into SDCC with all the hottest spider-news! Nick Spencer ushers in a new era for Spidey that takes the web-head back to basics, while all-new Venom writer Donny Cates lays out what’s in store for the symbiotic hero in both the past and present in his definitive take on the character. Plus, learn the latest about your favorite spider-heroes from across time and space as they crawl closer and closer toward the Edge of Spider-Geddon!
Hulu’s World Premiere Screening of Castle Rock
12:45 p.m., Ballroom 20
Escape the summer heat for a chilling world premiere screening of the first episode of J. J. Abrams and Stephen King’s psychological-horror series about the hometown of some of your favorite nightmares. You’ve read the books, you’ve seen the movies, you know the characters, but you’ve never heard the story of Castle Rock. Following the screening, the creators and executive producers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason (Manhattan) and stars Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Bill Skarsgard (It), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), and Jane Levy(Suburgatory) will discuss the most tragic and disturbing town in America. Prepare to sleep with the lights on.
Star Trek: Discovery
1:30 p.m., Hall H
Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon. Star Trek inspired developments in science and technology, broke social barriers, and transported viewers around the globe to new adventures and uncharted frontiers. Last fall, Star Trek: Discovery continued that tradition and followed the voyages of Starfleet aboard the U.S.S. Discovery. The cast and producers of this CBS All Access series look back on season 1 and find out where the crew is headed as it transports into its second season. Cast members scheduled to appear include Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo and Anson Mount alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. The panel will be moderated by series guest star Tig Notaro, who will appear as chief engineer Reno. Season 1 of Star Trek: Discovery is now streaming on CBS All Access.
[adult swim] The Venture Bros.
1:30 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
Cult-favorite The Venture Bros. makes its heroic return to San Diego Comic-Con. Along with James Urbaniak (Difficult People) and Michael Sinterniklaas (FLCL, Your Name), co-creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will take the stage to discuss the upcoming seventh season of their original series and answer fan questions.
[adult swim]: Robot Chicken
2:30 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
Hot on the heels of its ninth season, Robot Chicken returns to SDCC for another celebration of stop-motion sketch madness, armed with never-before-seen clips and super-secret sneak peeks! Co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are joined by executive producers/co-head writers Douglas Goldstein and Tom Root, actor/writer Breckin Meyer (Robot Chicken, Franklin and Bash, and upcoming ABC’s The Fix), writer/director Tom Sheppard, and actor/writer (and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator/star) Rachel Bloom! Plus, they’ll leave a chair open for a special panelist, or maybe just biblical superstar Elijah. Moderated by Keith Crofford, senior vice president of production for Adult Swim and executive producer of 12 oz. Mouse.
Behind the Scenes of Overwatch’s Newest Hero
3:15 p.m., Room 6BCF
Overwatch developers Michael Chu (lead writer), Arnold Tsang (assistant art director), and Geoff Goodman (lead hero designer) present a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of developing the story, art, and gameplay kit for Overwatch’s newest hero. Learn more about Overwatch hero design and participate in Q&A with the developers after the panel.
3:30 p.m., Room 6A
Solve a mystery and rewrite history with the cast of Disney Channel’s hit series DuckTales! Executive producer Matt Youngberg, co-producer/story editor Francisco Angones, art director Sean Jimenez, and series stars Ben Schwartz (House of Lies, Parks and Rec), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live, We Bare Bears), Danny Pudi (Community, Powerless), Toks Olagundoye (Castle, The Neighbors), and Entertainment Weekly’s Marc Snetiker discuss the mystery of the boys’ missing mom, epic adventures for season 2, and new footage from never-before-seen episodes. It’s a duck blur of fun, action, and secrets revealed in this can’t-miss panel for fans new and old of the world’s most iconic family of ducks!
Universal Pictures’ Glass and Halloween
3:45 p.m., Hall H
Filmmakers and actors from two of Universal’s most-anticipated upcoming releases- Glass, from M. Night Shyamalan, and Halloween, from David Gordon Green-have a few riveting surprises in store for Comic-Con.
5:00 p.m., Hall H
Paramount Pictures brings Transformers to Comic-Con Hall H for the first time with Bumblebee. Director Travis Knight will be joined by star Hailee Steinfeld and cast in a panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican.
6:00 p.m., Room 23ABC
It’s a new age of DC Vertigo! Meet the new voices behind DC Vertigo comics, focusing on modern, high-concept stories for fans of fantasy, crime, supernatural, horror, and satire. Now home to the best talent from novels, games, comic books, and more, this next generation will take this beloved imprint to new heights, beginning with the launch of the Sandman Universe on 8/8/18.
Mega Man: Full Charged TV Series Premiere
6:00 p.m., Room 25ABC
Kazuhiro Tsuchiya (CAPCOM, video game producer, Mega Man, Asura’s Wrath), Man of Action (creators of Ben 10 and the team and characters of Big Hero 6), and Logan McPherson (DHX Studios, VP, creative and animated production, Slugterra, The Deep, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2D series)) give a behind-the-scenes peek into the production of this new animated show, aimed at kids 5 to11. Celebrating the 30-year legacy of this iconic, game-based character, the panelists will discuss the background and creative evolution of the new series, followed by screening of never-before-seen footage from the show, coming soon to Cartoon Network.
Sony Pictures Panel
6:15 p.m., Hall H
Sony Pictures presents two of their most anticipated films produced in association with Marvel. First up, filmmakers and talent will show you what’s in store as the lethal protector Venom finally gets his own movie. Then, the creators of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse give you an inside look at their groundbreaking animated movie.
The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time
7:00 p.m., Room 6BCF
For the last time ever, Comic-Con will be home to a Sharknado panel. Go shark to the future with the cast of the final installment in SYFY’s fin-tactic movie franchise. Stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, and Cassie Scerbo are joined by a slew of surprise panelists and celebrity cameos as they take the stage together for the last time!
World Premiere of The Death of Superman
7:00 p.m., Ballroom 20
The Man of Steel meets his ultimate match when Doomsday comes to Earth-hell bent on destroying everything and everyone in his path, including the Justice League-in the all-new, action-packed The Death of Superman. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated film is the latest DC Universe movie to continue Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s tradition of debuts at Comic-Con International. Witness the film’s world premiere, then stay for an entertaining panel featuring Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan, Stand By Me) as Superman, Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) as Lois Lane, Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Terra Nova) as Batman, and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Ugly Betty) as The Flash, alongside the filmmaking crew of producer/co-director Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight), co-director Jake Castorena(Justice League Action), screenwriter Peter J. Tomasi (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights), and executive producer James Tucker (Justice League Dark) . . . plus a few surprise panelists. The all-star cast also features Rainn Wilson (The Office) as Lex Luthor, Rosario Dawson (Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T.) as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, Matt Lanter (Timeless) as Aquaman, Cress Williams (Black Lightning) as John Henry Irons, Toks Olagundoye (Castle) as Cat Grant, Nyambi Nyambi (The Good Fight) as Martian Manhunter, Rocky Carroll (NCIS) as Silas Stone, Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) as Hank Henshaw, Max Mittelman (Justice League Action) as Jimmy Olsen, and Charles Halford (Constantine) as Bibbo Bibbowski. The Death of Superman arrives July 24 on digital and August 7 on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD.
7:30 p.m., Hall H
Easily offended? Don’t come to the Preacher panel! Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, and Joseph Gilgun join executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and showrunner and executive producer Sam Catlin for a mid-season 3 discussion about the story so far and what’s to come.