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Ananda Dillon

It's Comic-Con week, the country's biggest convention for all things deliciously geeky. Yippee! Whether your fandom is Marvel, DC, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead or My Little Pony, you're guaranteed to be represented at this huge event at San Diego's Convention Center. While the event sells out quickly each year, the internet has made it easier than ever to be a part of the five-day convention, no matter where you live.

You can always keep an eye out on Twitter for breaking news from the panels, or you can stream Q&As via Comic-Con HQ, a new site devoted to streaming content, 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 news and previews revealed during this jam-packed week.

Everyone gets along at Comic-Con.
Everyone gets along at Comic-Con.

1. Warner Bros.

Saturday, July 23, 11:30 a.m. PST, Hall H

With Warner Bros. having already released one of the biggest films of the year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and with some 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 by far the most anticipated of the convention's panels. In addition to all the stars of the aforementioned 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.

2. Marvel

Luke Cage — Thursday July 21, 5:45 p.m. PST, Ballroom 20
Marvel's Agents of Shield — Friday July 22, 3:00 p.m. PST, Ballroom 20
Marvel Studios — Saturday July 23, 5:30 p.m. PST, Hall H

Obviously Marvel gets far more representation than the above three 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 spinoff 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 new Netflix series ahead of its September 30 premiere. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel is a must for fans of the show, especially those wanting a sneak peek at what to expect in Season 4. It's obvious, though, that Marvel Studios is the big draw, which is why it's in Hall H, Comic-Con's largest space. Nothing official has been released about what fans can expect, but it's a safe bet we'll get to see a bit more of Doctor Strange than we've seen so far, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn has indicated he'll be there. I'm betting we'll see Chris Pratt in attendance as well.

Loki makes an appearance at an early Avengers panel
Loki makes an appearance at an early Avengers panel

3. Game Of Thrones

Friday July 22, 2:15 p.m. PST, Hall H

After its most thrilling 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 next year's delayed season.

4. AMC's Fear The Walking Dead & The Walking Dead

Friday July 22, 12:00 p.m. PST, Hall H

Alright, so these are technically two separate panels, but they are back to back, 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 its so-called midseason break on August 21. The final episode was quite the cliffhanger, with much of the cast separated from each other and on the run. But let's be honest, there's no bigger cliffhanger looming for fans at the moment than what The Walking Dead left us with. Moderator Chris Hardwick will certainly be grilling the panelists for any and all info on who Negan will have killed in the finale.

Carol from "TWD" brings cookies to their panel.
Carol from "TWD" brings cookies to their panel.

5. STARZ Original Series American Gods

Friday July 22, 3:15 p.m. PST, Room 6BCF

OK, so this may be a personal pick, but if you aren't anticipating this new series from STARZ based on Neil Gaiman's bestselling book of the same name, then perk up. With the intriguing supernatural premise centering around the idea that mythological gods among us are embroiled in a battle against the new gods of consumerism and worldly obsessions, we predict this to be the all-new show to watch. The series cast including Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle will be in attendance, along with executive producer Bryan Fuller. Gaiman fans should certainly tune in.

A sneak peek at "American Gods."
A sneak peek at "American Gods."

6. Beauty And The Beast: 25th Anniversary

Friday July 22, 4:30 p.m. 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, 2:00 p.m. PST, Hall H

In addition to celebrating 50 years 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, 3:15 p.m. 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, eh?) the panel will include Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, and Michael Biehn. At 30 years old, and with rumors swirling around further Alien films, this beloved sequel will be a fun time for all.

Still badass after 30 years.
Still badass after 30 years.

There are tons of panels to be on the lookout for at the convention. For a full look at the Comic-Con schedule, go here. And here are a few more under-the-radar panels to pay attention to, and just so you know what else to get excited for, here are a few more awesome happenings over the coming days:


DreamWorks Animation Theatrical, 10:00 a.m. PST, Hall H

Snowden, 11:45 a.m. PST, Hall H

Moana: Art of Story, 12:30 p.m. PST, Room 6A

Silicon Valley Panel and Q&A, 4:00 p.m. PST, Indigo Ballroom

Mr. Robot, 6:00 p.m. PST, Room 6BCF

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 8:15 p.m. PST, Room 6DE


Dark Horse: Conversation with Joss Whedon, 3:45 p.m. PST, Hall H

Orphan Black: BBC America, 4:00 p.m. PST, Room 6BCF

Preacher, 6:30 p.m. PST, Hall H


DC 75 Years of Wonder Woman, 3:00 p.m. PST, Room 6DE

The CW Block (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow), 3:30 p.m. PST, Ballroom 20


Sherlock, 10 a.m. PST, Hall H

Happy Comic-Con Week! What are you most excited for?


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