San Diego Comic-Con begins next week, and there’s a lot of pop culture on display. What’s the most important? What we will finally learn more about? Here’s a look at what’s coming and where to find it if you happen to be one of the lucky people in attendance.
The movie schedule is surprisingly light, this year: Fox is skipping Comic-Con altogether, so there won’t be any Deadpool or X-Men news, and while there are plenty of Star Wars panels, Disney tends to save that for Star Wars Celebration, their big convention, and D-23, their yearly convention/presentation to theater owners.
Warner Bros. Panel (Saturday July 23, 2016 11:30am – 1:30pm Hall H)
Expect a lot from DC at this panel, with a particular focus on Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and likely Justice League. DC is celebrating 75 years of Wondy in the comics, and is hinting at some special guests there, as well. We’ll also be expecting to hear from Lego Batman in some capacity.
Marvel Studios Panel (Saturday July 23, 2016 5:30pm – 6:45pm Hall H)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is likely to be a particular focus here, as James Gunn has promised something special from the movie. We’ll also be keeping an ear out for more from Doctor Strange and Black Panther.
Aliens 30th Anniversary (Saturday July 23, 2016 3:15pm – 4:15pm Hall H)
James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, and the Marines celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of cinema’s greatest movies about people getting eaten by space monsters.
Moana (Thursday July 21, 2016 12:30pm – 1:30pm Room 6A)
Disney’s next animated movie gets a full behind-the-scenes breakdown from its directors, Ron Clements and John Musker, the guys who directed basically every Disney movie you have ever loved. It’ll be worth it just to see their process, but we’ll probably learn more about the movie’s intriguing Hawaiian setting.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm – 2:00pm Hall H)
Luc Besson’s ambitious space opera/comic book adaptation is going to show off its first footage here, and finally give us an idea of just what Besson is up to. Taking place in a city crammed full of aliens, there is of course a shadowy conspiracy. This one is definitely a dark horse in some ways, not least because the last time Besson decided to write and direct a science fiction movie, we got The Fifth Element.
TV, on the other hand, is an absolute smorgasbord. Every cult show from Colony to Dark Matter to DC’s CW block will be having a panel and a special presentation. So no matter what your favorite show is, there’s probably something to learn about it next week. These are the standouts.
Game of Thrones (Friday July 22, 2016 2:15pm – 3:15pm Hall H)
Hosted by Rob McElhenney, we’ll find out just what’s coming now that Jon Snow knows something and Cersei have cleaned house.
The Walking Dead (Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm – 2:00pm Hall H)
Most of the cast will be there to discuss who got the receiving end of Lucille (without naming names, of course), and where season seven will pick up in October, as the trailer will debut that day.
Sherlock (Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am – 11:00am Hall H)
We’re finally getting the fourth season, which will premiere on PBS sometime in the 2016-17 season, and the cast and crew will tease just what’s in store for the team, with the show’s creator Steven Moffat on hand to take questions.