1. Q: When is Comic Con?
A: If you haven’t caught wind by now, San Diego Comic-Con will soon be upon us. Thw show is running from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12. For those in attendance, there’s a preview night on July 8 as well, but it’s only open to those with 4-day passes, industry professionals, and press. Though hopefully EW’s Comic-Con double issue was a strong enough hint.
2. Q: Is Comic Con moving from San Diego?
A: Not for the foreseeable future. Variety broke the news that the Con would be staying in San Diego at least through the 2018 show, which should ensure all of the announced superhero and franchise films coming in the next few years have a chance to appear at the show.
3. Q: What big studios aren’t coming to the show?
A: Hall H and Ballroom 20 are normally filled with some of Comic-Con’s biggest panels, casting reveals, and teasers, but a few big names are missing from the schedule this year. Both Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures will not hold panels at this year’s show, while Marvel Studios’ film division will also be absent (though its TV sector will be at the Con with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter). So sadly don’t expect to see anything from Captain America: Civil War or Marvel’s other upcoming films break to the crowd at Hall H.
4. Q: What can we expect from the studios who are attending?
A: But while those studios may be skipping out, there are still plenty of big names left. EW’s cover film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is expected to take center stage at Warner Bros.’ presentation. And with that film essentially setting up the Justice League films to come, might we see a few more members of the team on stage? WB is promising surprises for its panel, so might the currently filming Suicide Squad cast take a break to visit?
Meanwhile, other studios are remaining somewhat coy about what’s to come, but there are plenty of options to go around. Aside from The Hunger Games and Lucasfilm panels, Quentin Tarantino will be bringing The Hateful Eight to the show, while Fox has the in-production X-Men: Apocalypse waiting in the wings. Speaking of the X-Men, could a certain Merc with a Mouth or card-throwing mutant make an appearance? And will Warcraft’s presence at Legendary’s panel be the first time we see the World of Warcraft adaptation in motion?
5. Q: Which of my favorite TV shows will be there?
A: Fear not Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Heroes fans. Plenty of your favorite returning series – and soon-to-be-favorite new shows – will have a presence at the Con. You can already check out some of EW’s preview coverage for Doctor Who, Fear the Walking Dead and Ash vs. Evil Dead.
6. Q: What about comics, games, and more?
A: Film and TV may dominate some of the discussion around Comic-Con, but there are plenty of panels and more news coming out regarding the con’s namesake, comics, as well as games and more. For EW’s coverage, read our preview of the Archie reboot and the reveal of Mark Millar’s latest Huck.
7. Q: Where can I find out when panels are being held?
8. Q: Can I watch the panels as they happen if I’m not attending?
A: Unfortunately not. Panels may appear online after the Con in video form, but there are no official ways to watch the big panels during the show if you are not in attendance.
9. Q: So how can I keep up with news if I’m not attending?
A: Stay tuned to EW, of course! We’ll have on-the-floor coverage all weekend, along with a host of videos from some of the biggest stars attending thsi year’s Comic-Con. Be sure to bookmark our Comic-Con hub to stay on top of news as it breaks straight from the show.
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