San Diego Comic is around the corner and we’re gearing up to hear what panels will show what’s coming next for our favourite franchises. However, there will be a few noticeable absences to the panel circuit this year due to varying reasons. The information in this article comes from Inverse.
Let’s begin with the ones we know will be there.
It wouldn’t be Comic Con without The CW’s Arrowverse panels. This year’s panels for Greg Berlanti’s superhero franchise will be a bittersweet one for fans. It will be the final time Arrow takes to the stage as it enters its eighth and final season when the series returns in October.
Also, there will be a panel for the upcoming freshman series, Batwoman which will show the pilot episode in full. Be on the lookout for new footage and/or images that might come from the panel.
Despite not being a part of the Arrowverse (yet!), Black Lightning will return to Comic Con this year to talk about its upcoming third season.
Since Gotham wrapped its final season, a new show set in the same universe will take its spot at Comic Con. Pennyworth will make its SDCC debut with its own panel which will show its pilot episode.
The Arrowverse isn’t the only Greg Berlanti franchise to feature at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Titans and Doom Patrol will both have panels this year to begin anticipation for their upcoming second seasons.
The Vampire Diaries ‘Verse
Moving away from the superhero genre, its been announced that the second spinoff to The Vampire Diaries, Legacies will return to the ‘Con to welcome the series back for its upcoming season 2.
Amazon Studios will debut its new show The Boys with its own panel. Be on the lookout for footage and a taste of what the show will feature with its edgy tone and content.
It: Chapter 2
If you want a good scare, the second installment to the It duology, IT: Chapter 2 will feature at the third annual ScareDiego event. According to reports from Deadline, there may be a tease from the film at the event featuring unseen footage.
If you’re a fan of HBO series, Westworld, then you’re in luck as the series will feature at SDCC and will bring about new footage from the new season. The panel will feature a discussion and attendees may include:
- Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy
- Ed Harris
- Thandie Newton
- Aaron Paul
- Tessa Thompson
- Evan Rachel Wood
- Jeffrey Wright
Game of Thrones
While Game of Thrones may be over, but that doesn’t stop Benioff and Weiss from stopping by San Diego for an in-depth discussion about the final season what’s to come in Westeros with the upcoming spinoffs. Expect stars from the original series to appear with:
- John Bradley
- Jacob Anderson
- Maisie Williams
- Isaac Hempstead Wright
- Iain Glen
- Conleth Hill
- Nathalie Emmanuel
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
- Liam Cunningham
All expecting to make an appearance. Be on alert for news on the upcoming prequel series, Moonblood (title not final) that is currently in the middle of filming. There may also be photos involved.
Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be announced in Hall H. We already know what the titles for the next phase will be, but this Phase Four panel will be our official announcement.
The film announced are currently:
- Black Panther 2
- Doctor Strange 2
- The Eternals
- Black Widow
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Though, please bear in mind this may change. Black Widow is already filming and a script has already been written for GotG Vol. 3. The panel may officer release dates, official confirmation on titles, footage, casting announcements and more.
As of currently, the list above is all Inverse had on what’s coming to SDCC this year. There’s a new uncertain panels that we aren’t sure will be at the convention.
Syfy’s breakout series and Superman prequel Krypton made its SDCC debut last year. This year, however, there’s been no confirmation whether the series will feature at the ‘Con this year.
In a recent interview, series stars Cameron Cuffe (Seg-El) and Colin Salmon (General Dru-Zod) were asked if the show feature at San Diego. They couldn’t confirm anything, but they couldn’t deny anything either.
With the announcement of which CW shows would feature, there was one notable name left off the list; the rebooted Charmed. Like Krypton, the reboot supernatural series made its debut at SDCC last year with its own panel. However, there’s no mention of a panel this year.
Supernatural has been a staple on the CW since the channel was known as the WB. With the series now reaching the end of its run like Arrow is, it should be at SDCC to say goodbye, right? Ah… we don’t actually know what’s going on. Whether there’s going to be a farewell panel for the series is anyone’s guess.
Another CW series that’s a smash hit is Riverdale. It’s made SDCC appearances before and has had panels in the past, but what about this year? There’s no confirmation to whether there is going to be one.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
There’s currently conflicting reports to whether Star Wars Episode 9 will have a panel at this year’s Comic Con. If there is no panel, it’s likely that The Rise of Skywalker will feature at D23 in August.
Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard
Two noticable absences from any confirmation panels list are CBS Access’s Star Trek: Discovery and its upcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation spinoff, Star Trek: Picard.
Discovery had a panel last year to get people excited for the then-upcoming second season. With its third season in production, you’d think there would be a panel for the third season, right?
Picard is in the same the vote. Its first season will air later this year, so wouldn’t it be wise to tease the audience and fans?
Confirmed: Not Appearing
There’s also a list of panels which won’t happen this year.
Worlds of DC
It was confirmed that no DC films will appear at SDCC this year. So, don’t expect to see footage, photos, or posters for the upcoming Birds of Prey or Wonder Woman 1984.
If you’re hoping to get a first glimpse at the upcoming Morbius film, you’ll be disappointed to learn that Sony as no plans to show its films at SDCC. Though, Collider points out there might be teases for Zombieland: Double Tap, Charlie’s Angels, Bloodshot, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
So, what appears here isn’t a full list of what will and won’t appear at this year’s Comic Con International. There might be an update closer to the event, but we’ll just have to see.
San Diego Comic Con 2019 will run from the 18th July to the 21st July.
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