San Diego Comic-Con is coming up this week: fans from across the world will be coming in to revel in the costumes, comics, television shows, and films that will be showcased at the convention.
But while the event has long been a venue for some of the biggest names in Hollywood to show off what’s to come, there are some notable gaps this year: HBO and Disney’s Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm are skipping the show, which means we won’t see previews of the upcoming seasons of Westworld or Game of Thrones, nor trailers for Captain Marvel or Star Wars. It does feel as though Hollywood has pulled back a bit from the con this year, but we’ll still see some high-profile panels from Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and Paramount.
We’ve rounded up some of the bigger things to expect when the show kicks off July 19th:
Wait, didn’t we just say that Marvel is skipping the show? Yes, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t see anything from the Marvel world. Sony Pictures will be showing off a bit of its animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as well as Venom at its Friday evening Hall H panel. We’ll also see some looks at Marvel’s Freeform show Cloak & Dagger and Netflix’s Iron Fist.
DC & Warner Bros.
With Marvel Studios skipping the show, Warner Bros. has a good opportunity to take over with its DC films. At its Saturday morning panel, we know we’ll see trailers from the upcoming Aquaman, Wonder Woman 1984, and Shazam, and we might get some updates on what’s to come after those films hit theaters. But we’ll likely get a bit more out of Warner Bros.: We will likely get a new trailer at Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and potentially its sequel to Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox usually comes through with a bunch of films, but it’s taking a lower profile this time around, only showcasing its upcoming reboot The Predator in Hall H on Thursday morning.
Disney’s skipping the show this year, so we probably won’t see too much about the franchise, but there will be a big panel to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The Clone Wars (we could get a preview of the upcoming animated show Star Wars Resistance), as well as a look at what books we can expect in the next year.
CBS will be swinging by Hall H for a big panel on Star Trek: Discovery, which will include a number of members of its cast and crew. We might get a premiere date for the second season, and maybe a trailer.
Last year, Netflix went all out with a huge panel for Stranger Things 2 and Bright. The streaming service isn’t skipping the show this year, but it is going a bit more low-key. It’ll have a look at its upcoming series Black Summer (a tie-in to SYFY’s Z Nation), Marvel’s Iron Fist, Voltron Legendary Defender, and Matt Groening’s new animated fantasy show Disenchantment.
Paramount is showcasing the next entry in its Transformers franchise: Bumblebee. It’s the first time that the studio has brought in a film to Hall H, and we’ll likely get a new trailer, and maybe some details from the director and cast.
Doctor Who has undergone some big changes since last year: it’s changed showrunners and introduced its first female Doctor, who will be played by Jodie Whittaker. At this year’s Hall H panel, we’ll likely get a good look at what to expect when the show returns this fall.
In addition to what’s already listed above, SYFY will also be previewing its new show Nightflyers and the upcoming new seasons of The Magicians, Krypton, Wynona Earp, and Z Nation, as well as the six and final (sniff) Sharknado movie.
VR and Brand Activations
Like last year, we’ll see quite a few shows and brands rolling out some extensive VR and immersive activations. There’ll be an in-universe art gallery from Star Trek: Discovery (Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery, 363 Fifth Avenue), a pop-up “Purge City” store, some sort of Castle Rock experience from Hulu, a big Jack Ryan activation from Amazon that involves VR and zip-lines, and quite a bit more surrounding the convention.