The biggest pop culture convention in the country, San Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner, and in the weeks leading up to July’s big show, the schedule of events for the 4-day convention is starting to come together.
Already, Warner Bros. has revealed their film (The Hobbit, Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max: Fury Road) and television (Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine) plans. Marvel has also announced their television panels which include Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Carter.
Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that Star Wars Rebels will have a presence at this year’s Comic-Con, while Star Wars: Episode VII will not. Expect more announcements in the coming days, but there’s strong evidence to suggest Ant-Man and Fantastic Four will also be appearing.
Now, the full schedules for Thursday, July 24th, Friday, July 25th, and Saturday, July 26th have been released. Thursday panels include The Giver, Hannibal, Teen Wolf, Community, and Penny Dreadful; Friday includes Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Legend of Korra, The Maze Runner, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D; and Saturday includes Mad Max 4, The Hobbit Part 3, The Flash, Gotham, and hopefully The Avengers 2 and Batman v Superman.
Check out the ‘must-see’ Thursday panels we’ve highlighted below and peruse the full Thursday schedule on Comic-Con’s official site.
’24′ 10:00am – 11:00am, Ballroom 20
Jack is back at Comic-Con, damn it! Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage to celebrate 24′s most iconic moments and highlights of Jack Bauer’s triumphant return in ’24: Live Another Day.’ Catch the exclusive sneak peek at highly anticipated Blu-ray and DVD featurette, Worlds Collide, illustrating how the pulse-pounding storytelling was created for this thrilling new season. Screening and discussion moderated by executive producer Jon Cassar to be followed by Q&A.
Hasbro: ‘Transformers’ 11:00am – 12:00pm, Room 25ABC
Members of the Hasbro and Hasbro Studios team will give fans an exclusive sneak peek at the new animated series ‘Transformers: Robots In Disguise’ airing in early 2015 on Hub Network in the U.S. and globally. Attendees will also get a first look at the third season of ‘Transformers: Rescue Bots,’ also airing on the Hub Network. In addition, attendees can celebrate the 30-year legacy of the Transformers brand and experience exclusive reveals of never-beefore-seen product. The ‘Transformers’ team members will also host some Q&A for your burning Transformers questions!
Dreamworks Animation 11:30am – 1:00pm, Hall H
Panels will feature ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ (Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Directors Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell) and ‘Home’ (director Tim Johnson).
‘The Giver’ 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Hall H
Twenty years in the making, fans of the novel can rejoice: ‘The Giver’ is coming to the big screen. The Weinstein Company and Walden Media will premiere exclusive footage from the upcoming film with stars Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, director Phillip Noyce, and bestselling author Lois Lowry.
The Art of ‘Big Hero Six’ 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 7AB
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents director Don Hall, producer Roy Conli, production designer Paul Felix and character designer Shiyoon Kim as they share the visual development of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ November 7, 2014 film, ‘Big Hero 6.’ The action-packed comedy adventure tells the story of robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius – thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion – a robot named Baymax – and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name.
Greendale Forever: TV Guide Magazine’s Tribute to Community 2:15pm – 3:15pm, Ballroom 20
Will “six seasons and a movie” come true? Has Greendale Community College been saved? What happens next to Jeff Winger and the study group? Moderator Michael Schneider, TV Guide magazine’s executive editor, joins Community creator Dan Harmon and members of the cast and producers as they recap last season (including Dan’s heralded return to the show) and discuss what the future holds for this fan-favorite comedy.
Paramount Pictures 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Hall H
Paramount Pictures will provide an inside look at their upcoming films. Attendees will view exclusive footage presented by special guests and hear the latest news for some of the year’s most anticipated movies!
‘Teen Wolf’ 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Ballroom 20
MTV’s hit drama ‘Teen Wolf’ returns to Comic-Con for the fifth consecutive year. The pack of Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, and new cast members Shelley Hennig and Dylan Sprayberry, along with executive producer Jeff Davis, share secrets, debut a new mid-season trailer, and answer fan questions. Moderated by Buzzfeed senior editor Jarett Wieselman.
‘Hannibal’: Embrace the Madness 4:45pm – 5:45pm, Ballroom 20
Join the creative minds behind the award-winning TV series ‘Hannibal.’ The menu will include executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller, executive producer/writer Steven Lightfoot, director David Slade, executive producer Martha DeLaurentiis, and stars Caroline Dhavernas (Dr. Alana Bloom), Scott Thompson, and Aaron Abrams (Special Agents Jimmy Price and Brian Zeller), in a panel moderated by Jonathan Ross. They’ll serve behind-the-scenes discussion from the second season, paired with sneak previews of what’s to come in season 3, not to mention a few surprises along the way. Bon appétit, Fannibals!
Goonies Never Say Die 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
With Richard Donner’s announcement that a sequel to his beloved 1985 classic ‘The Goonies’ is on the way, join ‘Goonies’ cast members to explore how it became an iconic movie for an entire generation, why the film has stood the test of time, and possible insights into the much anticipated sequel. Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) moderates a panel of cast members and special surprise guests, including a Q&A session.
Showtime: ‘Penny Dreadful’ 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Ballroom 20
Creator and showrunner John Logan is joined by spellbinding stars Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler), Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray), and Harry Treadaway (Victor Frankenstein), as the monstrous new series possesses Ballroom 20. Enter the demimonde to find out what moments haunt the writer and cast from the first season and view a sneak peek to see what the cards reveal about the season ahead. The panel will be moderated by Emmy Award-nominated actress and host Aisha Tyler (Archer, The Talk), followed by a Q&A session with the “Dreadfuls.” ‘Penny Dreadful’ returns to Showtime in 2015.
The Heroes of ‘Star Wars Rebels’ 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Room 6BCF
The almost 20-year stretch of ‘Star Wars’ history between ‘Episodes III’ and ‘IV’ is a dark time in the galaxy that has never before been explored on screen. The evil Galactic Empire has tightened its grip and only a select few are brave enough to stand against tyranny and ignite a rebellion. Join ‘Star Wars Rebels’ executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg as well as series stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray for an exclusive preview of what’s to come this Fall on Disney XD in this eagerly awaited television series from Lucasfilm Animation.
Obviously, we’re still waiting on the details for the Paramount Pictures’ panel (expect to see some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles footage), but The Giver – based on Lois Lowry’s celebrated novel – is probably the biggest feature film of the day. And while Thursday evening’s Goonies Never Say Die panel isn’t about the (supposedly) forthcoming Goonies sequel, it could provide some insight into the project.
Ballroom 20 will definitely be hopping, as it’s hosting panels for shows with cult followings like Community, Hannibal, and Teen Wolf. Animation fans should pay attention to a few of the smaller panels scheduled throughout the day as it appears these could be good opportunities to get an early look at a few upcoming cartoons and animated features – namely, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Big Hero 6, and the aforementioned Star Wars Rebels.
San Diego Comic-Con 2014 will take place from July 24 – 27th in San Diego, CA.