San Diego Comic-Con is the most-anticipated pop culture event in the country, and 2014's 4-day convention kicks off in less than a week. Thursday, Friday and Saturday's schedules have been released, with many of the major film and television studios having announced their presentations.
Marvel is bringing panels for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Carter, Warner Bros. has their their film and television slate, including an early look at perhaps our final trip to Middle Earth (featuring Peter Jackson as our tour guide, anyway) with the concluding installment of The Hobbit, along with some kind of "surprise" that may or may not have to do with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
While Lucasfilm and Disney will be showing off their Star Wars Rebels series, we know that the hotly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII will not have a presence. Expect other Marvel-inspired properties (Ant-Man, Fantastic Four) to play a role, as well.
NBC's full slate of presentations and panels has now been released, with DC Comics-based Constantine leading the pack with a huge presence at the convention, along with The Blacklist, Bates Motel, Hannibal, Grimm, and a new sitcom with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer.
Here's the full list of NBC Comic-Con offerings:
The fact that NBC is pushing Constantine for all it's worth is not surprising. With Fox leaping into the live-action comic book television sandbox with Gotham and the CW augmenting their popular and successful Arrow series with spinoff The Flash, it makes sense that NBC is eager to show off their dark, occult-centered adaptation of the cult-favorite DC character - and from what we've seen so far, the network has something unique on their hands.
As for Hannibal, it's no secret that NBC wants a wider audience for the critically-successful (but ratings challenged) serial killer drama, but is a panel at Comic-Con more preaching to the choir than anything else? With ongoing favorites The Blacklist and Grimm balancing NBC's crowd-pleasing centerpieces with A&E's Bates Motel, the network is still trying to reach out to a demographic which, while seemingly broad, still feels oddly specific.
One surprising addition to their convention offerings is the project pairing 30 Rock alum Jack McBrayer with veteran Conan act Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. The live-action Adult Swim show sounds like something of a departure for everyone involved, but fan-favorite McBrayer has been a welcome presence on animated shows like Bob's Burgers and Archer, and could prove a nice foil for the caustic puppet's rantings.
San Diego Comic-Con 2014 will take place from July 24 – 27th in San Diego, CA.