SDCC 2018: The Most Important Panels (And What to Expect From Them)

SDCC Comic Con 2018 Panels

The full schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2018 is out now, but which are the must-see panels for big reveals and trailers? SDCC is one of the biggest weeks of the year in the entertainment industry, with audiences given a wealth of exclusive sneak peeks and even world premieres. Cast and crew of blockbuster movies and popular TV shows take part in Q&As, and studios often use the event to drop trailers for their upcoming movies.

There are hundreds of panels and events at SDCC, which means at first glance the schedule can seem more than a little intimidating. Here, we've gone through the entire schedule and identified all the highlights, with a brief account of what's known about the panels. In many cases, studios and networks are keeping their cards close to their chests; sometimes that's because it can be difficult to organize schedules around SDCC, but it's also because they like to have a few surprises in store. Big panels are rarely streamed and some footage is for the convention only, but you can find all the news and officially released content right here over the weekend on Screen Rant.

Related: Screen Rant’s Comic-Con 2018 Guide

This year's SDCC will be a little different. Both Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm are bowing out from their usual Hall H panels, a surprising decision for Marvel given this is the 10-year anniversary of the MCU. As a result, other studios are hoping to step forward and take the SDCC crown for 2018.

20th Century Fox: The Predator

  • Time: 10:30am
  • Venue: Hall H

Last year's Fox panel was entirely dedicated to Kingsman: The Golden Circle. This time round, it looks as though the panel will focus on Shane Black's The Predator. The panel includes Black himself, along with cast members Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski, Thomas Jane and Augusto Aguilera.

The Predator, which is set to launch in theatres on September 14, 2018, will reportedly get the biggest (and perhaps only) push at 20th Century Fox’s panel. Don't expect any X-Men news. With the next batch of X-Men films rescheduled to next year, the releases are simply too far away for Fox to air footage from X-Men: Dark Phoenix or New Mutants. There will be a presence on the Saturday from Deadpool 2, however.

Charmed Exclusive Screening

  • Time: 11:15am
  • Venue: Ballroom 20

The CW is giving their Charmed reboot a big push at SDCC, with a panel featuring series stars Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock, and Rupert Evans along with producers Jennie Snyder Urman, Jessica O'Toole, and Amy Rardin. Attendees will get an exclusive sneak peak at the first episode, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker Doctor Who

  • Time: 11: 45am
  • Venue: Hall H

SDCC's Doctor Who panels have always been exceptionally popular, running all the way back to their debut in 2011. This year, the BBC is using Comic-Con to give attendees their first meeting with new Doctor Jodie Whittaker. The panel will also include co-stars Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill, showrunner Chris Chibnall, and executive producer Matt Strevens.

Related: Russell T. Davies Rewrites Doctor Who History & Reveals Future Doctors


George R R Martin Nightflyers

  • Time: 3:00pm
  • Venue: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Game of Thrones viewers may be disappointed to hear that there won't be a panel this year, but George R.R. Martin is still expected to be in attendance for Syfy's Nightflyers. The sci-fi series is inspired by one of Martin's novellas, and will see a team of scientists head for the edge of space - and the edge of insanity. It's believed executive producers Jeff Buhler and Gene Klein will be part of the panel, along with stars Eoin Macken and Jodie Turner-Smith.

AMC's Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk Better Call Saul Season 4

  • Time: 3:30pm
  • Venue: Hall H

Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul will make its first visit to SDCC since July 2013. The panel will feature creator Vince Gilligan, along with stars Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando, and Patrick Fabian. Echoing the time Breaking Bad aired its Season 5 premiere at the annual entertainment mecca, Better Call Saul will premiere the first episode of Season 4 at SDCC as well.

Magnum P.I.

Jay Hernandez Magnum PI CBS

  • Time: 4:15pm
  • Venue: Room 6A

The rebooted Magnum P.I. series will put on a first-class panel, including stars Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Stephen Hill, and Zachary Knighton and executive producers Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim. Attendees will get an exclusive sneak peek of the first episode, followed by a panel discussion.

Marvel Studios: The First 10 Years, Visual Development

Thanos Time Travels to Titan in Avengers Infinity War

  • Time: 5:00pm
  • Venue: Room 25ABC

Marvel Studios may not be putting on a Hall H panel this year, but there will still be this 10-year anniversary celebration panel. Marvel's Visual Development Team will share never-before-seen concept art and their favorite designs from the past 10 years.

Related: There's A Lot Of Marvel Panels At SDCC 2018: Here Are All The Details

Assassination Nation

  • Time: 5:45pm
  • Venue: Room 25ABC

Welcome to the explosive world of texting, terror, and teen-angst that is Assassination Nation. This all-star panel includes the Russo brothers (Avengers: Infinity War), along with director Sam Levinson and the film's stars Bill Skarsgård (It), Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent), Hari Nef, and Abra. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, and is scheduled for general release in September this year.

Netflix: Marvel's Iron Fist

Iron Fist season 2 premiere

  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Venue: Ballroom 20

The first season of Iron Fist was a success for Netflix in terms of viewing figures, but was roundly criticized by critics and fans alike. New showrunner Raven Metzner is hoping this second series will be better-received. Marvel is currently keeping quiet about what to expect at this panel, with only Jeph Loeb confirmed in attendance. Still, it's likely this will include both a trailer drop and a release date.

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