Cayce McCarty - Arts and Entertainment blogger
San Diego Comic-Con has released some essential information for everyone who’s been waiting to see who will show up to the con and what kind of panels there will be; especially what will be featured in the famous Hall H that has up to 6,500 seats. For starters, there are other places where events will go down outside the convention center and these places are San Diego Central Library, the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, the Horton Grand Theater, and the Marriot Marquis. For more information about what floors of these establishments will be hosting con, events can be found on the con’s website. The con’s schedule is from July 19th- July 22nd with preview night being on the 18th.
There are going to hundreds of guests there not only actors from movies and tv shows but also comic book creators from Marvel, D.C., and independent companies. There will be autograph and photo sessions, panels, film festivals, the annual blood drive, merch vendors, a masquerade, the artist alley, and more. Marvel is taking a break from this year’s con, so it appears this will leave more stuff to be dished out by the D.C. company. Some of the news coming from D.C. is info on the Aqua-Man movie with Jason Momoa and other members of the cast. Also, the Arrow tv verse will be there and they may drop info on who could possibly be playing Batgirl and the Black Lightning team will also be showing up as well.
There will also be a panel for the Hellboy franchise that is getting a reboot and actor David Harbor, who will be playing the new Hellboy, will be there. Warner Bros. will be there with the Harry Potter spin-off/prequel series Fantastic Beasts cast and it’s been hinted that they will be dropping the second trailer for the film but they’re keeping a tight lip as of right now. Sadly, there are a few more franchises out there that will not be headed to the con such as Game of Thrones and Outlander. Doctor Who will have a huge presence this year as well and will be featuring the first female doctor who’s being played by Jodie Whittaker.
Star Trek Discovery is also going to have a panel at this year’s con and fans are interested in Spock’s storyline in this series and other aliens that could show up this season. There’s going to be even more vendors and groups showing up to the con as well. Some merch vendors include D.C. Collectables and Funko Pop. Some re-attending cosplayers will be seen as well with some newbies on the scene. It’s also important to note that actor Zachary Levi is possibly returning to this year’s con with his Q&A panel known as Nerd HQ. This is when Levi gets actors from tv shows and movies to host a fan question and answer events; the top two funniest ones, in my opinion, have to be with actor Tom Hiddleston.