UPDATED: with events from all days. Captain Marvel, The Guardians of the Galaxy and whoever is alive from The Avengers won’t be showing up in San Diego, but there will be plenty of other big screen rivals to keep the temperature at a scorching level in Hall H.
At this point in time, many film screenings are oddly missing from the lineup, except for kiddie pic Teen Titans Go! To the Movies! on Friday (Um, family day is on Sunday). Perhaps there will be more as they’re often announced at the last minute or suddenly during the confab (Read Lionsgate’s Blair Witch). Comic-Con has traditionally been a successful launch pad for such fan faves as Sausage Party, Star Trek Beyond, The Visit, Annabelle: Creation and Don’t Breathe. Don’t worry, on the TV side there’s the AMC premiere of Better Call Saul season 4.
In addition: Calling Joss Whedon…Joss Whedon are you there? The Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and Avengers filmmaker skipped his annual chat last year as he was finishing Justice League. No word yet if he’s booked a car down to San Diego.
Read our “best of” film list below — and make sure you come back for updates.
Wednesday, July 18
New Line’s 2nd Annual ScareDiego
9:30pm, Horton Grand Theatre
There will be some special news about It: Chapter 2, extended clips from The Conjuring spinoff The Nun, and some surprises from New Line’s horror cinema.
Thursday, July 19
The 6th Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero
10AM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront
Costa Communcations’ annual film composer symposium features unreleased clips and unheard cues from such superhero pic and TV series music maestros as Tyler Bates (Deadpool 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 2), Marco Beltrami (A Quiet Place, Logan, The Wolverine), Christophe Beck (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Kurt Farquhar (Black Lightning), and Blake Neely (The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow).
From the Bridge
10AM, Ballroom 20
Greg Grunberg will serve as moderator for the panel featuring the documentary’s writer-director Spencer F. Lee, Nichelle Nichols, Rod Roddenberry, Kerry O’Quinn, Tom DeSanto, cos-player Cecil Grimes and other special guests. From The Bridge chronicles the evolution of sci-fi, horror and comic book fandom, as recounted by some well-known names from the genres. Docu also features original interviews with those already mentioned plus Stan Lee, Joe Dante, Tom DeSanto, Adam Nimoy, Bryan Fuller, Neal Adams, Doug Jones, Howard Roffman, among others.
20th Century Fox presentation
10:30AM, Hall H
Similar to the studio’s panel last year which solely focused on Kingsman: The Golden Circle, only one title will be spotlighted and that’s Shane Black’s reboot The Predator with cast Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski, Thomas Jane and Augusto Aguiliera. Last year, Deadpool 2 didn’t even make a cameo, so it’s plausible that X-Men fare Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants won’t either. After making a splash at CinemaCon and SXSW with some intriguing footage, it’s a shocker that Fox hasn’t announced that they’re bringing Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel.
4:30PM, Room 6DE
Before Wonder Woman 1984 and the CW/DC TV series there was the Jeannot Szwarc-directed, Alexander Salkind movie. Supergirl herself Helen Slater and Jimmy Olsen aka Marc McClure will take a look back at the movie arrives on Blu-Ray on July 24.
Assassination Nation panel with the Russo Brothers
5:45PM, Hall H
The Russos won’t be there to discuss the dangling strings they left behind with Infinity War, rather the Sundance movie they co-acquired with NEON. Pic, directed by Sam Levinson who’ll be on hand, tells the story of a social media-savvy high school senior and her friends as they turn a small town upside down when they start posting details from the private digital lives of everyone in their small town. Joining Levinson and the Russos are pic’s stars Bill Skarsgård, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, and Abra.
6:45PM, Room 6A. Christopher Downie’s biographical comedy about Kevin Smith making his cult classic Clerks literally stars much of the original cast including Smith, Brian O’Hallaron, Jason Mewes and Marilyn Ghigliotti. Downie, Brett Murray (producer/actor), Ryan James (producer/editor), and castmembers Matthew Postlethwaite and Stephanie Price will be on hand with special guests from Clerks and Comic Book Men including Ghigliotti (associate producer) and Ming Chenfor an exclusive sneak peak.
Friday, July 20
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies screening
Horton Grand Theatre
12 noon and 2pm screenings
Attendees will get to see the Warner Bros. feature take on the WBTV DC toon series before it opens on July 27.
The Future of Film is Female
2:30pm, Room 5AB
Symposium with The Spy Who Dumped Me director Susanna Fogel, Bumblebee and Batgirl scribe Christina Hodson, and The Darkest Minds director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
Universal Pictures presentation
Time 3:45PM, Hall H
Three years ago, M. Night Shyamalan delighted Comic-Con attendees with screenings of his mircobudget Blumhouse production The Visit, this year the director is bring a panel on Uni’s Glass the third installment of a superhero-thriller trilogy that was preceded by Unbreakable and Split. The sequel stars Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy and Sarah Paulson — all of whom may show up to Hall H. Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween will also stir up some scares with original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis more than likely to stop by with director David Gordon Green, who co-wrote this reboot with Danny McBride.
5-6 PM, Hall H
It’s all Bumblebee all the time with lead star Hailee Steinfeld and director Travis Knight. This marks the first Comic-Con for the Transformers franchise. With Top Gun: Maverick shooting in San Diego, will Tom Cruise parachute in?
6:15PM, Hall H
Stay put in Hall H as Sony casts a web around the 130K capacity room with with not one Spider-Man movie, but two and maybe three. Ruben Fleischer’s spinoff of the dark webslinger Venom is happening with Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed likely in attendance. There’s also Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. But the bigger question is does Tom Holland swing in with any special news on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home? He did stop by Settle’s Ace Comic-Con a week and a half ago.
Saturday, July 21
Warner Bros. presentation
10:30 AM-12:30 PM, Hall H
Odds are with zero movie panels on Saturday night, a prime time in Hall H, Warner Bros. session will slot in there. The studios will be unveiling their full lineup this week. What we know so far is that Wonder Woman 1984‘s Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins are likely making a special appearance. Aquaman director James Wan already announced that he will drop a new trailer for the DC comic book adaptation, and Jason Mamoa and cast should be in tow. A sneak peek of Shazam! should slip through and it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary if WB shows off footage from The Lego Movie 2, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Super Troopers 2
1:30PM, Horton Grand Theatre.
The Broken Lizard Comedy gang of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, and Paul Soter are scheduled to be there. The indie cult sequel hits DVD on July 17.
RZA: Movies, Music & Martial Arts
2:45PM-3:45PM, Hall H.
RZA will tout his new movie Cut Throat City. Expected to show up in addition to RZA: Shameik Moore, T.I., Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard, Kat Graham, Demtrius Shipp Jr, Denzel Whitaker, Keean Johnson, Tyron Woodley.
EW: Women Who Kick Ass
4-5 PM, Hall H
Panelists: Actresses Chloe Bennet (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Regina King (Watchmen), Camila Mendes (Riverdale), Amandla Stenberg (The Darkest Mind), and Jodie Whitakker (Doctor Who) open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine the rules and refuse to yield.
5:15-6:15 PM, Hall H
Deadpool and pals drop into Hall H for an hour of maximum effort. Expect dirty jokes, broken fourth walls, maybe some spandex, and there may or may not be live unicorns in attendance. Actors and creators attending are TBD.
An Evening With Kevin Smith
6:45-8:15 PM, Hall H
The podcasting director returns to the Hall H stage after nearly dying of a heart attack back in February. Hear him talk about directing Supergirl and The Flash, his new show Hollyweed, and the forthcoming sequel, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot!
Deadpool 2 Super-Duper Special Screening
10 PM-Midnight, Horton Grand Theatre
A special version of the superhero sequel will screen — and there may be some surprises in it that you didn’t see the first time you watched.