Warner Bros, Sony and Universal might be sitting out San Diego Comic-Con 2019, but we still have plenty of amazing panels to be excited about — especially in regards to new television shows. We’ll be covering all of it from San Diego next week, but for those prepping their must-see lists, we’re counting down the 10 most exciting panels happening at SDCC this year.
10. Terminator: Dark Fate
The Terminator will “be back” with a panel for the latest film in the franchise, Dark Fate, which sees the highly anticipated return of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor. We can expect some footage, along with a new trailer.
When and where: Hall H on Thursday, July 18 at 11:00AM
Who will be there: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Natalia Reyes, Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna and Diego Boneta, as well as the film’s director Tim Miller.
San Diego Comic-Con isn’t the only major annual genre convention that takes place in the world - or even in the U.S., but it’s one of the largest and most significant, both because of its history and because it’s where many big announcements from studios and publishers about new releases are made. These are only some of the reasons that thousands of people flock to cons like SDCC every year.
The third season of HBO’s sci-fi series has left the pasture, with Aaron Paul joining the cast as the latest person to cross Dolores’ path. He’ll be on hand, along with several of the stars, to share a new glimpse and tease the next mysteries at Westworld, which comes back in 2020.
When and where: Hall H on Saturday, July 20 at 1:15PM
Who will be there: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Tessa Thompson, Aaron Paul, and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.
8. Steven Universe
One of modern television’s greatest shows is back with a panel to tease its upcoming film, Steven Universe: The Movie, which promises to be a full-out musical extravaganza. The movie’s first trailer is set to drop, so be sure to look to Gizmodo for more.
When and where: Ballroom 20 on Friday, July 19 at 1:00PM
Who will be there: Shelby Rabara, Estelle, Michaela Dietz, Deedee Magno Hall and series creator Rebecca Sugar.
When Cartoon Network announced there’d be new details about the upcoming Steven Universe movie at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the thing most everyone immediately latched onto about the new character art was a small, but very significant update to Steven’s appearance that someone unfamiliar with the series might have missed. Look at that boy’s neck. It’s a new neck.
Spinning out from the CW’s Arrowverse crossover, Ruby Rose stars as Batwoman. This panel will feature a Q&A with cast and crew — plus the con is hosting two screenings of the pilot. We’ll be sure to share our thoughts on Kate Kane’s debut.
When and where: Ballroom 20 on Saturday, July 20 at 10:30AM
Who will be there: TBA
6. Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones may have ended on a, well, divided note, but that doesn’t mean fans are ready to say goodbye. The series returns to Comic-Con for presumably the last time, with some of the cast, and the showrunners, commiserating on the show’s closing chapter.
When and where: Hall H on Friday, July 19 and 5:30PM
Who will be there: Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Iain Glen, Conleth Hill, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and director Miguel Sapochnik.
5. His Dark Materials
Philip Pullman’s fantasy saga adaptation is making its Comic-Con debut with a panel sharing news and details about the upcoming HBO premiere. Fans can expect a peek at the show, along with hopefully a new trailer. And yes, Lin-Manuel Miranda will be there, so that guarantees a good time.
When and where: Hall H on Thursday, July 18 at 4:45PM
Who will be there: Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ruth Wilson.
For casual Philip Pullman fans whose only exposure to his work is the 2007 film The Golden Compass, or newcomers anticipating the BBC’s His Dark Materials this fall, the name Will Parry may not ring a bell. But anyone who’s read the books knows the monumental role this character will play in the story to come, and now we know the young man who will be playing him.
4. The Expanse
One year after Amazon saved The Expanse from certain space doom, the show is returning with season four. The panel is a bona fide reunion of stars, past and present, and we’re expecting to finally get a trailer for the next chapter aboard the Rocinante, along with a release date.
When and where: Indigo Ballroom on Saturday, July 20 at 1:00PM
Who will be there: Steven Strait, Wes Chatham, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Frankie Adams, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham, and showrunner Naren Shankar.
3. The Witcher
Henry Cavill stars as Geralt, the monster hunter with a special sword and a… questionable wig. We’ve been waiting months to see a teaser trailer for the show, along with a release date, and the panel is expected to deliver.
When and where: Hall H on Friday, July 19 at 2:15PM
Who will be there: TBA
After years and years on the back burner, Star Trek is truly ascendant on television once more. Although for now we just have Star Trek: Discovery, soon enough CBS wants us watching tons of new space exploration shows. While we’re not quite at five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred Trek shows just yet, there’s a lot — and here’s what we know.
2. Enter the Star Trek Universe
CBS has so many Star Trek projects going on, it chose to dump them all into one panel! “Enter the Star Trek Universe” will share news about several Star Trek projects — including the animated show Lower Decks from the guys behind Rick and Morty, and Sir Patrick Stewart’s highly anticipated return as Jean-Luc Picard. We can’t wait, especially for the dog.
When and where: Hall H on Saturday, July 20 at 11:30AM
Who will be there:
Star Trek: Discovery — Sonequa Martin-Green; Tig Notaro; and executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise and Heather Kadin.
Star Trek: Lower Decks — co-creator Mike McMahan
Star Trek: Picard — Sir Patrick Stewart; Alison Pill; Michelle Hurd; Evan Evagora; Isa Biones; Santiago Cabrera; Harry Treadaway; showrunner Michael Chabon; and executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman and Heather Kadin.
“It’s for the children... I’m a role model,” Jean-Luc Picard awkwardly jokes when a Starfleet Admiral hailing the Enterprise notices the rainbow-coloured 'Captain Picard Day' banner in the background of their communique in 'The Pegasus'. Twenty-four years after he first said it, it’s not just the kids aboard the Enterprise he’s a role model to.
1. Marvel Studios
We saved the biggest and most mind-blowing for last. Coming on the heels of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios is hosting a 90-minute panel about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we’re expecting a lot of big news to come out about The Eternals, Black Widow and the new Avengers. And since it’s Marvel, we’re sure at least one major surprise is in store.
When and where: Hall H on Saturday, July 20 at 5:15PM
Who will be there: Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and a crap-ton of surprise panellists.
Be sure to keep a close watch on Gizmodo for all of our Comic-Con coverage. We’ll see you there.