The 50th anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con is now less than a month away. New panels, activations, and parties are being announced every day. Along with the latest of what to expect, there’s also news about what not to expect. Warner Bros., Universal, and Sony are now reportedly skipping out on Comic-Con 2019.
Miss Me Yet?
While most people are excited at the thought of what’s to come, some of this year’s misses are disappointing. Sony is the latest studio to announce its absence from the roster. Unfortunately, this bow out means no sneak peek of “Charlie’s Angels” or Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
DC Comics fans are also out of luck. “Wonder Woman 1984,” “Suicide Squad 2,” “Joker,” and the upcoming “Harley Quinn” spinoff, “Birds of Prey,” will not be included in this year’s Con.
On the bright side, Warner Bros. still has things covered in the television department. The network set exclusive premieres for Preview Night. On Wednesday, July 17, fans are getting a first look at “Batwoman” and “Pennyworth.” The screening lineup also includes “Prodigal Son,” which is airing on Fox this fall, as well as the new animated series, “Harley Quinn.”
Things are Looking Marvel-ous for Comic-Con 2019
Fans are most excited to see Marvel make its return to SDCC. After a heavily-felt absence in Hall H last year, Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe will be back in 2019 to shed some light on new endeavors. Since the Disney-Fox merger, this notable comeback may give people some answers as to exactly how the MCU is expanding.
Everyone wants to know what’s on deck after “Avengers: Endgame” and “Spider-Man: Far from Home.” Plus, buzz is building around what details panelists might reveal about “Black Widow,” “Shang-Chi,” “The Eternals,” “Doctor Strange 2,” and “Black Panther 2.”
To top off the excitement, “Avengers” writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely will be making an appearance at Hall H on July 19. The Russo Brothers will also do a panel at Hall H on Friday. “Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo will follow Markus and McFeely, likely revealing a few details on some of their upcoming projects.
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday
As SDCC welcomes some exciting additions, it also bids adieu to a few longtime favorites. “Supernatural,” “Arrow,” and “Game of Thrones” fans are likely to shed a few parting tears this year. But “The Big Bang Theory,” which aired its final episode in May, is one show which will not be returning to say goodbye.
While fans can expect the usual suspects with The CW’s lineup, “GoT” recently revealed their cast list, with a few notable names missing. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) are among the cast members that will not be attending the SDCC reunion. “Thrones” fans will likely miss their familiar faces, as they also welcome other returning favorites.
The “Riverdale” panel will take place on Sunday, July 21. It’s scheduled in between “Supernatural” and “Mayans M.C.” The loss of “Riverdale” cast member Luke Perry will undoubtedly be felt. The series returns in October and its first episode will pay tribute to the late actor.
“The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” are also heading back to Hall H. Talk show host Conan O’Brien will also be making his return, and “Westworld” will be on-site.
Furthermore, “Veronica Mars” is set to make a splash as more details are revealed about the show’s revival. The series officially ended in 2007 after only three seasons. However, the fan-favorite drama makes its long-awaited return to Hulu this summer. “Marshmallows,” aka “Veronica Mars” fans, will finally get their fourth season on July 26.
In 2013, series creator Rob Thomas wrote the film of the same name, which picked up with the TV characters in real time. Fans fully funded the movie, which met its $2 million Kickstarter goal in less than 11 hours. Eventually, the campaign raised $5.7 million. As Comic-Con is one of the most significant fan events in pop culture, this show will likely get some extra focus this year.
HBO is also bringing some fun to the Gaslamp Quarter with its “Watchmen” activation.
However, Amazon Prime Video currently has everyone’s attention. This year, the streaming service will present the Amazon Prime Video Experience. The immersive installation is bound to be an SDCC 2019 highlight.
The celebration will honor two new original Prime Video shows, “The Boys” and “Carnival Row,” along with season 4 of “The Expanse.” The 60,000 square-foot activation will feature a 40-foot tower with LED screens playing select scenes. Along with offering collectible giveaways, Amazon will also host premieres, panels, and parties.
Comic-Con will be taking over San Diego from Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21. Fans only have a few weeks left to plan around the parties and get their cosplay in order.