We’ve finally hit San Diego Comic-Con 2019, and the approaching slate of reveals, trailers, and fan tidbits is just about as overwhelming as actually being inside the crowded convention halls. Want some post-Avengers: Endgame Russo brother content? New trailers and reveals for Netflix originals like The Witcher? Get ready for SDCC weekend 2019.
Last year’s SDCC was a bit sparse, with major players like Marvel Studios and HBO notably absent from Hall H. The biggest showings in 2018 were arguably from Shazam! and Aquaman, both DC Extended Universe films that somewhat filled the MCU void. This year, Marvel Studios is back with projects like a Black Widow standalone and a Doctor Strange sequel on the horizon. HBO is also bringing back Westworld ahead of a third season in 2020, and even Game of Thrones is getting a send-off panel following its conclusion earlier this year.
Polygon will be covering all things Comic-Con over the next four days, but to keep up with everything, here are our picks for panels most likely to produce the biggest announcements of this year’s convention.
[Ed. note: All panel descriptions in block quotes appear as listed on the San Diego Comic-Con 2019 schedule, with all times listed in Pacific time.]
Thursday, July 18
Funimation: My Hero Academia
10:30 a.m., Room 6BCF
My Hero Academia is one of the most popular anime series of the decade. With its fourth season coming this fall, it’s as good a time as ever to catch up with the show.
Prepare to go Plus Ultra! with this one-of-a-kind hero panel. Learn how to be a real hero as panelists discuss this hit anime series, featuring English voice actors Justin Briner (Deku) and Clifford Chapin (Bakugo), and professional football players Marcus Davenport (New Orleans Saints) and Adam Gettis (Atlanta Falcons). See the panelists arm wrestle, watch new episodes for season 4, engage in a Q&A, and get giveaways.
Batman Beyond 20th Anniversary
12:15 p.m., Hall H
Batman Beyond is an animation titan, and has been praised over the years for its narrative depth and quality of animation. This year, the series is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Batman Beyond won two Emmy Awards and three Annie Awards as it captured the imaginations of a new generation of Batman fans, setting new standards for superhero storytelling with innovative designs, outstanding voice acting, and an intriguing approach to DC’s iconic characters and stories. The series also spawned an acclaimed animated film, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Come celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary with many members of the creative team behind the breakthrough production, including producers Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Glen Murakami (Teen Titans), eight-time Emmy Award–winning casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano (Justice League), director James Tucker (Batman: Hush), writers Bob Goodman (Elementary, Warehouse 13) and Stan Berkowitz (Justice League: The New Frontier), and the acting stars of the series: Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) and Will Friedle (Boy Meets World, Kim Possible), the voices of Batman and Terry McGinnis, respectively. Stay to the end for some exclusive prizes and cool announcements.
Marvel Games Panel
1:30 p.m., Hall H
We had some questions post-E3 about Marvel’s Avengers’ character designs or how it was going to, uh, make Black Widow fun to play. Whatever the case may be on those inquiries, Marvel Games has a full slate of games coming out within the next year.
Get an inside look at the latest and greatest from Marvel Games. Attendees will see exciting new content from Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Marvel’s Iron Man VR, and Marvel’s Avengers, with many unannounced surprises and panel exclusives. Moderator Greg Miller (loudmouth at KindaFunny.com) will be joined by Bill Rosemann (VP and creative director, Marvel Games) and other panelists from titles throughout the Marvel Games family.
1:45 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
Raphael Bob-Waksberg broke through into the adult animation consciousness with BokJack Horseman. Now, Rosa Salazar of Alita Battle Angel stars in his and Kate Purdy’s newest surreal series, Undone.
From acclaimed creators Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman) comes Undone, a groundbreaking and genre-bending animated series about a young woman’s complex journey to unlock her past and solve the mystery of her father’s death. Alma Winograd-Diaz (Rosa Salazar) takes her mundane life one day at a time until a near-fatal accident induces visions of her late father, Jacob. Through these persistent visions, he urges her to tap into a mysterious ability that allows her to travel through space and time with the hopes of preventing his untimely death. This quest challenges Alma’s relationships and brings into question her mental well-being with those closest to her. Purdy and Bob-Waksberg serve as executive producers, along with Noel Bright, Steven A. Cohen, and Tommy Pallotta. Dutch artist and filmmaker Hisko Hulsing served as the series director and production designer. Panelists include: Rosa Salazar, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Kate Purdy, and moderator Ben Travers. Undone is produced by Amazon Prime Video and Tornante Productions.
Skybound: In Conversation with Robert Kirkman
3:00 p.m., Room 6A
The Walking Dead recently ended in a sudden conclusion that took fans by surprise. While that saga may have come to a close, Kirkman has plenty of other projects in store including Invincible and Oblivion Song.
Comic book creator, writer, and executive producer Robert Kirkman answers questions from fans and discusses his latest projects, including The Walking Dead, Invincible, Oblivion Song, and more.
His Dark Materials Panel and Q&A Session
4:45 p.m., Hall H
For fans of the fantasy trilogy, the upcoming HBO series is a second chance at bringing Philip Pullman’s sprawling inter-dimensional saga to life. The 2007 movie was largely a letdown, but we’re pumped to see another take at the armored polar bears and cosmic-altering stakes.
Adapting Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, His Dark Materials follows Lyra, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. The series is executive produced by Jane Tranter, Jack Thorne, Julie Gardner, Tom Hooper, Toby Emmerich, Deborah Forte, and Dan McCulloch. Cast panelists include Dafne Keen as Lyra, James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby, and Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter. The panel will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly editor-in-chief, JD Heyman.
Friday, July 19
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
10:15 a.m., Room 6BCF
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power was one of the standout cartoon premieres of 2018. Complex character relationships are at the core of the series, which features equally lovable heroes and villains alike. Season 3 of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power hits Netflix on Aug. 2.
Join the Rebellion! Executive producer Noelle Stevenson, Aimee Carrero (Adora/She-Ra), Karen Fukuhara (Glimmer), Marcus Scribner (Bow), and Lauren Ash (Scorpia) offer a peek inside the highly anticipated third season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power in a conversation moderated by Entertainment Weekly senior editor Patrick Gomez.
A Conversation with the Russo Brothers
10:00 a.m., Hall H
Avengers: Endgame was one of the biggest cinematic events of the past decade, and the Russo Brothers saw it through to the big screen over the course of several years. Their SDCC panel takes place before they kick off their “I Love You 3000” tour later that evening.
For the Russo Brothers, Avengers: Endgame was the culmination of an unprecedented four-film, seven-year journey through the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has included some of the most iconic experiences in modern cinema. Come hear directors Joe and Anthony Russo reflect on Endgame and their epic road to it as they segue into life beyond Marvel with their new company, AGBO, which happens to include an exciting array of new and old creative friends. This new independent studio develops and finances filmed projects in any medium, while keeping creative control within the hands of artists. This discussion will be moderated by Collider’s editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub.
World Premiere: Hulu’s Veronica Mars Reveal
11:30 a.m., Ballroom 20
Veronica Mars effectively launched Kristin Bell’s career, and now things are coming full circle 12 years later with a Hulu reboot of the series. The fourth season is set to hit the streaming platform on July 26.
Come watch the world premiere screening of the new season of Veronica Mars, followed by a conversation with Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, executive producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright and creator/executive producer Rob Thomas. The cult favorite returns after 10 years to Hulu with Veronica Mars (Bell) drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery as a series of bombs terrorize spring-breakers in Neptune.
[adult swim] Rick and Morty
1:00 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
Rick and Morty is a fan-favorite adult swim cartoon that has generated prolific memes like “Pickle Rick” or — god help us all — McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce. The series is getting it’s long overdue fourth season this fall.
Wubba lubba dub dub! The Emmy Award–winning series Rick and Morty is back for a highly anticipated fourth season, premiering November on Adult Swim. Executive producers and co-creators Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), and voice talent Spencer Grammer (Greek), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs). and Chris Parnell (Archer) invite fans to take a look at what they have cooking for the new season. Moderated by Rob Schrab (Creepshow, Community).
1:00 p.m., Ballroom 20
Steven Universe has reached a critical point in its protagonists’ development — he has a neck now! Catch Rebecca Sugar before her live chat with Polygon’s Susana Polo at the TCL Chinese Theater on Friday evening.
Steven thinks his time defending the Earth is over, but in Steven Universe: The Movie, he will face his biggest challenge yet. Moderated by self-proclaimed “ruler of the skies” Shelby Rabara (Peridot), hear Estelle (Garnet), Michaela Dietz (Amethyst), Deedee Magno Hall (Pearl), and series creator Rebecca Sugar talk about why it’s more important than ever to believe in Steven. They’ll answer your burning questions about “The Battle of Heart and Mind” special, perform a few songs, and present the worldwide debut of the official trailer for Steven Universe: The Movie.
The Walking Dead
1:00 p.m., Hall H
The Walking Dead has been a Hall H mainstay for years, and it’s finally hit it’s 10th season. With season 10 premiering in October and another spin-off series in the works, The Walking Dead is still plenty relevant.
Cast members and producers discuss filming the series’ milestone 10th season and share a first-look trailer ahead of the show’s October return. Moderated by Chris Hardwick, panelists include chief content officer of The Walking Dead Universe Scott M. Gimple, showrunner and executive producer Angela Kang, executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, and Greg Nicotero, along with cast members Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Avi Nash, Cooper Andrews, Ryan Hurst, Nadia Hilker, Eleanor Matsuura, and Cailey Fleming.
Hasbro Star Wars
2:00 p.m., Room 7AB
We’ve been all about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge recently, but with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker coming up at the end of the year, it’s Star Wars time all the time. Why not dig into some toys?
Members of the Hasbro and Lucasfilm team discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure offerings. Word on the Holonet is there may also be a few surprises. Panelists: Sarah Carroll and Sam Smith.
Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal
2:00 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
Before Polygon’s Chelsea Stark chats with Genndy Tartakovsky at the TCL Chinese Theater on Friday night, the Samurai Jack creator will be discussing his newest Adult Swim series, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal.
The new animated series Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal roars to life this year on Adult Swim. Creator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack), art director Scott Wills (The Ren & Stimpy Show, Samurai Jack), and music composer Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, Samurai Jack) will present a first look at the new series.
The Witcher: A Netflix Original Series
2:15 p.m., Hall H
We’ve been getting news about The Witcher at a trickle. There’s been the hubbub over Henry Cavill’s Geralt wig, a pretty solid look at Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri, more hubbub over Geralt only having one sword, and of course, a first glimpse of Very Good Horse Roach. This panel should give further insight into the new Netflix series.
Based on the bestselling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Be among the first to get the exclusive scoop on the highly anticipated Netflix original series centering on famed monster hunter Geralt of Rivia. Be introduced to the world of The Continent, where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes, and monsters battle to survive and thrive, and where good and evil are not easily identified.
Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
3:30 p.m., Hall H
Thra! Bring us back to the land Jim Henson created in 1982. This prequel series is a very long-awaited project. We got glimpses at the set and trailers, but we want more THRA.
Netflix offers an exclusive sneak peek at the highly anticipated fantasy series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, based on Jim Henson’s groundbreaking 1982 feature film, The Dark Crystal. In this stunning new prequel, three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power and set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world. Realized using classic puppetry with cutting-edge visual effects, the cast and creators discuss all your burning questions about bringing Thra to life.
Saturday, July 20
The Future of The Dragon Prince Saga
10:00 a.m., Room 25ABC
Another standout 2018 cartoon premiere, Wonderstorm’s The Dragon Prince is a masterclass in fantasy world building. Season 2 of the series left the series’ protagonists with some serious growing up to do, and season 3 is sure to hit the ground running with political and magical drama alike.
Creators Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond give you insider information into their plans for the future: including an exclusive first look at season 3 of The Dragon Prince, as well as a discussion about how everything fits into this grand, emerging visionary saga. Voice actors Paula Burrows (Rayla) and Jack De Sena (Callum) will act out some season 3 teaser skits as a special gift to everyone who attends!
10:30 a.m., Ballroom 20
The CW’s upcoming Batwoman series is the character’s first major live-action television appearance, and thus far it doesn’t look likely to disappoint. With Batman off the streets of Gotham, Kate Kane takes up the hero mantle after the disappearance of an old lover.
Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope. Join cast and producers for a screening of the pilot, followed by a Q&A. From executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville), Geoff Johns (Arrow, The Flash, Titans), and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl). The cast includes Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black, The Meg, XXX: Return of Xander Cage), Rachel Skarsten (Reign, Fifty Shades of Grey, Lost Girl), Meagan Tandy (Survivor’s Remorse, UnREAL, Teen Wolf), Nicole Kang (You), Camrus Johnson (Luke Cage, The Sun Is Also a Star), Elizabeth Anweis (Twin Peaks), and Dougray Scott (Taken 3, Hitman, Mission: Impossible 2). Marcos Siega (You, God Friended Me, Blindspot) directed the pilot, for which he also served as executive producer alongside David Nutter (Game of Thrones, Arrow, The Flash). Batwomanpremieres this fall. airing Sundays at 8/7c on The CW and is based on characters from DC and is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Enter the Star Trek Universe Panel
11:30 a.m., Hall H
There’s no shortage of Stark Trek content right now: with Star Trek: Discovery delivering stunning moments on CBS All Access and Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Lower Decks on the horizon, it’s a great time to be a Trekkie.
Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon for the ages. Star Trek broke barriers then and continues to do so now, inspiring people of all generations and walks of life with its celebration of cultural diversity, scientific exploration, and the pursuit of uncharted frontiers. Today, the Star Trek universe continues to thrive, exploring all new missions for Starfleet. CBS All Access invites you to join the cast and producers of its hit series Star Trek: Discovery and be the first to hear about two new upcoming additions to the Star Trek universe: the highly anticipated new series Star Trek: Picard starring Sir Patrick Stewart, and the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks. Star Trek: Discovery cast scheduled to appear include Sonequa Martin-Green alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise, and Heather Kadin, with series guest star Tig Notaro, who plays Chief Engineer Reno, moderating the conversation. Star Trek: Lower Decks will feature co-creator and executive producer Mike McMahan and surprise guests sharing an exclusive first look at the upcoming animated series. Star Trek: Picard cast members will come together for the series’ first Comic-Con. The panel will feature, Sir Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, and Harry Treadaway, alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, and Heather Kadin.
1:00 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
Last year, The Expanse underwent a harrowing cancellation and pick-up at the hands of SyFy and Amazon Prime Video. respectively. Now, season 4 is set to hit the streaming platform later this year. If you’re not on the Expanse train yet, you can catch up with the first three seasons of the series on Prime Video.
Calling all Earthers, Belters, and Martians, The Expanse is making its return to Comic-Con this summer! The series has had an incredible journey since San Diego last saw the Rocinante crew. They return with news from beyond the Ring Gate and from their new home-thanks to help from the fans-as an Amazon Prime Video series. Be the first to hear about what’s next for your favorite crew from the creatives and cast, and get an early look at what’s to come when season 4 drops on Prime Video later this year. The Hugo Award winning series, based on the hugely popular science fiction novels, was developed and scripted by the Academy Award nominated writing duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby who executive produce season 4 along with Naren Shankar, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Sharon Hall, Sean Daniel, Jason Brown, Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck and Dan Nowak. Shankar serves as showrunner for season 4. Panelists include: Steven Strait, Wes Chatham, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Frankie Adams, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Naren Shankar, Ty Franck, Daniel Abraham, moderated by Kyle Hill (Nerdist).
1:15 p.m., Hall H
While HBO’s 2018 year was a bit spare, this year it’s bringing several big panels (including a Game of Thrones send-off) to Hall H. It’s been a year since Westworld’s epic second season, the series returns for its third season in 2020 with the addition of Aaron Paul.
HBO’s Emmy-winning series Westworld returns for its third season in 2020. Creators, executive producers, and directors Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy and cast members Thandie Newton, Aaron Paul, Tessa Thompson, Evan Rachel Wood, and Jeffrey Wright, will present an early look at the forthcoming third season of the drama series, a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth. Moderated by futurist Amy Webb.
Marvel Comics Next Big Thing
1:45 p.m., Room 6A
The X-Men world has been in a relative state of disarray all spring as characters are being shuffled into the right places in anticipation of Jonathan Hickman’s House of X and Powers of X series. The two series are some of the most anticipated comics of 2019, and Marvel is promoting them as standing among other great X-Men turning points like the 1990s X-Men relaunch.
Legendary writer Jonathan Hickman is joined by Marvel editor-in-chief C. B. Cebulski and other mighty Marvel panelists to bring you all the latest and greatest news straight from the House of Ideas. Learn what comes next for the X-Men after the senses-shattering revelations of the House of X and Powers of X !! Plus, stick around for a few things they can’t even hint at yet!
Todd McFarlane: Raw and Uncensored
3:00 p.m., Room 6DE
Between founding Image Comics and launching Spawn, one of the longest creator-owned comics ever, Todd McFarlane has made a major impact in the comics world. The 300th issue of Spawn is set to hit shelves this August, featuring contributions from McFarlane in addition to Spawn veterans Greg Capullo and J. Scott Campbell, Batman writer Scott Snyder, and artist Jerome Opeña.
Todd McFarlane, Image Comics founder, creator of Spawn, co-creator of Venom, and McFarlane Toys CEO, talks about his 30+ years in the comics and entertainment industries. You’ll experience Todd raw and uncensored-talking toys, comics, industry advice, and more! He’ll also be talking about one of the biggest milestones in his career, Spawn 300, which will set the record for the longest-running creator-owned superhero comic ever! Bring your burning questions for a Toddfather Q&A.
Hideo Kojima: Master Storyteller
5:15 p.m., Room 6BCF
Kojima Productions premiered the latest, 8-minute trailer for Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima’s newest open-world video game, in May. The creator has been coy about the game’s mechanics for the last three years, so this could be our chance to finally hear more, especially since Death Stranding is due out Nov. 8. The panel also features Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, who portrays Heartman in the game.
Visionary creator Hideo Kojima discusses his process as a game director and storyteller, most notably for his upcoming project Death Stranding. Moderated by The Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley, with special guest Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Too Old to Die Young).
5:15 p.m., Hall H
Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and surprise panelists provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
DC Universe Series Sneak Previews and Q&A
7:00 p.m., Indigo Ballroom
Doom Patrol, Titans, and Young Justice: Outsiders were all big surprises this year, With its upcoming Harley Quinn animated series, DC Universe is just beginning to unfurl its potential.
DC fans, this is your Universe! DC Universe has established itself as the premium go-to destination for fans of all things DC, and they are just getting started! Spend your Saturday night with select producers and stars from DC Universe’s original live-action and animated series and get the latest updates and sneak previews on Titans, Doom Patrol, Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders .
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