Henry Cavill in Batman v Superman

Each year Comic-Con is one of the most highly anticipated events on our calendar, and each year Comic-Con more than lives up to our expectations with big announcements, exclusive footage, and just plain cool moments. In anticipation of this year’s grand event, we’ve compiled a Comic-Con 2015 preview. After the jump, we list our top 15 things we’re excited for at Comic-Con — as well as 5 things we’re disappointed won’t be there this year.

Top 15 Things We’re Excited for at Comic-Con

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Undercover celebrities

It’s become a minor tradition for celebrities to wander around Comic-Con in disguise. This is one of the few places on Earth where no one will blink at a head-to-toe costume. Even though we rarely find out about these until after the fact (which is the whole point), it’s fun to imagine that that Spider-Man cosplayer behind you in line or that Stormtrooper on the show floor might secretly be one of our favorite stars.

Gallery 1988 - 2015 Comic-Con

Gallery 1988 and Mondo booths

Booth #5250 (Gallery 1988) and Booth #835 (Mondo)

You can always count on tons of exclusive swag at Comic-Con, and you can always count on Gallery 1988 and Mondo to have some of the most promising stuff. This year’s offerings from the former include a striking Mad Max: Fury Road piece and a “Han Shot First” Golden Books-style piece, while the latter is bringing a detailed Godzilla statue and a Kevin Tong Ant-Man poster among other things. And if none of those strike your fancy, there’s no shortage of other exclusive toys, gadgets, accessories, artworks, etc. to spend your time and money on.

X-Men Rogue Cut first look

X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut screening

Saturday July 11, 8 PM, Reading Cinemas Gaslamp

There’s no new X-Men movie this year, but there is a new cut of an existing X-Men movie. The X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut will be screening in its entirety at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp on Saturday night, with 17+ minutes of extra footage that restore the fan-favorite mutant superhero to the time-traveling saga.

Supergirl

Supergirl screening

Wednesday July 8, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Ballroom 20

Some people loved CBS’ Supergirl trailer. Some people hated it. Everyone agreed it felt like a totally different kind of superhero drama, one that seemingly owes as much to the romcom genre as it does the superhero drama one. Whether that combination works remains to be seen, but we’ll get the beginnings of an answer when the pilot episode screens in full at Comic-Con.

Hunger Games Mockingjay part 2 trailer header

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 panel

Thursday July 9, 12:00pm – 1:15pm, Hall H

After skipping a panel last year, The Hunger Games is back in Hall H to promote Mockingjay – Part 2. Cast and crew will be on hand to present never-before-seen-footage from the film, and to say goodbye to the loyal fans who’ve followed along for years. But don’t break out the tissues just yet — the panel will be moderated by Conan O’Brien, who should provide plenty of laughs as this grim ’n’ gritty franchise takes a bow.

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