Game of Thrones - Ygritte and Jon Snow

5. Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session – Friday at 2:15pm – Hall H

It’s Game of Thrones in Hall H, what more is there to say about this one. Moderated by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenney, the panel will feature John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Conleth Hill (Varys), Faye Marsay (The Waif), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark).

Dane DeHaan in Valerian

4. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Thursday at 1:00pm – Hall H

I’m not sure anyone knows if Luc Besson’s new science fiction movie is going to be any good, but I think we’re all excited to get a first look at the weird comic book adaptation in Hall H on Thursday afternoon.

Special operatives Valerian and Laureling embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis made up of thousands of species from all corners of the universe. Alpha’s 17 million inhabitants have converged over time, uniting their talents, technology, and resources for the betterment of all. But not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; unseen forces are at work, placing their race in great danger. Lic Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional), producer Virginie Besson-Silla (Lucy, Revolver), Dane DeHaan (Amazing Spider-Man 2, Chronicle), and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad, Paper Towns) join moderator Josh Horowitz (MTV) and special surprise panelists for the first public sneak peek at Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, coming to theaters from EuropaCorp in Summer 2017.


3. Aliens: 30th Anniversary Saturday at 3:15pm – Hall H

Its weird that we’re getting so many retrospective panels this year at Comic-Con, but I’m certainly not complaining. The coolest of the bunch is definitely the Aliens 30th Anniversary retrospective. The panelist listing is a who’s who of everyone you would want for this franchise: Writer/director James Cameron (Avatar) and producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) join cast members Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Bill Paxton (True Lies), Lance Henriksen (Millennium), Michael Biehn (The Terminator), and Paul Reiser (Red Oaks). The program says they will take a “look back at the iconic science fiction classic in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary” but who knows if we’ll get a peek at Ridley Scott’s in-production Alien: Covenant or if Neill Blomkamp will surprise Comic-Con with his vision for his own Alien sequel. And Cameron often goes off the script and doesn’t follow the rules and guidelines, so we could get some information on his future Avatar sequels as well.

Wonder Woman Photos

2. Warner Bros. Pictures – Saturday at 11:30am – Hall H

The second most anticipated presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 is a no brainer: Warner Bros. always seems to bring the big movies and surprise reveals to San Diego. This year’s panel will be hosted by Conan O’Brien, which should be a lot of fun. The studio has announced a slate of films including Wonder WomanSuicide SquadThe LEGO Batman MovieKing Arthur: Legend of the SwordKong: Skull Island and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Knowing Warner Bros., we can probably also expect a surprise or two or three during the presentation. How about a preview of Justice League? It’s still shooting but I was on set and screened a scene which would be perfect for Hall H. It would also be cool if they teased Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book and the untitled Blade Runner sequel. Less likely are Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which are also currently in production. In the past Warner Bros. has surprised fans with teaser trailer for films that weren’t even in production, like Godzilla or Warcraft, but I’m not sure if that was more of a Legendary Pictures thing (and as you know, Legendary is no longer with WB but now over at Universal).

guardians of the galaxy vol. 2 concept art

1. Marvel Studios – Saturday at 5:30pm – Hall H

Is it any surprise that Marvel Studios is the number one most anticipated presentation of Comic-Con this year? Studio president and producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Expected is a look at Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but what else might Feige have in store for us this year in Hall H?

I think we could get a surprise appearance from Spider-Man: Homecoming or the currently filming Thor: Ragnarok but might we get some big announcements about the future of the MCU? The easiest guess would be the announcement of a Captain Marvel director and or an actress to take on the role. Whatever the case, Marvel sure knows how to put on a show and they make Saturday at Hall H worth all those many hours waiting overnight in line.

Of course, we’ll be covering a mass majority of the presentations listed above on the site and on our official twitter account @Slashfilm, so please stay tuned this week!

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