San Diego Comic-Con is the annual celebration of all things geek. The four day event covers everything from film, TV, and of course comics. But for our strict movie buffs, here are 10 must-see panels.
Superheroes, Monsters & Magic on offer
Divergent — July 18
Summit Entertainment is rolling out the first presentation for Divergent. It’s their upcoming sci-fi film starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James. Both actors will join director Neil Burger, novelist Veronica Roth and co-stars Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Christian Madsen. It’s part of the Summit movie panel, which starts at 3:50 p.m. in Hall H.
The World’s End — July 19
Who knew the apocalypse could be so funny? British director Edgar Wright and funnymen Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are holding a panel for The World’s End. They’re expected to bring out surprise guests and debut unseen footage from the film. This is the same trio that brought us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Expect hilarity to ensue. The panel is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Hall H.
Kick-Ass 2 — July 19
Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl are back and they’ve brought reinforcements. In preparation for the sequel, the actors and filmmakers are expected to participate in this year’s panel. You could see Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse live and in person. It all starts at 12:15 p.m. in Hall H.
The Mortal Instruments:
City of Bones — July 19
Sony Pictures is bringing out the big guns for their panel. First up is a preview of The Mortal Instruments presented by the cast and crew. Director Harald Zwart and stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan and Kevin Zegers will all be on-hand.
RoboCop — July 19
Next is the highly-anticipated RoboCop reboot. It’s the futuristic film that centers on a dead cop turned cyborg. The original is a cult classic and this version wants the same admiration. Hear from actors Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish and Samuel L. Jackson along with director José Padilha for their presentation.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — July 19
The gang has returned with a few new faces, including Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx. Andrew Garfield‘s Peter Parker has a rough ride ahead and attendees will get a sneak peek at his latest adventure. The Sony panel runs from 4:05 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. and takes place in Hall H.
Godzilla — July 20
One of the scariest monsters of all time is back. It’s been 15 years since Hollywood last tackled Godzilla and this time they’re doing it right. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. With a property this big, anything could happen. The Warner Bros. panel begins at 10: 45 a.m. in Hall H.
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire — July 20
May the odds be in your favor for the Catching Fire panel. This will be one of the hardest ones to get into, but it’s worth it. Lionsgate is expected to premiere new footage from the sequel that stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. Perhaps we’ll get a good look at Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair? Fingers crossed! The panel begins at 1:35 p.m. in Hall H.
Thor: The Dark World
— July 20
You can’t have Comic-Con without superheroes. That’s why Marvel Studios is bringing out two of its biggest films. They’ll kick things off with Thor: The Dark World, which stars Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. The hot Australian and British actors are expected to show up and bring some surprises with them. The panel starts at 6 p.m. in Hall H.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier — July 20
Next year, Chris Evans will reprise his role as Steve Rogers aka Captain America. Marvel will use this panel to not only promote the sequel but also the upcoming releases. Last year, they gave the audience a taste of Ant-Man. What could happen this time? We’re hoping for a peek at Guardians of the Galaxy. The panel is in Hall H and immediately follows Thor: The Dark World.