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San Diego Comic-Con 2019: Everything you need to know, from top panels to big guests

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Jul 10, 2019

San Diego Comic-Con is always the biggest event in the world of genre entertainment, with tons of celebrity panels, actor Q&As, trailers, previews, and other goodies setting up the next few months (or years) of films, TV, and comics. 2018 was big, and 2019 will only be bigger.

So of course fans have questions about the con. Not to worry, SYFY WIRE will be on the ground in San Diego when SDCC 2019 kicks off, but before that, we've prepared an FAQ for first-time convention-goers and longtime cosplay aficionados alike.

Note the details:

San Diego Comic-Con 2019 runs from Thursday, July 18, to Sunday, July 21, with a preview night on Wednesday, July 17.

The preview night runs from 6 - 9 p.m. PST, while the main convention goes from 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. (with some events happening even later than that) through Saturday. Sunday starts at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. All of this takes place at the San Diego Convention Center, located at the oceanside 111 W. Harbor Drive.

Secure the badge:

Well, unless you have a badge already, you can’t. Comic-Con 2019 attendee badges are sold out, and there won’t be any restocking. Before you think about scalping a badge from someone, know that SDCC has taken measures to prevent this, including a unique barcode and RFID card for each badge. But you can get a jump on next year and apply for a Member ID.

That said, if you have a badge already, you can register and bring up to two kids (12 and under) to the con for free — just go to the Attendee Registration Area when you arrive at SDCC.

Peep the panels:

Endgame was just the beginning: Marvel is returning to Hall H in full force this year after ducking out in 2018. And they've got a lot to discuss. With Black WidowShang-Chi, Doctor Strange 2, and The Eternals on the horizon, as well as a slew of Disney+ shows and the acquisition of the Fox-owned Marvel heroes, there will be plenty of MCU news for fans to discuss throughout the con. Kevin Feige is hosting a mystery panel about the future of the MCU, while some news will even come direct from the Russo brothers themselves. The Infinity War and Endgame directors will host a discussion looking back on their time in the MCU.

Marvel’s Hall H presence will also include panels for Marvel’s video games and its long-running ABC show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The company will also reveal its landmark Marvel Comics #1000 issue, explore the future of Spider-Man comics, and announce what’s next for the X-Men in a post-House of X and Powers of X world. Finally, even if it's not exactly Marvel, Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light -- an audiobook from the late, great king of cameos -- will be getting a panel of its own.

It's Paramount not to miss these: Paramount will be bringing Terminator: Dark Fate to Hall H bright and early on Thursday.

ScareDiego unleashes the red balloons: Warner Bros. is only bringing a tiny cinema-focused showing to the con, with New Line Cinema's It Chapter 2 coming to the preview night's ScareDiego. Last year, The Nun, Annabelle Comes Home, and The Curse of La Llorona appeared at the horror-focused night. This year, it's Pennywise time.

WB TV unleashes superheroic lineup: It's also Pennyworth time, as a release from Warner Bros. TV explains. The small-screen offerings of the DCEU and more will be well represented at SDCC, with plenty of panels. Arrow and Supernatural will make their final SDCC appearances, while Batwoman, Doom Patrol, Harley Quinn, Pennyworth, and Titans all get panels for the first time. Batwoman and Pennyworth will have their pilots debut on preview night ahead of their TV premieres, with that night also featuring a preview of DC Universe's animated Harley Quinn.

The CW's supers and Riverdale weirdness: The WB shows aren't the only superhero series making panel appearances. Black LightningSupergirl, and The Flash will attend as usual, along with Riverdale's bananas soap stories. And there are a lot of other intriguing genre shows attending the con.

Netflix brings out the big guns: And She-Ra is a superhero, right? Kind of. Fans can learn more at Netflix's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power panel celebrating the show's upcoming third season. But some newcomers are the big news for the streaming service, which looks to dominate an underpopulated Hall H. It's bringing The Witcher (starring Henry Cavill) and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance to the massive room, setting both series off with a bang worthy of a cinematic universe.

Disney animation goes back to basics: Sure, Marvel is owned by Disney and has a huge showing of its own, but Disney proper is showing off the new season of DuckTales. Series stars will showcase clips from the Disney Channel show's Season 3.

TBS promises that Snowpiercer is actually happening: There may have been doubt about the post-apocalyptic trainbound adaptation coming to TBS after it suffered a bit of a creative kerfuffle, but the network is bringing all the stars and the showrunner to its Snowpiercer panel. Naysayers head to the back of the line, please.

Ghosts, aliens, vampires - oh my! Joining these genre favorites will be shows like History’s alien-focused Project Blue Book and the vampire/werewolf/witchy spin-off of a spin-off, Legacies. Speaking of genre odds and ends, the new edition of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will feature a panel led by host (and genre legend himself) Bruce Campbell, while paranormal reality show Ghost Adventures will make an appearance as well. Even Taika Waititi's vampiric FX hit What We Do in the Shadows is bringing a cast-filled panel to the con.

Explore the Amazon ... shows: All sorts of Amazon Originals will be making appearances at SDCC, with the trippy rotoscoped Undone, superhero satire The Boys, long-coming fantasy Carnival Row, space adventure The Expanse, and alt-history The Man in the High Castle all hosting panels. The latter will be a farewell panel, as the show will soon air its fourth and final season. Additionally, The Boys will be screening its first two episodes ahead of air at the con.

CBS introduces the Star Trek universe: CBS is unleashing three Star Trek shows at Hall H, which will assuredly blow Trekkies' minds. Star Trek: DiscoveryStar Trek: Picard, and Star Trek: Lower Decks will all make an appearance during a long presentation featuring casts and creators. Also Patrick Stewart. Lower Decks will also show off a first look at the adult-oriented animated series for those curious and still hungry for more after seeing Jean-Luc Picard in person.

Game of Thrones’ victory lap and more from HBO: Game of Thrones will be celebrating its end with a farewell panel, potentially featuring author George R.R. Martin. Martin is known as the Tom Holland of the GoT universe, so be on the lookout for potential bombshells about the spin-offs here. And HBO's not done there. His Dark Materials will ring in its first star-studded panel while Westworld celebrates S3. There are even rumors that Watchmen will have a tie-in out in San Diego for fans to participate in.

AMC is more than zombies: Okay, but AMC is still definitely bringing some zombie shows. The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead will both have Chris Hardwick-moderated panels, while PreacherThe Terror: Infamy, and NOS4A2 are bringing their diverse genre goodness to the con as well.

Nickelodeon's familiar faces: The home of SpongeBob SquarePants is giving the show a 20th birthday for the ages, with a making-of panel diving into its "SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout!" special. If that wasn't enough aquatic fun, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will also be present -- or at least their creators will be. The masterminds behind the original TMNT, the first animated show, and the new Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will all host a generation-spanning panel.

A Hollywood who's who: Guillermo del Toro will co-host a storytelling workshop, Kevin Smith continues to hang around with a reboot film of his own, and Conan O’Brien will once again be attending, though his A-list interview guests have yet to be determined.

Mourn the absent:

The DCEU ditches SDCC: Remember that big list of Warner Bros. TV shows? Huge, right? But that's all WB is bringing. That means no update on the DCEU at all. No Joker. No Birds of Prey. No Wonder Woman 1984. Looks like the superhero titans are trading off years so they don't flood each other out. Or perhaps it's just to stave off the overload of having both at the same convention.

Sony, Lionsgate, Universal skip the con: In the wake of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Sony doesn't seem to have much on its docket worth promoting at SDCC ... so it's just not coming at all. Though Zombieland 2: Double Tap and Charlie’s Angels are coming from the studio later this year, it seems like the strategy for rolling them out to fans will be taking a slower approach. That same story implies that Lionsgate and Universal will also be no-shows, leaving Marvel almost uncontested among big studios.

Check out our coverage of last year's San Diego Comic-Con!

Click here for SYFY WIRE's full coverage of SDCC 2019, including up-to-the-minute news, exclusive interviews, and videos.

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