These Panels Will Bring Fans To Their Feet At SDCC 2017 – Forbes

Yondu (Michael Rooker) from Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” attends the San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 Marvel Panel in Hall H on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California. ©Marvel Studios 2016 (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

San Diego Comic-Con kicks off this week, bringing hundreds of thousands of fans to San Diego to be part of the excitement. Beyond the costumes, the parties, and the half-million square feet of geek merchandise on offer in the Exhibit Hall, SDCC features nearly 1000 panels, film screenings, workshops and programs over the long weekend, covering everything from Hollywood blockbusters to comics history and all points in between.  Which ones will fans be talking about next Monday? Which are the ones to stream, follow on Twitter, or line up for if you are at SDCC?

Here are some of the highlights from the massive programming schedule.

Hall H

The big movie and TV panels typically take place in Hall H, the 6500-seat main room, where A-list stars and directors can hold court with fans who stand in mile-long lines for hours or even days to be the first to see previews and hear exclusive announcements. This year’s schedule is heavy on TV and over-the-top programming. Netflix Stranger Things (Saturday, 3pm) and Marvel’s The Defenders, featuring the much-ballyhooed Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist team-up (Friday, 5:15) are getting huge buzz. Perennial favorites The Walking Dead (Friday, 12:15), Game of Thrones (Friday, 1:30) and Twin Peaks (Friday, 2:45) are also likely to inspire long lines.

The surprise announcement of the first woman to take the title role in BBC’s Doctor Who (Sunday, 2 pm) has set off a buzz of intrigue. Will the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, make a surprise appearance? Something tells me the coordinates of Hall H are already entered in her TARDIS.

Hollywood studios are a bit thinner on the ground than they were in the 2005-2014 era but keystones Warner Bros (Saturday, 11:30), 20th Century Fox (Thursday, 11) and Marvel Studios (Saturday, 5:30) will be there with flags flying and stars blazing. I’m going to give Warner Bros the nod for most buzzworthy this year, riding on the coattails of the summer’s biggest hit, Wonder Woman. They’re loading the schedule not only with new DC superhero movies, but also Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and the much-anticipated Blade Runner 2049, featuring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.

Other Entertainment Programming

Even if you can’t squeeze into Hall H, there are still plenty of chances to catch up with fan-favorite media properties elsewhere at Comic-Con. If you’re a fan of the CW’s expanding universe of DC superheroes, plan on camping out in Ballroom 20 on Saturday afternoon to catch Supergirl (3:30), Legends of Tomorrow (4:10), Black Lightning (4:50), The Flash (5:10) and Arrow (5:50). That’s also the place to catch one of the first official glimpses of Star Trek Discovery (Saturday, 2:30).

Animation

Cartoon-oriented programming runs the gamut from kids and all-ages favorites like Disney’s about-to-relaunch Duck Tales (Friday, 3:30, Room 6A) and Spongebob Squarepants (Saturday, 11:15, Room 6A) to more adult-oriented fare like Archer (Friday, 5:15, Indigo Ballroom) and Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken (Friday, 2:15, Indigo Ballroom). The must-sees in this group are Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe (Friday, 11, Indigo Ballroom) and Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty (Friday, 1:15, Indigo Ballroom).

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