Comic-Con 2016: what to watch out for

This year’s Comic-Con is now less than two weeks away and if, like me, you won’t be in San Diego I thought it might be useful to pick out some highlights of the panels you’ll see splashed all over the Internet.

It all kicks off on Thursday July 21 with key panels including Luke Cage and Mr Robot. Key cast members are expected at the Marvel event where fans will also be shown some exclusive footage.

Stars Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin and season two newcomer Grace Gummer will attend the Mr Robot panel which will include a discussion of the upcoming second season.

Film wise on Thursday, DreamWorks will be teasing their big new animation Trolls. Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick are due to attend.

Friday is a huge day for TV with panels including The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Exorcist and Scream Queens.

The Game of Thrones panel will include John Bradley, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Isaac Hemptstead Wright, Conleth Hill, Faye Marsay, Kristian Nairn, Iwan Rheon and Sophie Turner.

Also on Friday, fans will be introduced to the cast of Starz’s big new series, American Gods. Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki and Bruce Langley will discuss the series premiere.

Meanwhile, Vera Famiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot and Nestor Carbonell will be revealing exclusive content from season four of Bates Motel.

I’m very intrigued by the new Fox series, The Exorcist. Stars Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels and Geena Davis will be at Comic-Con to preview the first episode.

I suspect the Preacher panel will be very popular with a live-read of the script for the penultimate episodeof season one as well as a discussion featuring the cast and creatives behind the series.

Finally on Friday, watch out for Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts and Lea Michele who’ll be promoting the second season of Scream Queens.

Saturday sees the film panels come to the fore with both Warner Bros and Marvel showing off their wares.

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Connie Nielsen and director Patty Jenkins will be on hand to discuss next year’s big screen outing for the iconic character.

Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach and Karen Fukuhara, along with writer/director David Ayer will take part in the Suicide Squad panel.

Director Chris McKay and star Will Arnett will be discussing The LEGO Batman Movie.

Charlie Hunnam will be promoting his title role in Guy Ritchie’s epic actioner King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Tom Hiddleston will probably send Hall H crazy alongside Brie Larson, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts at the Kong: Skull Island event.

David Yates joins stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller and Colin Farrell for the Fantastic Beasts panel – hope they preview some new footage!

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Marvel will also be promoting their forthcoming films with Chris Pratt and James Gunn due to discuss Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. No official word on Doctor Strange, but here’s hoping BC and co turn up. And maybe there’ll be some Spider-Man goodness?

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Finally on Saturday, watch out for a special event celebrating the 30th anniversary of Aliens. Writer-director James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd join Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn and Paul Reiser for a look back at the science fiction classic.

Sunday sees this year’s Sherlock panel with Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Amanda Abbington and Sue Vertue confirmed to attend.

Also on Sunday, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Robert Knepper, and producer Vaun Wilmott  will show fans a sneak peak of the new Prison Break. Plus 24: Legacy will be previewed by Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto and Jimmy Smits.

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