Comic-Con: Marvel Television is officially headed to San Diego

It’s that time of year again when lovers of comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and all sorts of other entertainment trek to sunny San Diego for Comic-Con. This year, SDCC will be in full force from July 19 through July 23, with looks at new shows, movies and so much more. 

Typically the schedule for the massive con isn’t released until about two weeks before the event, but that doesn’t stop studios and actors from spilling the beans early. We’ve gathered all the current details on who will, and won’t, be there this year and we’ll update this post as we get closer to the show.

Confirmed at SDCC

Star Trek: Discovery

CBS has confirmed more than just a panel for Discovery. The show’s panel moves to Hall H this year, on Friday, July 20. Stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Mary Chieffo, Wilson Cruz and Anson Mount will join executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin.

Tig Notaro will moderate the panel — she’ll also be joining the cast this season as a guest star playing Chief Engineer Reno.

Much like last year, the network will also be bringing concept art, costumes and oh-so-much more to the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery (badge not required!). Here’s a closer look at some of the art and costumes we saw last year at the gallery as we pine for more Mirror Universe glimpses this year: 

Taco Bell

Taco Bell? Yes please

Uhm yes, most definitely will be seeing TBell in San Diego. Why, you ask? For the 25th anniversary of Demolition Man, obvs. That movie predicted a future where Taco Bell was the only restaurant to survive the Franchise Wars. 

To celebrate, not only is Taco Bell bringing back nacho fries, but the company is also bringing a recreation of Demolition Man’s restaurant to life in all its glory in San Diego. 

Rest assured CNET will be there bringing you all the news of that experience because tacos are important (and because somehow TBell was just recently named the best Mexican restaurant in America?).

Star Wars?

Sort of. There will definitely be a Clone Wars 10th anniversary panel, with special guests on Thursday, July 19. With all the Solo turmoil, we don’t expect any movie announcements or panels, but we’ll have to wait for the official schedule reveal.  

Marvel television: Legion, Cloak & Dagger, S.H.I.E.L.D. and more

After last year’s “fan activation” featuring multiple Netflix shows, more of the same is coming. 

  • Iron Fist gets its first ever panel on Thursday in Ballroom 20. Star Finn Jones will attend, along with Jeph Loeb, executive producer and Marvel’s head of television, and surprise guests.
  • Cloak & Dagger will get a huge fan activation at Petco Park near the convention center.
  • The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast will make an appearance at the Marvel booth, but no official panel has been announced. Instead, only Chloe Bennet (who plays Quake) is confirmed for a Marvel Animation panel on Thursday with “surprise guests.” (But yes, I’m willing to bet some of the cast will appear on some of these panels.)

Because Marvel is a co-producer on Legion and The Gifted, those panels have also been confirmed, with executive producers and cast members making appearances.

Warner Bros. shows

WB is bringing all of the DC shows to SD this year: Arrow, Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Gotham, Supergirl and Syfy’s Krypton. Each show will have its own panel over the weekend, and both Supernatural and Riverdale will be featured in Hall H on Sunday, July 23.

Premiering Friday, July 21, will be Hulu’s Castle Rock, the new horror show from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King based on King’s books. According to Deadline, we can also expect a seriously large immersive experience for fans. Prepare to get scared, I guess.

WB will also be screening its new show Manifest, which is set to air Sept. 24 on NBC. Manifest sounds a bit like Cast Away meets FlashForward, as it follows the passengers of a turbulent flight as they land a suspiciously long time, five years, after they took off.


We know Legion is definitely going to be there, which is great after an extremely mad season. Archer will also have a panel, as will the new Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans M.C.

FX has previously featured large-scale “activations” for its shows, in the past including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, American Horror Story, Atlanta and more. No word yet on what it’ll feature this year. 

Doctor Who

The 13th Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, will officially make *her* first appearance in San Diego this year, and is expected to appear in a Hall H session as per DW tradition. As of now we do know co-stars Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill will join the panel, along with showrunner Chris Chibnall and executive producer Matt Strevens.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Fans of Anakin, Ahsoka and Obi-Wan Kenobi can look forward to a panel celebrating the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, taking place Thursday, July 19 at 11:45 a.m. PT. Supervising director Dave Filoni and special guests will look back at the show’s six seasons.

Expected at SDCC

DC films

(This one straddles the confirmed/expected line, since some crew have already announced intentions to attend, but absent officially official confirmation, I’m leaving it here for now.)

In addition to the CW shows definitely headed to SoCal, we expect to see the future of DC films in Hall H too, especially with Marvel movies skipping the SDCC festivities this year ahead of Avengers 4 and the next phase of the MCU. In fact, Aquaman director James Wan has confirmed that we’ll definitely see a full trailer in San Diego.

I’d also expect to see teasers for Wonder Woman 1984 (even if it’s just a logo!) and Shazam, and perhaps get some news for the Suicide Squad sequel, the rumored Joker project with Jared Leto and (assuming it’s even happening) news of New Batman. 

Fox shows, movies

We fully expect to see The Predator at SDCC (maybe we’ll get Keegan Michael-Key to give us more details), as well as 2019’s X-Men movies. Those two films, New Mutants and Dark Phoenix, have been pushed back over a year already, and while we expected to see at least some promotion around them in San Diego this year, the Disney-Fox merger news may throw those release dates into question yet again.

Whether or not we see the future X-Men films, we’ll also likely get a glimpse at season two of The Gifted.

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Netflix shows: Lucifer

Not to be forgotten (or die, apparently) Lucifer is also headed south after being saved from cancellation by Netflix

Sony: Venom, Spider-Verse Spidey

In another attempt to fill that Marvel opening, Sony is reportedly readying supersized looks at Venom, starring Tom Hardy, and the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Sony is likely to present both in its own Hall H panel this year, according to io9.


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Disney: Wreck-It-Ralph, Mary Poppins

Since the first trailer for this November’s Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 just came out, it’s not likely we’ll get a ton of new info about the film, but we do expect to see a lot of promo items around it. As the film expands from video games to the *entire* internet, it seems likely Disney will have at least some promotional materials popping up around San Diego next month. 

In addition, we could see new trailers, teasers or news for December’s Mary Poppins Returns, or for either of 2019’s live-action properties: Dumbo or The Lion King.

Not coming to SDCC

Marvel’s Avengers

There will be no mega Hall H panel for the Avengers this year. Yeah, it’s a bit of a letdown after the record-breaking Infinity War, but then again, who would Marvel even bring on stage for the panel?? Anyone invited might be a spoiler! 

So no, we probably won’t get news about Avengers 4, Captain Marvel or even the next Spider-Man (which now has a name). Speaking with, Marvel President Kevin Feige said reveals are coming… just not at SDCC. 

“Marketing’s coming up with all sorts of things,” Feige said. “How to debut [those plans], how to debut Captain Marvel, lots of opportunities for fun, exciting stuff coming up. And after Avengers 4, being less cagey about it.”

That being said, it doesn’t mean you won’t see the Avengers in San Diego at all. We’re likely to get a look at maybe some Infinity War or Ant-Man and the Wasp costumes — or maybe even a sneak peek at Captain Marvel’s. 

HBO: Westworld, Game of Thrones

Sadly, after years of activations, panels and huge announcements, HBO has announced neither Westworld nor Game of Thrones will appear at Comic-Con this year, making our wait for both shows even *more* excruciating. 

Of course I’m still holding out hope this is all an elaborate Westworld-esque level of avoidance and we’ll see at least something from GoT in San Diego. But who knows?

This guide was first published June 25, 2018 and updated as we get excited about new announcements.

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