COMIC-CON Schedule Starts to Take Shape with S.H.I.E.L.D., More
Comic-Con International in San Diego is less than a month away, and while the entire programming schedule probably still won't be out for another couple of weeks, we now know what days most of the big comic book-based TV programming will happen.
While exact times and room locations haven't yet been specified (so don't expect to make a detailed plan of your day quite yet), TVLine reports that Friday will bring a panel dedicated to Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., debuting on ABC this fall, with executive producer (and Avengers movie writer and director) Joss Whedon and head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb both scheduled to be in attendance.
Whether or not, like at past conventions, this panel will encompass all of Marvel TV's current projects — including Disney XD animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. — hasn't been specified, though given the anticipation around the S.H.I.E.L.D. series, it's very likely getting the sole showcase, perhaps with the animated series getting the spotlight on Sunday, traditionally Comic-Con's most specifically kid-friendly day.
Warner Bros. released their schedule on Friday, with an Arrow panel slated for Saturday. Here's the official description:
"Arrow (Wednesdays 8/7c The CW): Chills turn to thrills in this session with stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards and Colton Haynes joining executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg."
Then, on Sunday, the two latest "DC Nation" animated series take stage:
"Beware the Batman (Saturdays 10 a.m. ET/PT Cartoon Network, premiering July 13): The Dark Knight makes his return to television in this new action-packed CG animated series. Producers Glen Murakami and Mitch Watson will give fans a peek behind the cape."
"Teen Titans Go! (Tuesdays 7:30/6:30c Cartoon Network): Producer Aaron Horvath joins members of the voice cast, including Greg Cipes and Scott Menville, for this screening and Q&A. Go!"
No details are yet known on a Marvel Studios panel, though a presence seems very likely, especially given the recent announcement that they're holding the first weekend of May warm for two untitled films in 2016 and 2017 — not to mention upcoming films like November's Thor: The Dark World, and 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. Rumor site Latino Review reported late last month that Sony would hold a panel in Hall H (the San Diego Convention Center's biggest programming room, at a 6,500 capacity) on Friday, including Amazing Spider-Man 2, but that's yet to be confirmed by the studio or convention.
The full programming schedule — including the whole host of comic book publishing panels — usually hit on Comic-Con's official website two weeks before the show. Comic-Con International in San Diego is scheduled to take place on July 18 through July 21, with the customary preview night on Wednesday, July 17.