7 Can’t-Miss Movie Panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2018

Lawrence Yee
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The theatrical panels at San Diego Comic-Con are the biggest draws every year, with thousands lining up at Hall H to get a glimpse of the next blockbuster.

For the first time in recent history, Marvel Studios will NOT be at Comic-Con, which means no Marvel Cinematic Universe (sorry, Captain Marvel fans), no Star Wars movies, and no Pixar.

All eyes will be on Warner Bros., which is showcasing the highly anticipated Aquaman standalone. Marvel’s presence will still be felt though, as Deadpool 2 has multiple events, and Sony will showcase Venom.

Here are the seven can’t-miss movie panels from San Diego Comic-Con 2018.

New Line Cinema’s ScareDiego

Wednesday July 18, 2018 9:30pm10:30pm, Horton Grand Theater

It’ll be a Preview Night full of fright as guests will get a sneak peek from The Nun, the next installment of The Conjuring franchise. They’ll also be treated to an early, behind-the-scenes look at the It Chapter Two, the sequel to the biggest horror film of last year. Bill Skarsgard will reprise his role as Pennywise the Clown, with James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Isaiah Mustafa, and more playing the adult versions of the children from the first film, The Losers Club.

The Predator

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am – 11:30am, Hall H

The hunt is back on as director Shane Black (Iron Man 3, The New Guys) brings you the newest entry in the sci-fi horror franchise in eight years. The aliens are back and badder then ever in The Predator, having genetically enhanced themselves with DNA from other species. Cast members include Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski, Thomas Jane, and Augusto Aguiliera.

Glass and Halloween

Friday July 20, 2018 3:45pm – 4:45pm, Hall H

The worlds of Unbreakable and Split combine in M. Night Shyalaman’s latest feature, Glass. Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, and Anya Taylor-Joy are all back in the thriller-horror feature. Sarah Paulson joins the cast playing a psychologist treating the three male leads.

The Universal panel will also include a preview of Halloween, with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her iconic role of Laurie Strode.


Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Hall H

The Transformers franchise’s first solo spin-off is actually a prequel and stars Hailee Steinfeld as the first female lead. While there’s plenty of metal-crunching action in this film (it is a Transformers movie, after all), there’s a surprising amount of heart in Bumblebee, too.

Venom and Into the Spider-Verse

Friday July 20, 2018 6:15pm – 7:15pm, Hall H

While the MCU won’t be at Comic-Con, Spider-Man fans will be treated to two films: Venom and Into the Spider-Verse. The projects could not be more different: Venom is a dark, violent live-action film starring Tom Hardy, while Into the Spider-Verse is a dazzling, dynamic animated film.


aquaman feature

This is the one everyone is waiting for. The first DCEU movie since Justice League, Jason Momoa and cast are expected to make the biggest splash at San Diego Comic-Con. Director James Wan has promised the highly anticipated trailer; we saw an unfinished version at CinemaCon and it still looked epic.

Deadpool 2

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:15pm – 6:15 pm

The Deadpool sequel was released earlier this year, but the Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!H& Cut promises to deliver “actionier” and “spandexier” deleted scenes, alternate jokes, and extended takes. None of which are probably suited for younger audiences. Then later that evening, the world premiere of the Super Duper Cut will be held at the Horton Grand Theatre at 9:30pm.

Which presentation are you looking forward to the most? Be sure to follow our ScreenJunkies colleagues for all the latest movie analysis from Comic-Con! They’ll be premiering one of the Honest Trailers during their panel on Thursday night in Room 6BCF!

Lawrence Yee
Lawrence is Editor in Chief of FANDOM. He grew up loving X-Men, Transformers, and Japanese-style role playing games like Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. First-person shooters make him incredibly nauseous.
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