San Diego Comic-Con 2016: Marvel And DC Comics Dominate Lineup, While ‘Aliens’ And ‘Star Trek’ Honor Milestone Anniversaries

Kevin Smith SDCC, San Diego Comic-Con 2016

San Diego Comic-Con is only several days away, and two major comic book entertainment studios are leading the way. The world famous Comic-Con will have plenty of material to go around for its attendees while they get a look at new teaser trailers and celebrate the anniversaries of two big movie franchises.

The Comic-Con weekend festivities kick off on Saturday, July 23, with Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment dominating the convention’s lineup, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. Also, SDCC 2016 will commemorate the anniversary of the 1986 movie, Aliens, and the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise.

Marvel will have panels that will cover its upcoming movies, Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, with their respective directors, Scott Derrickson and James Gunn, leading the discussions. As of July 10, Marvel hasn’t made any announcements if any of the actors from Doctor Strange will be in attendance, but Gunn confirmed that the Guardians cast will be there.

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Marvel President, Kevin Feige, will lead a Marvel Animation panel and a movie presentation that will give fans “an inside look at the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Feige will be joined by “special guests” at the movie presentation, but Marvel is keeping those names a secret.

Meanwhile, DC Entertainment will have panels for its following shows at the Comic-Con: The Flash, Gotham, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. The comic company will also have a Wonder Woman celebration to commemorate the character’s 75 years in existence.

The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman, will lead two panels at this year’s Comic-Con. Kirkman will discuss Skybound, his multiplatform entertainment company, in one panel. Outcast stars Patrick Fugit, Brent Spiner, Philip Glenister, Reg E. Cathey, and Wrenn Schmidt will join Kirkman in another panel to discuss the Cinemax series.

The movie Aliens debuted in theaters 30 years ago, and Comic-Con is hosting a 30th-anniversary panel to discuss the classic action/sci-fi flick. Aliens director, James Cameron, and some of the cast members, including Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, and Bill Paxton, are scheduled to attend the anniversary panel, which will be held at the convention’s Hall H.

Star Trek alumni such as William Shatner, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Scott Bakula, and Jeri Ryan will be in attendance for Comic-Con’s Star Trek franchise panel called Star Trek: Celebrating 50 Years. The actors will talk about their time on their respective Star Trek series; executive producer of the new CBS All-Access Star Trek series, Bryan Fuller, is the moderator for this panel.

The women of popular pop culture TV series will have their own Comic-Con discussion space at Hall H, which will be hosted by EW. Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, Ash vs Evil Dead’s Lucy Lawless, Gotham star Morena Baccarin, Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist, and Wonder Woman actress Connie Nielsen, will be part of the discussion to talk about “the power and privilege of playing women that redefine the rules and refuse to yield.”

EW will also moderate a panel that features Tim Meadows, Cheryl Hines, and more for Fox’s new hybrid animation/live action show, Son of Zorn, which will also star former Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis.

Saturday night’s Comic-Con event will close out with Clerks director Kevin Smith doing his traditional panel at Hall H. The writer-director will talk about his AMC shows, Geeking Out and Comic Book Men; his latest movie, Yoga Hosers; his TV directorial debut with an episode of The CW’s The Flash; and his upcoming TV projects, Buckaroo Banzai and Mallrats.

San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 begins with a Preview Night on Wednesday, July 20, and begins with the regular festivities on Thursday, July 21 at the San Diego Convention Center. The comic convention’s last day is on Sunday, July 24.

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