Next week, some of the biggest movies and TV shows Hollywood has to offer will head a few hours south to San Diego for Comic-Con 2015, which runs from Thursday, July 9 to Sunday, July 12. Last week, before the official Comic-Con schedule was released, we tried to break down some of the surprises that the studios and networks may have in store for fans, since many of the big events at every Con aren't found on the official schedule. This year will surely be no exception, and several of the studios are even feeding into this, with the lineups for Open Road Films and 20th Century Fox still shrouded in mystery. We can speculate on what movies these studios will showcase until the cows come home, but we won't know for sure what exactly will be on display until everyone has been seated in Hall H for each presentation. Last year, the movie studios gave us a number of surprises, such as the first Mad Max: Fury Road trailer, the first Wonder Woman photo from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the announcement of Godzilla 2 and Kong: Skull Island, Bruce Campbell coming back as Ash for Ash Vs. Evil Dead and Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" performance during The Book of Life panel. One of the biggest surprises, however, is the lack of several major players this year.
It has already been announced that Marvel Studios isn't presenting anything at Comic Con, since Captain America: Civil War is still in the midst of production, along with Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures. Universal Pictures doesn't have a panel as well, but several of their movies will be on display at the Legendary Pictures presentation, since they distribute all of Legendary's films. This means that fans won't get any updates about Sony's new Spider-Man movie, Paramount's Transformers 5 and Universal's shared monster universe, just to name a few. The 7,000-seat Hall H will be largely occupied by hit TV shows, with Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Heroes Reborn and many, many other TV programs holding their panels in Hall H. Does that mean there won't be any movies worth checking out in Hall H and other venues in and around the San Diego Convention Center? Not by a longshot! While SDCC is evolving into a more TV-friendly landscape, movies will never completely be out of the picture, and there are some terrific ones that will be on display this year.
Among the beloved and highly-anticipated movies coming to SDCC this year are the final The Hunger Games movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Legendary's Crimson Peak, Krampus and Warcraft and Screen Gems' Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. These are just the tip of the iceberg, though, with The Weinstein Company presenting The Hateful Eight, and even Syfy getting in the mix with the TV movie Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, set to debut just a few weeks after SDCC. Oh yeah, and there are two behemoths known as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that will bring the Con to its knees with, presumably, brand new footage for the most rabid fans on the planet.
So, with all that in mind, we're breaking down the 11 movies you need to see at Comic-Con throughout the four-day convention. Sure, the TV projects have a bigger presence than usual at the Con this year, a trend that will not likely reverse in the years to come, but as long as there is an audience for superhero movies and comic book adaptations, there will be a place for them both at the San Diego Convention. These 11 movies represent the biggest and best that this year's Con has to offer, and their panels should create headlines all around the world. In fact, we'd be surprised if these movies somehow manage to underwhelm the crowd at this year's Comic-Con, but given how anticipated these projects are, it seems highly-unlikely that will happen. Even if you can't make it to San Diego this year, we'll have coverage from these 11 movies and everything else the Con has to offer all throughout the week. If you want to check out the full schedule for the four-day convention, visit the official Comic-Con website, but keep reading to learn more about the 11 biggest movies at SDCC.
Every year, each Friday of the Con is Star Wars Day, but for the first time in a decade, fans actually have a new Star Wars movie to celebrate with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. LucasFilm confirmed last month that producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan will be on hand for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens presentation, along with "special guests" who have yet to be announced. Naturally, it hasn't been confirmed what will actually be shown during the panel, but it will most likely be the third trailer. It's also possible that some of these "surprise guests" could not only be from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but other Star Wars movies as well. Casting is well under way on the first Star Wars spinoff Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, and LucasFilm could bring out the full cast on the Comic-Con stage. It's also possible that Star Wars: Episode VIII writer-director Rian Johnson makes a surprise appearance to reveal anything about his sequel, such as the title, plot, the first cast members, anything, really.