Comic-Con International in San Diego is fast approaching. Between Thursday, July 18, and Sunday, July 21, movie fans attending the annual pop culture convention will get a sneak peekk at some of the biggest future releases, as well as a chance to reflect on cinematic classics.
We've cherry-picked the 12 most essential from this year's Comic-Con that you won't want to miss.
Best Films Never Made (July 18, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Room 24ABC)
The guys behind the terrific podcast, Best Films Never Made (Stephen Scarlata and Josh Miller) will host a panel showcasing several film projects that, for one reason or another, did not get made. Among the topics of discussion this time around will be the unmade sequel to Beetlejuice: Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian.
The panel will be uploaded as an episode of their podcast afterwards, so if you can't make it, that's okay. You just might miss one of several special guests teased to make an appearance during the panel, though...
Terminator: Dark Fate (July 18, 112 PM, Hall H)
Terminator: Dark Fate's Hall H panel will take place fairly early into the convention, introducing the sixth film in the franchise, and hopefully showcasing new footage.
Details about the panel are sparse, but it should help encourage fans on the fence about yet another franchise continuation to see it once it hits theaters this November.
35th Anniversary of Ghostbusters (July 18, 3 PM - 4 PM, The Theater, Comic-Con Museum)
With Ghostbusters 3 in production now, this anniversary hopes to take a look back at the creativity that brought us this far. This 35th anniversary panel will reflect on the long history of Ghostbusters, across film, comics, television and games about the franchise.
As well as talking about the future of the franchise, we might also hear about the unfilmed original Ghostbusters 3 that Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd tried to film following the disappointing release of Ghostbusters 2.
Celebrating 40 Years of Alien (July 18, 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM, Room 6BCF)
Another anniversary panel, this one will reflect on the storied history of the Alien franchise. While this will be a deep dive analysis of the fandom surrounding this classic sci-fi franchise, fans will have another important reason to attend.
The panel will be hosted by Alexandre O. Philippe (The People vs. George Lucas, Doc of the Dead) as he discusses his newest documentary: Memory: The Origins of Alien. The documentary focuses on the original horror classic, directed by Ridley Scott, and its humble beginnings.
ROBOTECH: The Great Transition (July 18, 8 PM - 9 PM, Room 5AB)
Robotech, the Westernized anime classic from the '80s, is a universally appealing enough franchise to draw in a big audience, but this particular Comic-Con movie panel has something else going for it: An open discussion about the upcoming Robotech film in development.
While there is no indication that any new footage will be shown, the panel promises to offer updates about the upcoming film. It should also be of interest to anyone interested in live-action mecha cinema.
A Conversation with the Russo Brothers (July 19, 11 AM - 11:50 AM, Hall H)
Following Avengers: Endgame, many fans are eager to see Joe and Anthony Russo explain and discuss their tenure at Marvel. This Hall H discussion should scratch that itch.
But, more than just all things Marvel, the Russo Brothers will take the opportunity to discuss their new production company, AGBO, and what projects might be in the works from it.
Ray Harryhausen: The Lost Movies (July 19, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM, 26AB)
Ray Harryhausen might not be a household name, but between the '40s and '80s, he revolutionized special effects, from Jason and the Argonauts to Clash of the Titans. The world of science fiction and fantasy owes Harryhausen a huge debt.
This panel teases a glimpse at projects Harryhausen never finished. Cinemaphiles and monsters fans cannot afford to miss this one.
World Premiere of Batman: Hush (July 19, 7:15 PM - 9:15 PM, Ballroom 20)
The newest DC Animated film, Batman: Hush, will be hitting store shelves and the DC Universe streaming app in August. However, Comic-Con International attendees can watch the whole film before everyone else by attending the world premiere, as well as its encore screening, which starts at 9:30 PM the same night.
Future Indies You Must See (July 19, 8 PM - 9 PM, Grand 12 & 13)
While many people go to Comic-Con to see previews of the biggest blockbusters around, this panel takes a smaller look at independent films. These are lower budget movies that will be hitting the film festival circuit, but won't be available to the wider public until 2020 or beyond.
But don't expect some Terrence Malick rip-off. These are the best the science-fiction, fantasy and horror genres have to offer. This panel might show you the next Mandy, Hereditary, The Witch, The Perfection or other surprise indie hit that took you by storm in recent years.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: A Master Class with Guillermo del Toro (July 20, 4 PM - 5 PM, Horton Grand Theater)
Guillermo del Toro is considered to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will be the next film del Toro produces for audiences, and this panel promises a glimpse inside the creative process behind the adaptation of the children's classic.
Del Toro himself and the director of both Scary Stories and The Autopsy of Jane Doe, André Øvredal will be in attendance.
Marvel Studios (July 20, 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM, Hall H)
This panel needs almost no introduction. It's the one everyone is going to be waiting for: Marvel Studios' discussion of their slate for Phase 4.
Past panel presentations have included the introduction of new cast members, new footage, movie announcements and some fun hijinks a la Tom Hiddleston in full Loki mode. You probably won't be able to find a seat for this one.
Batman 1989, 30th Anniversary (July 20, 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM, Room 6A)
After taking a look at the future of superhero cinema, take one step back to the past. 2019 is the 30th anniversary of one of the most important superhero films of all time, Tim Burton's Batman.
This panel is set to explore the classic film, unpack its history and legacy, and reflect on how well it holds up after all this time. An essential trip down memory lane for Batman and film fans alike.