OK, let's dive into the Hall H panels, the stars that will be appearing in the massive room as well as other big panels and hidden gems to take into consideration.
The Hall H Panels: Unlike prior years, it's a slow start to Hall H. The first two panels are an animation short film panel and the indie film Europa Report. Entertainment Weekly hosts an afternoon panel titled "The Visionaries" featuring directors Marc Webb (Amazing Spider-Man), Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and Edgar Wright (The World's End). The one big studio of the day follows with Summit showcasing footage and a Q&A session with the casts of Ender's Game (Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Haliee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin) and Divergent (Shailene Woodley, Theo James, more). There is a brief preview of Terry Gilliam's Zero Theorem followed by Showtime's Dexter with Q&A with the cast.
Other Big Panels: One of the big panels outside of Hall H that has been teased for several weeks now is the hour-long The X-Files 20th Anniversary presentation inside Ballroom 20 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Not only are series creator Chris Carter and his team of writers slated to be on hand, but it has been rumored that Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) may be in attendance.
Hidden Gems: You'll have a better chance of getting your Walking Dead question answered by the always entertaining creator Robert Kirkman at the hour-long 10th Anniversary Panel in Room 6A beginning at 4:15 p.m. Stick around in Room 6A for the OneRing.net's Hobbit panel, especially since Warner Bros. and Peter Jackson are skipping the Con this year. If you're looking for a panel to hit in the evening, Chris Gore hosts his annual PodCRASH in Room 25ABC at 6 p.m. and will include guest Adrianne Curry. If you're in the mood for anime, jump over to the Funimation Industry Panel in Room 24ABC at 5:30 p.m. where they'll talk about upcoming and ongoing titles including Dragon Ball Z, One Piece and more.
Masters of the Web has become somewhat of a Comic-Con tradition. This year includes panelists Ryan Turek (ShockTilYouDrop.com), Evan Dickson (Bloody-Disgusting.com), Grae Drake (Rotten Tomatoes) and more. And yes, AMC Theaters will be providing free movie passes for all attendees this year.
The Hall H Panels: Consider Friday day one of the Hall H gauntlet. The morning kicks off with The World's End followed by a Veronica Mars panel and then Universal's Kick-Ass 2 and Riddick. We switch gears in the afternoon with The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones taking over the Hall for hour-long panels before diving into Sony's marathon two-and-a-half-hour-long presentation which will showcase Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Mortal Instruments, RoboCop and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Metallica will wrap up the day's events in the Hall with the trailer and footage premiere of their upcoming 3D film Through the Never.
Stars Appearing in Hall H: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will appear for The World's End. Kristen Bell, Francis Capra and the rest of the cast will be on hand for Veronica Mars. Vin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff and Dave Bautista will appear for Riddick while the appearances for Kick-Ass 2 are TBD. The main cast including Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohen and Steven Yeun will be on hand for The Walking Dead. Game of Thrones will include John Bradley, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington and others.
Sony's monster panel deserves its own paragraph. Anna Faris and Terry Crews will be on hand for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 while Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower will appear for The Mortal Instruments. The RoboCop panel will feature Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish and Samuel L. Jackson. Finally, The Amazing Spider-Man 2's panelists are still TBD, but you can pretty much bet director Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone will be in attendance.
Other Big Panels: Can't get into The Walking Dead panel? Swing on over to Ballroom 20 at 1:45 p.m. as Joss Whedon and the cast of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be appearing at a panel. Miss Whedon at that panel? Come back to Ballroom 20 at 6:15 for an hour-long Dark Horse Comics panel and then stick around for the world premiere of the latest DC Comics animated feature Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Hidden Gems: Artists and editors from UDON Entertainment will be showcasing their latest titles and upcoming projects in Room 26AB at 5:30 p.m. Topics will include debut titles like World of Warcraft Tribute and Street Fighter Origins: Akuma, plus much more.
The Hall H Panels: Hunger Games fans looking to nab seats early in the morning, get ready to settle in for a LONG morning as Warner Bros. showcases its own marathon presentation which will include Godzilla, Seventh Son, 300: Rise of an Empire, Gravity and The Lego Movie. Once that's over, the Hall will jump right into Lionsgate's I, Frankenstein and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. There's another odd panel placement with Entertainment Weekly's "Women Who Kick Ass" panel, which is followed by FOX's mysterious 90-minute presentation. Marvel follows with an hour-long presentation and Kevin Smith closes out the day in the hall with a two-hour gab fest.
Stars Appearing in Hall H: Despite a monster panel, there's no confirmation (yet) on who will be appearing for the various Warner Bros. panels. Here's who we think are likely to appear. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn and Juliette Binoche are likely to appear for the Godzilla panel. Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harrington and Djimon Hounsou are potential panelists for Seventh Son. Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Heady and Zack Snyder may appear for 300: Rise of an Empire while panelists for The Lego Movie could include Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman and, gasp, Liam Neeson!
Once Warner Bros. is done, Aaron Eckhart and Yvonne Strahovski will appear for I, Frankestein. Though not confirmed, we imagine the big three – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth will be in attendance for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Michelle Rodriguez is the only marquee name appearing at the EW panel while FOX's panel is a complete mystery. That being said, expect lots of X-Men and Wolverine. Finally, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige will present Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and "the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe" with "many surprise guests." Maybe Robert Downey Jr. will dance through the crowd again.
Other Big Panels: FOX Animation takes over Ballroom 20 from noon-3:15 p.m. as it showcases Futurama, The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad. Following those panels will be HBO's True Blood at 3:30 p.m. and more vampire action with The Vampire Diaries at 4:30 p.m.
Hidden Gems: It's one of the most hyped events in Marvel comics this year – The Avengers versus their greatest galactic foe, Thanos! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the six-issue event knwon as Marvel: Infinity from the writers in Room 6A beginning at 1:45 p.m. Speaking of Marvel comics, John Romita Jr. will appear in a special one-on-one Q&A panel in Room 5AB at 11:30 a.m. If you're looking for more Marvel, Hasbro will host a panel in Room 25ABC at 4 p.m. where its people will showcase the latest in their popular line of action figures.
Another Q&A panel worth checking out is the Hellboy 20th Anniversary panel featuring creator Mike Mignola and Dark Horse Comics Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie. The two will talk about the all-new Abe Sapien series and the continuing adventures of the supporting cast of the excellent BPRD. Meanwhile, over in Room 26AB at 5:30 p.m. showcase the restoration of the starship Enterprise and the creation of the first interactive educational sci-fi museum.
Saturday is a busy day. Another panel to be on the lookout for is the Star Wars vs. Serenity panel in Room 24ABC at 1:30 p.m. Yes, you read that correctly. Dark Horse PR Director Jeremy Atkins, Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie and resident Jedi Randy Stradley and "surprise guests" will take part in "exclusive announcements, games, prizes and more."
Finally, if you missed it at this year's record-setting Anime Expo, the "Best and Worst Manga of 2013" will be on display in Room 23ABC at 7 p.m.
The Hall H Panels: The final day of Hall H panels is traditionally geared toward TV fans. To that end, the day kicks off with Supernatural, then Breaking Bad and BBC America's Doctor Who (might we finally find out who the new Doctor is?!). The afternoon brings panels for Community, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Sons of Anarchy closing out the day.
Stars Appearing in Hall H: Jared Padalecki, Jansen Ackles and Misha Collins will be on hand for Supernatural while Breaking Bad will feature Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and the rest of the cast. The Doctor Who panel will include Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman while Community will bring the majority of its cast including Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, Yvetter Nicole Brown and Ken Jeong. Panelists for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia include Danny DeVito, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton while Sons of Anarchy will feature Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Jimmy Smits and the rest of the cast.
Hidden Gems: If you miss out on the Game of Thrones panel, George R. R. Martin will take part in a smaller panel in Room 25ABC at noon where he'll talk about the "twist, turns and unfortunate ends" of his characters.
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