More than 100,000 fans are gathering in San Diego for Comic-Con, a four-day celebration of popular culture.
The event, in which many people participate in costume, showcases the much-awaited film and TV projects. Fans can expect to see the first footage of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sequel to the 2018 blockbuster.
There will also be panels for a new Lord of the Rings TV series and Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon.
The anticipation for this year’s conference is extraordinarily high as it will be the first time since 2019 that the event has been held individually due to the impact of the COVID pandemic.
This year’s highlights
San Diego Comic-Con is being held over four days from Thursday 21 July – Sunday 24 July.
The most high-profile events are traditionally held in Hall H at the San Diego Convention Centre. This year, the Hall – which seats 5,000 – will host discussion panels and show exclusive footage from several projects.
Thursday will see an event dedicated to the forthcoming fantasy movie Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves, with fans hoping for an appearance from stars including Chris Pine and Regé-Jean Page.
Saturday is almost always Comic-Con’s biggest day. And this year, it will have panels on forthcoming movies, including the action-adventure film Black Adam, starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, HBO TV series House of the Dragon, and Netflix’s Sandman based on Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed graphic novel.
The biggest event is expected to be the panel from Marvel. The film and TV studio hasn’t announced which future projects it will be showcasing.
However, it is expected to show the first footage from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the follow-up to 2018’s Oscar-winning Black Panther, and possibly Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
There will also be a host of smaller panels, events, signing sessions, and merchandise stalls.