San Diego Comic-Con 2019: What to expect

Rejoice, geeks, it’s the most wonderful time of year! No, we don’t mean Christmas, when your loved ones lavish you with the best geeky presents out there. We mean something even better – 2019 San Diego Comic Con is almost upon us, and it’s going to be extra special this year.

Comic Con at 50

From a hotel basement in 1970 to the sold-out San Diego Convention Center in 2019, this will be Comic Con’s 50th anniversary

This year, SDCC celebrates its 50th anniversary, as the first Con – then called the Golden State Comic Book Convention – ran out of a hotel basement in 1970. From that basement, Comic Con became the premier entertainment industry event in the world, attracting every big name in geekdom – and a large chunk of the world’s geeks too!

135,000 people expected to show up

The San Diego Convention Center is going to be packed with 135,000 guests and 2,500 reporters, so you better pack some deodorant

Some 135,000 people from 80 different countries are expected to descend on San Diego this year, in addition to 2,500 reporters from 30 countries. That’s a pretty far cry from the 300 or so people who showed up to the very first Comic Con in 1970.

Sold out for 8 months

Thinking about going to Comic Con last minute? Don’t, because it’s been completely sold out since November, 2018

We hate to disappoint any later bloomers out there, but a spur-of-the-moment decision to go to Comic last minute will simply not be possible. All of the Con’s badges have been completely sold out since November 10, 2018 – a full eight months before the event! And don’t get enticed by scalpers and scammers – Comic Con tickets are non-transferable!

The cosplays will be incredible

It seems like fans top themselves every year with their cosplays, and this year will be no different

Looking at recent photos from Comic Con, it’s impossible to not be impressed with fans’ talent and creativity. Cosplays, however, aren’t a new feature. In fact, they’ve existed nearly as long as the Con has. Way back in 1974, the first-ever Masquerade Ball – a costume and makeup contest – took place at the fourth Comic Con. We wonder who people went as…

Game of Thrones’ final bow

This will be your last chance to catch Game of Thrones at Comic Con, as it’ll be coming to Hall H to celebrate its finale – and pretty much the entire cast’s going to be there

As divisive as Game of Thrones’ final season was, it was still a landmark event in pop culture. To celebrate the end of this iconic series, Hall H will host one final panel, looking back on the show’s run. Who knows, we might even catch some hint about the ultra-secretive prequel show!

The future of the MCU revealed?

Marvel studio boss Kevin Feige will be in San Diego to unveil Marvel’s future plans for Phase 4, from Black Widow to Guardians, Vol. 3 and beyond

As Avengers: Endgame returns to cinemas with an extended cut and Spider-Man: Far from Home breaking box offices, Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is finally over. Bigwig Kevin Feige will be holding court in Hall H to give an “inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Could we be getting first looks at Black Widow or The Eternals? Stay tuned to find out.

A possible peek at the last new Star Wars movie

Rise of Skywalker, the final part of J. J. Abrams’ trilogy, will be released this December, so will Comic Con be breaking the Disney blackout? We’ll have to wait and see

After sitting out last year’s Comic Con, Star Wars is said to be making a triumphant return this year. And the franchise has two big things coming in 2019. The first is the much-hyped The Mandalorian, set to stream on the new Disney+ service. The second, of course, is Rise of Skywalker, the final installment in J. J. Abrams’ trilogy.

Our first look at Captain Picard’s new show

Star Trek will be invading San Diego with sneak peeks at two new shows, including a panel on the very hyped Picard – and a guest spot by the man himself

This summer is going to be a pretty good time to be a Trekkie, as this year’s Comic Con will be giving fans a look at three new Star Trek properties. There’s the third season of Star Trek: Discovery, and star Sonequa Martin-Green will be talking about it. Then there’s Lower Decks, a new animated series about the misadventures of the crew of one of Starfleet’s least important spaceships. The third, and most exciting, prospect is Picard. None other than Sir Patrick Stewart himself will be on hand to discuss the show, set to be released in the fall.

Hunt with the Witcher in Netflix’s new show

We’ve only seen a couple of promo images so far, but The Witcher’s Comic Con panel will change that as actual footage is a definite possibility – and Henry Cavill is locked in

Henry Cavill will be back at Hall H this year, but he won’t be donning that big red S. Instead, he’ll take on long white locks, as part of a panel on Netflix’s enormously anticipated new show The Witcher. Based on the Polish series of novels, the show’s set to be released sometime in late 2019. And Comic Con will probably be our first chance of actually getting to see some footage, after only a handful of measly promo shots were released.