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The 15 best Comic-Con@home 2020 TV and movie panels you really won’t want to miss

Even the combined might of the Avengers and Justice League couldn’t prevent the cancellation of Comic-Con this year, the world’s biggest pop culture event. Founded in the Seventies, the San Diego convention now attracts around 130,000 visitors and has evolved into a global fulcrum for movie and TV studios, comic publishers and related creatives.

But while San Diego may be con-less, the event itself has gone virtual, its numerous panels and events migrated online, and the good news is they’re free to watch, and the line-up is stellar. 

For Hollywood Studios, Comic-Con sits somewhere between Cannes and E3, acting as a global promotional platform for genre entertainment.

Interestingly, this year the event has limited participation from DC, which is concentrating on its own online event, DC FanDome which takes place August 22, and Marvel Studios.

The latter has a number of high-profile projects which would have seemed naturals for event, including theatrical releases Eternals and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, as well as upcoming  Disney+ shows WandaVision and  Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Even so, what we’re left with is a geeky cornucopia of online events, many of which will be hosted on YouTube, although other platforms will be involved. Read on for our guide to the best movie and TV panels you’ll be able to stream over the course of the event, which runs July 22 – 26. 

For Hollywood Studios, Comic-Con sits somewhere between Cannes and E3, a global platform for genre entertainment…

Star Trek Discovery and beyond at Comic-Con@home

The best Comic-Con@Home panels to watch July 23

Star Trek Universe
When: 18.00 BST
Where: Watch on YouTube

The ultimate Star Trek fan stream together the casts and producers from Star Trek: Discovery, new animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Picard.

Highlights look to include the cast of Star Trek: Discovery reprising their roles in a virtual table read of the season two finale “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2.” Cast scheduled to appear include Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou), and Doug Jones (Commander Saru). It’ll be followed by a brief cast Q&A.

Then Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty, Solar Opposites), creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the upcoming animated comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks, which premieres stateside August 6  will debut an exclusive extended first look from the premiere episode. 

Finally, Patrick Stewart and the cast of Star Trek: Picard, come together (virtually) for the first time post-finale to discuss the first season.  

James Bond 007 in comics
When: 19.00 BST
Where: Watch on YouTube

While we await No Time to Die, Ian Fleming’s James Bond continues to live a double life in comics past, present, and future. Steve Orlando (Supergirl) reveals his upcoming new series. Writers Greg Pak (Star Wars), Mark Russell (Flintstones), and Danny Lore (Ironheart) discuss the challenges of bringing the legendary spy to the page.

Simon Pegg’s Truth Seekers
When: 20.00 BST
Where: Watch on YouTube

Coming to Amazon Prime Video, this supernatural horror comedy by Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz), James Serafinowicz (Sick Note), and Nat Saunders (Sick Note), is looking like a big hit for the streaming service. Here the ghost hunters discuss the making of the eight-episode series about a team of part-time paranormal investigators who team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK.

A look inside Marvel’s 616, coming to Disney+
When: 21.00 BST
Where: Watch on YouTube

New TV show Marvel’s 616 explores how Marvel’s legendary characters and creators exist within the ‘world outside your window.’ Each documentary explores the intersections of storytelling, pop culture and fandom within the Marvel Universe. Directors Gillian Jacobs, Paul Scheer, and executive producers Sarah Amos and Jason Sterman discuss the making of this Disney+ original anthology.

The Future of Entertainment
When: 21.00 BST
Where: Watch on YouTube

Exploring the crossover between new technologies and content, this panel brings together experts in virtual and augmented reality, digital human creation and design, as well as those working in virtual production, eSports, and other cool stuff. The entertainment experience is evolving. Tune in for some early insights…

A matter of life and death in prime Video’s Upload

Upload
When: 22.00 BST
Where: Watch on YouTube

TLR rates Upload as one of the most inventive new shows on Prime Video. Creator, executive producer and director Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) and stars Robbie Amell (Code 8), Andy Allo (Pitch Perfect 3), Kevin Bigley (Undone), Allegra Edwards (New Girl), and Zainab Johnson (American Koko) discuss how they brought this futuristic comedy to life, share behind-the-scenes details from season one, and tease what fans can expect in season two.  

The Boys Season 2
When: 23.00 BST
Where: Watch on YouTube

Get an exclusive look behind the scenes at the upcoming second season of The Boys, with executive producer Eric Kripke, and series stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Aya Cash.

The best ComicCon@Home panels to watch Friday July 24

Charlize Theron strikes franchise gold in The Old Guard

Charlize Theron – evolution of a badass
When: 18.00 BST
Where: Watch on YouTube

Charlize Theron looks back over two decades of action heroes, from Æon Flux to The Old Guard‘s Andromache, Mad Max: Fury Road‘s Furiosa to Atomic Blonde’s Lorraine Broughton. In a retrospective Q&A, the star and producer discusses the evolution of the modern female action hero, the roles that inspired her and how she maintains the discipline for fight training.

Fear The Walking Dead
When: 20.00 BST
Where: Watch on YouTube

A preview of the series’ upcoming sixth season, premiering later this year, with TWDU chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunners and executive producers Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, and cast members including our own Lennie James.

The Walking Dead
When: Time 21.00 BST
Where: Watch on YouTube

This 11th San Diego Comic-Con appearance spotlights the delayed series finale “A Certain Doom, “which airs as a standalone episode later this year. TWDU chief content officer Scott M. Gimple is joined by showrunner and executive producer Angela Kang, executive producer Greg Nicotero, who directed the episode, and cast members Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan amongst others.

The Walking Dead: The World Beyond
When: 22.00 BST
Where: Watch on YouTube

Still hungry for more living dead? The Walking Dead: World Beyond is the third series in The Walking Dead universe. The show promises a new mythology with a story that follows the first generation surviving in the post-apocalyptic world.  

The best Comic-Con@Home panels to watch Saturday July 25

Secret origins of Saturday morning cartoons
When: 18.00 BST
Where: Watch on YouTube

A real nostalgia fest this: Author and presenter Leonard Maltin, animation historian and author Jerry Beck, Warner Archive Home Entertainment’s George Feltenstein, and the Warner Archive Podcast team of D.W. Ferranti and Matthew Patterson offer a history of the evolution of animation. Expect to hear about Tex Avery, Popeye, and Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies, as well as Space Ghost and Jonny Quest!

Constantine 16th Anniversary Reunion
When: 20.00 BST
Where: Watch on YouTube

Keanu Reeves, director Francis Lawrence, and producer Akiva Goldsman reunite to reflect on the making of the 2005 DC Comics adaptation. Moderated by Collider’s editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub.

The best Comic-Con@Home panels to watch Sunday July 26

What We Do In The Shadows is bloody funny

What We Do in the Shadows
When: Time 1.00 BST
Where: Watch on YouTube

Hilarious vampire sitcom What We Do in the Shadows gets roasted by the cast – Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Kayvan Novak, Mark Proksch, and Harvey Guillén – and the creative team.

An evening with Kevin Smith
When: 2.00 BST
Where: Watch on YouTube

Geek royalty Kevin Smith offers a first look at his new film Killroy Was Here and talks about a new podcast he has created with his daughter, Harley Quinn Smith.

For a full list of scheduled panels and events, visit Comic-Con 2020 here.

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