5:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg, Aaron Couch
Comic-Con: What to Watch for on Thursday
After opening the doors Wednesday with Preview Night, the first full day of panels at San Diego Comic-Con kicks off with 20th Century Fox's big film return and TV's big Battlestar Galactica reunion and fan favorite Timeless, among countless others.
The Hollywood Reporter is on the ground in San Diego and each morning will offer a guide to the day's must-see panels and what to expect when some of the biggest names in Hollywood take the stage as movie studios and TV networks alike look to win over fanboys and break through in an increasingly crowded landscape.
Here are the must-see film and TV panels for Thursday:
20th Century Fox (11 a.m.-noon, Hall H) After sitting out last year, the studio gets to make the Con's first big splash in Hall H. It's keeping mum on who will be there, but the X-Men should be back in full force as three Marvel mutant films are currently filming (New Mutants, Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix). Other upcoming projects that could conceivably show up include this year's Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Murder on the Orient Express and 2018's The Predator and Maze Runner: The Death Cure. The big shocker would something from 2020's long-awaited Avatar 2 (how about some concept art?).
Brigsby Bear (12:45-1:45 p.m., Hall H) The buzzy comedy starring Saturday Night Live's Kyle Mooney is directed by Dave McCary, and the panel is also to feature members of The Lonely Island, as well as stars Beck Bennett and Kevin Costello. Not on the schedule? Mark Hamill, who is also in the film.
Netflix Films: Bright and Death Note (3:15-4:30 p.m., Hall H) Coming just one year after Suicide Squad, director David Ayer and Will Smith are back for the supernatural cop movie Bright. The ambitious project came to Netflix after a bidding war, and anticipation for footage is high, as so far only a 30-second Super Bowl spot has been released. In addition to Ayer and Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramirez will stop by. Netflix also has its manga adaptation Death Note, which has ruffled some feathers by moving its locale from Japan to the U.S. Later on Thursday, Netflix also has a mystery screening at 10 p.m. (smart money is on Death Note, as it begins streaming Aug. 25) at the Horton Grand Theater.
The Lego Ninjago Movie (6:45-7:45 p.m., Room 6A) No word on who will attend, but the voice cast includes Dave Franco, Jackie Chan and Justin Theroux. Director Charlie Bean's film looks at a group of ninja warriors who must defeat an evil warlord and continues to build on Warner Bros.' stable of Lego-related releases.
The Great Debate (1:15-2:15 p.m., Ballroom 20) In a first, Syfy is hosting a panel of experts to debate some of the genre's biggest burning questions — Star Trek or Star Wars?! — as part of the cable channel's massive 25th anniversary push at the Con. John Hodgman moderates a panel that includes Adam Savage, Orlando Jones and Aisha Tyler, among others.
Battlestar Galactica reunion (2:30-3:30 p.m., Ballroom 20) For the second time in as many months, series creator Ron Moore reunites with the stars of the Syfy megahit for a look back as the cable network celebrates its history as part of its major presence at the Con to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Timeless (3:30-4:30 p.m., Room 6BCF) How does a show get canceled and renewed in less than a week? A very vocal fan base. And while production on season two hasn't even begun, stars Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter and more join creators Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke to say thank you the right way: in person.
Legion (5-6 p.m., Ballroom 20) and The Inhumans 6:15-7:15 p.m., Ballroom 20) Marvel goes back-to-back with creator Noah Hawley and stars Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza and more offering a season two preview of FX's critically praised X-Men-inspired drama. Immediately afterward, the cast and producers from ABC's upcoming freshman drama The Inhumans looks to capitalize on the goodwill for Legion and lure fans to its upcoming Imax theatrical debut before it launches in the fall on ABC.