For those on the ground, Comic-Con is all about out-cosplaying each other and getting up close, personal, and maybe a little sweaty, with their favorite artists, writers, actors, showrunners, toymakers, and more. For those outside of the San Diego bubble, it’s all about first-look clips and fresh-out-of-the-edit-suite new trailers.
This year, Comic-Con watchers can expect to see the first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, which reunites Unbreakable’s Samuel L. Jackson’s Mr. Glass and Bruce Willis’s David Dunn, and expands the Shyamalan-iverse with the inclusion of James McAvoy’s multiple personalities from Split – it should drop on Friday. And there’s James Wan’s Aquaman trailer, which we already know he’s putting the finishing touches on; it will go live on Saturday. Across the four days of the Convention, you can also expect new footage from Doctor Who, giving us our fullest look yet at Jodie Whittaker’s first female doctor, as well as trailers and clips for a slew of other anticipated TV and movie titles. We’ll have them right here as they drop, with the newest trailers at the top.
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Comic-Con isn’t only about big studio movies. RZA released the trailer for Cut Throat City, the third movie he’s directed after The Man with the Iron Fists and Love Beats Rhymes (and an episode of Iron Fist). This drama tells the story of a group of 9th Ward residents in post Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, and has a mega ensemble cast including Shameik Moore, Wesley Snipes, T.I., Terrence Howard, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Denzel Whitaker, Keean Johnson, and Kat Graham.
In theaters in 2019.
The full trailer to James Wan‘s Aquaman movie already shows more of Atlantis than Aquaman (Jason Momoa)’s scenes in Justice League. Full of sea creatures and epic battles between undersea armies, Aquaman is set to be the action event of the Christmas season (and maybe another Fresh addition to the DCEU?!). There’s plenty of focus on Arthur’s childhood training, and Mera (Amber Heard) gets the most badass moments of the trailer. Check out our full breakdown of the Aquaman trailer.
In theaters December 21.
The trailer for Shazam! focuses on the kids, which makes it even better when Billy Batson (Asher Angel) turns into Shazam (Zachary Levi). Levi nails the childlike discovering of super powers. We also glimpse that Superman and Batman exist in this world.
In theaters April, 2019.
The full trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters gives us a look at all those other creatures over which Godzilla reigns. But are the real monsters the humans? Vera Farmiga has a plan to unleash the monsters to combat the apocalyptic scenarios also glimpsed in this trailer. Millie Bobbie Brown, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance and Thomas Middleditch also get screen time.
In theaters May 2019.
Johnny Depp‘s blonde mohawk wins the trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald. Also see Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) get his Riddikulus spell on and get closer with Dumbledore (Jude Law).
In theaters November 16.
Ever since 2000’s Unbreakable, M. Night Shyamalan fans have been asking him when he’s going to make a sequel. They got their answer at the very end of his 2017 film Split. Now, we finally get to see Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy in the same room for the culmination of what’s become a trilogy, and Sarah Paulson is the doctor trying to disprove their powers (good luck, Doc).
In theaters January, 2019
See Millie Bobby Brown attempt to reach “Monarch” (no relation to Dr. Venture) over the radio with some unpleasant results in the sneak peek for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. At the 36-second mark, you can see a camera and operator behind Brown; perplexing error or secret hidden viral puzzle for perceptive viewers to solve? You be the judge. A full trailer is expected to drop next week, and maybe there we’ll get a look of the incredible scaly hulk and the kaiju battle royale Warner Bros. is promising.
In theaters May 31, 2019
The trailer for Sam Levinson’s bonkers Sundance smash was expected to be revealed at the movie’s Thursday panel, which will feature the Russo Brothers, who acquired the movie after it played in Park City. In the anarchic spirit of the movie itself, though, the distributors defied expectations and released it a few days prior to the start of Comic-Con.
In theaters September 21, 2018
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It’s going to be so hard to say goodbye to Adventure Time. At least the fans at Comic-Con got to say it in person to the creators and voices of the show. In return, Cartoon Network showed them a scene from the series finale.
Series finale September 3 on Cartoon Network.
Are you already having Steven Universe withdrawal after season five ended July 6? well, hold out a little longer because you’re getting a whole Steven Universe movie. See the teaser, premiered at Comic-Con, above.
Coming soon to Cartoon Network.
Supernatural has got to be the longest running live-action series presenting at Comic-Con. Only the animated Simpsons and Family Guy can top it. So Supernatural has released a four minute recap of the first 13 seasons to tease the upcoming 14th this fall on The CW.
Season 14 returns October 11 on The CW.
Be sure to wait ’til the end of this Riverdale season 2 recap for a sneak peak of what’s to come in season 3. They keep it appropriately mysterious, but you see the gang get to frolic a little in the lake and ride in Archie (KJ Apa)’s hot rod before Betty (Lili Reinhart) discovers an ominous ceremony for infant twins.
Season 3 returns October 10 on The CW.
The first trailer for Roswell, New Mexico gives fans of the original Roswell a look at the new Max (Nathan Parsons) and Liz (Jeanine Mason), the roles originally played by Jason Behr and Shiri Appleby. Also get a peek at the alien cocoons and the famous moment when Max uses his alien powers to save Liz’s life.
Coming to The CW in 2019.
If you stayed for the credits in The First Purge this summer, you got to see the first teaser for The Purge TV series. Now the first trailer with footage from the show reveals all the different activities you may see on purge night. Of course there is the expected violence, but some other groups have different ideas on how to practice the purge.
Coming to USA September 4.
Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) get a visit from their future daughter Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) in the season 5 trailer for The Flash. Time travel paradoxes abound and Barry refers to the classic one caused by Marty McFly in Back to the Future. In the panel, the show also announced Chris Klein joining the fifth season as the villain Cicada.
Season 5 returns on The CW October 9.
A brief minute of season 3 footage for The Man in the High Castle really leans into the multiple worlds, and some of our favorite characters are only alive in one of them. Can they come together without letting the Reich loose on both worlds?
Season 3 returns to Amazon Prime October 5.
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening brings his overbite aesthetic to the medieval princess genre in Disenchantment. If you couldn’t tell by his irreverent take on the headstrong, independent princess riff with the sassy voice of Abbi Jacobson, the trailer is set to a Renaissance faire cover of “Rebel Rebel.”
Premieres on Netflix August 17.
Season 4 of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow finds the Legends enjoying a brief moment of victory before John Constantine (Matt Ryan) returns with more bad news. A unicorn at Woodstock, Paul Revere and more time travel and fantastic creatures are in the above trailer. Also look for Back to the Future‘s Tom Wilson as Nate (Nick Zano)’s father Nick and Ramona Young joining the cast.
Season 4 returns on The CW October 22.
The season 4 trailer for Supergirl reveals Agent Liberty (Sam Witwer) leveling some very harsh (and sadly familiar) accusations against our visitors from outer space. Fortunately, Kara (Melissa Benoist) is ready to fight for her and their place on Earth, and looks like she’ll have a new costume to help. At the Supergirl panel, the show also announced TV’s first trans superhero. Nicole Maines will play Nia Nal, aka Dreamer.
Season 4 returns on The CW on its new night Sunday, October 14.
The trailer for season 7 of Arrow begins with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) in prison, but that doesn’t stop him from working out like a beast. With no vigilantes in Star City for five months, who’s going to stop The Longbow Hunters, led by Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) from exacting revenge on Oliver and his team?
Season 7 returns on The CW on October 15.
Well, The Magicians didn’t have any season 4 footage to show Comic-Con just yet, but they made a fun behind the scenes video. You won’t learn much about the next season, but you’ll see the cast goof off include Hale Appleman acting weird and Olivia Taylor Dudley in a panic.
Season 4 returns to Syfy in 2019.
Looks like Joe and Anthony Russo still found time between directing Marvel movies to produce the new TV show Deadly Class for Syfy. Based on the Image graphic novel, Deadly Class is about a group of students in 1987 San Francisco learning martial arts. Take a look at their killer moves in the trailer above.
Coming to Syfy in 2019
The season 2 trailer shows some all new missions for the crew of The Orville. New planets, new aliens including a first contact or two, Captain Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) in trouble, Grayson (Adrianne Palicki) trying to get Bortus (Peter Macon) to have some fun and Alara (Halston Sage) visiting home.
Season 2 premieres on Fox December 30.
There’s a lot of science fiction at Comic-Con. How about a little actual science? Neil deGrasse Tyson is back for a new round of the documentary phenomenon Cosmos.
Coming to Fox in 2019.
Comic-Con fans got their first look at the next generation of vampires, werewolves and witches in The CW’s Vampire Diaries spinoff Legacies. Now you can see them in the first Legacies trailer too. Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) leads a class of descendants from monsters struggling to be good, and she outlines the rules they follow to do so. See all the new Legacies faces, plus one familiar one in Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis) in the trailer.
Premieres on The CW October 25.
The trailer for season 2 of The Gifted shows us Reeva Payge (Grace Byers) and introduces her plans for the Age of Mutants. She’s got Polaris (Emma Dumont), who is now nine months pregnant, and shown giving birth near the end of the trailer. Meanwhile the Struckers and the Mutant Underground seem more torn apart than ever.
Season 2 returns on Fox September 25.
Wait for the end of this CW DC Arrowverse Heroes and Villains trailer for a preview of the 2018 crossover. Batwoman is coming to television and it looks like Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) in particular isn’t so sure she can be trusted. The CW shows pulled off “Crisis on Earth X” so we can’t wait to see how all four shows (including The Flash, Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) handle Batwoman.
The Batwoman crossover comes to the CW in December.
Family Guy showed four minutes of new footage from its upcoming 17th season. Always skewering pop culture both new and old, the Griffin family made digs on Stranger Things, Basic Instinct, Oksana Baiul and even Seth MacFarlane‘s own live-action show The Orville. Plus a musical number by an evil grape trying to choke Stewie to death.
Season 17 premieres on Fox September 30.
Netflix gave Comic-Con fans a peek at the new world from the team behind Avatar: The Last Airbender. Avatar writers Aaron Ehasz and Giancarlo Volpe, along with Justin Richmond of the Uncharted games, present a brand new world of knights, creatures and magic.
Coming to Netflix September 14.
Season 3 of Stan Against Evil promises more evil. In this 90 second trailer, that evil comes in the forms of vampires, devils, demons, twins, giant monsters and… puppets?
Season 3 premieres Wednesday, October 31.
The trailer for season 3 of Adult Swim’s hit anime series FLCL: Progressive captures all the teen angst of being a 17-year-old girl, along with all the action and kaiju of anime.
Season 3 premieres on Adult Swim September 8.
The Venture Bros. season 7 is almost here and now you can get a peak of nearly a minute and a half of the new season. The trailer starts all serious, until Monarch and Gary show up. Then it’s the Venture Bros. you know and love.
Season 7 premiers on Adult Swim August 5.
Highlights from season 1 of Krypton got fans excited about season 2. When you’ve already got Braniac, Doomsday, and General Zod, season 2 promises to be even more exciting Kryptonian history. The Krypton panel announced Lobo would appear in the second season.
Season 2 returns on Syfy in 2019.
The Simpsons‘ “Treehouse of Horror “Halloween episodes have been an annual tradition, even when they air after October 31. At Comic-Con, Fox released a preview of this season’s horror spoof “Intrusion of the Pod-y Switchers.” Fan-favorite supporting characters get turned into Invasion of the Body Snatchers pod people, including Lenny, Carl, a background Disco Stu, and Comic Book Guy complaining right up to the end.
“Treehouse of Horror XXIX” airs September 30 on Fox.
Get ready for season 2 of Black Lightning with this five-minute recap of the first season’s highlights. Then, get extra excited by watching the Black Lightning cast surprise fans at Rotten Tomatoes’ event, Your Opinion Sucks.
Season 2 returns on The CW October 9.
The trailer for the second half of Preacher‘s third season was as bizarre and tantalizing as anyone who knows the show would predict, and included a look at Australian actor Noah Taylor as a fast-food–working Hitler. The fast food chain is the series’ take on Subway, as the sandwich giant had refused to give the show’s creators permission to user their name. That decision prompted Executive Producer Seth Rogen to note some of the brand’s previous spokespeople and ask, “Where do you draw the line, Subway?”
Preacher is currently airing on AMC on Sundays at 10pm/9pm Central.
The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz and Griffin Newman gave fans a tour of the set full of goofy Tick-style humor, including Serafinowicz showing off his new Tick costume and Newman previewing a new season 2 character.
Season 2 returns to Amazon Prime in 2019.
When Syfy cancelled The Expanse after its third season, the fans rallied and Amazon decided to pick up the show for a fourth season. The cast and creators of The Expanse took the opportunity to thank their fans in a video as they get to work making perhaps their biggest season yet.
The Expanse comes to Amazon Prime in 2019.
Our first look at Amazon’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s book shows Gaiman at work on the set, with actors Jon Hamm, Michael Sheen and David Tennant. But at the panel they found the voice of God. Who could sound more almighty than Oscar-winner Frances McDormand?
Coming to Amazon Prime in 2019.
Amazon’s docudrama Lore tells the true stories behind the scariest myths and monsters. They’ve got more stories for season 2, some from the podcast that inspired the show and other subjects the show is tackling for the first time.
Season 2 returns to Amazon Prime October 19.
Julia Roberts is coming to television. This minute long teaser simply introduces her, but Homecoming stars Roberts as a caseworker for veterans transitioning back to civilian life. She’s trying to start over but the Department of Defense starts asking questions. With Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail directing, you can bet there’s more beneath the surface of this psychological thriller.
Premieres on Amazon Prime November 2.
Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery promises more Trek lore introduced into the prequel series. The series’ tragic Captain Pike (Anson Mount) appears on the bridge, and Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) makes a discovery about Mr. Spock. Plus listen to Tig Notaro’s first comic relief one-liner at the end of this trailer.
Season 2 returns on CBS All Access in 2019.
Netflix’s hit reboot of the ’80s classic Voltron gave fans a first look at the Legendary Defenders’ attempts to return to Earth. But is it the same Earth they remember? Set to the haunting tune of Dexter French & Darius Behdad & Huckley Ware’s “Far Beyond,” the 90 second spot shows there’s no shortage of action in and out of the lions.
Season 7 returns August 10 on Netflix.
The team behind Vikings dropped a trailer for the return of the battle-happy epic series, and if the crowd reaction was anything to go by it’s going to please fans. It was also revealed that the show would be returning for the second half of its fifth seson this November on History.
Season 5 returns November 28 on History
The most watched series on TV released its season 9 trailer at Comic-Con on Friday. Get some time in with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) before his final season.
Season 9 premieres October 7 on AMC
Young Justice: Outsiders picks up after season 2 of Young Justice, with a mission to take down a metahuman trafficking ring. The Comic-Con trailer released Friday shows highlights from the original series before introducing the new show.
Premiering on DC Universe in 2018.
The zombie apocalypse continues, naturally, as season 4’s strange bedfellows learn more about each other. Catch up with Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Garret Dillahunt, Maggie Grace, and Jenna Elfman before the return of Fear the Walking Dead with the series’ new Comic-Con trailer, which was released on Friday.
Season 4 returns August 12 on AMC
Netflix gave fans a first short look at the second season of Iron Fist at Comic-Con on Thursday, and revealed that the series will return to the streaming service on September 7. The teaser does not show much beyond some gritty-looking close-quarters combat, but some promising revelations were made at the panel, including that Alice Eve will join the show as villain Typhoid Mary. The series will also introduce the vigilante group Daughters of the Dragon, which was founded by Colleen Wing and Misty Knight, and which first appeared in Marvel comics in the late 1970s.
Season 2 premieres September 7 on Netflix
National Geographic returns to Mars in a season 2 trailer released Thursday. The series imagines a human attempt to colonize the Red Planet, including physical hardships and political mechanizations that threaten the effort. Commentary from real space experts — including Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, and Elon Musk — illuminates the fictional account.
Season 2 premieres November 12 on National Geographic
Brothers Raph, Leo, Donnie, and Mikey emerge from the sewers and tap into undiscovered ninja powers in fall animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The new voice cast includes Omar Miller, Ben Schwartz, Josh Brener, Brandon Mychal Smith, Kat Graham, and Eric Bauza.
Season 1 premieres September 17 on Nickelodeon
Draco Malfoy reunites with Nymphadora Tonks for a YouTube Original series coming this fall. Harry Potter film franchise veterans Tom Felton and Natalia Tena star in a sci-fi thriller that sees a group of space travelers abandoned and fighting for survival. The 10-episode series is from director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evils) and the producers of The Crown and Outlander.
Series premieres this fall on YouTube Premium
Leave it to Star Wars to break the Internet on the first official day of Comic-Con. During a 10th anniversary celebration of The Clone Wars, Dave Filoni announced that it would be returning with 12 new episodes on Disney’s own streaming service. The show originally ran for five seasons after its 2008 broadcast, and while there have been one-off episodes in the years since, many plot threads remain unfinished. Until now.
More details at starwars.com
“All of this is new to me,” says Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor early in the teaser trailer for the new series, which dropped during the Doctor Who panel at Comic-Con on Thursday. She continues: “New faces, new worlds, new times…” The trailer is light on any big plot details, but does convey an epic tone, gives fans a good glimpse at new characters, and ends with some trademark Doc humor.
Series premieres later in the year on BBC America
There are precious few Walkers in this trailer for the upcoming season, which will be Andrew Lincoln’s last as Rick Grimes. Instead, this early look at the ninth season of AMC’s unstoppable zombie show focuses on the human drama. Rules are about to be made and, we suspect, about to be broken.
Season 9 premieres August 20 on AMC
This very short teaser is light on detail, but heavy on menace. Enough menace we suspect to keep fans tied over until the mid-season return in August.
Season 4 returns August 12 on AMC
Mayans MC, from Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, is the next chapter in the Sons of Anarchy saga. In a post–Jax Teller world, prospect EZ Reyes (JD Pardo) is fresh out of prison and a prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the Cali/Mexi border. Now, EZ must carve out his new identity in a town where he was once the golden boy with the American Dream in his grasp. The series also stars Clayton Cardenas, Edward James Olmos, Sarah Bolger, Michael Irby, Carla Baratta, Antonio Jaramillo, Raoul Max Trujillo, Richard Cabral and Danny Pino. Recurring stars include Emilio Rivera, Frankie Loyal, Joseph Lucero, Vincent Rocco Vargas, Maurice Compte, Gino Vento, Tony Plana and Ada Maris.
Series premieres September 4 on FX
Bob Odenkirk returns for season 4 of Better Call Saul on AMC. Jimmy McGill is on a job hunt in season 4, having had his license to practice law suspended. Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, and Giancarlo Esposito co-star.
Season 4 premieres August 6 on AMC
DC Universe fired up Con-goers with a rich activation in support of the opening of pre-orders for the subscription streaming service ($74.99/year or, at launch, $7.99/month). The highlight of its presentation, however, is the new trailer for Titans, a gritty take on the Teen Titans franchise that stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson (aka Robin) and Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth (aka Raven), a girl possessed of a strange darkness. The two get embroiled in a conspiracy that could unleash hell on Earth.
Series premieres on DC Universe in fall 2018
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