Break out your capes and cowls and stretch your free-hugging muscles. It's time for Comic-Con!
From Thursday to Sunday, hordes will descend upon San Diego for the ultimate fan experience where cosplay is king and superheroes mingle with bronies. TVGuide.com will be on hand to get the latest entertainment scoop. Here are 12 things we're looking forward to the most at Comic-Con:
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1. Batman 75th anniversary celebration: Holy senior citizen! The Dark Knight has kept Gotham and the world at large a little safer for three-quarters of a century, and we expect to run into Caped Crusaders and Boy Wonders around every corner. Events will include the world premiere screening of Fox's Gotham (set in a pre-Batman era), a slew of comic book panels, a Batman: Arkham Knight video game release cape and cowl art celebration and more.
2. Scotsmen in kilts: Starz's highly anticipated series Outlander will make its world premiere at Comic-Con with stars Catriona Balfe as the time-traveling Claire and Sam Heughan as her Scottish warrior Jaime in attendance along with the rest of the cast. Expect lots of swooning lads and lasses and the scotch to flow. Accompanying panels for Outlander and author Diana Gabaldon will spread the Highlander word far and wide.
3. Marvel-ously "Strange" revelations: Marvel has been a busy machine lately, and in case you missed it, the studio recently announced the release dates for five new movies. We fully expect to learn the title of at least one, if not all, the films (such as Black Widow, perhaps?). While they're at it, Marvel could announce more casting for ABC's upcoming Agent Carter as well as casting for Doctor Strange, whom everyone expects will be Benedict Cumberbatch (yes please!). We won't be terribly surprised to see the Avengers cast drop by the Marvel Studios panel for Age of Ultron talk either.
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4. A Justice League of their own: Beyond the Batman-specific properties, DC has its hands full with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is setting the stage for the Justice League. So far, we know casting for Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), but we're still waiting to hear definitive word on Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter. We're hoping for at least one casting tidbit and other sneak peek images from the upcoming film.
5. Dorne in all its glory: We'll get the opportunity to say farewell to our dearly departed Red Viper since actor Pedro Pascal will show his (unmangled) face at the Game of Thrones panel. Looking ahead to Season 5, the sunny kingdom of Dorne will be a big part of the story, and we'd love it if HBO teased us with a few first looks shot in Spain and revealed casting for Prince Doran Martell and the Sand Snakes -- the hot-blooded and vengeful bastard daughters of Oberyn.
6. Frozen treats: The behind-the-scenes photo of Georgina Haig in character as Elsa on Once Upon a Time only whetted our appetites for all things Frozen. Fan would be eternally grateful to a full-blown sneak peek of the rest of the cast in character or perhaps the wintry Arendelle itself.
7. Dan Harmon topping himself: The creator of NBC's beloved comedy Community once made a grand entrance at Comic-Con as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Now that the show was saved at the 11th hour by Yahoo for a sixth season, we expect more over-the-top madness from the madman. TV Guide Magazine's panel will lead the charge for all human beings, including a discussion of when and how the hoped-for movie will happen and if there will be any changes transitioning to Yahoo.
8. A Hannibal amuse bouche: The bloody tasty NBC drama ended on a major cliff-hanger with every major player except for Dr. Lecter at death's door. (Watch the crazy Season 2 finale here.) We hope the panel will allay some of our fears about who will remain alive. The Comic-Con listings also mention a surprise, which we hope will be appearances by Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, who are not listed as panelists.
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9. A Sherlock reunion? The next Hobbit installment will get a preview, and since Cumberbatch will be in town anyway for the Penguins of Madagascar panel, why not use his Comic-Con time to the fullest to promote his dual role as dragon and necromancer? (You know, after he's announced as Doctor Strange.) Martin Freeman could complete the bromance with his appearance since Sherlock is sadly not paneling again this year.
10. An expanded zombie apocalypse: The Walking Dead Escape obstacle course returns to the Con to give us our daily dose of cardio and terror at Petco Park. (See how you can run for your life here.) Meanwhile, the series itself will have a panel to discuss the upcoming season. Sure, they may dance around the whole cannibal issue, but as long as they give more details on the upcoming spin-off, we'll be happy survivors.
11. Bloody farewells: True Blood is currently airing its final season, and Sons of Anarchy will kick off its swan song on Sept. 9. Before meeting the true death, their presence at Comic-Con will be a chance for fans to look back and mourn. Also, can we say fangbanger and SAMCRO cosplay?
12. Points! You can't sneeze at Comic-Con without Chris Hardwick saying "Gesundheit." That dude is everywhere. Besides moderating a number of panels, the hashtag-happy host will hold his own events at the Balboa Theatre. On Friday he will hold a live edition of his Comedy Central game show @midnight, and the next day he'll back for the Nerdist Podcast Live.
What are you looking forward to the most at Comic-Con?