On Thursday, one of the biggest events in all of Geekdom, San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), is set to begin. Founded as the Golden State Comic Book Convention in 1970 and originally boasting an attendance of 300, SDCC has exploded over the past 40 years; it now boasts an attendance of more than 100,00 with over 50 official convention guests. It has become one of the few cannot miss events of the year for comic book publishers as well as film and video production companies (whether their project is comic book related or not). This year's convention is promising a good deal, and here are five announcements that are expected to take it by storm.
1. Marvel: Ultimate Universe
A panel hosted by Marvel Comics Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and writers Joshua Hale Fialkov and Brian Michael Bendis promises to "unveil of the Ultimates, the Ultimate X-Men, and everyone's favorite web-slinger Miles Morales" as well as a "startling announcement" about the future of the Ultimates Universe.
Popping up at SDCC 2012 as only a short teaser trailer that sent the convention into a frenzy, this year's panel with stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston promises to show more than just a teaser of what has been, up to this point, a very secretive reboot of the legendary series.
3. The Mysterious Fox Panel
Fox is already promising a big show for SDCC, with previews of The Wolverine and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but it's also got a "Mystery Panel" scheduled. An easy assumption would be that the panel will most likely be a preview of X-Men: Days of Future Past (and that there will be cast members present at the panel), but there are some rumors that the panel might reveal the cast for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot.
4. The Marvel Panel
Marvel always manages to have several aces up its sleeve to please fans. It's already a toss up as to whether Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Thor: The Dark World will take center stage, but there's no doubt they've got something to please fans with. A Doctor Strange movie has already all but been announced, but Marvel is mum on hints.
5. DC Comics Justice League: Trinity War
A panel featuring crossover creators Ray Fawkes, Geoff Johns, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, and DC comic's senior editor Brian Cunningham is promising details which will "Rock the DC Universe to it's core in the comic book event of the summer."