Netflix and Amazon are heading to Comic-Con
James R | On 01, Jul 2017
Netflix and Amazon heading to Comic-Con this summer – and they’ll be doing so with a vengeance.
The two streaming services have been at the San Diego convention before, but they’re stepping up their presence significantly for 2017, as they become increasingly major players in the TV and film world.
Fans expecting Stranger Things to make an appearance at the event will not be disappointed, as the streaming giant brings its sci-fi horror hit to the summer event for a panel.
But that’s only the start of Netflix’s plans, as it also hosts a panel for David Ayer’s new blockbuster movie, Bright, which stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton as cops hunting fantasy creatures. Both Smith and Edgerton will be in attendance, alongside the Ayer, Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramirez. Netflix will also host a panel for Adam Wingard’s Death Note remake, with the You’re Next director and star Nat Wolff (plus other cast members) set to attend.
Both of those will take place on Thursday 20th July, with Netflix then hosting a Surprise Screening in the evening at The Horton Grand Theater.
On Friday 21st July, Netflix will return with a panel for Marvel’s The Defenders, the crossover series featuring Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Daredevil. And, on Saturday, some new footage from Stranger Things’ second run will be unveiled.
All of these will take place in the coveted Hall H – the first time that Netflix has been given panel space in Comic-Con’s main venue. It will also have a booth (No. 3729) on the convention floor and be holding a “Netflix Experience” at the nearby Hilton Gaslamp, including a VR version of the Upside Down.
Amazon, meanwhile, has a superhero of its own to debut: The Tick. The first superhero series to launch on Prime Video, The Tick will be the natural focus of attention for Amazon, as it prepares to release the show shortly afterwards on Friday 25th August. While an exact date, place and attendee list for The Tick’s panel has not yet been confirmed (with creator Ben Edlund, Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman and more expected to be in attendance), Deadline reports that Amazon is setting up a Tick Takeover across the street. The replica of the show’s warehouse set, and other locations, will run from 20th July for three days, with a 20-foot animatronic version of the superhero’s head will also be on the corner of San Diego’s 1st and J Street, letting people control the animatronic’s expressions.