San Diego Comic-Con 2019: Marvel Phase 4 reveals, and new Lin-Manuel Miranda project among highlights at annual pop culture show

San Diego Comic-Con 2019: Marvel Phase 4 reveals, and new Lin-Manuel Miranda project among highlights at annual pop culture show

Fans will also be able to visit exhibitions based on 'The Walking Dead', 'Game of Thrones', 'Terminator: Dark Fate' and more

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Fans dress up as characters from 'The Walking Dead' TV show at Comic-Con 2019.
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Dust off your Captain Marvel cosplay, San Diego Comic-Con is here.

The four-and-a-half day convention kicked off on Wednesday with the show room floor opening to thousands vying for exclusive merchandise, from art to toys.

Workers were putting the final touches on the all the branded exhibitions Wednesday evening, like the Walking Dead-themed AMC “Deadquarters” installation, while enthusiastic fans lined up outside of the convention centre. A few were already in full costume, including a man in a Stranger Things Hawkins Police uniform and an Australian couple dressed as Marty McFly and Doc Brown from Back to the Future, although there were more than a few AT-AT, and Jurassic Park T-shirts as well.

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As the week goes on, movie fans will also get a look at Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate at a Hall H presentation Thursday, and on Saturday be treated to a Marvel Studios presentation with its president, Kevin Feige. Details for the Marvel show are being kept under wraps, but many expect Feige and his “special guests” will outline the plans for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which could include announcements about Black WidowGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Shang-Chi and The Eternals.

The movie fare is lighter than usual, however. A few of the studios have chosen to sit this year out, like Sony, which is already cleaning up at the box office with Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Universal Pictures, which doesn’t have any superheroes on its slate at all.

A fan dresses up as a male version of Harley Quinn at Comic-Con 2019.
Photo: AP

Although Warner Bros. is coming with It: Chapter Two, it does not have a big Hall H presentation planned for any of its DC properties like Joker and the Harley Quinn spinoff Birds of Prey. And there will be no Star Wars news either.

Television enthusiasts also won’t be disappointed, whether they want one last go-around the cast of a show that’s ended (like Game of Thrones and Supernatural), to check in with some old favourites (including The Walking DeadThe Good PlaceWestworldArrowRick and Morty and Riverdale), or get first look at a new property (such as Snowpiercer, Star Trek: Picard and The Witcher).

Occasionally this means throwing a Comic-Con newbie into the mix. US television network HBO is bringing composer and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda out for his first ever convention to promote the new show His Dark Materials.

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