In the lead-up to San Diego Comic-Con, MTV News will be giving you a look ahead at everything the mega-convention has to offer, from movies to comics to TV shows.
To kick things off, we’ve compiled our list of the films that will be presenting in San Diego later this week that you simply cannot miss.
Here’s our rundown of the can’t-miss movies of SDCC 2012.
Perhaps it’s only fitting that the world’s biggest movie geek would take his latest film to Comic-Con. Quentin Tarantino will take the stage in Hall H to present his Southern (a spaghetti western set in the South) to the throngs of rabid fans wanting to see more from Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Of all the major panels at this upcoming SDCC, Neill Blomkamp’s “Elysium” may be the most elusive of the group. We’ve only seen a handful of on-set photos and one official snapshot of star Matt Damon looking very bald and very intimidating. Expect a lot of sci-fi action and even more social injustice allegory from the director of “District 9.”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Certain licenses are synonymous with geekdom, and the world of J.R.R. Tolkien may just be the one to rule them all. Peter Jackson, who just wrapped principal photography on the two-film prequel to “Lord of the Rings,” is headed to San Diego, and he’s bringing a lot of the cast with him. “The Hobbit” caused some controversy when footage at 48 frames per second debuted to less-than-stellar reviews at CinemaCon, so perhaps we shall see some redemption at Comic-Con.
“Iron Man 3″
While it’s the only Marvel Studios movie officially on the bill for this year’s Comic-Con, you’d be naive not to expect some announcement about another film in the universe. With much of the world having already accepted “Guardians of the Galaxy” as the next film for Marvel to announce, the “Iron Man 3″ panel will likely be packed by fans dying to know the next steps in the Marvel Universe.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play the same man 30 years apart in this highly anticipated time-travel thriller from “Brick” director Rian Johnson. The set of trailers that recently made their way online convinced us that this is definitely a movie worth paying attention to for this SDCC.
“Man of Steel”
As Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight Trilogy” comes to a close, Warner Bros. prepares to reveal what they’re hoping will become its successor. What we’ve seen from Zach Snyder’s Superman reboot has been limited to one official photo, so fans are holding hope that SDCC will bring about the first debut of footage or perhaps a trailer.
“Oz the Great and Powerful”
Sam Raimi is set to put his own unique spin on the world of author Frank L. Baum and the story of the Wizard of Oz. The director will be on hand to give fans their first look at his latest film.
If all had gone according to plan, Guillermo del Toro would have likely taken the stage at SDCC 2012 to present his newest film, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” But instead, he’ll present the movie he made shortly after leaving that project, the aliens-versus-robots throwback “Pacific Rim,” during the same panel.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″
Expected to be the panel that will generate the most screams, this will likely be the final year for “Twilight” at Comic-Con. The cast and filmmakers will be on hand to present a never-before-seen clip from the film and to answer questions.
With the exception of “The Incredibles,” there has never been a Disney movie more suited to the crowds at Comic-Con. Described as “Toy Story” for gamers, “Wreck-It Ralph” follows a disgruntled video-game villain who abandons his game in search of a better life.