Sure, Marvel is out. Sony isn't here. And Paramount decided to ditch the show. But by no means does that make this year's San Diego Comic-Con a small event.
In fact, some of the biggest names you could hope to see at Comic-Con are still showing up, and it's likely that they'll have some exciting news and previews to show attendees. Star Wars and DC Comics are the clear highlights, but sci-fi, fantasy, superhero, and other fan favorites are all prepared to make a splash on the show floor.
If you plan on following along, we've rounded up the biggest events going on each day, what we can expect to see from them, and when you should be prepared for Twitter to collectively lose its mind.
All times in PT.
6:00PM: Warner Bros. Television Preview
Ahead of the main event, Warner Bros. Television will be screening some of its biggest pilots of the year. Those include Lucifer, Blindspot, and Containment, but the biggest ticket by far is Supergirl. Expect to start seeing first impressions pop up later that night.
12:00PM: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2
Thursday's biggest stories should come from Lionsgate. The highlight of its event will be new footage from the final Hunger Games film, but the studio has some other new titles to show as well. That includes Vin Diesel's wild new fantasy film, The Last Witch Hunter, which will also show some new footage. Divergent: Allegiant — Part 1 and Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt may also make an appearance.
1:00PM: Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies
Activision is presenting the "world reveal" of what it's like to battle zombies in Black Ops III, the latest entry in the Call of Duty franchise. It's the kind of bizarre and indulgent genre mashup that seems perfect for Comic-Con, and the studio promises to have other surprises in store as well.
2:15PM: Doctor Who
Two BBC hits will hit Comic-Con on Thursday afternoon, both with Steven Moffat on hand to discuss. There's little detail on what — if anything — we can expect to see, but both series have new seasons in the works for the not-so-distant future. Peter Capaldi will also be there, making his first SDCC appearance.
12:00PM: The Walking Dead
1:00PM: Fear the Walking Dead
The Walking Dead still has a fervent fan base, and AMC has plenty to feed it this week. At noon, it's bringing out the cast and producers of The Walking Dead, and an hour later it'll have the cast and creators of its new spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead. It's about time AMC debuted a trailer for that too, right?
1:45PM: Minority Report
More than 13 years after the release of Steven Spielberg's classic 2002 sci-fi film, Fox is continuing Philip K. Dick's futuristic crime-fighting story as a TV series. Fox will screen the first episode to Comic-Con attendees and then bring out its cast and creators for a Q&A session on Friday. Anyone want to predict how this'll go?
2:30PM: Game of Thrones
With season five now behind it, HBO is bringing the cast of Game of Thrones to Comic-Con to discuss what went down and what's to come. Stars including Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christy, and Natalie Dormer are expected to attend. Don't expect too many revelations, but it should be a fun look back.
3:00PM: Marvel Television Presents
Marvel isn't at Comic-Con this year, but two of its TV shows are, thanks to ABC. The showrunners and cast of Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD are scheduled to be on hand, and there should be some news about the seasons to come this fall. It's a small blip for the Marvel world, but at least it's something.
5:30PM: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The biggest panel of the day — and possibly of the show — takes place Friday night. Director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and producer Kathleen Kennedy will show up to discuss the new film as its December release date draws ever nearer. It doesn't sound like Lucasfilm plans on releasing a new trailer this week, but there are still plenty of other Star Wars universe details that the studio could dive into.
5:45PM: Orphan Black
For those who'd rather steer clear of the bedlam in Hall H, the cast and creators of Orphan Black are dropping by Comic-Con before filming begins for the show's fourth season. The clone herself, Tatiana Maslany, will be on the panel, as well as co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Mason, chatting about what's ahead for Project Leda and Project Castor.
6:00PM: Ash vs. Evil Dead
A revival that's perfect for Comic-Con: Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are bringing back The Evil Dead, and they'll be showing up at Comic-Con to chat about bringing the series to TV 34 years after the release of the original film. The show premieres this fall on Starz, so this week would be perfect timing for a trailer release.
10:30AM: Warner Bros.
This may be part of the reason Marvel decided to pass on Comic-Con: Warner Bros.' show on Saturday morning is going to be about DC's superheroes in a big way, quite possibly including a good look at Batman v. Superman. Director Zack Snyder will be on the panel, as well as Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, and Gal Gadot. There's a lot riding on this presentation — the buzz coming off of it will likely determine whether DC's slate is a real contender, or if Marvel has nothing to be worried about.
12:15PM: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Seth Grahame-Smith's cult hit novel has been around for over five years, but somehow it's only now getting a film adaptation. The cast and director of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be giving a sneak peek at the quirky mash-up, which is due out in 2016. Comic-Con is the ideal setting to find out if the premise still has the legs — and fans — to make it on the big screen.
1:30PM: The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino tends to stay quiet just long enough to get fans excited for his next film, and now his follow up to 2012's Django Unchained is about to arrive. New footage from his western, The Hateful Eight, will likely be shown during Saturday's event, and unspecified members of the film's star-studded cast are expected to make appearances. Plus, any time Tarantino's on stage, it's bound to be entertaining.
Legendary Pictures may have multiple movies that it plans to talk about, but there's really only one that matters: Warcraft. The studio is almost certain to finally reveal some glimpses of the highly anticipated adaptation, and even though he's not listed, there's a good bet director Duncan Jones will be on hand to talk about it. It's been a long time coming, so hopefully we'll have even more to look forward to.
5:45PM: 20th Century Fox
There are a good number of upcoming blockbusters and superheroes that Fox could decide to show off on Saturday, and any one of them could make a splash. The most likely candidate is Fantastic 4, which comes out in less than a month. But we could also get some looks at the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse and fan-favorite Deadpool, both due out next year. No one would mind if some of Deadpool's snarky metahumor showed up.
1:45PM: Heroes Reborn
This is NBC's chance to convince literally anyone that giving Heroes another shot is a good idea. We're all excited about the possibility that the show could be great again, but it'll take a lot of persuasion to make former fans really believe in it. A new trailer will be presented at the show, and the miniseries's cast and creator, Tim Kring, will be on hand to discuss the reboot.