San Diego Comic-Con is in full effect, and today is the first of an intense three-day panel schedule. The biggest names in sci-fi, fantasy, horror and superhero movies will be on hand to answer fan questions and show off previews of the most-hyped movies.

Tons of stories come out of Comic-Con each year, with audiences getting special first looks at upcoming blockbusters, or finding out new information on top-secret projects. What news can we hope to discover on this first day of panel coverage?
San Diego Comic-Con is in full effect, and today is the first of an intense three-day panel schedule. The biggest names in sci-fi, fantasy, horror and superhero movies will be on hand to answer fan questions and show off previews of the most-hyped movies.

Tons of stories come out of Comic-Con each year, with audiences getting special first looks at upcoming blockbusters, or finding out new information on top-secret projects. What news can we hope to discover on this first day of panel coverage?

We could get our first glimpse at the 3-D visuals of 'TRON: Legacy.' A rabid fanbase has been waiting 28 years for a sequel to Disney's innovative sci-fi adventure about the digital world. Comic-Con will most likely be the debut screening of mind-blowing new visual effects that knock a few convention-goers out of their seats.

Angelina Jolie will make her first Comic-Con appearance ever, at the Sony panel highlighting 'Salt' (in theater's Friday) and next year's 'Battle: Los Angeles.' This is a chance for Jolie to meet with fans, so don't expect any adoption announcements. But do expect a lot of nervous stuttering when comic geeks go face-to-face with the international beauty.

The much-buzzed about 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World' will have a panel featuring the entire cast, including star Michael Cera and director Edgar Wright. The movie opens up in a few weeks, so this will be your last chance to get on the ground floor of the hype machine before it officially leaves everyone else in the dust.

And the most anticipated panel of Thursday is a special hour-long conversation with Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams. The two kings of geek culture will come together to talk about the future of pop culture, as well as have a Q&A with the audience. This will probably be the place we hear more news about Abrams' plans for 'Star Trek 2'; and maybe he'll be nice enough to tell us something about his mysterious sci-fi thriller 'Super 8.' Whedon, meanwhile, will most likely make his first official comments on the most anticipated movie news of the convention: the big-screen debut of Marvel Comics' premiere super-team 'The Avengers.'

Keep your eye on Cinematical's Comic-Con coverage for on-the-ground blogging of all the news coming out of San Diego, and check out the lineup of big movies panels below. All are in Hall H.

10:00-11:00AM: DreamWorks -- 'Megamind' (Hall H)
Scheduled to attend: Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill

11:15AM-12:45PM: Disney -- 'TRON: Legacy' (Hall H)
Scheduled to attend: Director Joe Kosinski and producers Sean Bailey and Steven Lisberger; actors Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde and Michael Sheen

1:00-2:00PM: Sony -- 'Battle: Los Angeles' and 'Salt' (Hall H)
Scheduled to attend: Michelle Rodriguez, Aaron Eckhart, Angelina Jolie

3:30-4:30PM: Entertainment Weekly -- The Visionaries (Hall H)
Scheduled to attend:
J. J. Abrams, Joss Whedon

4:45-5:45PM: 'The Expendables' (Hall H)
Scheduled to attend: Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin

6:00-7:00PM: 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' (Hall H)
Scheduled to attend: Edgar Wright, Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Kieran Culkin, Satya Bhabha, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, Mae Whitman, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza.
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