Netflix Invades San Diego Comic-Con with Panels, Offsites, Screenings, More

Go big or go home appears to be Netflix’s motto for San Diego Comic-Con, as the online streaming network will be out in full force this year.

Attendees will get three Hall H panels – starting with a split panel on Thursday, July 20 for Bright and Death Note. Attendees will get a sneak peek at David Ayer’s new film Bright, which is set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have co-existed since the beginning of time. Stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez and David Ayer will be on hand to offer exclusive footage and Q&A. Death Note, based on the Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, will also be featured with cast and filmmakers on hand to debut footage and discuss the project’s transition from graphic novel to film.

Then on Friday, Marvel’s The Defenders will be taking to the Hall H stage at 5:15PM, as stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, and Finn Jones (plus “guest stars galore”) as they offer a glimpse into the upcoming series on Netflix.

On Saturday, things start getting strange with Stranger Things in Hall H at 3PM. While no cast members are listed yet, they promise “never-before-seen footage from the second season” that will debut on October 31. [UPDATE] Actor Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers on the series, confirmed he will be in attendance.

But that’s not all Netflix is bringing. They’ll also be found at Booth #3729 on the show floor, where fans will enter an interactive brand experience to be surrounded by 360 Degrees of Netflix originals. The booth will feature exclusive content, the latest information regarding cast appearances and giveaways.

Additionally, the Netflix Experience is coming to the Hilton Gaslamp. Stop by on Thursday-Saturday from 11AM-8PM daily, or Sunday between 11AM-3PM, for sneak peeks of upcoming originals, exclusive giveaways, and more. You’ll also be able to vVisit the virtual [reality] Upside Down with Stranger Things, get immersed into the world of Bright, and dive into the streets of New York with Marvel’s The Defenders.

Finally, on Thursday at 10PM at The Horton Grand Theater, there will be a “Netflix Surprise Screening”. You’ll need to grab a ticket for this event upstairs in Sails, but you can also come party in the Convention Center lobby before the screening for interactive activities that include costume and prop displays, interactive activities and autograph signings.

Here’s a look at the full Netflix schedule:

Thursday, July 20

3:15pm in Hall H

NETFLIX FILMS: BRIGHT AND DEATH NOTE

Experience a sneak peek at David Ayer’s new film Bright. Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have co-existed since the beginning of time, this action-packed and completely original film will make for a must-see panel with stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez and David Ayer — featuring exclusive footage and Q&A. Attendees will also be treated to a first-look at the edgy thriller, Death Note, based on the Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Cast and filmmakers will debut footage and discuss the project’s transition from graphic novel to film.

Thursday, July 20

10:00pm in The Horton Grand Theater

A NETFLIX SURPRISE SCREENING

Netflix presents a surprise screening of an upcoming original film. Fans are invited to the Convention Center lobby before the screening for interactive activities that include costume and prop displays, interactive activities and autograph signings. Visit the Netflix booth on the convention floor to learn more!

Friday, July 21

5:15pm in Hall H

NETFLIX PRESENTS: MARVEL’S THE DEFENDERS

Daredevil. Jessica Jones. Luke Cage. Iron Fist. Four iconic super heroes. One stage. Nuff Said! Join Jeph Loeb and surprise guests of the highly-anticipated Netflix original series Marvel’s The Defenders as they band together for a panel you do not want to miss! Be the first to get an exclusive look into the super hero team-up that everyone is talking about before its August 18th global launch on Netflix.

Saturday, July 22

3:00pm in Hall H

NETFLIX’S: STRANGER THINGS 2

Netflix invites fans to join the cast and creators of the pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things, to view never-before-seen footage from the second season that picks up in the chaotic aftermath of Will Beyer’s return to a world that will never be the same.

About Kerry Dixon

Kerry Dixon is Editor-in-Chief of The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog and the site's resident panel guru.