Like many in-person events, geek Mecca Comic-Con was upended by the pandemic. By most accounts, the decision to switch to a virtual conference backfired as social media activity plummeted by upwards of 90 percent. Cosplaying on the couch clearly isn’t as gratifying as congregating with 6,500 passionate fans under one roof. With big guns Marvel Studios and DC Films already choosing to skip this year’s Comic-Con@Home, the event needs all the support it can get. One company that hasn’t given up on the conference is Amazon.
For the second year in a row, it’s hosting an online panel with talent from some of its biggest shows and movies. You’ll be able to watch the action on San Diego Comic-Con’s official YouTube channel starting at 2PM ET on July 23rd.
This year’s lineup features a mix of female-led fantasy, blockbuster anime, teen slasher and crime. First up is The Wheel of Time, a series adaptation of the bestselling novels by Robert Jordan about a clan of female magicians starring Rosamund Pike. Amazon will be hoping the show is more Shadow and Bone than The Nevers. Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno will also be present to discuss the final chapter in the Rebuild movie saga, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time.
To tap into the ’90s slasher revival kicked off by Netflix’s Fear Street trilogy, Amazon is trotting out its modern spin on I Know What You Did Last Summer, featuring a fresh-faced cast of sacrificial lambs. This year’s event will also see Amazon highlighting content from its streaming service that isn’t called Prime Video. As such, cast members from IMDb TV’s Leverage: Redemption will be on hand to discuss the return of the crime series.
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