NYCC 2020: 13 Panels We’re Most Excited About | IGN

It’s October now, which means another New York Comic-Con is nearly upon us. Like so many conventions this year, NYCC 2020 has pivoted to become an entirely virtual event streamed on YouTube. But the upside to that is fans can tune in to the various panels from the comfort of home. The only question is which panels should be on your priority list this weekend.

To help, we’ve put together a list of the most exciting NYCC panels on offer this year, along with info on when they’ll be streaming. Whether you want to learn the future of popular TV series like The Walking Dead and The Boys or you want to reminisce about fan-favorites like Smallville and Lost, these are the biggest panels at NYCC 2020.

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The Star Trek Universe

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There have been plenty of big developments in the world of Star Trek lately, with the animated series Lower Decks recently wrapping up its first season and Star Trek Discovery: Season 3 debuting on October 15. Expect both shows to be in the spotlight at CBS All-Access’ Star Trek Universe panel. Lower Decks creator Mike McMahon and several voice actors from the series will appear to reflect on the season finale, while Discovery showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise and their cast will tease what’s to come in the new season. It doesn’t appear we’ll learn anything new about Picard: Season 2, but you never know.

When to Watch: Thursday, Oct. 8 at 9:00am PT

The Future of Amazon’s The Boys

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Hours before the Season 2 finale of The Boys appears on Amazon Prime Video, showrunner Eric Kripke and his cast will appear at NYCC to tease the future of the series. We might learn more casting announcements for Season 3, and we’re also hoping to learn much more about the recently announced, college-themed spinoff series. And while it’s far too soon to hope for a release date on Season 3, hopefully we’ll at least learn a timetable for both shows as production gears up again.

When to Watch: Thursday, Oct. 8 at 1:15pm PT

An X-Men: The Animated Series Retrospective

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Cue up that iconic theme music and start practicing your favorite Wolverine one-liners, because X-Men: The Animated Series is headed to NYCC. Showrunner Eric Lewald and writer Julia Lewald will be promoting their new book, X-Men: The Art and Making of the Animated Series. The panel also features several producers and executives who helped bring the iconic cartoon to life, so expect plenty of anecdotes and insider accounts about the series.

When to Watch: Thursday, Oct. 8 at 10:45am PT

Keanu Reeves Goes BRZRKR

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If you missed the news, Keanu Reeves is making his comic book writing debut on BOOM! Studios’ BRZRKR, a project that’s already earned over $1 million on Kickstarter. Reeves will be appearing at Boom’s BRZRKR panel alongside co-writer Matt Kindt and artist Ron Garney to tease more about the plot of the series and what compelled Reeves to make the leap to comics.

When to Watch: Friday, Oct. 9 at 4:15pm PT

A Walking Dead Bonanza

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As with Comic-Con@Home, The Walking Dead fans can expect a trio of back-to-back panels centered around the three pillars of the TV franchise. Fear the Walking Dead is up first, and fans will learn more about the new season premiering on October 11. Next up is The Walking Dead: World Beyond, which recently premiered on AMC. Finally, there’s The Walking Dead proper, which just aired its delayed Season 10 finale and is now gearing up for its 11th and final season.

When to Watch: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 11:35am PT

MODOK Takes Over Hulu

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While half of Hulu’s planned animated Marvel series have been canceled, the mighty MODOK is still getting a show of his own. Creators Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum will give Marvel fans a closer look at the new series. Hopefully we’ll also finally get a premiere date for the series.

When to Watch: Friday, Oct. 9 at 5:30pm PT

All Your Lost Questions Answered

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Ten years after Lost’s controversial series finale, showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are reuniting for a virtual, live Q&A session. Who were Jacob and the Smoke Monster, really? Was everyone dead the entire time? Will there ever be a sequel series? Now’s your chance to air all your lingering questions about the series.

When to Watch: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 4:25pm PT

Batman Beyond’s 21st Birthday

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Bat-fans have a lot of love for Batman Beyond, which probably explains why the series is getting another retrospective panel at this year’s NYCC. Stars Will Friedle and Kevin Conroy are reuniting with voice director Andrea Romano to reflect on the show’s legacy and 21 years of Terry McGinnis fandom.

When to Watch: Friday, Oct. 9 at 10:30am PT

Stephen King’s The Stand Returns to TV

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CBS All-Access’ new adaptation of The Stand is easily among the most anticipated new shows still to come in 2020. CBS’ The Stand panel features showrunner Benjamin Cavell and executive producer Taylor Elmore along with several stars (including Whoopi Goldberg and James Marsden), as they give King fanatics a better idea of what to expect from this ambitious adaptation.

When to Watch: Friday, Oct. 9 at 9:40am PT

Robert Kirkman’s Invincible Gets Animated

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Another of Robert Kirkman’s iconic comic book creations is headed to TV, but this time in the form of an animated superhero epic on Amazon Prime Video. Kirkman will headline this live panel as he sheds more light on the long-awaited adaptation and answers fan questions.

When to Watch: Thursday, Oct. 8 at 1:50pm PT

A Smallville Cast Reunion

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Almost exactly 19 years after it first debuted, Smallville is getting a reunion panel at NYCC. Look for Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Sam Witwer, Laura Vandervoort and Michael Rosenbaum to all appear, as they reflect on the show’s impact and legacy. We assume they’ll also touch on the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover and the added closure that brought a decade after the show left the air.

When to Watch: Saturday, Oct. 10 at 10:45am PT

Marvel’s X of Swords Crossover

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Marvel recently kicked off X of Swords, a massive new X-Men crossover that picks up where last year’s House of X and Powers of X left off. That crossover is being spotlighted in an NYCC panel featuring editor Jordan White and writers Tini Howard, Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy and Vita Ayala. Now that we’re several chapters into the crossover, look for the attendees to go into much more detail about the plot and how it’ll reshape the direction of the franchise going into 2021.

When to Watch: Thursday, Oct. 8 at 10:10am PT

The Return of the Animaniacs

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Yakko, Wakko and Dot are back (along with Pinky and the Brain). Hulu’s Animaniacs panel will give fans a closer look at this animated revival ahead of its November 20 premiere, with the full scoop from executive producer Wellesley Wild, co-executive producer Gabe Swarr, and actors Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell and Maurice LaMarche.

When to Watch: Sunday, Oct. 11 at 10:05am PT

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