Actor Ian McKellen, actress Halle Berry and actress Anna Paquin speak at the 20th Century Fox "X-Men: Days of Future Past" panel during Comic-Con.Link
Fans dressed as pirates pose together before the fan sneak peek screening of Starz' "Black Sails" during Comic-Con. (Matt Sayles / Invision for STARZ / Associated Press)Link
Atmosphere at the Into The Further "Insidious: Chapter 2" Comic-Con 2013 party. (Robert Benson/Getty Images for Film District)Link
David Boyd of the band New Politics performs at MTV2's Party in the Park on day 2 of Comic-Con International. (John Shearer/Invision for MTV2/AP Images)Link
Actors Yvonne Strahovski, Jennifer Carpenter, and Michael C. Hall applaud onstage at Showtime's "Dexter" panel. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)Link
Actors Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger attend the "Escape Plan" screening and red carpet during Comic-Con International 2013 at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp in San Diego, California. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Summit Entertainment)Link
Writer/actor Simon Pegg, actor Bill Paxton and director/writer Edgar Wright attend IGN and Focus Features Comic-Con 2013 party presented by "The World's End" at Float at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. (Jerod Harris/Getty Images for IGN Entertainment)Link
From left, actors Max Carver, Tyler Hoechlin, Charlie Carver, Dylan O'Brien, Daniel Sharman, Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden and writer Jeff Davis attend the "Teen Wolf" panel. (John Shearer/Invision for MTV/Associated Press)Link
Actors Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld, director Gavin Hood, producer Roberto Arci and actor Harrison Ford speak onstage at the "Enders Game" and "Divergent" panels during Comic-Con International 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)Link
Viking shield maidens Xan Rogers and Saeri Far at the entrance to the Viking Interactive. (Kirk McKoy/ Los Angeles Times)Link
The History Channel's "Vikings" tells the tale of the lives and adventures of the warriors. The show brought to Comic-Con the Vikings Interactive Experience with a mini Viking boat race. (right) Boat 2 with Rachel Moore of San Diego (front seat) and Lottie Aston from England, jumped their lane and nosed out boat 1 with Cynthia Loza (front) and Araceli Castro (both from San Diego). (Kirk McKoy/ Los Angeles Times)Link
Gillian Anderson, left, David Duchovny, center, and Chris Carter attend the "The X Files" 20th anniversary panel on day 2 of Comic-Con International. (Chris Pizzello / Invision / Associated Press)Link
Carlos and Daniel Cano from Ventura 59First Legion wear storm trooper costumes on the preview and credentialing day of Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center. (Kirk McKoy/ Los Angeles Times)Link
Bersain Gutierrez of San Diego wears a Superman costume and holds up the world on the preview and credentialing day of Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center. (Kirk McKoy/ Los Angeles Times)Link
Jean Griffith in her Ewok costume on the preview and credentialing day of Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center. (Kirk McKoy/ Los Angeles Times)Link
Cory Pacione, left, of New Brunswick, Canada, and Nick Murray of Maine push in a model of R2D2 for their company Fanwraps at Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center. Comic-Con officially begins Thursday. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Dale Williams waits in line for credentials for Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Dressed as Alvin of "Alvin and the Chipmunks," Alvin Revilas waits at the back of the line for his credentials. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Spider-Man fan Mark Bellemare of Meriden, Conn., displays the beginning work of a tattoo on his thigh while waiting in line. Wednesday is a preview day and the first day to pick up credentials. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Workers carry metal tubing outside of the San Diego Convention Center as Comic-Con begins. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Comic-Con attendees wait in line. The temperature was expected to reach a comfortable 78 degrees. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Trilainna Stantoon of San Diego waits in line at Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Richard and Anna Reyes, with son Parker, 5, and daughter Makaila, 4, head for the line. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Travis McGraw of Escondido lays on the ground while waiting in line. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
From left, Jan Mulleneaux and Jason Mulleneaux of Phoenix, Ariz.; Mark Bellemare of Meriden, Conn.; Jesse Bellmare of Soothington, Conn.; Hillary Williams of Phoenix; and Steven Melleneaux of Phoenix wait in line for credentials. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Live from San Diego, it’s Comic-Con International. Where else will you find the likes of Spider-Man, director Wong Kar-wai and the band Metallica in one spot?
Hero Complex will cover the onetime comics enthusiasts convention turned sprawling pop culture conference in all its glory, and you can follow it in real time with tweets below from our reporters on the scene through Sunday.
The event, which included a preview night Wednesday but officially rolls out over four days starting Thursday, attracts about 130,000 con-goers every July. Moreover, it’s a key platform for many studios to gain awareness for a variety of projects — whether it’s a big comic-book film like “The Wolverine,” which opens later this month, or “Breaking Bad,” the AMC series that starts its final season in August.
Even so, not everyone is going all out this time around. Paramount will skip Comic-Con, and Disney will have a smaller role, given that it has another installment of its very own convention, D23, slated for Aug. 9-11 in Anaheim.
And, oh yes, there will be some comic book news as well (think Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman: Overture”) and plenty of cosplayers.
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