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Stan Lee cancels Comic-Con plans

Stan Lee won’t be making it to Comic-Con this year.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the otherwise healthy Lee is canceling his appearances after losing his voice due to a case of laryngitis.

Lee created many of Marvel’s most recognizable characters—including Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four—with help from legendary artists like Steve Ditko and the late Jack Kirby. Over the years, his name has become synonymous with the comics industry.

As such, he’s become a staple both on the convention circuit and in superhero flicks—go see a movie with a Marvel character in it and odds are there’s a Stan Lee cameo. At 92 years old, Lee is mostly retired from Marvel and writing comics, but still regularly engages with fans both online and on the road.

Lee’s illness is not expected to interfere with any of his other scheduled appearances.

Here's Benedict Cumberbatch with a penguin

We could tell you that Benedict Cumberbatch is making his first-ever Comic-Con appearance this week.

We could explain that he’s a voice talent in the upcoming film The Penguins of Madagascar, which comes out in November.

But none of that is actually necessary to appreciate the simplicity of this photo. It’s Benedict Cumberbatch with a penguin, and that’s pretty much everything you need to know.

See GIFs and snapshots of celebrities at EW's Comic-Con photo booth

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There’s a lot going on at Comic-Con right now, and we don’t want you to just read about it in print. EW has partnered with Related Noise and PHHHOTO to create an animated social photo booth to bring you photos and GIFs of your favorite celebrities taken in the EW Hideout. Katharine McPhee’s already stopped by, and so have Seth Green, the cast of The Giver, and others.

Check out the gallery here, then follow our full Comic-Con coverage.

Who will die in 'Sons of Anarchy's final season? The polls are open

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The third teaser for Sons of Anarchy‘s final season is titled “Fear the Reaper” (watch it below), and makes it clear that Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is the one people need to be scared of—and also that the law will be watching. As creator Kurt Sutter has said, Jax’s singular purpose for most of the season is to avenge Tara’s death. And as Sons fans know, retaliation—particularly when it’s misdirected—leads to more violence.

It’s a running joke among the show’s cast and fans alike that everyone will die by the time the credits roll on the series finale. But what if we asked you to seriously predict the fate of 15 characters?

Hit the polls below. Results will be used in Sunday’s Sons of Anarchy panel at Comic-Con (12:30 p.m. PT in Hall H), moderated by EW‘s Mandi Bierly.

UPDATE: The results are at the bottom of our panel recap.

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'Penny Dreadful' to make Comic-Con debut

EW has learned exclusively that Penny Dreadful will make its San Diego Comic-Con debut on the first of the convention.

Moderated by Archer‘s Aisha Tyler, the panel will held on Thursday, July 24th from 6 to 7 p.m. in Ballroom 20 and will feature series stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, and Harry Treadaway, as well as the series’ creator, writer, and executive producer, John Logan.

In addition to the star-studded panel, Showtime will also host signings, and it will offer exclusive merchandise to fans including character figurines, deluxe deck of tarot cards inspired by the ones in the series, and special-edition books. Showtime has teamed with Titan Books to produce deluxe hardcover editions of the classic novels that inspired the series. The Penny Dreadful Collection will include Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Penny Dreadful concluded its first season last week and has been renewed for a 10-episode second season.

'Star Wars' toys: First Look at Hasbro's Jabba the Hutt Comic-Con exclusive

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He may not be among the cast members of Episode VII, but Jabba the Hutt will be at Comic-Con 2014 nonetheless as one of Hasbro’s Black Series collectibles. READ FULL STORY

New York Comic-Con preview: 'The Walking Dead,' 'SHIELD,' 'Oldboy,' and more

New York Comic-Con looks set to have its biggest year yet, with a slate heavy on popular TV shows and celebrity appearances. Based in Manhattan’s Javits Center, NYCC has grown in importance over the last few years. Although it can’t compete with the San Diego Comic-Con for pure breadth of buzz, NYCC has developed its own distinctive personality in the last few years. (It’s also gotten a big boost from a certain mega-popular zombie show whose Halloween-season start dates match up perfectly with NYCC’s early-October berth.) If you’re going to NYCC, here are the hot-ticket events; if you’re just playing along at home, consider this a possible sneak peek at the next few days of Twitter trending topics. (Note: You can watch some of the cultier/non-Walking Dead events on the NYCC live stream.)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Saturday, 5:00 PM): The only announced speaker at the panel for ABC’s hit Avengers spinoff is Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, but this is Marvel, so expect at least one surprise. Since the panel runs an hour and fifteen minutes, that “surprise” might be a full episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. If questioned, expect Loeb to no-comment confirm the possibility of an Agent Carter series. READ FULL STORY

Opinion: How Ben Affleck can be a good Batman, and what the 'Man of Steel' sequel needs to do to be great

Besides an abiding interest in men who wear masks or spandex (see: Daredevil and Hollywoodland), Ben Affleck shares one more thing in common with Batman: Their big screen careers look exactly alike. There was the sensational start. (Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns; Affleck’s acting breakout with and Oscar-winning script for Good Will Hunting.) There was the embarrassing implosion. (Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin; Affleck in Gigli and the aptly titled Paycheck.) There was the brilliant reboot. (Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy; Affleck’s rightly praised work as actor and director in The Town and the Oscar-winning Argo). Now, their paths converge as they enter the fourth acts of their movie lives: Affleck will play Batman, aka Bruce Wayne, and star opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the untitled sequel of Man of Steel, which Warner Bros. intends to release on July 17, 2015. READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con 2013: A comprehensive guide through the post-Con buzz

Comic-Con is a Reality Distortion Zone carefully constructed by very powerful forces: The fans, who’ve traveled a long way and are in a mood to enjoy themselves; the studio publicity teams, who know how crucial a half an hour at Comic-Con can be to a project’s long-term prospects; the celebrities, who fill Hall H and Ballroom 20 with the fairy dust of fame; the geek-bloggerati opinion-industrial complex, forever in the act of judging every minor detail of every major film; and the mainstream media, taking pictures of the celebrities.

What this means is that people will cheer for everything. So this year they cheered for The Avengers 2; but back in 2011, they also cheered for Terra Nova. Everything is popular at Comic-Con, but not everything at Comic-Con is popular. Forthwith, an attempt to determine whether the major projects were successful in generating positive buzz this year at Comic-Con 2013.

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'The Blacklist' star Megan Boone: Actors and filmmakers are the biggest fans of all

Actress Megan Boone stars in the upcoming NBC drama The Blacklist, opposite James Spader. Below, she reflects on her first experience with fans at San Diego Comic-Con and includes photos she took during the week.

“Can I have your autograph? It’s for my dying mother,” a fan asked me at our signing late last week, handing over a stack of headshots.

In response, I began signing my first autographs at my first Comic-Con. Ten or 15 signatures into his stack of photos, the autograph-seeker’s story began to seem dubious. I didn’t even know people bought and sold autographs anymore, but why would his ill mother need over 20?

That there’s a level of fandom which inspires someone to lie about their mother’s health to sell autographs is the darker side of Comic-Con I’d been warned about. Maybe it was just because I hoped his mother wasn’t actually dying, but I chose not to buy the story.

Stories can be very hard to sell, to which many of us on panels this year can attest, but when we get it right it can create the frenzied fanfare that fuels Comic-Con.

Even if you’ve never been to this circus you know it’s like Beatlemania, but instead of screaming teenage girls, this crowd is predominantly masked males who convulse at the sight of a zombie.
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