What to Expect from CCXP Worlds
CCXP Worlds is just around the corner and it’s setting itself up to be an event of its own as perhaps the biggest virtual comic convention and pop culture festival in the world. CCXP Worlds will host a familiar format to DC Fandome; using Unreal Engine to create “a 3D map” where visitors will be able to “enter the little worlds, or the stages, where the attractions will be broadcast…to see the panels and watch firsthand the trailers of studios’ upcoming releases.” as explained by Roberto Fabri, CCXP director of marketing and one of the creators of this virtual project, in a recent interview.
With over 150 hours of programming and panels from lots of studios from around the world, it can be difficult to keep track of what to watch and when to watch it. Thankfully, we’ve compiled a pretty nice list of what to expect when CCXP rolls around this week.
AMC: If you’re a Walking Dead fan, then this panel might definitely interest you. For their third consecutive year, AMC will be present at CCXP and they will bring a panel focused around their latest installment to the Walking Dead franchise: The Walking Dead: World Beyond. The Walking Dead: World Beyond tells the story of the first generation of humans that grew up during the zombie apocalypse, where Iris (played by Aliyah Royale), Hope (played by Alexa Mansour), and their friends Elton (played by Nicolás Cantú) and Silas (played by Hal Cumpston) seek answers regarding the world while going up against the undead dangers the world has to offer.
Collider: Joe and Anthony Russo are confirmed to be present this year at CCXP at a panel presented by Collider. The directors behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame will be discussing their origins with Arrested Development, their success with the MCU films and their upcoming projects like Cherry (2021) with Tom Holland or the possible Extraction (2020) sequel with Chris Hemsworth.
Funimation: You guys into anime? Well, you should check out what Funimation has in store for you. Funimation is one of the biggest anime distributor companies in the world, with titles such as My Hero Academia, The Rising of the Shield Hero, Attack on Titan, and many more. For CCXP Worlds, Funimation will host an incredible panel with two of the most popular anime franchises in the world: Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia. The panel will host Lucas Almeida, Mayara Stefane, Pedro Volpato, and Bruno Sangregorio; the dub actors for Attack on Titan as well as Lipe Volpato, Fábio Lucindo, Nestor Chinese, and Luisa Horta; the dub actors for My Hero Academia. It is expected that they will reveal updates regarding their upcoming seasons and will also provide fans with a first-hand look at four episodes of each anime and exclusive content from the series. As for My Hero Academia fans, it’s expected that they will also address a brand new project that has been teased in recent days. It is rumored that this project may be a brand new movie.
Paramount: They will be hosting a panel announcing their upcoming projects, including a panel for the upcoming film ‘G.I. Joe Origins: Snake Eyes’. It will feature Larry Hama, one of the creators behind the GI: JOE comics, and the actor portraying Snake Eyes; Henry Golding. The film will explore the character’s origins and is expected to drop in October 2021. It is possible that they might show some sort of footage for the film.
Prime Video: Amazon Prime Video will be hosting multiple panels for this edition of CCXP Worlds. Amongst them include panels for the upcoming Invincible series (starring Steven Yeun and J.K. Simmons), The Wilds (starring Sarah Streicher and Amy B. Harris), & The Expanse. It is unknown at the time of writing this article if Amazon will give any sort of update on Season 3 of The Boys, which is expected to start production sometime early next year.
Sony Pictures: Sony Pictures will be holding a Monster Hunter panel featuring Milla Jovovich, Diego Boneta, and director Paul W.S. Anderson, to promote the film which premieres this coming December. It is unknown at the time of writing this article if Sony Pictures will be hosting any other panel or making any other sort of announcements at CCXP Worlds. We know that during Expocine in October, Camila Pacheco; the Executive Marketing Director of Sony Pictures Entertainment in Brazil, told attendees back then that the film had already started production and that we would get our first look at the film sometime in December 2020. With CCXP around the corner and with hundreds upon thousands upon millions planning to attend the virtual convention, it would be the perfect opportunity for Sony to shed some light on the upcoming film.
Universal: Universal will be holding 2 panels at CCXP. One of the panels will promote the upcoming animated movie; “The Croods 2: A New Age” with director Joel Crawford and Rodrigo Lombardi. There will also be another panel with Vince Vaughn and Kathyrn Newton to talk about their upcoming movie, “Freaky”.
Warner Media: Without a doubt the heavy hitter of the weekend, they’ll be hosting a nearly 5 hour and a half long panel discussing all sorts of projects from their different branches. Warner Bros. Pictures, Home Entertainment, TV, Games, Consumer Products, Particular Crowd, HBO, DC, Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim will all be present to discuss their upcoming projects. We’ll expect to hear updates on WW84, The Suicide Squad, and more!
Locked Panels: If you notice the original schedule (Version 1), there’s a panel that is currently locked and unannounced that will go live at 5:30 pm EST. In Version 2, multiple panels that were announced in Version 1 of the schedule have now been locked, but we expect those panels to stick to what was originally announced, so right now there’s only 1 panel where we have no idea what it could be. Now, that secret panel has a duration of about 30 mins similar to the durations of some of the other panels from other studios like Funimation, Universal, Paramount, and Sony. Also, if you look at the rest of the schedule, you’ll notice that on the Omelete Stage, they’ll usually react to the big panels from Studios happening at the Thunder Arena in real-time and that section is also locked, so there is a large possibility that at that time, a studio is going to be presenting during that 30-minute time slot. Notice that some of the previous participants from last year are not on schedule for CCXP, most notably Marvel Studios, Disney, and Netflix. Now, at the time, we have no idea who might be presenting at that panel, but if CCXP is keeping that panel a secret, chances are it might be something interesting. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.