Streamers: Comic-Con at home
Finding your comic book movies on cable and streaming services
We can't all get to San Diego for Comic-Con, the annual gathering of comic-book geeks, sci-fi nerds, fantasy fans, and genre movie buffs of all passions, but you can bring the superheroes to you.
Sure, many die-hard buffs have their own home video libraries of essential superhero and comic book movies, but not all of us have everything at our fingertips. So here's a guide to streaming the superheroes and supernaturals from the service of your choice.
"Thor: The Dark World" and "Captain America: Winter Soldier" are getting presentations and both Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime have the original "Thor" (2011) and "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011) as well as "The Avengers" (2012). All three films also feature Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, star of the new 2013 show "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," which is getting a big launch on a Friday night panel with Joss Whedon in attendance.
For your continued Whedon fix, queue up "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" (Netflix Instant, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus), "Dollhouse" (Netflix Instant, Amazon Prime) and "Firefly" (Netflix Instant, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus) and cap it with the big screen continuation "Serenity" (Netflix Instant).
If you're heartbroken at missing the "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" sneak preview and panel, you can always revisit the original "The Hunger Games" on both Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime.
With Simon Pegg and Nick Frost presenting their third theatrical collaboration, "The World's End," the time is right to see where it all began in their BBC series "Spaced," on Netflix and Hulu/Hulu Plus.
The BBC hit "Sherlock" is making its first Comic-Con appearance with a panel to preview the upcoming third series, so revisit the first two series at Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime. Both services also have the first six series of the new "Doctor Who" (Matt Smith will make his farewell Comic-Con appearance with the series) and all nine seasons of "The X-Files" which celebrates its 20th Anniversary with panel reuniting stars David Duchovny and Gillian Armstrong.
More TV panels: "The Walking Dead" (two seasons on Netflix, cast interviews from the PaleyFest panel at Hulu), "The Vampire Diaries" (three seasons on Netflix), "Arrow" (five episode on Hulu, six on Hulu Plus), and the SyFy incarnation of "Being Human" (two seasons on Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime, the last five episodes on Hulu).
And to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Mike Mignola's original "Hellboy," try Guillermo Del Toro's 2004 big screen adaptation "Hellboy" (Netflix Instant).
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