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Streamers: Comic-Con at home

Finding your comic book movies on cable and streaming services

By SeanAx Jul 17, 2013 9:36AM

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).

More streaming options at Videodrone

For more releases, see Hot Tips and Top Picks: DVDs, Blu-rays and streaming video for week of July 16

Jul 18, 2013 4:19AM
very misleading headline
I was expecting to find a virtual tour of comicon offered

Jul 18, 2013 5:37AM
?? How does that bring Comic-con to my House?? I can't ask the stars questions, take their pictures, or get an autograph, That's what Comic-con is all about, plus seeing all the wacky costumes..
Jul 18, 2013 1:22AM
Can't wait going to SD Comic-con tomorrow...hehehehehe soooooo excited. This will be my 17th SDCC and counting. :P
Jul 18, 2013 6:01AM
What is sad about this statement is; The ticket scalpers buy up all the tickets and then resell them at ridiculous prices. It is to bad, people should boycott the event to bring the ticket prices back down.
Jul 18, 2013 7:33AM
Jul 18, 2013 8:44AM
Really? Gillian Armstrong, the award winning Australian director of Little Women is going to be appearing with Duchovny? Cool.
Very accurate headline. I was expecting a list of movies, shows and previews that I could actually watch at home.
Jul 18, 2013 8:00AM
Seriously! It's Gillian Anderson, not Armstrong. SMH
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