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Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams together in Comic-Con’s must-see panel

HollywoodNews.com: When Comic-Con released its official schedule yesterday, one panel stood out among the hundreds of possibilities for visitors to this pop-culture wonderland–J.J. Abrams (creator of “LOST” and “Alias” and the director of “Star Trek” and its upcoming sequel) will team up with Joss Whedon (creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly” and director of the upcoming “Avengers” movie and “Cabin in the Woods”) for Entertainment Weekly’s Visionaries panel, similar to last year’s stunning panel combination of James Cameron and Peter Jackson.

In the panel, taking place on July 22 at 3:30PM PST, is moderated by EW’s own Jeff “Doc” Jensen, and is officially described on the Comic-Con website as:

A discussion with geek gods J. J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) on the future of pop culture. EW presents an in-depth conversation with these two creative geniuses about how technology, gaming, and global culture are reshaping how we tell and consume stories on television, film and the web. Plus: Is the superhero movie waning, or is it on the cusp of reinvention? And what do they think the pop culture universe will look like a decade from now? Moderated by Jeff “Doc” Jensen.

Both Abrams’ and Whedon’s often-overlapping rabid geek fanbases have reacted in a way that can only be described as ecstatic. The two have never worked together (at least not yet!), but Abrams has often pointed to Whedon as a chief inspiration.

Those not fortunate enough to witness this geek paradise of a panel firsthand can hope for detailed recaps on the internet in the days following the convention, which takes place in San Diego for four days beginning July 22, fresh off announcements that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will be making a panel appearance, while “Twilight” will not.

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