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26 July 2017

Dragon Con Atlanta Becomes Center of Marvel Universe Labor Day Weekend

It was inevitable.

With many of Marvel's most successful motion pictures, like "Spiderman: Homecoming" and "Captain America: Civil War," filmed in and around metropolitan Atlanta, it was inevitable that one of America's largest multigenre conventions would play host to a cavalcade of Marvel stars.

(Marvel's Stan Lee is among many invited guests appearing at Dragon Con 2017.)
Still, inevitability does not take the edge off the magnitude of Dragon Con's incredible 2017 line-up, helmed by the godfather of all Marvel comics -- Stan Lee.

Dragon Con, a four day convention now in its third decade, welcomes a litany of stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Atlanta in just over a month. The Labor Day weekend event features activities held across AmericasMart Buildings #1 and #2 and five host hotels in downtown Atlanta. The popular DragonCon parade, which attracts many spectators, is scheduled for Saturday, 2 September at 10AM.

Stan Lee, the creator of many Marvel characters appearing on the silver screen, serves as the parade's Grand Marshal this year.

Other Marvel stars appearing at Dragon Con include:
  • Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) and Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) from the ABC television series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.;"
  • Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies; and
  • Karl Urban, from "Lord of the Rings' fame, who enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time as Asgardian warrior Skurge in "Thor: Ragnarok."

"We are delighted to have so many guests from so many of today’s most popular science fiction, classic science fiction, best loved shows and movies to join us this year,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said. “We will have some 400 actors, authors, artists, other creators and experts from science, science fiction and fantasy worlds in whatever medium.”

Reeves says more than 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming are on tap for the expected 82,000 fans flocking to Atlanta in September.

Tickets start at $50 for single day passes. Admission for the entire event costs $140.