RI Comic Con loses Mark Ruffalo, ‘Walking Dead’ cast

Actor Mark Ruffalo participates in AOL's BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the new film, "Infinitely Polar Bear," at AOL Studios on Monday, June 8, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Some of the headlining guests of this year’s Rhode Island Comic Con have canceled their appearances hours before the three-day event was scheduled to kick off Friday afternoon.

Many fans received bad news that some of their favorite on-screen stars would not be making the trip to Rhode Island.

Thousands are expected to flock downtown for the convention regardless.

Comic Con organizers announced on Twitter Friday that “Avengers” star Mark Ruffalo, and “Walking Dead” cast members Norman Reedus, Tom Payne, Lennie James and Khary Payton would not be able to attend.

Attendees told Eye Witness News Friday that the AMC show characters were the big headliner calling people to the Dunkin Donut’s Center.

“That was the one everyone was really looking forward to, and most people were most disappointed by,” said Cindi Swiderski.

Not all fans let the news impact the weekend.

Cindi said she and her friends are actually able to do more than they originally planned because of the last minute withdraws.

“Because of some cancellations I was able to get my Voltron panel in on Sunday,” Cindi said, referencing a Netflix anime series.

Norman Reedus expressed his regrets in a tweet Friday afternoon:

Rhode Island Comic Con runs through Sunday at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Tickets for Saturday and the full weekend are sold out while tickets for Friday and Sunday alone are still available on the event’s website.