Apparently, the spectacle of a big, flashy presentation in Hall H during the biggest geek event of the year just doesn’t cut it anymore.
At least, that’s the conclusion you’re likely to draw when you see that three major studios — one of them the most popular in making superhero films — are all going to be skipping the typical song and dance at this year’s Comic Con International in San Diego. According to Variety, Marvel Studios, Paramount, and Sony will all be skipping the big show this year. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn already let slip that Marvel Studios would no-show the event, so there’s not much of a surprise there, but it is a little surprising that neither Sony nor Paramount wants to capitalize on their absence.
When it comes to Sony and Marvel, it’s a little difficult to separate their absence from their new partnership involving Spider-Man, and his imminent appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Marvel does have Ant-Man bowing in theaters the Friday after Comic Con, its next film won’t be releasing until next May in the form of Captain America: Civil War. In this case, Marvel Studios is foregoing their typical practice of providing early footage to the Comic Con audience, perhaps instead waiting to do that at Disney’s exclusive showcase, the D23 Expo taking place this August. Rumor has it that Spider-Man will show up in that film first as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the first footage of the character may be appearing there — that is, if Marvel can ultimately cast him before Civil War‘s shooting is complete.
For those fans who will be attending, though, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looks to try and fill the void by having a massive presentation with several stars of the upcoming film. For more on this year’s SDCC, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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