20th Century Fox Skipping San Diego Comic-Con This Year

By April 28, 2016

It looks the idea of every major studio appearing at San Diego Comic-Con every year is becoming less and less of a certainty now.

After Marvel Studios skipped a Hall H panel at last year’s convention, instead opting to premiere footage and make announcements at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, another one of the major studios, which holds a number of high-profile superhero properties under its belt, will also be tagging out of the panel lineup this year.

The Wrap is reporting that 20th Century Fox will not be appearing at the convention this year, meaning no panels or announcements for any of their upcoming films, including Wolverine 3Deadpool 2, Alien: Covenant, or Assassin’s Creed. The report states that the studio fears it won’t be able to protect the exclusive footage and trailers shown at the panel every year, due to piracy and second-hand recordings from the Hall H audience. Which at this point, is a legitimate concern for the studio to have.

Just last year even, not only was a recorded version of the first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer circulating the web online for months, but Warner Bros. was even eventually forced to released a hi-def version of their SDCC Suicide Squad trailer, due to the release of a number of grainy, recorded versions online.

Some may argue that the piracy is actually a good thing though, since it just creates more buzz and exposure for each of the titles, but it also screws up the studio’s official plans for each of their films at the same time. Especially since the footage shown every year, for a number of superhero movies, is really rough, unedited and early footage from the film, that hasn’t had a chance to really be polished but is being shown to reward the fans dedicated enough to attend the panels.

Interestingly enough as well, Disney’s Star Wars Celebration is scheduled to be happening one week before SDCC this year, leading many to believe that Star Wars may be absent from the convention this time around, despite making a huge impression with the Force Awakens panel in 2015. No other panels have been announced to be happening or not happening in Hall H in 2016 as of yet, but it looks like we at least know one studio that will not be attending this year now.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Razberry_Yum

    …so it’s still a surprise to them that people leak those Hall H footage? You’d think they’d learn by now that people are rule breaking a-holes in general and anticipate stuff being leaked. Has the leaked stuff actually hurt them in the past? Feels like all of it just generates more publicity for their movies. Anyway, that whole explanation just sounds weak to me; I wonder if they’re just withholding cuz they’re thinking about setting up their own convention.

  • David Johnson

    This will only be My 2nd #SDCC but I can’t imagine spending My time in the panel lines when there’s so much else to do.