It goes without saying that Marvel Studios has dominated Hall H for the past several years at San Diego Comic Con. That one shot of the enter cast of The Avengers together for the first time on stage in 2011 was perfect; then again when Tom Hiddleston played Loki in front of the live audience was unforgettable. But then the company was acquired by Disney who has their own convention every other year at D23 which will now focus on Marvel Studios announcements. It was revealed today by Deadline that Marvel Studios will be backing away from this years San Diego Comic-Con. It isn’t a huge surprise given director James Gunn mentioned it in a Facebook post several weeks ago but again it’s may upset some expecting some massive Spider-Man casting announcement or small Civil War trailer. Unforntaly, it looks like there will be nothing of that from Marvel. It’s entirely possible that Marvel might start doing their own secret announcements like last October at the El Capitain theater where they announced on their own the entire Phase III film slate and still got major publicity from that stunt.
Don’t fret movie nerds because even though Marvel Studios is backing down it loks like DC Comics is going to have a massive presence at this years Comic-Con. Yes, they showed the trinity on stage last year with an extremely short teaser from Batman v Superman but it was nothing compared what they have this year. According to some DC expects to showcase footage from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as Suicide Squad (Some footage is also being shown later this week at another convention) with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and even Will Smith making appearances. They may even have some more casting or goodies up their sleeves for the long awaited Justice League Part One.
Also, if you think Marvel might at least showcase some of their TV property’s at SDCC think again. It seems Marvel TV division may use New York Comic-Con as the premiere place for all things related to their Defenders team-up.