Back in March, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn revealed on his Facebook page that he wasn't sure if he was going to Comic-Con, since Marvel Studios won't have a presence there this year. The news was never confirmed by Marvel, but today we have a new report that Marvel Studios is not bringing any of their upcoming movies to Comic-Con 2015, marking the first time they haven't had a presence there since 2011. The report also reveals that Warner Bros. does plan holding a "significant presentation" to showcase Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so it's possible that Marvel simply didn't want to be upstaged by this upcoming DC Comics adaptation.
It does make sense for Marvel to skip the con this year, since their next movie Ant-Man opens just one week later on July 17, and the studio is still in the midst of production on Captain America: Civil War, so there wouldn't be much of anything to show the fans, as far as new footage is concerned. They could have used the massive Hall H arena to announce new cast members for their sprawling Phase Three slate, but the studio reportedly was set to do that last year, until plans fell through at the 11th hour. There were reports that Marvel wanted to introduce Joaquin Phoenix as Doctor Strange last year, but the actor had second thoughts and backed out at the last minute, causing the studio to rework their Comic-Con plans.
As for Warner Bros., the studio reportedly plans on featuring both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad at their presentation, and while it hasn't been confirmed, it's possible that they may bring A-list stars such as Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman) and Will Smith (Deadshot) to the San Diego convention. It's possible that Warner Bros. could also use the Hall H venue to introduce new cast members for their growing DC Cinematic universe, but we won't know for sure until next month. Are you upset that Marvel won't be present at San Diego Comic-Con this year?