If you went through the grueling process of securing San Diego Comic-Con 2015 tickets just to sit through another one of Marvel's epic Hall H panels, it seems you are out of luck. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 director James Gunn revealed on both his Facebook and Twitter that the studio won't be making an appearance at this year's event. And neither will he. Which means we won't get to see anything new from Star-Lord and his team.
Marvel Studios has used the last couple of Comi-Cons to launch new projects and announce new cast additions. It has become one of the most anticipated moments of the entire event. Last year gave us a first look at Avengers: Age of Ultron and new details about Ant-Man. But as you may recall, the event also didn't work out the way Marvel had initially intended. Before arriving in San Diego, Disney was busy trying to get Joaquin Phoenix to sign on as Doctor Strange, with the actor to be announced on stage. He got cold feet, however, and the plans were scrapped at the last minute. This gave fans a less then exciting panel, despite the entire Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man casts being on display.
Just a few short months later, Marvel held its own unique gathering at Disney's famed El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. There, they announced their entire slate through the year 2020, with confirmations for Captain Marvel and Inhumans. And they announced Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. The studio was able to offer this information on their own timeline, and it seemed to work better for them. So, it seems something else like this will be planned in the future.
Ant-Man opens July 17, just one week after Comic-Con. And they have Captain America: Civil War coming out May 2016, followed by Doctor Strange in November of next year. These are the movies that FRb6KCI8JKtwek|Marvel would have been focused on had they decided to attend. And it's always possible that the studio could change their mind at any minute.
While it hasn't been confirmed, it's expected that Warner Bros. will be bringing plenty from their DC movie line-up to SDCC 2015, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set to debut just 8 months later. And Disney may be using SDCC to focus all of their energy on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will arrive just 5 short months after the event. And Disney has D23 coming up shortly after SDCC, which may also be used to promote their Marvel line-up. What do you think? Is this a huge disappointment?