Is There A Reason Marvel Studios Is Skipping SDCC?

5:06 PM Joseph Aberl 0 Comments

Anyone who has been keeping his or her eyes out for who will be attending San Diego Comic Con this year might be shocked to hear that Marvel Studios, Sony and even Paramount are not attending.[1] One could easily see it as a sign that Marvel fears whatever Warner Bros. is planning to showcase at the event, which isn’t hard to doubt as they are getting ready to show Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad footage, while rumors having it that we might get a glimpse into the Justice League film as well. With such a repertoire heading there it is no wonder that some doubt would be if there even is a point for them to be there, as they already published their plans up to 2019, Captain America: Civil War is still filming and it seems that casting for the new Spider-Man is still up in the air. Even with the competition there is no true purpose for them to showcase anything due to the lack of necessary footage. Yet knowing Marvel Studios is there something else they are working on the side?

Anyone remember last years Marvel Studios event at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood? Of course you do, as that is when we found out about the immense size Phase 3 has and all films people were hoping to see happen. What if this actually becomes an annual event? Considering that Warner Bros. is filling up SDCC and the competition growing stronger and stronger with each year it would seem like a smart plan to invest the money and have their own very PR event. With most information being published online through their website it would be a nice touch to maybe create this event as a way for fans to communicate with the extremely secretive company. While secrets are essential to keep the stories of films as secretive as possible, it sadly has a negative side effect that rumors spread fast and people start to wonder about what exactly is going on behind the scenes.

Event Content?
What content could they bring to the table if they even have an entire event focused on the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well, for one thing we do know that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has a finished script and up to this point we are still missing a subtitle, which could potentially give us a hint on who exactly Star-Lord’s father is. Additionally, how about some news regarding what they are planning with the Hulk, as we are still unsure what has happened to him at this point. Maybe even a behind-the-scenes look at how Civil War is coming around, something exclusive for anyone who is participating at this event and giving them a reason to attend. Turning it into a full-fledged event they could offer visitors to get signatures of their favorite actors, special Q&A events to hear what the actors and directors want to see from these franchises. Speaking of directors, rumors have it that Marvel wants Kenneth Branagh to return for Thor: Ragnarok so maybe some news regarding that?[2] They could even give us a glimpse at how the costume will look on Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming Doctor Strange. There simply are so many small news elements that could be used and maybe end it off with the actor who is playing the new Spider-Man show up on stage together with Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal to give the event the huge reveal they would normally save for SDCC.

Marvel Cinematic Universe or Only Studios?
However after stating all this, it seems an element from my last article regarding Marvel, which you can find here, Marvel TV is still visiting SDCC this year according to recent reports.[3] So while Marvel “Studios” isn’t going, a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still going to show up even if there is sadly no news regarding Daredevil Season 2 or Jessica Jones, which is rumored to come out by the end of the year. Wouldn’t it be more productive to include special panels for the TV shows if they actually create their own event? It would certainly make the fears go away that the films are ignoring these franchises and maybe create a synergy effect boosting their numbers, but naturally that is simply speculation. It would once again though add to that level of transparency mentioned earlier.

Just imagine having all the movie news alongside the TV news, such as the new cast and focus for Agent Carter Season 2 or the big bad for Season 3 of Agents of SHIELD, finding out when exactly everything takes place or even if we finally have crossover information regarding film actors appearing in the TV shows. Something it seems Netflix was hoping to achieve with Doctor Strange appearing in the Defenders crossover, which I still believe would be perfect for Hawkeye take on a leader role, but that is not my decision to make sadly. Still, it would give the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe a spoken form of unity if they are all given spotlight at a special Marvel event.
Anything Else From Marvel To Show?
Anything else they could use for the event? Marvel is a very expansive brand, so of course they could also bring special segments for their comics or even for the animation projects. The new Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon could get some spotlight and also talk about their current new seasons for Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of SMASH. Maybe look at the comic special events such as Secret Wars or what comes after it with All-New, All-Different Marvel. The more I talk about it, the more I get the feeling there is a potential here for Marvel and the audience to come together and just share their love and passion for the company. It certainly would give them an additional Unique Selling Proposition (USP) in comparison to Warner Bros. and DC Comics. Maybe one day I’ll actually create an entire event concept, but still have to work on that Jurassic Park TV Show pilot, but the summer is slowly upon us.

What are your thoughts on the matter? You hope to see a Marvel event? Any hopes you think they will publish around SDCC time outside of the event? Leave your comments below!