San Diego’s Comic-Con has grown to be a proving ground of sorts for Hollywood. Face it, they took over some of the best territory at the show and now three players are backing out of this year’s convention. Recently Marvel Studios announced that they would back out of attending the world-famous convention. It’s puzzling since Comic-Con is the perfect place for geeks and nerds to ogle over superheroes. Now, Sony Pictures and Paramount will be no shows as well.
A spokesperson explained for the later two studios.
“It wasn’t a knock against Comic-Con, the film cycles just didn’t allow it.”
Apparently, Sony and Paramount don’t have enough material to promote, said sources. At a Hollywood event in October of last year, Marvel announced their movie plans all the way through 2019. So, why repeat what’s already out there? (What about Ant-Man?)
An executive pointed out that sending a number of movies to Comic-Con can also set back a studio a few hundred thousand dollars, “so why force the issue?”
All is not lost! Fans will be able to see panels and promotions for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 and the people who handle Star Wars have promised that the Jedi and Sith will have strong presence at the event. Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have fans guessing if Justice League will see any play at the convention. The film will feature Batman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman and other surprises.
Also, 20th Century Fox is expected to showcase the upcoming Fantastic Four and it is possible a few X-Men will put in an appearance to promote X-Men: Apocalypse.
San Diego’s Comic-Con will celebrate its 46th year and will be held on July 9-12 at the San Diego Convention Center.