Marvel, Sony and Paramount All Skipping Comic-Con

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San Diego’s lucrative fanboy convention will be missing some key players next month: Marvel Studios, home of the Avengers, won’t be dressing up for Comic-Con while Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures have also decided to skip the Hall H presentations.

“It wasn’t a knock against Comic-Con,” one spokesperson explains, “the film cycles just didn’t allow it.”

Sony and Paramount just didn’t have the fanboy material to promote, said sources, while Marvel, which last missed the confab in 2011, already unveiled its new wave of Avengers at a special fan event in October.

Plus, cost of sending a number of movies to Comic-Con can also set back a studio a few hundred thousand dollars, so “why force the issue?,” one exec asks.

Disney is expected to showcase its upcoming slate, which includes sequels for “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Finding Nemo,” at the company’s D23 Expo later this summer.

But don’t expect Tony Stark or Jack Sparrow to ruin the party in Hall H: In addition to the new “Star Wars” and final “Hunger Games,” fans could see the rumored coming-out party for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s Justice League, which features Batman, Superman, the Flash and Aquaman, among other surprises.

Also expected are 20th Century Fox’s “Fantastic Four” and quite possibly a few “X-Men.”

The 46th edition of Comic-Con will be held July 9-12 at the San Diego Convention Center.

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  1. James says:

    All intellectual property thieves!

  2. emfa01 says:

    good sharing. thanks

  3. Mac V says:

    Despite Marvel being a no-show at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I felt it was actually a blessing. Why? Because when Saturday arrived that weekend, whether you had a special wristband or not to get ahead of the non-wristband people into the convention’s signature Hall H, it didn’t matter. I definitely didn’t get one, let alone camped out at all because I arrived Saturday morning at 8:00 and got inside in 2 1/2 hours rather than the usual 6+ hours when Marvel was there. It certainly left an advantage for people to get in quickly this year and I LOVED IT!!

  4. Joe says:

    This rag article failed to mention that Fox will have a limited presence there this year, and they have not promoted the FF reboot film to any great degree. Josh Tank’s rumored behavor being the reason. Warner Brothers will be there, but again this article failed to mention that the WB is run by blue suits who care nothing about movies.

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  6. MortyMouse says:

    The real reason Marvel is bowing out of Comic-Con is that they are pulling the same thing that Microsoft did at CES. They would rather try to promote their own events to compete with Comic-Con. Source of info: DisneyHub(dot)blogspot(dot)com.

  7. Bobbert says:

    Then they’ll have to to write original screenplays. Bets, anyone?

  8. bsbarnes says:

    90% of the game is showing up, so Warner Bros/DC with 4 TV shows renewed for a 2nd season, with Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow debuting in the Fall as well as several movies in production has plenty to share in San Diego! With Hugh Jackman no longer playing Wolverine, Robert Downey Jr. maybe letting someone else play Tony Stark and Scarlett Johansson without a Black Widow movie even in development, any pre-AARP action star should look at this Comic Con 2015 decision by Marvel, Paramount & Sony and consider that Warner Bros/DC is the place to be over the next five years! It is the only logical conclusion to arrive at!

  9. Reblogged this on Entertainment Escape and commented:
    This could be interesting. Three of the main players are going to be absent from Comic Con.

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  11. jarin01 says:

    I wish I could be there to watch people throw rotten fruit at the fantastic 4

  12. Lee says:

    The Star Trek Beyond cast will be deep into filming in Vancouver at that point, and on a very tight schedule, so it doesn’t surprise me that Paramount is skipping out on this.

    • Patrick says:

      Paramount won’t be back for a while. They are going to miss the window to promote the next Star Trek and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

  13. Jay says:

    None of this is particularly surprising, Disney is probably looking to either incorporate Marvel into D23 or let them handle their own events independently as they’ve done with Avengers. Sony and Paramount were probably smart to hold back as neither of their biggest fanboy franchises (Spiderman, Transformers) have anything to show at the moment.

    The real question is whether this absence of Marvel Studios means that Marvel Comics will be missing from the exhibit hall floor. Fans can probably overlook not seeing another over-crowded Hall H event which is usually 45 minutes of hype followed by an underwhelming 30 second teaser, but unlike the films Marvel Comics has been struggling a bit in their post-ultimates era and certainly could use the Comic-con and summer movie bumps to sell some more books and get more exposure on some of their newer titles. Marvel Comics has been known to skip Comic-cons before when their sales drop and the budget belt starts tightening and as a fan I’ve always felt a little snubbed when one of the most recognizable comic book companies is absent from the largest fan event in the industry.

    In any case, bet on Fox and Warners to push hard this year with most of their competition out of the building. DC and Warners will probably be showing a lot trailers/teasers for upcoming DC movies to remind fans that they have a universe beyond Batman and Superman. I’m guessing a teaser for Suicide Squad, a couple of stills of Aquaman in costume, and definitely a full trailer for Batman vs Superman to wrap it up, maybe even a mention or two of Justice League, Flash, and/or Wonder Woman. Fox will likely spend most of the time of their X properties since no one is going to wait in line to watch Fantastic Four trailers you can see on TV. We’ll probably see some previews of the next Singer X-Men, Deadpool and maybe even some details on X-Force. Oh and write it down now, I can just about guarantee Channing Tatum will show up and start throwing cards into the audience accompanied by a Gambit teaser.

    • Se7ens says:

      The convention floor map already shows Marvel on it. They also have a TV panel for Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter. Looks like it’s just Marvel Studios (film division) skipping out.

      • Patrick says:

        Disney is going to go all out on Star Wars instead of Marvel. Also, Marvel is really mad at Fox and doesn’t want to even acknowledge their X-Men and Fantastic Four movies. If you haven’t been keeping up on it, they are cutting out all advertising to any characters who’s movie rights are being held by Fox. Even going as far as changing iconic covers in advertising and killing off characters.

    • Jay says:

      Also there’s that little thing we love called “corporate synergy” Disney is going all-in with Star Wars this year and doesn’t need Marvel to derail the hype train they’ve been building since May.

  14. anonthemouse says:

    Any chance they’ll make a showing at Central City Comic Con, at least?

  15. Chad Eklund says:

    Are there people who care about the Hunger Games, do people really want to se it?

  16. Mark says:

    Too many flurries. ComiCon is dead.

  17. Nerdrage says:

    A few hundred thousand dollars is the problem? That sounds like the line item for condiments at the craft services table at your average multi zillion dollar franchise movie.

  18. Jacques Strappe says:

    Marvel has announced their schedule into the next century. The most successful comic book film studio can afford to skip all the ephemeral hype of comic con and just concentrate on putting out the best comic book to film adaptations in the world. ComicCon is more three ring circus that benefits San Diego more than the film studios which increasingly make the bigger box office hauls in foreign markets rather than the US.

    • bulletprooff says:

      Not sure why Marvel is letting the father of comics advertise the titan, iconic heroes Batman and Superman. They should of at least promoted Ant-Man even if it would be a little dent.

    • Nerdrage says:

      They need the domestic market to jump start the buzz and build anticipation months before the launch to ensure a strong global box office. That’s where the nerd nation comes in. But if Marvel wants to host their own events, why not? same impact, but more focused.

  19. Lex says:

    That’s good. When I used to go to a comic convention all I really cared were the comic books and their creators. Color me crazy.

  20. Pixworks says:

    Paramount should be there though, by now you’d think they have a teaser trailer ready for TMNT: Half Shell or new announcements regarding Transformers and it’s universe. Marvel’s understandable I guess, they’ve already announced all their upcoming MCU films, plus I believe their gonna be at D23 this summer too. Still, would of been nice to hear some new Civil War pictures and possibly a teaser trailer, as well more casting news for Doctor Strange and Spider-Man. Sony’s inexcusable, they could show off more new Spectre stuff, screen Pixels for fan reactions, and talk about their future Dark Tower, Ghostbusters, and other plans for existing franchises. I don’t know, but I think it was stupid for them not to go to Comic Con, even if it would have been small talk.

    • maria says:

      I agree but if the studios feel they want rest on their laurels and their marketing do the talking, it’s their decision.

  21. Larry says:

    Marvel’s FU got them into hot water in 2011. They’ll come crawling back when they need the fans’ money.

    • Oh Larry... says:

      Ha ha. They’ll just show their stuff at D23 expos and Marvel fan events from now on. They don’t need comic-con to create buzz AT ALL. They are already the most profitable worldwide film franchise of all time.

      • bulletprooff says:

        Not a surprise. How many films are there under the franchise? I prefer quality over quantity.

  22. cadavra says:

    Well, that should open up a few hundred parking spaces.

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