The Internet went up in flames today when it was announced that Marvel would be skipping this year's San Diego Comic-Con. It wasn't an official announcement, but rather - what else - a random comment in a Facebook chat.
It was from "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn who said he "wasn't sure" if he would be at SDCC. "Marvel isn't going so I'm not sure I will either."
CCI pled ignorance: spokesperson David Glanzer said the panel schedule won't be planned until early May so they wouldn't know anyhow. But he also said, "It’s not unusual for a studio to miss a day or a studio to combine their presentation with another studio slot. As of right now, we haven’t heard anything."
Let's be honest - true as that may be, it would be very unusual for Marvel to skip SDCC. And this isn't the first year Marvel has flirted with not coming. While they had a reduced presence in 2011, they almost always show up in some capacity. So I wouldn't panic yet - although today's furor does point to how confident attendees feel in not only predicting but planning around traditional panel patterns.
Virtually every one is saying they won't be there?ReplyDelete
I realize that. And it's possible that Marvel could sit out SDCC. But:Delete
1) it was one remark
2) no one was going to pass up an opportunity for a clickbait headline on Marvel skipping SDCC
3) even if Marvel does forego a Hall H panel, there are other parts of Comic-Con that matter
4) This type of "Oh no! might not be at San Diego Comic-Con!" rumor happens almost every year and it almost always sputters out into nothingness.
I can't guarantee Marvel will come, but I don't think it's worth freaking out over until we get to June or so. If they really skip SDCC, people can work through their grief then. Right now, too much is up in the air.