|Posted by Christina Cooper on March 20, 2013 at 3:10 AM|
It seems like every time I’m in the middle of writing a new piece, breaking news makes the entire thing irrelevant!! This morning, twitter user elmayimbe broke the story that Marvel will be bringing Captain America 2: The WInter Soldier to Comic-Con this summer!!!
This news follows various reports (and loud fan backlash) that Disney might chose to not bring either Marvel or Star Wars to SDCC and instead take both to D23. When word broke that Marvel wasn’t bringing a panel to Wondercon, many thought these rumors were beginning to look more and more real. And with the release of Iron Man 3 less than a month after Wondercon, it seems only logical to at least bring a booth to hand out official poster or do signing. Simply shutting Marvel, one of the largest comic book companies in the world, out of a comic convention is not going to help with the fanbase nor promotion.
Since Marvel had already given Captain America 2 the green light for Comic-Con, is there a possibility they are going to bring Iron Man 3 to Wondercon? Marvel’s cinematic mastermind, Joss Whedon, will probably (it hasn’t been confirmed) be at Wondercon for Much Ado- and I’d be shocked if he didn’t talk Marvel into sending Downey to talk with fans, or possibly doing an early screening??
The source has also said Marvel plans to have Guardian’s of the Galaxy and Thor 2 have a presence at SDCC. These two panels are currently unconfirmed. Marvel could always do something small for either film, such as announce casting or show footage, without having to bring the entire cast. If Marvel’s Hall H panel goes from 3-6, they have time to bring at least three different films. And we’re forgetting Marvel’s presence in the Television genre at Con. Chances are Marvel/ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. will be getting its own panel (and screening) in Ballroom 20.
Bringing their movies and casts’ to SDCC shows fans that Marvel respects them, and cares enough about their opinion to show them awesome-exclusive-shit early. In 2011, I was personally angry with Marvel for having no panel presence their awesome showing at the 2010 Con. It seems like they’ve read our angry tweets or figured out that by not bringing a panel to Con, Marvel would be pissing off a ton of nerds.
Check back for more updates on panel speculation.
Comic-Con is set to take over San Diego July 18-21, 2013.