3:27pm PT by Graeme McMillan
James Gunn: Marvel Won't Be at Comic-Con This Year
Is Marvel about to skip San Diego Comic-Con?
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn certainly suggested as much on Facebook this weekend. Asked if he would be attending the annual pop culture convention this summer, he responded, "I'm not sure. Marvel isn't going so I'm not sure I will either."
As unlikely as it might seem, it's not impossible that Marvel Studios could be absent from this year's show (With its Secret Wars comic book event to promote, it's unlikely that Marvel's comic book arm will not be present in some form). The Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con 2014 lacked the impact of previous years' appearances, with only the announcement of a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy and the appearance of Josh Brolin making headlines. Instead, the announcement of the studio's slate through 2019 was saved for a special stand-alone event three months later — a sign, perhaps, of things to come.
Additionally, it's possible that Marvel Studios might move its convention presence from San Diego Comic-Con, where it has to compete with almost every other genre property in existence, to D23 Expo, the Anaheim, California-based convention owned and operated by Marvel's corporate parent, the Walt Disney Company. This year's D23 takes place Aug. 14-16, just a month after the mid-July Comic-Con.
All of this assumes, of course, that Gunn's comment can be taken at face value. It's unclear at this time whether or not that's the case; Comic-Con International spokesperson David Glanzer told NBC San Diego that "as of right now, we haven't heard anything," although planning for panels for this year's show hasn't started yet.
Marvel, meanwhile, is keeping quiet on the subject. The company didn't respond to The Hollywood Reporter's request for clarification.