Last week, Disney announced it would be hosting 8 panels at this year’s virtual San Diego Comic-Con event, Comic-Con At Home. These panels would include “Family Guy”, “The Simpsons”, and the new Disney+ series “The Mysterious Benedict Society”.
With the event taking place virtually again this year, unfortunately, Deadline has revealed that Marvel Studios won’t take part in this year’s Comic-Con At Home event. Warner Brothers films, including DC will also be sitting this event out and hosting its own DC FanDome online in October.
This isn’t the first time both companies have skipped San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Brothers has sat it out for the past three years.
Marvel Studios has usually had put on a big show in Hall H, showcasing all of their big new films and Disney+ series. It has skipped the event in the past.
There are multiple Marvel Studios projects due to be released later this year, including “Shang-Chi and the Legend Of The Ten Rings”, “Eternals”, “Hawkeye”, “What If”, and “Ms Marvel”. But with the virtual comic con, showcasing new shows and films doesn’t have the same impact as a room full of fans.
Much like other major events like E3, Comic-Con is struggling to keep major companies involved in their events, when companies can host their own online events like the Disney Investor Day in December or simply by putting a video onto social media. Disney also is still planning on hosting two major fan events in 2022, Star Wars Celebration in May and the D23 Expo in August. Disney ultimately doesn’t need Comic-Con.
San Diego Comic-Con will be hosting a special in-person event in November, over the Thanksgiving event, but it’s unclear if Marvel Studios or Disney will be attending, as it may be difficult to get talent to appear since most people will want to spend time with their families, since they weren’t able to do so last year.
It’s not known yet if Sony Pictures will be taking part in the event, showcasing some upcoming Marvel films like “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, “Morbius” or “Spider-Man: No Way Home”.
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