No Marvel Studios Hall H Presentation at Comic-Con 2011

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

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Comic Book movie fans hoping for a spectacular Hall H lineup at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International might want to start rethinking their game plans right about now.

This year, Hall H – the infamous “main event” room for Comic-Con’s biggest and most anticipated panels – will NOT be hosting some of the biggest comic book movies currently in the works, including Marvel’s The Avengers.

Hero Complex is reporting that Marvel Studios – whose films Captain America and The Avengers are two major projects appealing to the ‘Con crowd – will have zero presence within Hall H’s hallowed walls. That is not to say Marvel will be missing from Comic-Con altogether, though: The studio (and its publishing branch) will likely have the usual array of smaller panels peppered throughout the convention. There is also a good chance (as many have predicted) that the studio will embrace Comic-Con’s tradition of off-site “secret screenings” by premiering Captain America: The First Avenger somewhere in downtown San Diego in close proximity to the convention. Iron Man director Jon Favreau’s new comic book adaptation Cowboys & Aliens will also be premiering at Comic-Con this year.

On the other hand, those hoping for a more detailed repeat of last year’s Avengers panel (which was the roof-raising moment of Comic-Con 2010) are going to be left in the cold. Speculation is circulating that Marvel Studios (now owned by Disney) could be saving their big Avengers debut for the D23 Expo in August, alongside other Disney tentpole films like John Carter (which will also be absent from Hall H during the ‘Con).

As of now, there is also no indication that Warner Bros. will be bringing Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel, OR Chris Nolan’s third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, to Hall H this year. Nolan’s absence isn’t a surprise, but we’d be lying if we said that Man of Steel‘s absence wouldn’t be a disappointment for us (and likely, many of you readers attending the convention).

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Will Batman and/or Superman be in Hall H this year? Unlikely.

But again, absence from Hall H doesn’t mean total absence from Comic-Con: both The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel are currently in the earlier stages of production right now, so smaller panels and/or announcement trailers (with little to no footage) are not entirely out of the question yet. Neither is DC/WB capitalizing on Marvel’s now-confirmed absence by putting together a last-minute Hall H presentation.

So what CAN comic book movie fans look forward to in Hall H during Comic-Con 2011? Well, the biggest card in the deck right now is Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man, which will have a formal panel with stars like Andrew Garfield and director Marc Webb in attendance. Since ASM has been shooting for some months now, it’s also highly possible that Sony will utilize the lack of competition to debut some headline-grabbing first footage from Spidey’s 3D reboot. Fingers crossed.

To a (much) lesser extent, the comic book sequel/reboot Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance should also be present in the Hall – hopefully with star Nic Cage in tow.

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Spidey will be swinging into Hall H.

On the one hand, I can understand why some of the big guys (Batman, Superman, The Avengers) would opt out of a Hall H presentation this year – what with the respective films each undergoing production as we speak. On the other hand, it’s hard not to feel somewhat hoodwinked when Marvel Studios made a big deal out of virtually nothing last year, centering a huge Hall H extravaganza around The Avengers cast, virtually all of whom had already been confirmed by online movie sites just like ours. You would think that this year Marvel would throw fans a bigger, more relevant, Avengers bone – say, a few shots of footage or even a new announcement trailer. Who knows though, maybe we’ll get a welcome surprise…

The 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International takes place this year between July 21 – July 24. Be sure to keep up with all the surprises (and disappointments) by bookmarking our Official Comic-Con Page.

Source: Hero Complex

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  1. What!?! I was looking forward to some footage and trailers from this years comic-con. oh well, I want to see both spider-man and ghost rider so i guess i can look forward to that.

  2. avengers/batman/superman name/films have broken through into the general public, the masses are aware of these brands/films the companies know this and thus dont need to spend some their marketing budgets trying to drum up excitment from a niche group of people.

    • Great point.

      • It might be a great point, but it’s also a sad one. Now that they’ve “made it” with the “cool crowd,” they want to distance themselves from their old “nerdy, uncool” friends. Sounds like high school all over again. Sure, they still want their old friends to be there when they need them (they still want your money, and they know that you’re their friend, so they’re not really risking much as far as losing it), they just don’t want to be seen with you in public.

  3. I kind of take this as a big FU from WB for the financial failure that is green lantern. If you don’t want bad press then don’t bring bad previews to the con. The other studios are just using the excuse so they don’t have to spend the extra cash on promoting at comic con.

  4. Maybe I’m a little niave but does this guarantee that there will definitely be NO footage from marvel studios? Marvel entertainment will be present, and I’m not sure which panel they would be able to show footage during, but I still hold out hope. But then again, I’m not expecting a lot footage wise from Avengers, they are only a few months into shooting, and I would rather see nothing, then something that falls flat with rough CG like Green Lantern. This partnership with Disney means they might present at D23 expo in August, I just hope Disney doesn’t start calling shots, Independence, was what allowed Marvel to start getting their cinematic universe, and threads between films going…

  5. Comic-con is looking less and less appealing now.

  6. I think that the popular thought right now is that Comic Con wastes a lot of budget and they don’t need the exposure. They feel that “geeks” don’t hold that much sway due to the floundering of recent geek hailed movies.

    But, I disagree. The internet is run by “geeks” and that is where people get their information. Cast aside the “geek” is tantamount to casting aside free publicity.

  7. D23 is going to be a huge event for Disney and Marvel films, if you want avengers and John Carter just wait until then

    • I guess that means that a traditional event like the Comic Con isn’t “huge” enough now. No offense, but I don’t want to go to D23, it’s not the same kind of event. So is this where comic book movies start distancing themselves from the comic books that spawned them?

  8. I’m starting to not like Disney messing with Marvel.

    • Look.. I hate Disney just as much as the next person (who isn’t a 12 year old girl), but Disney hasn’t been messing with Marvel that much.

      I am actually glad that Disney is letting Marvel do it’s own thing… so far the only shameless thing Disney did was advertise Pirates 4 on Marvel’s website by posting an interview with a cast member – the only thing they did to try and make the article relevant to Marvel was asking the interviewee the question: which Marvel character is your favorite? – While reading that interview I had no idea what relevance this has with Marvel until that stupid question arose – it was pretty obvious that it was an add to get more people interested in Pirates 4.

      Anyway… Disney isn’t doing that bad with Marvel… Comic Con has died years ago (and many people will argue that’s wrong but this is just my opinion), Marvel wants to get as much publicity as possible… and D23 is perfect for that.

  9. :(

  10. I think they deserved a time-out from the Con for at least one year. They already showed off the entire Avengers cast the previous summer, anyway.

    Sucks to have missed that Con and be coming to this one, though.

    • The ENTIRE cast wasn’t at Comic Com… Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Stalan Skarsgard – or whatever his name is (Eric Selvig) and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) weren’t there.

      But I get what you are saying…

      • True, but yeah, I meant the Avengers cast, not the supporting characters.

  11. So there is nothing to look forward to in Hall H. Lets face it Spiderman and Ghost Rider are not exciting.

    So glad that I didn’t buy tickets. I’ve wanted to go to comic con for a long long time and never have been able to. This year I almost got tickets but at the last minute I decided not to. Good choice.

    • Cool story, bro. Can you tell it again?

      • Vic or anyone for that matter can we do something about this pathetic stalker? He’s been trolling my comments for over a month now saying nothing but Cool story bro tell it again. It’s pointless.

    • You should have taken the tickets.

      Comic Con is definitely an experience that should not be missed. And it is different every year.
      There will always be stuff that won’t be there or that you’ll likely miss, but that isn’t a reason not to go. Especially if you’ve been wanting to go for a long time.
      There is sooo much to do and see.

      • Kelly

        It’s not as if the tickets were free. Had they been I would of went, but to pay for this showing? Not really. Comic con isn’t cheap and if I’m going to pay that kind of money I’m expecting a darn good event. I’ll wait for next year and see the line up.

  12. Paramount Pictures should’ve never sold their Marvel Studios film rights to Disney.

    • Disney actually BOUGHT Marvel as a whole (Marvel Entertainment) in 2009… for $4.24 BILLION (USD)!

      That includes the WHOLE company: Marvel Publishing, Marvel Studios, Marvel Animation, Marvel Characters Inc., etc.

      I tell you… if I had that kind of money… I would have done the exact same thing.

  13. But it was my understanding that Marvel was going to announce their next slate of movies at Comic Con this year?

    Will that still happen or is Marvel going to announce it somewhere else?