So far, the list of things to look forward to at the 2014 International Comic-Con in San Diego later this month includes a proper sendoff for the Hobbit movie trilogy, panels for both upcoming Marvel and DC TV series (Gotham, Agent Carter, etc.), and an appearance by the Fantastic Four reboot cast - and that’s just what has been revealed, so far!
Marvel Studios has now officially confirmed that its panel will take place in Hall H from 5:30-6:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, July 26th. So far, we know that the studio will do something to promote Guardians of the Galaxy ahead of the movie’s theatrical debut in August – including, possible appearances by cast members and/or brand-new footage. However, ‘Con attendees best keep their hopes down for an early screening, as director James Gunn has already said that won’t be happening (via his Twitter account).
In addition, we have confirmation that the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in attendance, hopefully along with a sick footage sizzle reel preview for Joss Whedon’s sequel. Meanwhile, this week Michael Douglas announced that he shall be present at the ‘Con to promote Ant-Man - the first movie installment in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
On that note, we don’t necessarily expect Marvel Studios to reveal the entire map for Phase 3, but we do hope to get updates on such rapidly-developing installments as Captain America 3 (like an official subtitle announcement) and Doctor Strange (such as confirmation of a 2016 release date).
Beyond that, it would be more than welcome if Marvel revealed its two film releases for 2017 – one of which is going to be a franchise installment (Thor 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 are the most likely candidates right now), while the other will be an original comic book to movie intellectual property (something like Inhumans seems to be a reasonable possibility).
However, Marvel Studios may elect to keep holding these cards close to its chest for another year – and thus, better keep its panel focused on hyping the final two Phase 2 installments, as well as building up more positive buzz for the beginning of Phase 3, with Ant-Man.
The International Comic-Con 2014 will take place from July 24th-27th in San Diego, California. Be sure to bookmark Screen Rant’s Comic-Con 2014 landing page to follow our team and receive live coverage during the event!
Guardians of the Galaxy opens in U.S. theaters on August 1st, 2014, followed by The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17th, 2015, and Captain America 3 on May 6th, 2016.
Marvel Studio also has an unannounced film (Doctor Strange?) set for release on July 8th, 2016, along with another as-yet secret movie (Thor 3? Guardians 2?) on May 5th, 2017.