In just over a month (as of this writing), the entertainment world will have their eyes on the city of San Diego, where the famed Comic-Con International takes place. Anyone with even a passing interest in the event knows that far more than just comics are covered there. Especially with the recent boom of geek-friendly blockbusters taking over Hollywood, SDCC has become a hub of information concerning the latest big studio tentpoles, starting up the hype train sometimes a year in advance to get the crowds excited and generate buzz.
While 20th Century Fox is sitting Comic-Con 2016 out, there will still be plenty of films putting together panels for Hall H attendees to see. It’s already been confirmed that Warner Bros./DC Entertainment’s Suicide Squad will have a major presence at the event, as will Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange. Today, fans learned that at least one other MCU franchise – the Guardians of the Galaxy – will also be on hand.
Posting a video on his Facebook page (watch it below) to commemorate Chris Pratt wrapping shooting on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, director James Gunn announced that his latest film will be at San Diego this year to showcase what they’ve been working on since February. Gunn, Pratt, and a collection of other unidentified Guardians players (most likely Pratt’s co-stars) will take to the stage and hopefully bring the house down with an eye-catching sizzle reel.
In addition, Gunn tweeted tonight that principal photography on Vol. 2 has now concluded, thanking his cast and crew for all their efforts:
And that’s a wrap on #GoTGVol2. WHEW. So much gratitude to my wonderful cast and crew. Thank you all.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 16, 2016
With Doctor Strange and now Guardians 2, Marvel is putting together an impressive lineup for Comic-Con 2016, and one has to wonder if they’ll add on to it in the coming weeks. It wouldn’t be out of the question to expect some teases on 2017 releases Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok, giving fans a brief taste of what to expect. Last year, Marvel Studios bypassed SDCC altogether to promote their projects at Disney’s D23 convention, but that event is biannual and is not taking place in 2016. If the studio wants to get the ball rolling early on promotion, Comic-Con is the place to do it.
Some moviegoers will be hoping that any early footage that’s shown in Hall H will (officially) make its way online, but the chances of that happening are low. Guardians 2 won’t hit theaters until May 2017, which is 10 months after Comic-Con 2016. That gives Disney and Marvel plenty of time to put together a marketing campaign. Odds are, the first teaser trailer won’t be ready until Doctor Strange premieres this November, as introducing general audiences to the Sorcerer Supreme will be the bigger priority. Unless Suicide Squad started a trend of sharing SDCC trailers with the public, whatever Gunn brings will be for the eyes of convention attendees only.
That may be disappointing to hear, but it’s still exciting to consider that Guardians 2 is one step closer to completion and will be featured at one of the biggest pop culture events of the year. The first movie became a runaway hit in 2014, winning over viewers with its pulpy space opera thrills and strong sense of heart. With the band back together for the sequel, all signs are pointing to another success for the MCU as we make our way through Phase 3.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017;Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.