Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the now-usual slew of superhero movies. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 will be kicking off the blockbuster season in May, followed by Wonder Woman in June, and Spider-Man: Homecoming in July. It’s an incredible slate, with the first female-fronted offering for either the MCU or the DCEU, and Spidey’s first solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after years of reboots over at Sony (and of course, his cameo in Captain America: Civil War).
But as all comic book fans know, not every major Marvel event is happening in a movie theater this summer. This July, Marvel will be returning to one of the biggest events in the nerd calendar: SDCC. San Diego Comic Con, the best-known comic-con in the world, is back from July 20-23, along with its legendary lines to get into the biggest events of the weekend: the Hall H panels.
Marvel’s Hall H History
Marvel has a history of absolutely epic presentations at Hall H, ever since Robert Downey Jr swaggered onto the stage as Tony Stark back in 2009. He attended the event to promote Iron Man 2, which was set for release the following year, and launched years of Marvel Hall H panels that would tease upcoming movies and have a little fun with the audience.
Since then, there have been major years for Marvel, and a few quieter ones. The comic giant even skipped two events, in 2011 and 2015, when there just wasn’t enough to warrant an entire panel. In other years, Hall H audiences have been treated to everything from Tom Hiddleston swanning in as Loki and demanding that they all bow to him, to the full roll call of The Avengers, to news about movie titles and directors, to the reveal of preview footage and trailers. As a general rule, the presentation is used to promote movies arriving within the next year or two, although smaller details can be revealed for films even further in the future.
So what can we expect from Marvel this time around?
Thor hasn’t been a major focus of one of Marvel’s Hall H panels so far, other than as a member of the Avengers, but this could be his year. Thor: Ragnarok is due to hit screens in November, which means that there will be plenty of edited footage ready and waiting for a summer reveal. Thor: Ragnarok will also be the next Marvel release post-SDCC, so some kind of teaser or panel with the cast is very likely to happen.
However, this isn’t a guarantee. There isn’t a huge amount of news that Marvel can reveal about Thor: Ragnarok so close to the release date, and the first trailers have already hit. This would be similar to how Marvel featured Doctor Strange last year, however, (a few months prior to release) so it’s still a good bet.
One of the most likely contenders for a big Hall H reveal is Black Panther. Filming wrapped earlier this month, and it’s the next big solo movie for 2018, so it’s very possible that SDCC will see the release of some teaser footage, or even an early teaser trailer. There are plenty of new cast members that would make for a phenomenal panel, and the novelty of a new corner of the MCU would certainly make this a popular choice.
It’s even possible that the first trailer for Black Panther could be cut in time for SDCC, although this is a little early, making a teaser trailer a more likely option. The cast was featured in last year’s presentation, so if this follows the same pattern as Guardians did (cast announcement in 2012, footage in 2013, movie release in 2014) then fans can definitely expect some new footage from the film, even if it’s not the primary focus of the panel.