San Diego Comic-Con 2015 is only a few weeks away (at the time of writing this), and the news that there will be panels for highly-anticipated tentpoles like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 is enough to excite any moviegoer. However, the event is going to be missing a couple of key players, most noticeably Marvel Studios, which is skipping the Con for the first time since 2011.
The lack of having any new projects to promote is the main reason why Earth's Mightiest won't be coming to the party, and as it turns out they aren't the only ones with that problem. Sony and Paramount will also be absent from Hall H this year.
Variety broke the news, saying that neither company had the "fanboy material" to show off to make the trip worthwhile. The cost of sending a slate of new movies to Comic-Con can cost a studio a few hundred thousand dollars, so it was determined by the higher-ups at both movie houses that they just not go instead of forcing something for the sake of having a panel.
Now, one can point out that Sony and Paramount have their fair share of major genre pictures on the horizon. The latter is currently overseeing production on Star Trek 3 (due to arrive in 2016), while the former will distribute the James Bond film Spectre this November. Both of those films are certainly the type of movie that would do well for the Comic-Con crowd, but it can be argued that the undertaking of a full panel wouldn't be worth it. Spectre is already well into its marketing campaign (meaning awareness is already high), and Star Trek 3 has only just begun filming (so there's no good footage to showcase).
That said, viewers could justifiably be disappointed these two big studios won't have a presence in Hall H, but hopefully they don't let this development dampen their Comic-Con spirits too much. There will still be plenty of great things to check out at the event. Variety is saying that Fox is expected to bring the Fantastic Four reboot to San Diego, and perhaps some X-Men material, in the form of footage from Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse and Tim Miller's Deadpool, respectively.
And of course, the big rumor is that this is the year where we finally see Warner Bros. dominate Comic-Con with a complete DC Entertainment panel. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice actor Jesse Eisenberg already confirmed he'll be there to promote that film, so it stands reason to believe he won't be the only thespian of the DC shared movie universe to be in attendance. This year, with Marvel absent, would be a better time than ever for the studio to unveil the full Justice League movie lineup and show footage from next year's Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad.
In short: we won't be seeing the starship Enterprise or 007 at the convention this time around, but SDCC attendees still have a lot to look forward to.
Spectre opens in U.S. theaters on November 6th, 2015. Star Trek 3 arrives in theaters on July 8th, 2016.