Comic-Con International is just two weeks away and the annual event in San Diego traditionally offers a powerful conclusion to the summer blockbuster season by with major film announcements, teases and surprises for the largest of upcoming geek-friendly projects. With that in mind, we've hit the time of the year where we learn daily of events, showcases and celebrities that will be at the show to promote upcoming projects and to meet fans.
For Twentieth Century Fox, their television plans for SDCC have already been announced and they're bringing 13 shows including 24, American Horror Story and their animated lineup of The Simpsons and Family Guy (crossover time!) among others. On the film side, only the first day's (Thursday, July 24th) schedule has been released so far - unveiled today - but we know at least one thing Fox will be presenting to Comic-Con attendees: the new Fantastic Four.
We've learned from an insider that the five young leads of director Josh Trank's Fantastic Four Reboot will be making an appearance and that must mean the following talent will show up on stage:
- Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm - The Thing)
- Kate Mara (Sue Storm - The Invisible Woman)
- Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm - The Human Torch)
- Miles Teller (Reed Richards - Mr. Fantastic)
- Toby Kebbell (Victor von Doom - Doctor Doom)
The big movie panels traditionally occur on the Friday and Saturday in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center. Last year, Fox held their grand presentation on the Saturday where they made a splash by bringing out almost the entire cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past, preceded by a little love for The Wolverine. Fox's Marvel's brand is important to their future tentpole lineup and they have big plans for the Fantastic Four, having already dated a sequel for 2017 with consistent rumblings that they could eventually crossover with their X-Men franchise.
Whether the Fantastic Four is officially announced as part of Fox's panel or planned as a surprise remains to be seen, but with production deep underway in New Orleans and the film slated for release next June, it's almost a certainty that the studio will take advantage of the venue and crowd to at least tease the project with a trailer or some early footage. The expectation is that they will show it off and maybe tease some other Marvel-related projects since they have several with release dates, included an unannounced one for 2018 - with talk of additional spinoffs. Gambit? X-Force? Deadpool?
Update: Moments after publishing, Fox announced their official Comic-Con movie plans which includes Book of Life, The Maze Runner, Hitman: Agent 47, Let's Be Cops, and Kingsman: The Secret Service. No mention of Fantastic Four so assume it's their surprise bookend.
Update 2: Simon Kinberg says FF will not be at SDCC 2014 and we verified through several sources that it's a maybe but that they had wanted to.
Update 3: Fantastic Four did not show at Comic-Con.
With competitors at Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. certain to bring something big with their comic book movie universe lineups, Fox needs to bring their A-game to sell the world on the new Fantastic Four and its found footage style. What would you see Fox present from their Marvel movie lineup?
Fantastic Four releases June 19th, 2015, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, The Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on July 14th, 2017, and an unspecified Marvel film on July 13th, 2018.
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