Marvel Cinematic Universe overlord Kevin Feige is keen to see a Marvel-centric Comic-Con event. Disney (Marvel’s owners) and Star Wars (also owned by Disney) both have their own dedicated conventions, so it’s easy to see the logic here. And there’s no questioning that Marvel puts out enough content – across movies, TV, online streaming, video games, and, of course, comic books – to justify its own special event.
Comic-Cons continue to grow in prominence, allowing fans of popular franchises to cosplay, mingle, attend panels, and nab autographs to their hearts’ content, at various dates and locations throughout the year. Most recently, Marvel had a big presence at New York Comic-Con 2017, where they rolled out a Stan Lee panel, some Runaways and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. footage, a range of Marvel Legends figures, some exclusive posters, and a new video game character named Morningstar.
And now comes the news that Feige isn’t content at attending general Comic-Cons like NYCC and SDCC. In an interview with Fandango, Feige is quoted as saying that a Marvel-only convention has been discussed in the past. It sounds like he would very much like to see it happen:
"Over the years there have been discussions about that [...] I think what we try to do occasionally in San Diego we're very proud of and think is a fun tradition. That being said, I think [Star Wars] Celebration is pretty amazing. I've been to a few Celebrations and the idea of doing something like that ... I think we have enough content, and enough fans, and enough ideas that we could easily do something like that, I'm just not sure where or when."
Indeed, Marvel produces more than enough material to fill a whole convention, just like the Star Wars brand does with its Celebration events. The rise of the MCU has seen the Marvel brand reach new heights of recognition, popularity and bankability, and fans the world over would surely part with some cash to attend a special fan event. Exclusive footage from upcoming films and series, some cool limited edition products, and guest appearances from Marvel’s star-name players would easily be enough to attract a huge audience.
However, as Feige alluded to, deciding on the “where and when” of such an event is a vital step in making this idea reality - and that hasn’t happened yet. An event like this would take months of planning, with the schedules of talent being incredibly hard to coordinate. The release of Avengers: Infinity War, next year, seems like a logical landmark for Marvel's debut convention to tie in with. But it would take a lot of work to make that happen, and it would need to start soon.
As more Marvel Comic-Con news comes to light, you can expect to find it right here on Screen Rant.
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019