This July for the second year in a row, Marvel Studios and DC Films are skipping out on presentations for the online San Diego Comic-Con@Home.
Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. DC Films are skipping out on presentations at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con@Home 2021. San Diego Comic-Con has become the number one spot for the major studios to tease their upcoming projects, with Marvel Studios and DC Films often having given presentations. Fans got their first announcement for Marvel Phase 4 at Comic-Con 2019 and the trailers for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad became some of the most talked-about trailers at the convention in 2015.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, San Diego Comic-Con opted for an online presentation to make up for the fact that large crowds could not gather. Due to the then uncertain state of the 2020 film release schedule, many of the major studios opted out of presentations with the only major film to bring a presentation to the San Diego Comic-Con@Home 2020 was New Mutants. San Diego Comic-Con will have an in-person convention the week of Thanksgiving, but will still hold an online presentation from Friday, July 23 to Sunday, July 25 as the summer has often been a tradition.
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According to Deadline, neither Marvel Studios nor DC Films will be making an appearance during the online convention this year. There is no word yet on if Sony Pictures, who are producing Spider-Man: No Way Home (in co-production), Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and Morbius, will be in attendance. While Warner Bros. isn’t bringing anything for DC Films, they are having the television side of the company in attendance with a presentation for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
While both studios are skipping out on San Diego Comic-Con@Home, both Marvel Studios and DC Films may be saving their footage for their own conventions. DC FanDome was a major hit in 2020 with the trailers for Wonder Woman 1984, The Suicide Squad, and The Batman all creating positive buzz, and the convention will return this year on October 16, 2021 with more footage from DC’s upcoming slate. Marvel Studios took advantage of the 2020 Disney Investor Call to announce a number of projects and casting news and could do the same for 2021, given that no D23 is scheduled for this year. Marvel Studios also has a whole year’s worth of films and television to carry them over into the year, and with Disney+ they can release their own promotional material.
Even before the pandemic, both Marvel Studios and DC Films were pivoting away from San Diego Comic-Con. Marvel Studios skipped 2018 for Disney’s own D23 and Warner Bros. decided not to showcase any footage from Wonder Woman 1984 or Birds of Prey at the 2019 Comic-Con. Due to the number of trailer leaks, the cost of travel for talent, and many high-profile hits at Comic-Con like Cowboys and Aliens, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and Green Lantern not translating into hits at the box office, it appears studios were looking for a way to leave San Diego Comic-Con behind and have now found a chance with San Diego Comic-Con@Home.
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