This year, Marvel Studios will return to San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H, the infamous comic book convention hall that houses some of the show’s biggest panels. While there was little doubt that the film studio would be in attendance, the event does come dangerously close to Disney’s own D23 Expo. As a result, some theorized that Disney might save Marvel’s big announcements for its own show. According to Deadline, though, that’s not the case.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced the company’s plans to return to Comic-Con International in San Diego during a media press tour of the studio’s headquarters in Burbank, California. With that confirmation out of the way, attention immediately turned to what exactly Marvel Studios might show at its Hall H panels.
By July, “Thor: Ragnarok” — the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — will be well into its editing process and may be ripe for an extended trailer or some other significant reveal. Fans may also learn a little more about what Marvel’s more cosmically-oriented plans, as “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will already have premiered in May.
Another good bet is “Black Panther.” Snippets from the film were screened at the same event where Feige confirmed the company’s Comic-Con plans. The film is at least partially set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, which will be portrayed as a futuristic, Utopian society. “Black Panther” is set to conclude filming tomorrow.
Looking even further down the line, it wouldn’t be unreasonable for Marvel to offer a hint about the plot of “Avengers: Infinity War,” or at least to confirm the titles of “Avengers 4.” The first of those two films is slated to hit theaters in May of 2018, though, so a significant amount of meaningful footage is unlikely but wholly possible, since the movie began filming in January.
Then there are the films that are completely up in the air. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” will still be in theaters when Comic-Con time rolls around, so there may be some new “Spider-Man” news. Similarly, there may an opportunity for Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel or Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man to show up, but those movies are even further off than “Avengers: Infinity War.” Still, Hollywood superhero movies work in mysterious way, so anything is possible in Hall H (except short lines, that is).
Comic-Con International runs Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23 in San Diego, California.