It's big year for Marvel Studios, as it celebrates a decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the box office success of Black Panther and the arrival of Avengers: Infinity War. However, the studio will skip a Hall H presentation this summer at Comic-Con International in San Diego
At a press junket on Sunday for Avengers: Infinity War, studio President Kevin Feige revealed that, while Marvel will certainly have a presence at the convention, that won't include a panel in the cavernous Hall H.
"Marvel Studios will have a presence there only in that there will be 10th-anniversary materials and a 10th-anniversary panel," he told Screen Rant. "Not doing Hall H this year."
Feige's comments are sure to surprise many who assumed Marvel Studios would go all-out in San Diego in such an important year. Not only is Marvel coming off of the massively successful Black Panther, which is still crushing records two months after its release, but it's also filming its first female-led superhero feature with Captain Marvel. Even more surprising, the decision to skip Hall H comes on a year when there isn't a D-23 Expo being held by Disney, which offers another outlet for Marvel to reveal details about what to expect beyond Avengers: Infinity War.
When Marvel held an fan event at Disney's El Capitan Theater four years ago to unveil the Phase Three lineup and confirm the casting of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Feige revealed the move was because many of the deals weren't in place to announce in time for Comic-Con. Perhaps that's the case again this year. It's possible, as Feige has said he'd be opening to holding such an event again.
Next up for Marvel Studios is Avengers: Infinity War, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. While official estimates are still a few days out, it's expected that the superhero blockbuster will open well above $200 million stateside this weekend, possibly even overtaking Star Wars: The Force Awakens' $247.9 million debut in 2015.