Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures will join Marvel Studios in skipping Hall H presentations next month at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
According to Variety, the decision came down to timing, as neither studio has any projects on the horizon to promote to the fanboy crowd. “It wasn’t a knock against Comic-Con," an anonymous spokesperson is quoted as saying, "the film cycles just didn’t allow it.”
While Sony won't be in attendance, The Hollywood Reporter notes its Screen Gems division will be on hand Saturday, July 11, to promote "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," the long-developing adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's 2006 parody novel.
There won't be crickets chirping in Hall H, however: "Star Wars" has already laid claim to Friday, July 10; Lionsgate will showcase the final installment of its blockbuster "Hunger Games" franchise on Thursday, July 9; and Warner Bros.' presentation on Saturday, July 11, which will devote a good deal of time to "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."
Although Legendary Pictures and Fox haven't made announcements, both are expected to have a Hall H presence, with the latter spotlighting "Fantastic Four" and possibly "X-Men: Apocalypse."
Marvel Studios, which last skipped Hall H in 2011, is now shooting "Captain Marvel: Civil War," and release "Ant-Man" the week after Comic-Con. It seems likely it will unveil "Civil War" footage at the D23 Expo, the biennial Disney fan event, held Aug. 14-16 in Anaheim, California.
It should be noted, however, that Marvel Television will have a Comic-Con presence, with presentations planned for "Agent Carter" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Comic-Con International will be held July 8-12 at the San Diego Convention Center.