James Gunn Claims Marvel Is Skipping Comic-Con 2015

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Guardians of the Galaxy's James Gunn is claiming that Marvel isn't going to Comic-Con this year. This news could make a lot of other studios very happy, but sadden a ton of fans.


In a Facebook Q&A (spotted by MCU Exchange) Gunn was asked "Will you be at San Diego Comic Con this year?" His response was this: "I'm not sure. Marvel isn't going so I'm not sure I will either."

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He later double downed on his response on Twitter when folks assumed he may be lying to keep Marvel secrets.

This reveal is fairly surprising, but if you think about it... maybe it's not. Age of Ultron comes on on May 1st. Comic-Con is July 9th through 12th. Ant-Man comes on July 17th and after that there isn't a new Marvel movie until May 6th, 2016 (Captain America: Civil War). The only movie they would have footage from is Ant-Man, and maybe, maybe a few test shots of Doctor Strange. So there isn't much there to promote.

That leaves a huge hole in Hall H. And it's unfortunate for those who bought SDCC tickets hoping for the annual Marvel mayhem. But perhaps this frees up some room for Star Wars or some space for Sony to announce the new Spider-Man. Also he's probably not speaking for the new Marvel lineup of Netflix series, and bet my new hat that Daredevil and Jessica Jones will both be in attendance.


We contacted Disney and so far they have not responded. But we'll let you know if they do.

Contact the author at meredith@io9.com.


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I'm curious if Marvel even needs to San Diego in that way. I know there is the good will, free press side of it.

But they got that same thing earlier with their own press conference when they announced all their movies.

In a way it's almost better for them to do stuff on their own, or irregularly in person or online, than to a very small group of people at comic con. Just the stuff Pratt and Evans are doing alone is getting a huge internet boon, and that is likely mostly on their own, but admittedly with assistance from the studio, unless they both stole their costumes.