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Nicholas Staniforth

A common routine for social gatherings for some people is that they only make an appearance if their friends do. It’s either that or they run the risk of being stood in the corner looking at the CD collection or trying to eat food that you simply can’t enjoy whilst standing. As it turns out, James Gunn will be avoiding such a challenge after news he won’t be appearing at this years San Diego Comic-Con, because neither is Marvel.

The bomb was dropped during a Facebook Q&A when the guy behind Guardians of the Galaxy was asked if he’d be in attendance for the annual geek gathering, only to shoot down the hopes of millions instead. “I’m not sure,” he said, “Marvel isn’t going so I’m not sure I will either.”

There’s a chance Gunn might simply be telling fibs to fans, but if there’s any truth to it, their presence will be sorely missed when the Comic-Con comes around. Of course, with empty space in the spotlight it could allow DC to take over the event, perhaps with a teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and maybe the appearance of the impending members of the Justice League as well.

Concern over Marvel’s lacking presence shouldn’t be too high, though. After all, they still shook the comic book loving world last year at an El Capitan theatre thanks to Kevin Feige, a Black Panther and a jam-packed schedule. Who’s to say they wouldn’t do the same again this year? We can only wait to find out.

What do you think though? Are you a tad annoyed that Marvel might not be showing their face when the army of fans come flooding in? Or are you more excited to see the studio reveal stuff of their own choosing? Sound off in the comments below.


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