Bad news for all of you intrepid travellers and Marvel-heads gearing up for the trek to this year's San Diego Comic-Con, because the magnificent Marvel Studios, and all of their inimitable glories, has decided to skip the show!
For the second time in 4 years (the last time being back in 2011), Hall H will be devoid of Robert Downey Jr. and co, meaning no reveals of Captain America: Civil War and the rest of their bustling 2015/16 line-up at the world's number one stop shop for awe-inspiring geekery.
When Did This Happen?!
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn had previously hinted at the impossible back in March, when questioned over whether he would be gracing Hall H with his presence. He stated that he was to be an unfortunate no show at SDCC '15, then dropped major hints towards Disney's leanings on the subject:
The reasoning behind the exodus is more than likely down to Disney's very own D23 Expo. Running through 14th-16th August at Anaheim Convention Center, the fan event will showcase the upcoming slate of releases from Disney animation, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm.
That means, our first looks at the live-action The Jungle Book, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Finding Dory, Zootopia, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, CA:CW and so much more. Basically we'll be as jittery as a sack full of junebugs that weekend.
No, This News SUCKS!
Don't be disheartened, because Marvel's choice to leave SDCC in their wake leaves a big ol' gap that will hopefully be filled the brim with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment goodness!
Leading WB and DC's attack on our senses will be Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman and David Ayer's Suicide Squad, both of which it's about damn time we got another look and an actual look at respectively. And, of course, not forgetting Wonder Woman and Justice League Part. 1. How could we possibly forget them?
What Does This Mean Then?!
Disney & Marvel Studios
Considering Marvel Studios and Disney's literally awe-inspiring schedule for the upcoming years, I think it's safe to say D23 is going to be an outstanding hit and will be a huge draw for the media and fans alike.
I mean, have another look at Disney's schedule infographic above. With that many eagerly anticipated and sure-to-be great supermovies working their way to the box-office, why should these two behemoths of entertainment share the stage with anyone else?
Plus, Disney even snagged marketing and distribution rights for Dreamworks! What a bunch of legends.
Warner Bros. & DC Entertainment
Comic-Con will forever be Comic-Con, and will continue to pull in geeks from across the globe. With Marvel deciding to take their own route at the fork in the road, this leaves space for other companies to shine.
The world has its eye planted firmly on WB and DC, ready to dissect its darkly shaded treasures. With a new trailer for BvS, a trailer for Suicide Squad and some badass casting announcements and reveals for Justice League, et al... I dare say we may have an interesting battle on our hands for "Slayers of Summer 2015."
With all that said, I doubt anything would ever match Tom Hiddleston's entrance into Comic-Con. That was pure, pure genius: