Comic-Con Eve: What to expect from the Film Franchises
Ron Seifried | On 23, Jul 2014
Twas the night before Comic-Con, nothing was stirring in Hall H except for the wandering rent-a-security personnel and the remnants of visiting staff doing final preparations in one of the multitude of enormous booths. A rumbling vacuum can be heard in the distance and most of the local unions have called it a night.
Meanwhile, spread across the many hotel rooms in San Diego, attendees are trying out their costumes one last time, repairing their expanding seams of tight-fitting spandex while an assortment of corporate execs converge, making last minute changes to their presentations for standing room only audiences and immediate Twitter feeds for the next three days (no one counts day 4, do they?).
Many are camped out on lines, debating who is the best Spider-Man, Tobey or Andrew, while others bemoan the fact there hasn’t been a standalone superhero film with a female lead.
The message boards and social media feeds now have a live, breathing audience. No longer can an individual hide behind a handle with jumbled numbers tagged on the end. Only the brave will reveal their identity and confess that The Phantom Menace is a good and watchable film, while others hide behind their air-restricting Orc masks.
Comic-Con is more about film and television franchises than actual comic books nowadays, and this year’s convention promises to be huge. Trailers, teasers, cast appearances and panels will generate the buzz once again, so here is a bit of a preview for what’s in store this week.
DreamWorks Animation – Hall H @ 11:30AM
Day One opens up with DreamWorks Animation and first time attendee Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich, the lead voices to their The Penguins of Madagascar spinoff, in the first movie panel of the week.
Michael Bay probably will not have an onstage meltdown introducing Megan Fox, Johnny Knoxville and Will Arnett at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles panel, which will probably include some extended clips from the August 8 movie.
Rumors are rampant that Christopher Nolan may make an appearance promoting his highly anticipated Interstellar, maybe with star Matthew McConaughey.
20th Century Fox
The latest X-Men film rebooted the franchise on an alternative course, but it may be too soon to drop any details on X-Men: Apocalypse, scheduled for 2017. The Fantastic Four reboot is only a year away, so it is conceivable some footage may be shown, despite production recently beginning in Louisiana.
We may be four years away from Fox’s unnamed superhero film release date of July 13, 2018, but speculation is running high that the studio plans include a X-Men/Fantastic Four mashup and Deadpool.
Warner Bros. & DC Comics
This is what we know: the follow-up to Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is coming out in May 2016 and director Zack Snyder confirmed there will be a Justice League movie following it at sometime. Odds are footage of Ben Affleck as the caped crusader will be shown, but after that it’s a bit cloudy.
It has been rumored that the studio is planning their cinematic universe to compete with Marvel. Although not confirmed, it is likely Warner’s slate will include stand-alone features for Wonder Woman, Batman, a Superman sequel, Shazam (rumored with Dwayne Johnson), Sandman and a Flash/Green Lantern team-up film. It has been confirmed that none of the characters or storyline from the Flash or Arrow TV series will not crossover onto the big screen.
In other upcoming franchise releases from Warner’s, Peter Jackson will be hand for a final walk through middle Earth with this years The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies and George Miller will present a preview for next year’s Mad Max: Fury Road with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, pics of which have already been shared by Entertainment Weekly.
Walt Disney & Marvel
It’s apparent that the only thing we’ll see from Lucasfilm will be the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels animated series and practically nothing from Episode VII, since the cast and crew are busy filming.
Just before Comic-Con opens, Disney confirmed the 2017 release date for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, probably to make more room for their Marvel panel this week.
Last week, Marvel announced new release dates for five untitled films through 2019. We already know the dates for Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America 3, so the rest could be Marvel’s anticipated Third Initiative. We can only speculate what will be on this list, but you can be guaranteed Marvel will be talking on Saturday.
The guessing game includes Avengers 3, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor 3, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and even a Black Widow film. What probably will NOT happen is Iron Man 4.
Columbia Pictures/Sony realigned their Marvel characters, bumping back The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and confirming a Sinister Six film, at the same time removing The Amazing Spider-Man 4 off their schedule entirely in an announcement one day before Comic-Con opens.
Directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriquez will be at the Con showcasing Sin City: A Dame to Die For with a display of classic cars.
Director Colin Trevorrow has been furiously tweeting from the set of Jurassic World, the fourth installment of the dinosaur franchise, so we should expect something.
But don’t expect much of anything substantial from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Terminator: Genesis or Fast and Furious 7. Word has come down from the producers that these upcoming sequels will be getting little coverage at Comic-Con.
Then again, Comic-Con has a history of surprises, so these prediction might be a little different by the end of the show.