It’s a fair point that the San Diego Comic-Con moves further and further away from its comic book fandom origins every year, but at least summer tentpole blockbusters will allow the big film panels in Hall H to remain somewhat on topic for the foreseeable future. Even as YA adaptations begin to take over, comic book movies are just as big business and today’s new additions should come as no surprise.
Sequels are the name of the game this year, with Marvel bringing “Thor: The Dark World” (out this October) and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (out next April) to Hall H on Saturday, July 20th. No talent appearances have been confirmed, but safe to say the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan and Emily Vancamp might find themselves facing the crowd 6,500 strong. And Marvel is fond of surprises so announcements about other upcoming Marvel movies might be in store as well.
Touting its own Marvel comic-to-screen franchise, Sony will be previewing “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″, which just recently wrapped filming. Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan and director Marc Webb will be on hand at the Friday panel. Also at the Sony panel will be Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson and director José Padilha, who are bringing the first footage from the “Robocop” reboot.
But Sony (Screen Gems) is not content with sci-fi and comic book franchises, it’s also dipping its toe into the YA adaptation game, with Lily Collins announcing via fan-friendly video that she, along with co-stars Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan and director Harald Zwart will be bringing new footage from “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” to Hall H on Friday.
Meanwhile, Peter Jackson has ruled out the possibility of any “Hobbit”-related happenings, so might Warner Bros make some comic book movie news of their own? “Justice League” anyone? Time will tell when Comic-Con kicks off on Thursday, July 18th. Depending on whether I can fight my way into Hall H, I’ll be bringing you as much news from the ground floor as I possibly can.