At SDCC this year Marvel played a video revealing what Thor was “really” off doing during the events of Captain America: Civil War. While descriptions of the comedic short had hit the internet, only the 7000 or so people in attendance of the panel had actually seen the thing.
Marvel has put out the video “Team Thor” on Twitter, and it’s everything I ever dreamed it would be. There’s not much to say about the video, other than watch it. Then watch it again. Then consider repeating that a few more dozen times.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss Pearl Mackie’s casting as the new Doctor Who companion, Neil Gaiman is adapting Good Omens for Television, Syfy has ordered Krypton to pilot, Inhumans is off of Marvel’s schedule, John Macaluso has stepped down as the CEO of Wizard World, and Fox plans on skipping this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
San Diego Comic Con is probably one of the biggest platforms media companies use to preview and announce new projects directly to fans. It’s often the first place new trailers and exclusive clips get shown to a packed hall. And I mean, sure – those clips often get subsequently leaked onto the internet afterwards, but who can really be surprised at that in this day and age? It’s pretty hard to get mad about fans being enthusiastic about something.
Well, Fox apparently can. The studio seems to have decided to skip it this year for apparently that very reason.
Honestly, I don’t really care if a studio skips SDCC. Marvel skipped it last year, and no one was worse for wear. But honestly, I just don’t really buy their reasoning. I mean, honestly I wasn’t really excited for Fox’s Deadpool until I saw the leaked footage from Comic Con last year — and it turned out to be my favorite superhero film that Fox has ever produced. If this is really Fox’s reasoning, it just doesn’t really make sense from a business perspective.
What really may be going on though is that, frankly, SDCC is getting more and more expensive for Studios to present at every year. That rising price tag I suspect has more to do with this decision than any fear of leaks.
At the current point in the film cycle, it actually makes sense that Marvel would skip the event this year (and maybe leave room for, say, fellow Disney product Star Wars) – but is it weird for anyone else that we’ve now reached the point where Marvel is skipping Comic Con because of their film schedule? I mean, it’s not bad… but it’s kind of funny.