We are a little more than a month away from the Comic-Con International in San Diego and things are starting to pick up. The exclusives are starting to drop and some companies like Mattel are accepting pre-orders for pickup at the convention. Comic-Con has become more about movies and television than comics in recent years. The studios have started taking advantage of excitable nerd journalists (ahem) who will breathlessly give them a lot of publicity if they announce things. While there is no way to tell exactly what everyone will do, I’m going to make a few predictions based on what we already know and what the studios have done in the past.
1. Doctor Strange Theatrical Trailer
Unless we see a full trailer for Doctor Strange before the convention I would say a full trailer is very likely from Marvel to debut in Hall H. The trailer at the convention will probably have extra content, but Marvel would likely release a high quality version fairly quickly. The director,Scott Dickerson, has already confirmed that they will have a presence at the convention so a full cast panel is also likely.
2. Damage Control For Rogue One (And Maybe A Trailer)
While I think it’s much more likely that the theatrical trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will premiere at Star Wars Celebration in London, a few weeks from now you can be assured that Disney and Lucasfilm will be out in droves trying to negate all of those reshoot rumors. If we already have a trailer it wouldn’t surprise me to see behind the scene footage much like they did last year for The Force Awakens.
3. Suicide Squad Is Going To Be Everywhere
Warner Bros has already said that Suicide Squad is going to have a huge presence at the convention but this is still an interesting perspective. WB is in an interesting place with the original idea being that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was going to be the sure thing while giving Suicide Squad the room to take some chances. Now the pressure is on Suicide Squad to basically justify the entire DC Cinematic Universe. If Warner Bros was smart they would screen the movie for critics and fans at SDCC.
4. Nothing From Fox (Because They Won’t Be There)
20th Century Fox announced a few months ago that they wouldn’t be attending SDCC this year because of the piracy issues in Hall H. So if any X-Men fans were hoping to get a look at the next Wolverine movie, SDCC won’t be place.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 Early Footage
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 just finished filming so it wouldn’t surprise me if James Gunn brought some very rough footage to the convention to show off in Hall H.
6. Wonder Woman Teaser And Possibly Justice League Footage
Along with having a huge presence at SDCC with Suicide Squad WB would be wise to bring some footage from Wonder Woman. If there is a movie that they should be hyping up it’s Wonder Woman, and it’ll be less than a year before release. The movie has wrapped so a first look is likely. Justice League is much less likely, they are still filming, but a short teaser to help hype the movie after the lukewarm reception of Batman v Superman would be the smart move.
7. Captain Marvel Casting
This one is based much more on speculation but there have been rumors around the internet that Marvel is going to announce Captain Marvel casting this summer. It would be a huge boost to Marvel for them to bring out their pick on stage and introduce her to the world. It would make them look good compared to DC, even more so if they come out hard with Wonder Woman news.
8. Luke Cage Trailer Or Pilot
This also seems unlikely since Marvel doesn’t market their Netflix series too far in advance usually, but at New York Comic Con last year Marvel screened the entire pilot for Jessica Jones. A full length trailer is much more likely, but a pilot episode would really get the hype train going for Marvel first black superhero getting his own solo series.
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