Movie News Still Rules Comic-Con. Here's What You'll See This Year


But when the lights go down in the big room for say, Warner Bros., or Fox, or especiallyDisney/Marvel ... that's still the No. 1 reason more than 6,000 people spend the money, camp out overnight and line up to cram the giant room: to be among the first to hear the news, and the precious few to see the teasers, trailers and sizzle reels the studios bring here.

It's still an exclusive event: While the starry panels are on YouTube in no time, the marketing materials we see onscreen are almost never released to the public and rarely leak online.

 
In sheer terms of news and exclusive sneaks, Comic-Con 2014 is shaping up to be a major event.

In sheer terms of news and exclusive sneaks, Comic-Con 2014 is shaping up to be a major event.

 

Back in 2010, Marvel announced its final cast for The Avengers, then assembled them for the first time on the Hall H stage in a moment that felt like the climax of a great rock concert. That moment set the bar for Hall H presentations, and though no one's been able to fully top it yet, it's not for lack of trying.

In 2011, we heard about Steven Spielberg's plans to reviveJurassic Park. Comic-Con 2012 was a farewell tour of sorts for the Twilight franchise, but also brought news of a possible three-way split of the Hobbit films and a first look at erstwhile Ant-Man director Edgar Wright's test footage. And last year, we learned that Joss Whedon would loosely base his Avengers sequel on the comic-book event Age of Ultron.

What do the movie studios have up their sleeves this year? A whole lot, we're guessing. Here's a look at the major genre film news we're expecting in the coming days.

THURSDAY

DreamWorks Animation whips up a Cumberbatch

The studio that brought us How to Train Your Dragon 2 this year isn't a huge Comic-Con draw, per se, but here's something that might surprise you: Benedict Cumberbatch, who has been Khan, has never been to the 'Con. That changes in the first movie panel of the long weekend, held in Hall H at 11:30 a.m. PT. We don't expect a lot of news out of this one, but we do expect to be entertained by Cumberbatch and John Malkovich, who are voicing characters in DWA's The Penguins of Madagascar.

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27 Jul 2014


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