It looks like San Diego Comic-Con will be a bit smaller once again. Of course, the pandemic has changed quite a bit and no one was expecting the filled Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center to return anytime soon. Sadly, they both already skipped last year’s event and there was some hope that they might join the event’s digital showcasing. They’ve shifted gears by showcasing most of their new entries during Disney’s Annual Investor Day event. Warner Bros. hasn’t attended for almost three years and has its own DC FanDome event just around the corner.
In the digital age, it seems easier for these studios to keep these showcases in-house. Marvel Studios’ showing in 2019 was quite memorable, as they revealed the entire Phase 4 slate and had a slew of their actors appear in person. It’s cost-intensive but quite a memorable spectacle for the thousands of visitors of these panels. Of course, many showings weren’t even made public, which is difficult if you stream everything online.
It’s not surprising they aren’t attending, but it’s sad to see this tradition get affected by the pandemic as it has. DC FanDome was a great success for Warner Bros. last year, as they can combine their showings for comics, films, and TV shows. There is a chance that Sony might attend to push Spider-Man: No Way Home, Venom: Let There Be Carnage or Morbius which are all set to release in eh coming months leading into 2022. DC will have a panel for the Legends of Tomorrow series and there are rumblings of their Publishing division getting a panel. The event will take place from November 26th until 28th. So, they might have a change of heart until then but it seems unlikely as of now.