Tens of a large number of people won’t be descending on San Diego this summer for the annual Comic-Con International gathering, but the festival remains going ahead as a virtual occasion with a lineup that includes some large hitters.
It’s a good calendar year for streamers. Amazon, FX, HBO, Hulu, and ViacomCBS are just a few of the networks and studios that have introduced they’ll have a presence during the conference. For San Diego Comic-Con’s first digital conference, that means panels will flow online for anyone to watch. The obvious professional in this scenario: seeing panels isn’t restricted to people with Comic-Con passes which are prepared to wait for hours in the sun to find yourself in Hall H.
Each system and studio is bringing together some of their biggest titles, including 3 Star Trek titles, His Darkish Materials and Lovecraft Country from HBO, Archer and What We all Do in the Shadows from FOREX, and The Boys and Upload from Amazon. Other studios will likely join, but haven’t announced their own plans yet.
What’s less clear is whether 2 of San Diego Comic-Con’s biggest guests will participate this year: Marvel Companies and Warner Bros. films. Deadline reported on Wednesday that Marvel Studios is going to be “sitting on the sidelines this year,” although some Marvel productions can look.
Disney Plus will have the presence at the convention, the company earlier announced. Marvel 616, a documented series that “explores how Marvel’s rich legacy of stories, characters and creators exist within the ‘world outside your window,’” according to The disney produtcions, will have a special panel. Based on exactly what Deadline is reporting and Disney’s own list of Disney Plus sections, don’t expect anything from Loki, WandaVision, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Could Disney host its very own Studios event, one that could consist of Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, the live-action division and animated? After all, sure, in the sense that anything can be done, but Disney hasn’t hinted with this being a thing it’s working towards. What seems more likely is that The disney produtcions, which has had several films encounter major delays because of COVID-19, will certainly wait until next year for a actual San Diego Comic-Con and its own biennial D23 convention scheduled for the coming year.
DC, on the other hand, is web hosting its own major convention. FanDome kicks off on August 22nd for 24 hours and will have a number of big announcements and truck drops that usually accompany the brand’s appearance in Hall H on Comic-Con. WarnerMedia’s note of what’s coming to Comic-Con mentions HBO, HBO Max, and TBS, but nor Warner Bros. nor DC Comics is mentioned. That means it’s not clear if movies like Dune can get time, but it seems unlikely. The Verge has reached out for more information.
“Warner Bros. and DC have been — and will continue to be — longtime partners and supporters of San Diego Comic-Con,” a spokesperson for DC and Warner Bros. said inside a statement to The Wrap. “We are excited to participate in this year’s Comic-Con@Home with 23 virtual panels across Warner Bros. Television, Home Entertainment, Kids, Young Adults and DC publishing.”
DC Comics plus WarnerMedia are bringing a ton of individuals involved in some of its most expected projects for interviews and conversations, including Aquaman, The Batman, Batwoman, Black Adam, Black Lightning, DC Super Hero Girls, Legends associated with Tomorrow, Stargirl, Doom Patrol, The particular Flash, Harley Quinn, the Snyder Cut of Justice League, Lucifer, Pennyworth, Shazam!, The Suicide Team, Supergirl, Superman & Lois, Teenager Titans Go!, Titans, Watchmen, Youthful Justice: Outsider, and Wonder Female 1984.
So what does the virtual Comic-Con look like? Well, you may still find panels that people can watch. They’ll perform on YouTube, so all you need to do is usually click on the link from San Diego Comic-Con’s website where the schedule is published. A full schedule and announced sections is available on the site.
Comic-Con@Home operates from Come july 1st 22nd through July 26th.