C’mon, did anyone really think that Marvel Studios would stay away from San Diego forever? It made a certain amount of sense for Marvel to skip SDCC 2015. They had nothing on the calendar for the fourth quarter of 2015, and even Captain America: Civil War was still a solid nine months away. They wouldn’t have had much to show, and there weren’t any big new projects to announce or casting to unveil.
But this year? That’s something else entirely. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn has been candid with fans throughout the production of that film. And to mark the end of principal photography, Mr. Gunn released a video on his Facebook page, confirming “we’re going to be there…Chris Pratt is going to be there, a bunch of the gang is going this year and we’re going to show you something pretty cool.”
So if Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is going to be there, and this movie doesn’t open until May 5, 2017, then you can bet your Eye of Agomotto that Doctor Strange, which opens much sooner (and closer to SDCC) on November 4, 2016 will be there, too.
While we’re playing the speculation game (and really, that Doctor Strange stuff isn’t really speculation, I’ll bet you at least a dollar it happens), we may as well figure Marvel is going to go all out on this one. Kevin Feige had promised that we’ll get confirmation on a lead actress and director for the Captain Marvel movie at some point this summer, so San Diego seems like the place to do it. Whether it’s officially Brie Larson who gets revealed as Carol Danvers remains to be seen.
It will certainly be too early to show off any Spider-Man: Homecoming footage at that stage, but it’s likely we’ll get some more details about that, including official details about who each member of that impressive cast is playing.
You can watch James Gunn’s video right here.
What else do you hope Marvel announces at SDCC 2016?