Marvel SDCC H Hall Expectations & Predictions
SDCC '16 is upon us, and Marvel's Netflix Panel blew us all away last night. The evening was full of great teasers for Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and Daredevil Season 3. The Marvel/Netflix combo is proving to be a powerful punch. Soon, we'll see Jon Bernthal's Punisher added to the mix with his own show. Who would have expected this just a couple years ago? What a great time to be able to enjoy such well-crafted Marvel content.
Later today, at 3:00 PST, Marvel will host its Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Panel. Many expect a big Ghost Rider reveal. The presence of this covered vehicle on the SDCC Marvel Stage points to this as a strong possibility. Introducing a character like Ghost Rider would expand the boundaries of the show. It'll be interesting to see what the future holds for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Quake. (Updare) Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes, is indeed coming to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this fall.
On Saturday, also at 3:00, Marvel's Joe Quesda is holding the Cup O'Joe Panel. He revealed a couple days ago that we will be debuting a trailer for a "brand new show." It'll be interesting to see what surprise he has in store. Hopefully, it will be released online just as we were spoiled with the massive release of Netflix teasers.
Saturday - H Hall - What to Expect
Doctor Strange has a huge presence at SDCC. We've known for awhile that director Scott Derrickson will be attending, and the film would be promoted. Little else has been confirmed, but we know it will be at the top of Marvel's list to promote with its release date just over three months away.
It's also been confirmed that James Gunn and his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be appearing in some capacity. Gunn teased that he'll be showing something, but it probably won't be released online straight away. Chris Pratt will be in attendance as well but no news on other cast members.
That's all the official information we have right now, so it's time to engage in some fun speculation!
Speculation and Predictions
I'm predicting (not surprisingly) that they will debut the second Doctor Strange trailer. The last time Marvel had a November release, Thor: The Dark World in '13, Marvel released the second trailer in early August. Marvel typically has steady time frame between trailer 1 and trailer 2, and trailer 2 and film release. We are right about there with Doctor Strange. I'm certain a new trailer will debut and hopefully be released online soon thereafter.
As a mentioned above, Gunn said they'll show something for GotGVol2. I'm sure there will be some footage but not a fully complete trailer. The film finished production over a month ago and will be in post production until release. They'll definitely be showing footage, it's just a matter of how much and how completed the special effects are. The SDCC crowd is certainly in for a treat. I'm sure a few more cast members will make an appearance as well. (Update) As I'm writing this, Karen Gillan (Nebula) just announced on Twitter she'll be appearing with "the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy gang."
I'm also heavily betting that the Captain Marvel actress will be announced. Justin Kroll of Variety reported in June that Brie Larson was the front-runner for the role. Since that report, it's all been quiet on that front. Kroll's scoops are always reliable and so it seems that it's Larson's role if she wants it. Either way, I'm confident it will happen. Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, said a few months ago that they would announce in a few months. The months have passed, and Marvel likes to dazzle. How else to dazzle than to announce an A-list, Oscar-winning actress at the biggest convention of the year? While her stand-alone film is a ways off, the character is set to debut in the next Avengers' film which begins filming in November. Whether it's Larson or someone else, I expect to know who Captain Marvel is Saturday evening.
Another candidate for a surprise announcement is a title change for the next Avengers' films. We've known for some time that Marvel plans to change the Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2 titles to something else. Filming begins on these projects in November, so now would be a prime time to announce the changes. I expect "Infinity" to still be utilized in some way (i.e. Infinity Gauntlet), but we'll have to wait and see.
Marvel Studios' Panel will be held from 5:30-6:45 PST Saturday night. Hosting cast and crew from two different films, possible casting annoucement(s), and film titles can easily eat up an hour and fifteen minutes. Could there be anymore surprises? If there's one thing we know, it's like Marvel like to put on a show and those shows usually have big surprises.
I learned last week that Tom Holland would be flying to San Diego this weekend. I suppose, providing the info is accurate, that Holland may just want to hang out at the beach for a few days in the same city that SDCC is occurring. Right? To be clear, I have no other details other than that Holland and "a few others" are flying to San Diego the same weekend that SDCC is being held. If this proves to be true, a surprise SDCC seems in order. Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released prior to Disney's D23 Expo next year. Consequently, unless Marvel plans something for another con, like NYCC, this is the last major venue to announce news and promote the film.
Make no mistake, Spidey is Marvel's crown jewel, and having him in the MCU, thanks to the deal with Sony, is a huge opportunity. Will they make use of SDCC to showcase him? Spidey plus the MCU plus SDCC? It seems like too good of an opportunity to waste to me.
We'll know in 30 hours. Thwip.