It seems many fans, including me, could be left disappointed now that 20th Century Fox is reportedly skipping hosting a Hall H panel at this years San Diego Comic-Con International over concerns of piracy. Last year the studio network wowed fans with an exclusive Deadpool trailer at San Diego Comic-Com International which then in turn got even more people excited when it was leaked apparently by Ryan Reynolds himself. It could’ve all been part of an elaborate but brilliant promotional marketing tool for the film Deadpool but it all worked out in the end as the film ended up with a worldwide global box office of $761 million dollars. Even after the amazing box office and critically acclaimed success of Deadpool, it seems 20th Century Fox doesn’t want to risk any of their exclusive trailers this year to be leaked.
However it could all simply be that 20th Century Fox wouldn’t have enough or any footage in time to showcase at San Diego Comic-Con International in July.
When it comes to games, it’s a tricky uphill battle to beat the odds to produce a successful film adaption and maybe that’s why the network has yet to release any trailers for the Assassin’s Creed film. While San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 would be the perfect place to drop the first trailer, it could simply be that they are worried about how people would react. From the few production stills released the film does look visually good but it’s hard to build hype in a social media driven world without at least a trailer, even a teaser or exclusive footage.
Or maybe they would have a trailer ready but the network doesn’t want to present just one film in Hall H. Assassin’s Creed may not have a panel at Hall H but that doesn’t mean that Ubisoft can’t step in and still have an offsite presence for the film like they have in previous years with the parkour course used to promote their new Assassin’s Creed games. Yes I’m still hoping for an appearance from Michael Fassbender at San Diego Comic-Con International 2016.
Recently it was announced that production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure, has been suspended indefinitely with no set date for when it will resume due to its star Dylan O’Brien sustaining personal injuries during an on set accident. He will need time to heal which means the scheduled release date in February 2017 will be pushed back. This means that 20th Century Fox wouldn’t have filmed enough footage especially since filming only began on 14th March, 2016. How could they be expected to present a panel in Hall H with no exclusive footage or even a trailer, it wouldn’t even make sense for any of the cast and crew to be at there as they couldn’t say much because they haven’t even worked on the film long enough and their main focus at the moment is for Dylan O’Brien’s full recovery.
Gambit hasn’t even started filming due to delays as its Director Doug Liman is reportedly working on a new project called “The Wall” while Gambit writer Reid Carolin is working to improve the film’s script. It’s expected that production could begin as late as fall this year with the release date pushed back to 2017. Now there’s no point in even having a panel in Hall H when you don’t even have a finished script and with all the setbacks this film has endured I highly doubt being at San Diego Comic-Con International in July is high on their to do list.
It wasn’t confirmed until the final trailer for X-Men Apocalypse was released that Wolverine would be in the film and with the next Wolverine film likely to be Hugh Jackman’s last outing as the character I can see why the network wouldn’t want anything to be potentially leaked. There could be big plans and cameo appearances in the next Wolverine film that the network want to remain a secret until either close to its release date or until people actually see the film when it’s released in March 2017, I mean even the official title of the Wolverine sequel has yet to be released.
As for Deadpool 2, never say never because while the network may not be present for a Hall H panel that doesn’t mean that Deadpool or Ryan Reynolds wouldn’t make an appearance. After all Deadpool is someone who constantly breaks the fourth wall and the marketing on the first film was pure genius.
There may not be a Hall H presence this year with 20th Century Fox with their films but that doesn’t mean that they won’t be there at all, they can still have offsite events and panels for their TV shows including the last season of Bones as well as The Family Guy, The Simpsons, 24:Legacy, Bob’s Burgers, Scream Queens, The Last Man on Earth and possibly even Prison Break.
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