by Sandra Kraisirideja
Comic-Con will release the schedule for the 2015 convention within the next couple of weeks. Veterans know the schedules for Hall H and Ballroom 20 vary only slightly from year to year. I would say the biggest change for Hall H has been the inclusion of TV shows in the 6,500-seat space, which used to be reserved only for film.
Using a very unscientific approach, I’ve been trying to determine what may be presented in Hall H this year. Here are some of my predictions:
Paramount Pictures has plenty of films it can promote including Scouts vs Zombies, Ben-Hur, Zoolander, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, and Daddy’s Home. Can you imagine the kind of welcome Ben Stiller would receive if he came as Zoolander?
Radius-TWC has the upcoming A Lego Brickumentary opening on . I know there is a press screening of the movie scheduled during Comic-Con but I don’t know if it will have its own panel.
20th Century Fox has a huge selection of upcoming films it could promote at Comic-Con. Fantastic Four, Hitman Agent 47, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails, Peanuts, The Martian, The Revenant are all opening before the end of the year. There is also Independence Day 2 opening in June 2016.
Warner Bros. seems to understand how to wow the audience inside Hall H better than any other studio. Last year a series of enormous screens stretching down the right and left sides of the room were used to dramatic effect to screen footage and show stills for its upcoming releases. The crowd loved it! It will be interesting to see how Warner Bros. tops itself this year. The panel may include highlights on Pan, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Lego Movie Sequel.
Legendary Pictures shared some footage from Crimson Peak last year, but the movie opens Oct. 16 so the studio is sure to hype the movie. The video game adaptation of Warcraft, which opens June 10, 2016, is sure to be discussed.
Plenty has been written about Marvel Studios’ release schedule for the rest of the decade so there is plenty the studio can present at Comic-Con. Last year the Marvel panel was at 5:30 p.m., which meant a very long day for fans. Ever since the entire cast of The Avengers was presented on stage at Comic-Con, however, the Marvel panel has become a must-see event.
These upcoming releases may be discussed, but to what extent will depend on how soon the release date is coming up: Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War – Part I, Captain Marvel, Inhumans, and Avengers: Infinity War – Part II.
Some studios will certainly release their Comic-Con agendas very soon, but it’s always fun to guess
what may be talked about. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.