Marvel Studios won’t return to Hall H for the 2023 San Diego Comic-Con, as reported by TheWrap.
In an unexpected turn of events, Marvel Studios has no plans to partake in the Hall H presentations of 2023. The news came as a shock to fans and Hollywood insiders alike, as Hall H has been a staple of Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con presence for years.
However, Marvel Studios is not the only company skipping the annual fan convention. According to the trade, Universal and HBO are also reportedly considering sitting out Comic-Con for 2023.
Why is Marvel Studios not returning to San Diego Comic-Con?
Though Marvel has offered no official explanation, a few factors might have influenced this decision. A prominent theory revolves around the current circumstances facing Jonathan Majors, the actor set to portray Kang the Conqueror in the forthcoming two Avengers installments. Majors is navigating through assault charges brought against him in a New York court.
An additional factor potentially affecting Marvel’s Comic-Con participation is the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike. The WGA strike has impacted numerous projects across Hollywood, including several Marvel Studios movies and television series.
Disney recently announced a reshuffling of its Marvel Cinematic Universe projects. However, Deadpool 3 stands as an exception amidst these delays, as its release has been fast-tracked.
With Marvel Studios stepping aside this year, the floor of San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H opens up to other contenders. James Gunn and Peter Safran, the new heads of DC Studios, now have an opportune moment to make a grand splash at the annual event. Anticipated announcements like the casting of Superman and Lois Lane could set the stage for DC’s big moment in the spotlight.
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