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    Marvel Studios: No Hall H at Comic-Con 2011

    The official word from Marvel Studios is that their team will sit out the Hollywood previews in the 6,000-seat hall, where fans, bloggers and journalists from around the world come to see filmmakers and stars introduce and promote their upcoming spectacle movies.

    Last year, Marvel delivered a thunderclap moment by lining up the cast of “The Avengers” on stage — it was a surprise parade of stars that included Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans as well as director Joss Whedon. But with that movie now filming in New Mexico, the studio leaders decided that, as far as Hall H goes, it wasn’t prepared to compete with its own past and wild fan expectations.

    “Go big or stay home,” is how one Marvel insider put it, and that logic is seemingly embraced by rival Warner Bros. with “Man of Steel,” the 2012 feature-film revival of Superman that is conspicuously absent (at least at this point) from the Hall H program. “The Dark Knight Rises,” Warner’s follow-up to its billion-dollar Batman film in 2009, is also M.I.A., but Gotham City filmmaker Christopher Nolan has never set foot in Hall H so this latest absence may add to his mystique, but it won’t shock anyone. The sci-fi epic “John Carter” is also a notable absentee in Hall H, but Disney is holding it back for a very specific reason — it will be a centerpiece (along with “The Lone Ranger“) at August’s D23 Expo, the Anaheim event that is being constructed as a Disney-dedicated rival convention.

    Considering its corporate parentage, Marvel Studios might well be part of that D23 program in a big way too. The leadership at Marvel Studios is also quick to point out that sitting out Hall H is not synonymous with sitting out Comic-Con, which runs July 21-24; the studio will have a major presence on the convention showroom floor (one Marvel source cryptically said that the booth plan will be as attention-grabbing as last year’s Hall H panel), and there’s talk of a promotional event beyond the walls of the San Diego Convention Center, which might suggest a “Captain America: The First Avenger” promotion, premiere or special screenings.

    Marvel makes it official: No Hall H panel at Comic-Con | Hero Complex – movies, comics, fanboy fare – latimes.com

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    Re: Marvel Studios: No Hall H at Comic-Con 2011

    Hmm..maybe they will save good stuff for D23 Expo...

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    Re: Marvel Studios: No Hall H at Comic-Con 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by nunz View Post
    Hmm..maybe they will save good stuff for D23 Expo...
    ...or not. I am a bit bummed that I can't go to two fan conventions at the same time, I had think about ether going to this year's Worldcon, (World Science & Fantasy Convention,) in Reno or The second D23 Expo; but since I haven't gone to a Worldcon in awhile, I chose that over D23 Expo.


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    Re: Marvel Studios: No Hall H at Comic-Con 2011

    Comic-Con's biggest star
    Steven Spielberg to Make First Comic-Con Appearance
    Published: July 13, 2011 @ 6:41 pm
    By Joshua L. Weinstein


    Comic-Con just got a giant guest: Steven Spielberg will attend the San Diego convention for the first time on July 22.

    He'll bring footage from Paramount's upcoming "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," and participate in a panel discussion moderated by the Los Angeles Times' Geoff Boucher, the Times reported Wednesday.

    The panel, before about 6,000 people, begins at 11 a.m. in Hall H. Spielberg also will receive the convention's Inkpot Award. Previous winners include Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby and R. Crumb.

    Spielberg will receive an Inkpot Award before the panel, which begins at 11 a.m. in Hall H.
    Fans had hoped that Spielberg, who directed "Jaws," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Saving Private Ryan," "Schindler's List" and "Munich," among others, is coming through.

    Paramount will release "Tintin" on Dec. 23.

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