Sorry SDCC 2018 attendees, Marvel Studios will NOT be in Hall H this year. In fact, according to the guru of the MCU, Kevin Feige, there will be NO slate announcements for future Marvel films until after 2019’s untitled Avengers 4 film.
Phase 4 will coincide with the Disney/FOX merger and could lead to possibly both the X-Men and Fantastic Four MCU reboots in 2020 and 2021. But that is all speculatory.
Per Feige himself:
“We’re not going to Hall H this year. It will be an off year… which is what we did after Avengers 1 and what we’ve done every few years. There will be a tenth anniversary presence at Comic-Con but [no Hall H panel.]”
As of now, we know Marvel has Captain Marvel, Avengers 4, the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel and Guardians of the Galaxy 3 in the works, but beyond that, the future of the MCU is still a mystery. Usually, Marvel uses its Hall H time to announce their upcoming films, but Feige says it’s going to be a while before we learn about new MCU projects. In fact, we won’t learn about any post-Avengers 4 movies until after Avengers 4 comes out.
“[We’re] not going to announce any post-Avengers 4 movies until hopefully after Avengers 4, which is another reason we’re not going to Comic-Con.”
This move is surprising, but not entirely unprecedented. Marvel also skipped Hall H in 2015. One also needs to consider the question: does Marvel even need SDCC anymore? The studio is bigger than ever. In addition to that, Marvel also has a presence now at the biennial D23 Expo, where big Disney properties are announced. In addition to that, Feige has actually hinted in the past that he’d like the idea of a Marvel-only con, similar to what Disney does with their Star Wars Celebration. Last year, Feige said:
“Over the years there have been discussions about that […] I think what we try to do occasionally in San Diego we’re very proud of and think is a fun tradition. That being said, I think [Star Wars] Celebration is pretty amazing. I’ve been to a few Celebrations and the idea of doing something like that … I think we have enough content, and enough fans, and enough ideas that we could easily do something like that, I’m just not sure where or when.”