20th Century Fox Pulls Out Of SDCC 2016

20th Century Fox Pulls Out Of SDCC 2016

Don't expect any footage for Assassin's Creed, news regarding what Fox has planned for Charles Xavier and his students post X-Men: Apocalypse or casting announcements for The Wolverine 3 or Deadpool 2.

According to The Wrap, 20th Century Fox has decided not to attend San Diego Comic Con this year over piracy concerns.  That means there will be no footage from Michael Fassbender's Assassin's Creed or any announcements regarding The Wolverine 3 or Deadpool 2.

With footage from Hall H panels generally leaking online just a few hours after the presentation, Fox feels that there's no way to combat overzealous fans and so they'll just sit out SDCC's grand showcase altogether.  The Wrap also reports that (gasp) Disney and Marvel are also considering skipping SDCC this year. Disney usually skips SDCC when there's a D23 Expo in the same year but that's not the case in 2016.  

The Wrap reached out to a Disney rep for confirmation on their sources tip but was told Disney was not considering such a movie.  Still, don't be surprised if there's an announcement made sometime between now and July.

Is this the end of SDCC, at least for the big film studios? Industry analysts have long been critical of how buzz from the annual fan expo impacts a movie's box office performance.  There have been several, recent big-budget sci-films that "won Comic-Con" and went on to flop or just barely break  even.  Perhaps studio execs are taking notice and deciding that the money spent on competing at SDCC can be better spent elsewhere? 

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