We’ve heard from a source at SDCC that Disney is hoarding all of their juicy stuff for their own D23 Expo, where they’ll reunite members of The Avengers cast and possibly (heavy emphasis on that ‘possibly’) reveal some more tidbits from Star Wars Episode 7.
Personally, I absolutely hate corporations when they abstain from awesome industry cons. The freshest example in mind is Nintendo’s behavior during the dark days of E3, when they revealed all of their goodies at their own House of Mario event, instead of sharing the hotness on the floor at the Electronic Entertainment Expo with the rest of the big boys.
But this tactic by Disney (if true) could be the end of SDCC as we know it. Not to be overly hyperbolic, but the two main franchises at San Diego Comic Con are 1) Star Wars 2) Avengers, both of which are securely owned by Disney. Why should the House of Mouse be forced to share coverage time with other vendors, when they can so easily host their own exclusive event?
And if SDCC loses the rights to unveil breaking news regarding Jedi, Sith, and Marvel’s superheroes, then they’ve lost a massive segment of their audience. Let’s be frank about this… a shit ton of people tune into SDCC coverage (whether through streaming or articles) hoping to see something, ANYTHING about those two franchises. If Disney begins to bring their exclusive content to the D23 Expo, then SDCC could fade into obscurity. Well, relative obscurity. You know… just another massive con, instead of “THE” con of the year.