Whew! That was a long one. And likewise … a gradual one? As with years prior, this year’s Comic-Con International was parcelled with movie story, Tv giving proclamations, and lots of waiting in lines. But unlike times prior, its big splashings weren’t as splashy. Or at least that was the subject until Saturday night, when Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige made the stage and announced the studio’s Phase 4 slate, and drew a lot of star power–Angelina Jolie! Natalie Portman! Tom Hiddleston !– with him.
It was the kind of thing tribes come to Comic-Con to see, and Marvel delivered. Did it save an otherwise lackluster meeting? WIRED canvassed the team that crossed the phenomenon to hash out everything that happened in San Diego over the last few days.
Angela Watercutter, Senior Editor: I’ll admit I was fairly underwhelmed by Comic-Con this year. There were a few highlights–ScareDiego was fun–but this year really shortage the thrill of years past. I was in Hall H for the big-hearted Marvel reveals, and they were great, but they too felt like not enough. Not that Marvel didn’t pull out every stop, but it felt as though Feige could’ve announced one movie and misappropriate the present. Without renditions from Warner Bros. or Fox, the bigness of the reveal seemed scarcity. Am I being too hard-bitten on this year’s con?
Adam Rogers, Deputy Editor: The absence of bigfoot designation and gloriou gesticulates was palpable, sure–we all talked about that one time when J.J. Abrams made Hall H to a John Williams concert. But I feel a bit churlish complaining about that; old-time nerds like me cherish our title to complain that San Diego Comic-Con has come too big and it used to be about the comics, y’all. Maybe it’s not so much that it’s weird that giant studios aren’t expending zillions at SDCC, but that it was always weird when they did?