Like Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox is sitting out San Diego Comic-Con International this year. This should come as no surprise, as Fox was just bought out by Disney in March and the dust is still settling. Various people in various positions within the company have been given their walking papers. Disney quickly went to work scrapping movies that Fox had in the pipeline, including the stop-motion ‘Mouse Guard’, which had been in development with plans for it to kick off a franchise.
All of that is on top of the fact that Fox has never had a huge presence at SDCC to begin with. The biggest movie that Fox has in the works is the first of four ‘Avatar’ sequels, but that isn’t due until December 2021, and director James Cameron is filming multiple movies at once. Post-production may not have even started, so there is probably nothing to show.
But Fox does have a few notable pictures opening later this year and next that perhaps could have used a boost from a presentation or preview at SDCC. These include: the animated ‘Spies in Disguise’ featuring the voices of Will Smith and Tom Holland, opening on Christmas Day this year; Matthew Vaughn’s ‘The King’s Man’, the prequel to the ‘Kingsman’ movies, opening on February 14, 2020; the LAST last ‘X-Men’ movie from Fox, Josh Boone’s ‘The New Mutants’, opening on April 3rd, 2020; Shawn Levy’s video game action-comedy ‘Free Guy’ starring Ryan Reynolds, opening on July 3rd, 2020; and the ‘Bob’s Burgers’ movie on July 17th, 2020.
Speaking of Ryan Reynolds, it doesn’t seem as though anyone knows what to do with his hit ‘Deadpool’ brand. Disney will reboot the core ‘X-Men’ brand, but ‘Deadpool’ sort of exists outside of that, and with its very-deserved R-Ratings, it doesn’t fit in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Couple that with its massive box office and Disney has another reason to leave it be, which has been widely buzzed. But as of right now, it doesn’t appear that an actual decision has been made.
Are there any upcoming Fox projects you’re sad won’t be presented at SDCC?