Without Marvel, Comic-Con was a letdown. Here’s how next year can be great

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But this summer, the absence of a Saturday night Marvel Studios panel or a look at the final season of Game of Thrones was deeply felt. In fact, both Disney and HBO took SDCC off this year, and that was a letdown. Especially considering that all the rumors and slips point to the final GoT season premiering in spring 2019, the show could very well end its run before Comic-Con 2019.

At the opening of Avengers: Infinity War in April, Disney set a record of 117 days for the fastest gross to $1 billion, according to Box Office Mojo. With that milestone and with numerous financial records for both Black Panther and Infinity War, it came as a shock to many that the studio would forgo San Diego this year, especially with some big titles hitting theaters before next year’s SDCC.

Without the Disney-owned studio, and arguably without Disney itself, Warner Bros. and DC crushed most of the weekend’s news. By now I’m willing to bet you’ve either heard about DC’s new streaming service, watched at least one trailer for AquamanShazamTitans or the CW shows, or witnessed people raging in Harley Quinn’s cell.

But what other news do you recall from San Diego this year? Arguably the biggest entertainment story of the weekend, the firing of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, didn’t even come out of Comic-Con.

Yes, DC was easily the winner of the weekend, but we knew that going in, didn’t we?

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