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DISNEY D23 2017 Fires a Shot at Comic-Con

Posted on March 28, 2016 at 1:39 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Disney today announced the dates for its D23 Convention for next year, which in and of itself isn’t too noteworthy, until you realize they’re incredibly close to a rival convention. Next year’s D23 will take place on the weekend of July 14-16, which is just one week before San Diego Comic-Con is presumed to kick off on July 19th. While SDCC has yet to unveil its official 2017 dates, the July 19-23 seems to be the likeliest corridor, and D23’s move to mid-July marks a significant departure from its last convention, which was held August 14-16.

So what does this mean? Well D23 has been getting bigger and bigger each year since Disney acquired Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, and Disney no doubt would rather star-wars-the-force-awakens-harrison-ford-daisy-ridley-600x422showcase new footage and announcements from films under said banners at their own convention rather than at San Diego Comic-Con. While the month break in between last year still gave them a bit of leeway to put on events at SDCC, I’ll be curious to see if things are scaled back next year given that D23 will likely take place just a week before San Diego Comic-Con.

Will Comic-Con-goers simply get the scraps or recycled footage, or will the Hall H stage remain where Marvel brings its showstopping moments? If Marvel and/or Lucasfilm are scaled back, you can bet Warner Bros. will ramp up its routinely impressive Hall H panels, which is where Zack Snyder first announced Batman v Superman to rampant enthusiasm three years ago.

So what’s on the chopping block on the 2017 convention landscape? Well for Marvel, July 2017 comes a few months before the release of Thor: Ragnarok and well before the 2018 releases of Black PantherAvengers: Infinity War – Part 1, and Ant-Man and the Wasp, so there’s quite a bit to be previewed on that front. As for Lucasfilm, December 2017 is the release date for Star Wars: Episode VIII and 2018 will bring us the young Han Solo spinoff movie. So yeah, Disney’s got a stacked deck. Will they share, or will 2017 mark a shift towards exclusivity? We’ll find out in due time.

And if you wanna get tickets, they go on sale July 14th at


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