Will The Fantastic Four Surprise Fans At Comic-Con?

Will the new The Fantastic Four show face in Comic-Con or not?

That’s the question on the lips of fans as they prepare for the onslaught of news and opinions that will be flying out of San Diego in a few weeks. We, of course, plan to be on the ground at Comic-Con this year, and we are just now starting to receive concrete plans from major studios about the projects they are bringing… and the ones that they are not. As we reported earlier, Star Wars: Episode VII will be a no show, but that’s no surprise. Now we are hearing that Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four will bypass the annual comic book convention – and that strikes us as odd.

Fox’s official movie panel, according to a release (and the Comic-Con site) will include The Maze Runner, Book of Life, Hitman: Agent 47, Let’s Be Cops, and Kingsman: The Secret Service. No mention of The Fantastic Four, even though that superhero movie reportedly has begin filming in Louisiana.

And yet, ScreenRant claims that an "insider" tells them that the five cast members – Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Toby Kebbell – will be appearing in Hall H during the Fox panel. That would be amazing… and even better if they managed to bring some footage with them. I think we are all interested to see what Josh Trank’s version of The Fantastic Four is going to look like. Obviously, we are very familiar with his work on Chronicle:

And we know that he has been handed the keys to a standalone Star Wars movie. So yeah, big things are afoot for Josh Trank. But The Fantastic Four comes first, and that is a true comic property in Fox’s arsenal. Bringing it to Comic-Con seems like a no-brainer.

Fox would have to go a long way towards topping last year’s panel, where they united the full cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past on stage long before audiences were able to see Bryan Singer’s winning blockbuster.

Can The Fantastic Four get an equally awesome kick off? My guess is yes, but we’ll know a lot more in the coming weeks. Flame on?

Sean O'Connell
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