While studios love to bring exclusive footage to Comic-Con International: San Diego’s Hall H, the last few years have been marred by special trailers quickly finding their way online. The difficulty in preventing the footage from appearing on YouTube and other video sites led 20th Century Fox to bow out of presenting new material in Hall H this year.
But it’s not stopping Marvel Studios.
As spotted by Comicbook.com, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn told a fan over the weekend that those in Hall H on July 23rd for Marvel’s movie presentation will get a glimpse of the new film. “Or if someone secretly films that,” he added. “Which is less likely to happen because of new technology, but I still know sometimes happens – then you’ll see it right after. If not then, it will be a short while.”
Is it possible the studio, or Comic-Con, have figured out a way to defeat cameraphones? The easiest way would be to just dampen the wifi and other broadcast signals in the hall, but that would lead to many mad fans, bloggers and angry Twitter rants. Or is it now possible to disrupt the images on the screen in such a way that they are not picked up by a cameraphone’s lens?
The again, since Gunn admits people find ways to get the footage out into the wild, it may just be the usual infrared camera brigade looking for a would-be leaker. If it turns out the convention has employed new tech, I’d certainly love to learn about it.