5 Reasons This Trailer-Hoarding at Comic Con Has Got to Stop

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No trailer, but the BBC did release a picture of a Dalek and some fire... yippee
I haven't gotten a chance to attend Comic Con myself yet in my life, so I'm forced to view it through the lens of my fellow reporters and the footage on YouTube. Mostly I'm content with that. I'm not much for standing in line, and there is a whole lot of that going on at the biggest geek event of the year.

There is one thing I am sorely missing, though, and that's the fact that the folks in San Diego are being treated to a host of trailers that the rest of us will finally get to see "eventually." I spent all last Sunday refreshing various Facebook groups hoping to get a glimpse of the real Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special trailer as well as the one for the making-of docudrama about the birth of the show, An Adventure in Space and Time.

I knew that getting a look at Godzilla on YouTube was out. Hollywood may actually be the only real "fake geek girl" on the planet, intentionally teasing us with sexy nerd dreams in order to extort money from us and make us feel bad in the bargain. The more and more I think about it, this habit of hoarding new trailers at Comic Con is complete bullshit, and it has got to stop because...

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5. It's a slap in the face: Let's take Doctor Who for the best example. It's a British TV show, and yet the BBC decided that the first people who would get to see the biggest special in the history of that show would be an American audience. Yes, I know that people from all over the world attend Comic Con, but the turnout is still mostly American.

What about overseas fans? The whole reason giant summer blockbusters like The Avengers make the bank they do is because they translate well overseas (Explosions is a universal language, which explains a lot of human history, actually). Should a Marvel fan in Germany really have to wait weeks or months after Comic Con just to see the new Thor trailer?

4. It's a really underhanded marketing technique: The withholding of information is supposed to create titillation. It's the movie equivalent of letting people smell the dinner you're making. There's nothing wrong with anticipation, but the way they're going about it is really manipulative, even for Hollywood.

We'll accept that getting the perfect trailer right takes time, and we'll wait until there's a chance for a good look at Batman in the next Superman movie if you need it. But you don't. It's ready; you're just telling us that we're not good enough to see it because we didn't make the pilgrimage. This is addition too...

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I agree with LoneAviator, besides, you're implying that everyone that goes to SDCC gets to do all that things, when in reality you only have a limited time to do stuff and unless you camp out in the cold, wet grass all night you aren't gonna get into hall H for any day that's not Thursday. 

I have seen people spend hundreds of dollars to attend SDCC, between tickets, hotels, planes even, I think they deserve something exclusive. So either pay up and attend and get the cool exclusives or shut up and deal with it.


I think this is only partly correct. Comic con people go there to get something exclusive: give it to them, fine. But the trailers should perhaps get a delayed release on the net. Like, a guarantee that exactly 2-4 weeks later they'll be available online so that all fans get something.


Could you have been any more whiny or self entitled? You're having a hissy fit over TRAILERS! Go get some fresh air and grow a pair.


I'd like to add that some of us who did make the pilgrimage to Comic Con still missed out, and not for lack of trying. I got in line for that 12:30pm Doctor Who panel at 6am...and still couldn't make it into the room. Not being able to see the trailer after all that feels like such a slap in the face.


@Karin_h So according to you if I would want to see exclusives, like the doctor who 50th trailer, I should spent THOUSANDS of EUROS (cus i'm overseas) to see it? I don't know if you got that kind of money sitting around but I certainly haven't.

And if it wasn't for the overseas moviefans a lot of US movies wouldn't have done that great...

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@rmulnprncss8472 I was going to mention that as a probability, but had no anecdotes to back it up. Thank you for saying it, and I'm really sorry :(


@JefWithOneF Thank you. I was so frustrated, and the only consolation at the time was that the trailer was bound to pop up online soon. The fact that it doesn't appear to be coming out in the near future just makes me sad.

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