In the 10 days since Paramount announced they would not be doing any movie panels (including for Star Trek) at Comic-Con, the world of fandom has been going through the various stages of grief, and apparently some are still in the denial phase. Some websites are even questioning TrekMovie’s recent update on Comic Con. And G4 TV is running a new Comic Con Preview Show which is fueling the conspiracy theories.
Does G4 know something?
G4 TV is running a Comic Con preview show hosted by Blair Butler and Chris Gore which was actually shot at the Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas. It covers all aspects of Comic Con, but frequently referred to how one of the most exciting things about Comic Con will be learning more about JJ Abrams Star Trek. The hour-long show first aired the evening of July 2nd and has been repeating since. Many have emailed TrekMovie about this G4 show and another website has even used it to bring into question TrekMovie’s update from last week.
Screenrant notes "I’m certainly not disputing TrekMovie’s sources… but…" and concludes that it is "not bloody likely" that Paramount would be skipping Comic Con. Screenrant looks to the G4 report and concluded that G4 was "quite obviously connected to sources" at Paramount who made it "quite clear that there would be some sort of major preview and/or news about J.J. Abrams much anticipated Star Trek reboot." However, TrekMovie has checked with G4 and a producer tells TrekMovie that they do not have any specific information about Star Trek, and G4 had just assumed that Paramount would have a panel (as they did last year). This was a resonable assumption three weeks ago, when the preview was shot at Star Trek The Experience. This was well before the Paramount announcement and was just bad timing.
…but what about the ad?
Screenrant isn’t the only site doing this kind of speculating. Pop Culture Geek also points to our update, but notes that Paramount’s Star Trek movie is an official sponsor of the Comic Con website, running ads on the left column of the site. They conclude therefore:
Sorry Trekmovie.com, I’m just not buying it. I’ll believe there’s no Paramount panel when I see it for myself.
Again this is just a coincidence. A spokesperson for Paramount has again confirmed with TrekMovie that they have no plans to hold a panel for Trek. The sponsorship was something set up long ago and is not indication that there is some kind of panel.
Sometimes a no panel announcement is just a no panel announcement
It is understandable that some find it hard to believe that Paramount would not hold a panel for Star Trek, but as of now that is what they are saying. Bear in mind this is not Trek-specific. They are also not doing panels for their other 2009 movies like Transformers 2 and G.I. Joe. This is not an indication that they have no faith in Trek or their other films. Nor is it some elaborate conspiracy to roll out some big surprise. They just decided to skip panels at Comic Con. That being said, Paramount will have a booth and there will be some Star Trek ‘presence’ at the booth.
It is possible that this presence can go beyond just some new marketing materials and there are still talks going on regarding Comic Con and Star Trek. But there is not any kind of ‘secret surprise panel.’ TrekMovie will continue to keep track of any movement on Paramount’s end and will provide more updates as Comic Con approaches.