CCI writes, “While we are buoyed by the rollout of the vaccine and the growing number of individuals being inoculated, it appears that July will still be too early to safely hold an in-person event of the magnitude of Comic-Con. For this reason, we have made the challenging decision to postpone Comic-Con 2021 as an in-person gathering until our 2022 dates, and once again hold this year’s celebration as the free online Comic-Con@Home. Unfortunately, the challenges of this past year and the multiple postponements of our two largest events have left us with limited financial resources, so this year the online experience will be reduced to a three-day event, spanning July 23-25, 2021.
CCI also clarifies that attendees who rolled their 2020 badges over to 2021 will have their badges again rolled over to 2022. Those who prefer a refund can submit a request through the Comic-Con website.
As CCI notes in its statement, this cancellation reflects the fact that the entertainment industry is still struggling to return to normalcy in 2021, even as the COVID-19 vaccine is becoming more prevalent. A number of upcoming movies have seen further pandemic-related delays this year, while Paramount is the latest studio to begin pursuing a more aggressive theatrical/streaming release strategy. However, as of mid-February, Disney has no plans to release the long-delayed Black Widow on Disney+.
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CCI has yet to reveal an event lineup for Comic-Con@Home. Stay tuned to IGN for more Comic-Con news as it develops. And in case you missed out on our virtual IGN Fan Fest event, check out all the big Fan Fest announcements and reveals.
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