Could 20th Century Fox be looking to do the same thing?
That's certainly a possibility if you read between the lines of director Bryan Singer's latest tweet from the production offices of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Showing an in-production set that appears to be one of the long hallways Singer used in X-Men and X2: X-Men United, the director asked, "How many days until Comic-Con?", and then tagged "SDCC" and the film's name in the post.
You can check out the tweet below.
How many days until @comic_con? #XMen #DaysofFuturePast #SDCC twitter.com/BryanSinger/st…Singer stated yesterday that Days of Future Past is set to begin filming on April 15, by which point Iron Man 3 hadn't even yet finalized casting of its villain, who appeared briefly in the footage screened at San Diego. In spite of what's likely to be a hugely involved process of getting high-profile actors into the same place at the same time and a lot of digital post-production work, would Singer and Fox try to keep up the tradition and give fans something to get excited about in July?
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) February 20, 2013