20th Century Fox comes to Comic-Con International: San Diego's Hall H, with plans to talk about Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days of Future Past - Rogue Cut, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, as well as non-superhero genre films like Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails and Victor Frankenstein.
And the superhero portion of the panel begins with the cast of Fantastic Four taking the stage, including director Josh Trank and screenwriter/executive producer Simon Kinberg
"I have not been to Comic-Con since I was 15," Trank revealed. "I stopped coming because it got too Hollywood. So this is ironic."
Kinberg begins talking about the film by describing Trank's pitch for Marvel's first family.
"Fantastic Four is a more grounded, dramatic, emotional, character driven story," said Kinberg, who also works on the X-Men franchise. "It's more science than science fiction."
Miles Teller, who plays Reed Richards, talks about his role and the preperation for it. He describes receiving books about quantum physica from Trank.
"You approach it very honestly and I loved the opportunity."
Teller reveals that he'd had an interest in the superhero genre in films for sometimes, mentioning a possible chance to play Spider-Man "came and went."
Kate Mara then revealed how she didn't know much about the Fantastic Four prior to being approached for this film, but said she liked Trank's take and the family aspects of the movie.
Michael B. Jordan describes working on the film as if "living out a childhood dream," and hits upon the history of the concept back to the original comic books.
"You gotta respect the history and legacy of the Fantastic Four, being Marvel's first family," Jordan says.
Toby Kebbel, who plays Doctor Doom, calls his character "the best villain" ever.
"He's driven by ego," Kebbel states. "He allows his ego to run riot. I think it's very relatable; whenever you lose your temper and you think you should apologize, but when you're a villain you find a twist so you're always right."
And with that, the lights dimmed to show what's being dubbed as the "final" Fantastic Four trailer.
The new trailer begins with a young Reed Richards talking inside a classroom about wanting the ability to teleport, and then revealing he'd already done it successfully. He then attempts one of his experiments but it causes a blackout.
Fast-forward a couple years, and Teller as Reed is working in a lab.
Then cut to the assembled team walking through a volcano-like place and odd-looking lava.
Next up, they jump straight to a new Deadpool trailer. Very quick cuts, but lots of adult language. The intro is done in a Masterpiece Theater style presentation.
And back to the panel, Ryan Reynolds is on stage.
"Looks like it's time to make the chimi-f'ing-changa," Reynolds says.
Reynolds is joined by co-stars Tim Miller, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller and Briana Hildebrand.
When asked about the film's ratng Reynolds quips that "No matter what the rating is, babies will love this."
It's revealed that Skrein's Ajax is the main villain of Deadpool, but is also described as the person who creates Deadpool.
Reynolds just cuts a dig at DC and his Green Lantern movie.
"I've only done one proper -- sorry, not proper -- superhero movie, and I didn't even get a suit then," Reynolds says, referring to the fact that the GL suit was all CGI. "The [Deadpool] suit changes everything."
Baccarin calls her character Vanessa a "bad-ass" love interest for Reynolds' Deadpool.
"She gives him lip," the Gotham star says," but not necessarily the talking kind."
Briana Hildebrand reveals that she had a crush on Reynolds when she was younger, with her co-star retorting, "I guess I was her Joey Lawrence."
Hildebrand also revealed that her character, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, is a 15 year old trainee of Colossus.
Skrein talks about his Ajax character, revealing that he runs a workshop where the pre-Deadpool Wade Wilson comes to be healed. Instead, he's given him powers and other modifications.
Carano's Angel Dust is described as a henchwoman for Ajax.
The camraderie between the cast seems enormously positive, with them poking (and swaring) at each other and with director Tim Miller. Reynolds talks about Miller crying repeatedly on set.
"The Merc with a Mouth's mouth is at no times shut," Reynolds said, referring to the character's finale in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. "They promised me that. Deadpool is everything you love about comics. It's a guy who is going to break the fourth wall. It's the most faithful representation of a supersuit from the comics to the screen"
And now they throw to some more footage.
Again, like the intro footage, very quick cuts with a lot going on - and a lot of profanity. One scene has Wilson talking to a girlfriend about his cancer and she warns him not to do anything rash, but he ends up going to Ajax's workshop.
The short footage ends, with the fans in attendance standing up and shouting "one more time!".
Panel moderator Chris Hardwick: "F- it! Let's show it again!"
They then run an extended version of the original Deadpool test footage from before the film, with him fighting terrorists in an SUV. The end comes with Colossus appearing and bashing Deadpool into a car.
Then, some scenes from the movie including one with Deadpool showing his scarred face to TJ Miller's Weasel.
"Motherf--, you are hard to look at," Weasel says. "You look like Freddie Krueger f--d a topographical map of Utah."
Lots of quick cuts, including one in a strip club with Wilson saying "F--- Liefeld," even.
The songs over the trailer were tracks from DMX and Salt-n-Pepa, interestingly enough.
They then segue to the X-Men, running a retrospective including Hugh Jackman's original audition tape to be Wolverine in X-Men.
Jackman then takes the stage (his second time, after appearing earlier for Warner Bros.' Pan).
"Playing the legend that is Wolverine has been the greatest part of my life," says Jackman. "I'm here today for one major reason, and that's to thank the fans. I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
The Australian actor goes on to confirm that the next Wolverine movie will be his last, before introducing Bryan Singer as "the one, the only, the amazing genius."
Singer reveals that they're halfway through filming X-Men: Apocalypse, before circling back to talk about meeting for the first time at Jackman's audition.
Singer then turns to introduce more actors to the stage; Evan Peters, Lucas Till, Lana Condor, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Kodi Smit McPhee, Angela Shipp, Sophie Tunner, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Munn and Ben Hardy. Also coming back onstage is Simon Kinberg.
Singer and Jackman have a funny moment as the actor is ushered offstage due to it being packed so much with the X-Men: Apocalypse cast.
Singer then describes X-Men: Apocalypse as taking place ten years after X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Now showing some footage minus the visual effects. As with all of the footage shown, very quick cuts. Here'ssome highlights:
- Opening showed Jean Grey seeing telepathically a future where much of the world is destroyed with nuclear blasts. Professor X, nearby, asks what she saw, with her relating that it was "the end of the world."
- Then a voice-over by Isaac as Apocalypse talking about how he's seen by others as a god and lists ones he's played.
- Mention of "cults" that worship mutants.
- Then Isaac is revealed as Apocalypse, but wearing a hood. Fassbender as Magneto asks, "who the F--- are you?" Apocalypse looks very close to Walt Simonson's original design from X-Factor.
- A group shot, including Storm -- mohawk included.
- Another scene of Apocalypse seemingly controling other mutants (ala the Horsemen of comic books?), with a mutants vs. mutants scene including Ben Hardy as Archangel.
- Brief bit of Munn as Psylocke, McPhee as Nightcrawler, and Sheridan as Cyclops.
- Final scene in the trailer is McAvoy as Xavier, bald and in a wheelchair, wearing a blue suit. Then text, "Prepare for the Apocalypse."
Back to the panel, and McAvoy opens by saying that "I can now finally say Patrick Stewart doesn't have sh-- on me."
Fassbender describes Magneto at the beginning of the movie as having "hung up his cape and left his evil ways behind."
Oscar Isaac describes Apocalypse's views on the world.
"This world that we have, it's not the world it should have been because god's been asleep. But then god wakes up," Isaac says, referring to Apocalypse. "Much like a cult leader, he sees people that need something.. that want something.. and he exploits that."
Sophie Turner relates how Famke Janssen's portrayal of Jean Grey is something she's attempting to "live up" to.
Nicholas Hoult chimes in that "I can't think because I'm still psyched about the Deadpool trailer," which illicits a laugh from the audience.
Hardwick turns his attention to Munn, relating how she used to cover this as part of Attack of the Show and is now in the films.
"This is like the mothership calling me home," says Munn.
Hardy calls his metal wings as Archangel "serious badass wings."
And now they're going to show the previous footage again.
After the footage, the Fantastic Four and Deadpool cast (and Jackman) join the X-Men: Apocalypse cast on stage for for a massive selfie. Then out walks Stan Lee.
"I tell you, this is ridiculous," Lee quips. "I'm going to take the picture!"
Lee finds himself without a camera though, leading Channing Tatum (in a Gambit shirt) to walk in and hand the X-Men co-creator a camera.
"Now that's the way to end a panel," says Lee.