X-Men: Apocalypse mutants reunite on Comic-Con’s main stage

Fox brought its superhero movies to Comic-Con’s biggest stage on Saturday. Fans in the San Diego convention center’s enormous Hall H were excited for a first look at X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as further glimpses at Deadpool and Fantastic Four.

But first the studio kicked off its presentation with a new trailer for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to last year’s dystopian YA adaptation. Returning director Wes Ball took the stage, along with the film’s stars Dylan O’Brien and Giancarlo Esposito, and James Dashner, author of the books.

Scorch Trials, which picks up immediately after the events of the first film, is “going to throw us into a really cool third movie,” Ball said.

Fox also screened a terrifying clip of the film’s new monsters — which look like zombies sprouting roots — chasing O’Brien and Rosa Salazar. “We have a little bit of a horror movie on our hands,” Ball said.

“It’s one of my favorite films to do,” said Esposito, calling it “an honor.”

Next up was a trailer for Victor Frankenstein, the offbeat take on the Mary Shelley classic. The film stars James McAvoy as the titular doctor and Daniel Radcliffe as his assistant Igor, and the trailer had a distinct Sherlock-ian vibe, with the duo’s relationship front and center.

“It’s a love story between these two men really,” said director Paul McGuigan, who was joined on stage by McAvoy and Radcliffe, the latter donning a baseball cap featuring Frankenstein’s monster and emblazoned with the words “Frankie goes to Hollywood.”

Asked if Victor respects Igor, McAvoy said: “Like Liam Neeson in the film Taken, Victor realizes that Igor has a very particular set of skills.” Their discussion delved into the film’s homoeroticism — “I am a walking penis joke,” McAvoy quipped — and at one point, McAvoy pushed Radcliffe up against the wall, to demonstrate the sexual undercurrents of their first scene.

Radcliffe described the relationship between Victor and Igor as perhaps a desperate one. “I’m trying to pull him back from the edge of insanity,” Radcliffe said.

Fox also screened a scary clip in which the pair attempt to reanimate an animal corpse.

Meanwhile, backstage, McAvoy posed with Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds for this X-Men gem of a photo:


These 2!!! Trouble!

A photo posted by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman) on Jul 11, 2015 at 6:27pm PDT


By the time Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell took the stage, fans were in a frenzy. The cast was joined by director Josh Trank and producer Simon Kinberg.

Teller talked about trying to play a more realistic version of Reed Richards, and Kebbell, who plays the film’s antagonist Victor von Doom, “the best villain of all time in any comic book.”

And Jordan, who plays Johnny Storm/the Human Torch, said the filmmakers “were very thoughtful in the process of making this film, about what the fans were thinking.”

Fox showed the final trailer for the just-completed Fantastic Four, and then Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds took the stage.

A clip from the film showed the smart-mouthed anti-hero sitting on a chair in a darkened room, smoking a pipe. “Let’s take these broken wings and learn to f–king fly,” he says.

Reynolds was joined on stage by co-stars Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein and Gina Carano, as well as director Tim Miller, who called the Merc with a Mouth “the perfect character for our time.”

“It’s an absolute miracle that a studio let us make Deadpool, let alone a rated-R Deadpool,” Reynolds said to raucous cheers from the audience. “No matter what the rating is though, babies will love this!”

The panel itself took an R-rated turn as T.J. Miller joked about the Internet. “Most of you have seen horses f–k before you had your first kiss,” the comedian shot to the audience.

Tim Miller said he was surprised 20th Century Fox gave him so much freedom with the film. “They didn’t question anything we did even though they should have,” the director said.

But judging from the Hall H audience’s response to the film’s first (no doubt red-band) trailer — which was dirty, violent, and funny, and also offered a glimpse of Colossus — the studio has nothing to worry about; the trailer brought the audience to its feet, and the crowd began chanting, “One more time! One more time!” Fox obliged and played the trailer again.

The energy in the room kept crackling for the Fox panel headliner X-Men: Age of Apocalypse. The presentation began with a screening of Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman’s audition reel. “Playing the legend that is Wolverine is the greatest part I’ve had in my life,” the actor said.

Jackman introduced director Bryan Singer, and then to deafening cheers from the audience, nearly the entire cast — Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Olivia Munn, Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Lucas Till and Lana Condor.

The studio showed off a trailer cut from the first five weeks of filming. The teaser opens with Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey having a premonition of the end of the world, and climaxes with a shot of McAvoy’s Charles Xavier, completely bald, in Professor X’s hallmark wheelchair.

Turner said she was in awe of Famke Janssen’s performance as Jean Grey in the earlier X-Men films. “Famke portrayed Jean so beautifully,” she said. “I was like, ‘Gotta live up to that one.’” Condor raved about Jubilee’s “sick sense of fashion.” And Lawrence said her character is in this film is more Raven than Mystique.

And then, to complete Fox’s comic book lineup, Stan Lee came out on stage to take a selfie with the cast, soon followed by Channing Tatum, sporting a selfie stick and a Gambit T-shirt. (The Tatum-starring Gambit is slated for an October 2016 release.) Check out the all-star moment in the video below:

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