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Comic Con: The Fox movies panel! The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past!

Jul. 21, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Comic Con has revealed quite a bit in regards to X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, from Sentinal heads to character posters, but we’ve yet to see any footage, particularly of the “future” aspect. Leave it to Comic Con to unveil that kind of awesome.

But first, there’s a certain mutant that had his day in court: THE WOLVERINE. Director James Mangold stepped out on stage and introduced an actionriffic sizzle reel shown in 3D that serves as a kind of wrap up of badassery, splicing in a shit ton of action footage from the release, which includes the titular character once again saying “Go f*ck yourself” in an X-film. There was plenty of unseen footage, including a scene were THE WOLVERINE pulls a katana from his chest after killing a samurai. “What kind of monster are you?”

“I’m the Wolverine.”

Hugh Jackmen then came onstage with Mangold and the two talked about how happy they were to work on the project, with Jackman saying that we would finally get to see “the berserker rage in full.”  Mangold mentioned the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller mini series a number of times as a reference point for the film. Jackman, ever the classy and humble guy, called up Len Wein, the creator of Wolverine to shake his hand and thank him for his career, which is probably one of the coolest and respectable things I’ve seen an actor do in a long time.

Once done with THE WOLVERINE presentation, Hugh Jackman segued without a beat by introducing director Bryan Singer, who emerged a little nervously and quickly moved to the presentation of the teaser for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST in 3D.

Without doing a complete blow by blow of the entire thing, I’ll hit the highlights:

The trailer begins with voice over by Patrick Stewart’s Professor X under Hans Zimmer’s INCEPTION score. The images dissolve into a number of scenes, many of them looking like an apocalyptic future showing off Halle Berry as Storm, Shawn Ashemore as Iceman, Ellen Page as Kitty Pride, Anna Paquin as Rogue (and rocking what looks like the green and white outfit finally) and then Wolverine and Professor X wearing souped up futuristic battle gear. When they cut to a close up of Wolverine you can clearly see that he has the gray-striped hair that’s synonymous with the Days of Future Past storyline.

Professor X says something to the effect of “I need you to help me as I did you” and proceeds to say “Guide me. Lead me. Be patient with me,” which prompts Wolverine to say “Patience isn’t my strong suit.” Then, we cut into a series of action sequences under the pumping INCEPTION score, showing old and new favorites in various forms of action from both the modern era and the ‘70’s, including Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellan, Omar Sy (as Bishop), and James McAvoy as a long-haired, obviously stressed out Professor X. We see shots of President Nixon, Peter Dinklage (who is revealed to be Bolivar Trask), Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Ian McKellen in an updated Magneto costume, Boo Boo Stewart as Warpath, Fan Bingbing as Blink, and so much more. The teaser ends with the Patrick Stewart Professor X face-to-face with the James McAvoy Professor X saying something to the effect of we “need you to come back.”

For me, the teaser represented the X-MEN film I wanted back in 2000, which is an epic, full-scale X-film that traverses all the boundaries of its vast universe. The action is big, refined and it finally starts to realize the full potential of the mutant universe. The merging of the themes, costumes, and timeframes in the films has finally caught up to those in the comics and it’s got me excited for the X-MEN again.

The panel afterwards revealed the massive cast of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PRESENT, including Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Halle Berry, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, and Shawn Ashmore, who all took the stage and did some Q&A.

Director Bryan Singer said that he likes “ensemble films” and even though it was a bit of a nightmare to coordinate such a large cast, he prefers it, pointing out that he started with that kind of cast with THE USUAL SUSPECTS. Halle Berry seemed to be perplexed that Storm never “gets any love” in terms of a romantic counterpart, while Anna Paquin said it was “incredible” to come back after 13 years, as she was 17 when hired for the first X-MEN and has since had a rather fortuitous career.

Hugh Jackman once again reiterated that he was “up for” a Wolverine team up with the other side of the Marvel fence, but relented that it’s up to people way above his head. Screenwriter Simon Kinberg stated that the new film is really about the original stories in the comics and honoring the source material, which seemed to make many fans happy.

Evan Peters, the newest and somewhat controversial team member as Quicksilver (the same character being “introduced” in THE AVENGERS sequel) simply stated that his take on the character was that he was “very fast; talks quick, moves quick” which prompted Michael Fassbender to say, “He’s got excellent genes,” eluding to the father-son aspect of Quicksilver to Magneto. Singer also stated that Quicksilver’s costume will be of the ‘70’s era, but didn’t specify what that meant.

Lastly, the panel was asked which X-Man they’d like to play if not the one they were already cast, with the surprising answers coming from Hugh Jackman, who said he’d like to be Deadpool and James McAvoy, who said he’d like to be Gambit.

All said in done, I have a newfound buzz for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PRESENT, which really looks like the evolution of our favorite mutants that many of us have hoped for. One thing is for sure: it’s going to be the biggest of all the X-films, either literally, figuratively, or hopefully both.

THE WOLVERINE opens on July 26, 2013, followed by X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST on May 23, 2014.

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10:31AM on 07/22/2013
Dammit, between this article and the material released last week, I'm starting to think that all my criticisms of this movie were wrong. It's starting to sound like maybe Singer does have a handle on things. And the idea that they might be using actual comic costumes sounds very promising! I'm starting to gain some serious interest for this, maybe if the studios would release the comic-con footage online it would push me onto the other side officially. But that's just wishful thinking.
Dammit, between this article and the material released last week, I'm starting to think that all my criticisms of this movie were wrong. It's starting to sound like maybe Singer does have a handle on things. And the idea that they might be using actual comic costumes sounds very promising! I'm starting to gain some serious interest for this, maybe if the studios would release the comic-con footage online it would push me onto the other side officially. But that's just wishful thinking.
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5:02PM on 07/21/2013

It has to be said:

The merging of the First Class movie with the original X-Men movie series makes ZERO sense because of the continuity breaks that First Class created.
The merging of the First Class movie with the original X-Men movie series makes ZERO sense because of the continuity breaks that First Class created.
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12:08PM on 07/21/2013
Now that is an impressive line-up!
Now that is an impressive line-up!
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5:11PM on 07/21/2013
so Rogue will finally use one of the comics suits??? thats is Awesome!!!!!

Cant wait to see her look now! hope Fox releases all the promo pics in the upcoming weeks, and the trailer of course!
so Rogue will finally use one of the comics suits??? thats is Awesome!!!!!

Cant wait to see her look now! hope Fox releases all the promo pics in the upcoming weeks, and the trailer of course!
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5:23AM on 07/21/2013
What a sexy, talented panel. This rivals that of the Avengers panel from a couple years ago. I am still waiting to see footage, but this panel sounds like it was excellent. I just wish there was more from Peter Dinklage. That guy is awesome!
What a sexy, talented panel. This rivals that of the Avengers panel from a couple years ago. I am still waiting to see footage, but this panel sounds like it was excellent. I just wish there was more from Peter Dinklage. That guy is awesome!
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3:53AM on 07/21/2013
How mind blowing it must have been to see the entire cast at the panel.

Love the X-Men films and everytime a new entry comes out, I can't help but get excited. The animated cartoon was my life as a little kid and Wolverine is my favorite superhero of all time. I'm very much looking forward to the Wolverine next week and seeing how they tie the film with Days of Future Past which already sounds amazing by the teaser description alone.
How mind blowing it must have been to see the entire cast at the panel.

Love the X-Men films and everytime a new entry comes out, I can't help but get excited. The animated cartoon was my life as a little kid and Wolverine is my favorite superhero of all time. I'm very much looking forward to the Wolverine next week and seeing how they tie the film with Days of Future Past which already sounds amazing by the teaser description alone.
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3:13AM on 07/21/2013
It seems all the Marvel movies, be they from Fox, Sony or Marvel Studios, really pulled out all the stops with their comic con presentations. I was all kinds of frustrated standing outside and waiting in line knowing something awesome like this was going on...though just quite how awesome, I didn't know till now. Damn, they got everyone out for this! I know lots of us schmoes have been quick to form our opinions and the roster for the film is nothing short of staggering, but Bryan Singer has
It seems all the Marvel movies, be they from Fox, Sony or Marvel Studios, really pulled out all the stops with their comic con presentations. I was all kinds of frustrated standing outside and waiting in line knowing something awesome like this was going on...though just quite how awesome, I didn't know till now. Damn, they got everyone out for this! I know lots of us schmoes have been quick to form our opinions and the roster for the film is nothing short of staggering, but Bryan Singer has done great work in the world of the X-Men and I think he should be given a chance with his return to that world.
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2:22AM on 07/21/2013
whats this im hearing that Marvel announced the sequel to Avengers is about Ultron?
whats this im hearing that Marvel announced the sequel to Avengers is about Ultron?
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2:38AM on 07/21/2013
Yes. The second Avengers movie is officially titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Yes. The second Avengers movie is officially titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
2:04AM on 07/21/2013

Pure EPICNESS!

X-Men: Days of Future Past is gonna be FUCKIN' AWESOME! Seeing the original X-Men cast and the new cast all on stage together GAVE ME LIFE. I'm a huge X-Men fan and this film is gonna OWN 2014.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is gonna be FUCKIN' AWESOME! Seeing the original X-Men cast and the new cast all on stage together GAVE ME LIFE. I'm a huge X-Men fan and this film is gonna OWN 2014.
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1:33AM on 07/21/2013

CALLING IT RIGHT NOW!

My balls are tingling just seeing this huge cast on the panel. THE WOLVERINE is going to be the definitive Wolverine film that fans want and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST will most certainly be THE X-Men film that will make fanboys bust a fat nut. It's going to be great, folks!
My balls are tingling just seeing this huge cast on the panel. THE WOLVERINE is going to be the definitive Wolverine film that fans want and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST will most certainly be THE X-Men film that will make fanboys bust a fat nut. It's going to be great, folks!
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1:28AM on 07/21/2013

Cant wait for The Wolverine!

Love the Xmen franchise! When I look at these pictures it really dawns on you how perfect the casting was for this franchise!
Love the Xmen franchise! When I look at these pictures it really dawns on you how perfect the casting was for this franchise!
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12:11AM on 07/21/2013
I'm still nervous with this ever-ballooning production, but I'll be damned if I'm not already giddy with excitement already!
I'm still nervous with this ever-ballooning production, but I'll be damned if I'm not already giddy with excitement already!
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