As expected, 20th Century Fox's Hall H panel featured the highly-anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse, even though production has only been under way for five weeks. The superhero sequel brought the studio's panel to a close, after The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Victor Frankenstein, Fantastic Four and Deadpool. Even though production has just started, director Bryan Singer did give fans a glimpse of the first footage. But first, fans were treated to a brief celebration of the entire X-Men franchise, 15 years in the making. The sizzle reel featured a montage of footage from the entire series, including the original 1999 audition tape of an up and coming Australian actor named Hugh Jackman, who came out on the stage, thanking the fans for supporting his work throughout the years, while teasing a potential story line for his upcoming Wolverine 3, referencing the audition tape from 1999.
"I can't believe how young I used to look and three words... Old Man Logan. That's all I'm saying. I know they killed off Wolverine in the comic books recently, but in the movies he's still alive."
Oddly enough, the rumor that the Old Man Logan story line will be used in Wolverine 3 was debunked last month. Regardless of what the story will be, Hugh Jackman confirmed that Wolverine 3 will in fact be the last time he plays Logan.
"This next time is my last time putting on the claws, one last time. This has been the greatest thing that's ever happened to me. I can tell you, the fans in this room, I can say this will be the best one yet."
The actor then brought director Bryan Singer on to the stage, who cast him as Logan over 15 years ago. After a brief exchange about how the actor was cast, the director stated to him, back in 1999, "Whether the film sucks or not, you'll be Wolverine forever," which the actor revealed he is still grateful for. Bryan Singer then introduced the X-Men: Apocalypse cast, Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Lucas Till (Havok), Lana Condor (Jubilee), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), James McAvoy (Professor X), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), Olivia Munn (Psylocke), Ben Hardy (Angel), Alexandra Shipp (Storm) and writer-producer Simon Kinberg. Realizing there weren't enough chairs for Hugh Jackman, he proceeded to sit on Jennifer Lawrence's lap, before Bryan Singer pointed out that the actor has been in every single X-Men movie, although he has yet to be confirmed for X-Men: Apocalypse. An awkward exchange ensued, which possibly hinted that we may see Wolverine in X-Men: Apocalypse. The director then confirmed that the sequel is set in the year 1983, 10 years after X-Men: Days of Future Past, before showing fans the first footage. He prefaced this by saying that this is after only five weeks of shooting, and that the effects aren't completed yet.
The footage started with Jean Grey having a vision of the end of the world, before Professor X calls her to his bedside, seemingly indicating that he has become her mentor. The footage also sets up that, in 1983, mutants have become accepted by society, and we see Rose Byrne's Moira McTaggert saying that some are viewing mutants as "gods," which segues into Apocalypse, who is heard in voice over comparing himself to a God, before we see him wearing a hood, where he is approached by Magneto who says "Who the f--k are you?' Another scene shows Apocalypse flanked by Storm, Jubilee, Angel, Psylocke and Magneto, teasing that some of them may be his "Four Horsemen." We learn that Apocalypse has the ability to control other mutants, and there is also another scene where Magneto is pulling Xavier by his wheelchair, with Apocalypse, Psylocke and Storm, as Mystique yells at him to stop. We also see Professor X wearing the Cerebro helmet, saying that Apocalypse seems to be giving him more power, before the final shot showed a bald Xavier in a wheelchair.
During the Q&A session, Jennifer Lawrence said that her character is more Raven than Mystique in this film.
"I'm more Raven. She didn't wanna be the face of a world that she felt didn't exist."
Michael Fassbender added that the film opens with Magneto as a more "simple guy."
"When we meet him in this film he's more of a simple guy. He's sort of living a normal life and has kind of hung up his cape and his evil ways, and that's where we discover him."
Oscar Isaac also added some insight into his Apocalypse character.
"This world that we have, it's not the world that should've been. God's just been asleep, and God wakes up and realizes what's happened and says 'It's gotta change.'"
The two-hour panel came to a close with the casts of Fantastic Four and Deadpool joining X-Men: Apocalypse for a massive superhero selfie. Stan Lee then came out and offered to take the picture, when the audience was treated to one final surprise: Channing Tatum arriving on stage wearing a Gambit shirt, helping to take the photo as the panel came to a close. It isn't known when the X-Men: Apocalypse footage will be made available, but until then, we have a number of videos from the panel to check out. Do you think X-Men: Apocalypse will be a huge hit when it debuts in theaters next May?