Earlier today, we got an epic DC Comics Cast photo that brings the actors and directors of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad together for the first time. Not to be out done, 20th Century Fox has also gathered the casts of their upcoming movies for one giant earth-shattering photo, and it's pretty special. EW has the exclusive which includes stars from X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Gambit and Fantastic Four.
All four movies were represented at 20th Century Fox's huge Hall H panel at Comic-Con this past Saturday, and included both heroes and villains, and anti-heroes from all four franchises. The films work in creating a new Marvel Cinematic Universe separate from what Marvel Studios is doing at Disney. Most of the major players participated, and can be seen in this photo, suitable for printing and hanging in your office cubicle. The players include Channing Tatum (Gambit), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm), Miles Teller (Reed Richards), Kate Mara (Sue Storm), Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm), Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Olivia Munn (Psylocke), James McAvoy (Professor X), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), and Evan Peters (Quicksilver). While fans await a big screen crossover with all of these characters, this might be as close as we get for awhile.
These four movies will help kick off Fox's own Marvel universe in a big way this summer, when Fantastic Four arrives in August. That will set the stage for Deadpool, who is getting a 2016 Valentine's debut. This standalone adventure is noteworthy for including two X-men, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, both of whom were seen in the first teaser trailer that debuted at the Con. Later in 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse will arrive as the first big superhero movie of the summer. It will then be followed by Gambit in October.
Fox has plans for 2017 outlined as well, with Wolverine 3 already set for March. While at SDCC, Hugh Jackman did confirm that this will be his last turn as the indestructible Mutant Logan. He teased the Old Man Logan storyline for the sequel, and there was plenty of hints that we may see him pop in both Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse. There was no confirmation on a cameo. But the actor did set up the possibility that a new Wolverine actor might be announced at a future date in San Diego. Perhaps we'll hear who takes the claws in July 2018.
It's strongly rumored that X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer will return to take the helm on The Fantastic Four 2, which is already set with a June 2017 release date. It is believed that this will be followed by the aforementioned X-Men Crossover, also to be directed by Bryan Singer. But he, nor the actors, were able to confirm anything of that nature in Hall H. One character who won't be participating is Deadpool. Before the festivities kicked off last week, Ryan Reynolds said in a widely reported interview that, because his character spends a great deal of time breaking the fourth wall to talk to the audience, it just wouldn't work in the other movies as they are currently set up. He also wants fans to know that the Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine is completely different than the one that will be seen in the standalone movie.
"[Deadpool] was done briefly in Wolverine Origins ... which is a movie that was shot. Deadpool appearing in Origins is not the Deadpool we are representing in this film in any way, shape, or form."
The same can be said for Channing Tatum's Gambit, another character that appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Only that time, he was played by Taylor Kitsch. As you can see in the photo, 20th Century Fox is keen on establishing a strong family dynamic that will resonate through their upcoming superhero movies well into the future. What do you think?