Closing out CBR's Saturday live coverage of San Diego's Comic-Con International, 20th Century Fox brings its massive lineup of superhero films to Hall H for early previews and Q&A with the casts and crews of "Fantastic Four," "Deadpool," "X-Men: Apocalypse," and more. Chris Hardwick moderated the panel.
The first movie up was "Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, showing its first preview."
James Dashner, Wes Ball, Dylan O'Brien, Rosa Salazar., Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Giancarlo Esposito took the stage.
O'Brien said "Thomas is, for the first time, feeling defeated, and maybe angry," "crushed with guilt" after the end of the first film.
Salazar was seeing the trailer for the first time, and said "it looks like the movie we set out to make." "It's so emotional for me to watch this."
Brodie-Sangster said that his character Newt was finding himself "in a world where he has no power and everything is new to him," but is holding on to "being the constant source of encouragement to everyone and seeing the best in people."
Esposito said his character Jorge is "every bit as explosive as Gus Fring, but with a little more of a heart."
Another clip showed the Cranks, the new monster for the sequel, "fast-zombie" type creatures that hide within caves and strike without warning.
Next came a trailer for "Victor Frankenstein." Paul McGuigan, Daniel Radcliffe, and James McAvoy took the stage.
"It's a love story between these two guys who need each other," McGuigan said of Victor and Igor. "It's also about giving the name back to the doctor," rather than the popular assumption that Frankenstein is the name of the monster.
"At the beginning, Igor is kept in abject conditions where he's being treated as less than human," Radcliffe said of his character. Victor rescues him, but then "begins to lose his goddamn mind." Igor eventually becomes "the only one who sees him at his best, so he's the only one who would want to save him."
McAboy said this is the movie for "people who want to see Daniel Radcliffe abused." Radcliff joked, "oh yeah, but it's ok, I bounce."
Asked whether Victor sees Igor as his equal, "I think that like Liam Neeson in Taken, he recognizes that he has a very particular set of skills," and sees that he can use him. "But through all that he comes to love him."
"That ego and obsession with science ... gets in the way of loving him and seeing him as his equal. And that's when he gest abusive," McAvoy said. "Every time he says, no, I don't think that's a good idea, that's when he gets his head ripped off."
McAvoy said that, in Mary Shelley's original, "I felt like something was missing." "He's kind of crazy just because he was," whereas the film gives him reasons. "And he doesn't get better halfway through the book."
McGuigan said Max Landis "cherry picked the best bits from the movie and the book," ultimately "creating his own monster."
McAvoy spoke about the physicality of the filming, saying, "We'd go at it for 12 hours a day, every day..."
:"And then we'd film," McGuigan joked.
"I am a walking penis joke," McAvoy said.
From there, the innuendo steamrolled. "Whether you're building a monster, or making love..." Hardwick joked.
Another clip finished off the "Victor Frankenstein" portion, showing Victor and Igor bring a monster monkey to life.
Next up: "Fantastic Four!"
Josh Trank, Simon Kinberg, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell took the stage.
Trank saw the "'Fantastic Four' as an opportunity to explore those characters as I've never seen them before, the tragic origin story" along the lines of the early Kirby stories.
Kinberg said he thought he was burned out on superhero movies, but Trank's take was "more grounded" and "more science than science fiction."
"I consider Reed Richards very much a real person," Teller said of his character, due to Mr. Fantastic's storied history. "You can approach it honestly."
Mara said she'd always wanted to be in a superhero movie and "loved the family aspect" of FF. "I was attracted to a film that is different from what most people have seen."
"You get to know who Sue is before she gets this ability, and how she learns to use it."
Jordan said the film was "like living out a childhood dream."
Bell said Ben Grimm is "every kid, in every town." "He's a bit of an outsider. He has one friend, and it's the genius Reed Richards, who always gets him into trouble and always gets him out of it."
"Ben very much becomes the best version of a hero, the one that protects his friends."
Doom, though, is "the best villain of all time, in any comic book, ever," Kebbel said. "He's just led by ego. Reed Richards might be a little bit better than him, possibly, so I want to destroy him. And I will."
Villains are "very relatable," Kebbel said. Though most people might want to apologize when they've done something wrong, "for a villain, you just find a twist so that you're always right. It's a great way to live." Then, shortly, "Not in real life."
The final "FF" trailer followed. It begins with schoolboy Reed Richards telling his class about his dream of teleportation, and follows through to the transformations and a battle with Doom. "He's stronger than any of us!" Reed: "He's not stronger than all of us."
And now, a message from Deadpool. "From the studio that inexplicably sewed his fucking mouth shut last time..." Deadpool, in Masterpiece Theatre setting, tries to smoke a pipe. But, mask.
Ryan Reynolds came to the stage, and began by decrying the "asshole" who leaked footage last time. But fan enthusiasm got them back to Hall H.
Director Tim Miller followed, along with T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand.
"I think this character inhabits a space in the comic universe that no one else can," Reynolds said. "I think it's a miracle the studio let us make 'Deadpool,' let alone a rated R 'Deadpool.'"
Tim Miller said "it was R, then it was PG, then it was R again."
"No matter the rating, babies will love it," Reynolds said.
Baccarin said "you don't get to see a lot of female romantic leads that kick ass; she gives him lip back, and not always the talking kind."
Harwick joked about HBO not bringing T.J. Miller's "Silicon Valley" to comic con, with Miller replying "What you're going to bring a movie about northern California to southern California?"
Bringing up, as many have, the placards warning panelists that some audience members will be under 18, Miller said, "You'll fucking love this." He then added, "Most of you will see horses fuck before you get your first kiss."
Hildebrand said, "I may or may not have had a huge crush on Ryan Reynolds growing up." Tim Miller, the director, said Hildebrand had photoshopped a picture of herself with Reynolds.
"I was your Joey Lawrence," he said. "I photoshopped myself on to a bunch of pictures of Joey Lawrence."
Talking about going over the line, there were a few times. "I used to call Tim up and say, 'you know that extra joke I said after I got out of the cab? Can you make sure no one ever sees that again?" Reynolds said. "There are any number of organizations that will find me. Miller added that T.J. Miller wrote some "mean" jokes that were hilarious but just couldn't be used. "They were just too mean."
Reynolds said that "at no point in the movie is his mouth sewn shut." "He's the Marc with a Mouth, and he's doing everything he can to annoy the shit out of people 24/7."
Then, some new footage Some choice moments:
- going into surgery, "Just don't make the super suit green-or animated!"
- Meeting Negasonic Teenage Warhead: "What the shit? That's the coolest name ever!"
- Stan Lee MCing a strip club
The trailer got an encore due to fan chanting.
After an "X-Men" retrospective reel including some auditions, Hugh Jackman takes the stage for the next portion.
Jackman said that, watching the reel, "oh man, have I aged! Old Man Logan!"
Jackman reiterated that "Apocalypse" will be his "last time with the claws," showing an image of him with the middle claw up. He then introduced Bryan Singer as the director came to the stage.
Singer said that, on first hiring Jackman, he told the actor, "whether the film sucks or not, you'll be Wolverine for the rest of your life."
"I couldn't be happier," Jackman replied.
More cast arose, Evan Peters, Lucas Till, Lana Condor, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Michael Isaac, Olivia Munn, Ben Hardy, Alexandra, and Simon Kinberg.
Singer said the movie takes place ten years after "Days of Future Past," in a world where mutants are more accepted.
Early footage without finished effects was shown as a teaser. We learn that the revelation of mutants has led to cults around the phenomenon, and get a look at Apocalypse and a bald-headed Xavier.
Apocalypse's message to mutants is simple: "You are all my children, and you are blind because you follow blind leaders."
Lawrence said her character is more Raven than Mystique this time around, saying "she doesn't want to be the face of a world she doesn't believe in."
Fassbender said his character has "given up his cape and his evil ways" at the start of the film, but he gets drawn inevitably into the conflict. And of course he's a conflicted character. "What you're seeing is someone who's influenced by his development in life," he said. "He's trying to lead a normal life, from then on, things happen."
Isaac said that, according to Apocalypse, "the world isn't what it should have been, because God's been asleep." Now he has to use "the power of persuasion ... to convince them that his way is the way to go."
Till said his first Comic-Con six years ago found him watching Peter Jackson "from up in the rafters." Hardwick pointed out that there is no second level in Hall H -- "you'd be crawling around in the lighting, which is dangerous!" "It was different that year, I swear!" Till said. There was no resolution as to where or how Till might have watched that panel."I felt a lot of responsibility" to the role of Jean Grey, Turner said, praising previous actor Famke Janssen's portrayal.
When the line came down to Hoult, the actor said, "I can't concentrate because I'm still psyched about the Deadpool trailer."
"I don't really think of him as Charles Xavier or Professor X, I just see him as Patrick Stewart," McAvoy said. "So I just try to do what he would do, and try to make it better." He joked that "he's really old," and also "he paid for my house" before praising Stewart for founding the role in 1999.
The footage rolled one more time.
Wrapping up the panel, Hardwick brought all of the superhero casts to the stage. Plus Stan Lee! Plus Channing (Gambit) Tatum!