To the surprise of many, it wasn’t the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel or the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice one—featuring the first post-divorce appearance by Batfleck—that wowed geek audiences the most at this past weekend’s Comic-Con, but the Fox panel.
First, it brought the cosplaying crowds the kickass trailer for Deadpool, featuring plenty of R-rated violence, cursing, and wisecracking courtesy of Ryan Reynolds. Then, Fox trotted out the entire cast of its blockbuster superhero flick X-Men: Apocalypse, due in theaters May 27, 2016—including Channing Tatum, who will presumably make a cameo as the Cajun cardslinger Gambit.
Flanking director Bryan Singer and writer/producer Simon Kinberg were Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Lucas Till (Havoc), and Evan Peters (Quicksilver) from the previous films. They were joined by newcomers Lana Condor (Jubilee), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Olivia Munn (Psylocke), Ben Hardy (Angel), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), and Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse).
“It takes place 10 years after Days Of Future Past in a completely different world,” said Singer. “Mutants are for the most part embraced and accepted by society. That’s where we find our characters, and we find them in all different places.”
Isaac, who plays the titular villain Apocalypse, described his villain as a “cult leader” who presumably persuades Magneto, Psylocke, and Angel to join him in his quest for world domination. Singer also unveiled a trailer culled from the first five weeks of filming that included a treasure trove of new material, including a look at all the new superheroes and supervillains—including Apocalypse—and a twist ending concerning Professor X.
You can check out a leaked version of the trailer here: