Despite Marvel’s absence from this year’s SDCC, the event’s Hall H still lived up to its reputation by staging panels of movies such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, The Hateful Eight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and X-Men Apocalypse.
20th Century Fox Studios had a very strong showing this time around, particularly due to Deadpool and X-Men Apocalypse (sorry Fantastic Four). Deadpool wowed audiences and even received a standing ovation after its first look was unveiled. But for more, on it, click here. Fox ended with the X-Men Apocalypse panel and they certainly went out with a bang. Without further ado, let’s take a look at what the panel consisted of:
It all started with a sizzle reel showing Hugh Jackman Wolverine’s audition in 1999, after which Jackman himself took to the stage to address the fans. “Playing Wolverine is the greatest part I’ve ever had in my life,” Jackman said. He then went on to thank the fans for being “the most loyal, passionate, honest, sometimes brutally honest” people in the world. After saying that his upcoming movie would be his last appearance as Logan, Jackman called director Bryan Singer on stage. This was shortly followed by Singer calling out James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Evan Peters, Lucas Till, Lana Confor, Kody Smit-McPhee, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Olivia Munn, Ben Hardy, Alexandra Shipp and writer-producer Simon Kinberg (THAT’S A 16 MEMBER PANEL).
Since the film’s filming only began five weeks ago, no one expected to see any footage of the film. But then, the panel surprised everyone by unveiling the movie’s first look featuring footage that is nothing short of spectacular. It gives a glimpse of Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, his Four Horsemen, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey and ends with James McAvoy as a bald (finally) Professor X.
The footage opens with a nuclear explosion which turns out to be Jean Grey’s vision of the end of the world. However, Professor X dismisses it, being convinced that it’s just a dream. A voice over from Apocalypse follows about how he’s perceived as a God. “I’ve been called many things over many times of my life,” he says. “I was there to spark and fan the flame of man’s awakening. To spin the wheel of civilization.”
He then tells young mutants (X-Men) that they’ve lost their way by following blind leaders. “Everything they’ve built will fall and from the ashes of their world we’ll build a better one”. We then see a brief encounter between Apocalypse and Magneto, ultimately showcasing the former in his full costume (Oscar Isaac looks sick!).
The footage proceeds to give us a glimpse of other characters such as Storm, Archangel, Nightcrawler, Jubilee and Psylocke and Cyclops. This is followed by showing Professor X under the Cerebro helmet a few times, who states that Apocalypse is slowly enhancing his power. Xavier’s eyes then turn pure black and he says “I’ve never felt power like this before”. It finally ends with a shot showing James McAvoy as a bald Professor X for the first time. Here’s the footage itself (watch it asap before it gets taken down) :
The highlight of the footage is undoubtedly Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse. His menacing tone affirms his power and that we’ll finally be getting a difficult villain to deal with. Even the Four Horsemen are shown, who are four powerful mutants in this case. They include Magneto, Psylocke, Storm and Archangel. There has been no announcement regarding the individual roles of the mutants as the Four Horsemen, though Archangel will likely be Death.
In short, the footage is mind-blowing and if this is any indication of the final product, this may just be the best X-Men movie till date. Sure, not much of the special effects and mutant’s powers were shown but that’s only because the film only started shooting five weeks ago. But from what we’ve been shown, I believe that the movie is on the right track.