X-Men: Days of Future Past Panel [Comic-Con 2013]
Again, 20th Century Fox had tried to make their Friday night panel a bit of surprised. After The Wolverine started the panel off, James Mangold handed the microphone over to Brian Singer, a sure sign X-Men: Days of Future Past was coming up next. Bryan Singer then gave us some awesome footage, but most importantly, he introduced the biggest panel of the day with a truly epic line-up that consisted of: Omar Sy, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Peter Dinklage.
It what may turn out to be my favorite panel of the entire Con, Days of Future Past started things off right with an awesome trailer that nailed down the conflict. Needing Wolverine to go back in time, the footage (and movie) is going to blend the old characters (from 1-3) with the new (from First Class). This is exciting news because it’s a great way to combine basically two series by using time travel and flashbacks. Since flashbacks sometimes feel hokey, I think time travel is the better solution.
The footage itself showed basically every character in some form or another before we got the panel introductions. For those not keeping up on the casting, they got to see McKellen, Stewart, Pacquin, Page, and Ashmore for maybe the first time. There were some great shots of Jennifer Lawrence being her badass self and an uber-ripped Jackman glistening in the sun. It was all playing over Hans Zimmer’s Inception score (the actual track title was “Time”), making it all the more epic.
Once the footage finished and the dust settled from the introductions, the actors/actresses participated in a lengthy Q&A session. All of the characters either explained their new character (for people like Sy, Peters, and Linklage) or updated us on their current character.
The rest of the panel was very comical with topics ranging from Jackman’s singing voice (which he demonstrated in a song he dubbed “I’m Gonna Slice ‘Em”) to Storm’s lack of love. My favorite part, probably due to its nerdiness, was when all the characters answered which X-Men character they’d be if they could re-choose. I like imagining Jackman as Deadpool, Fassbender as Mystique, and Patrick Stewart as any female character. He quipped that he’d finally win an Academy Award if that happened.
In all, Singer deserves a lot of credit for finding a great story that mixes the characters we know and love (over three movies) to the up-and-coming actors. We talk a lot about The Avengers and possible Justice League movies, but this ensemble cast of superheroes makes a very strong argument. I’m looking forward to next May to see the final product.
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page
Release Date: May 23, 2014
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