SDCC 2015: Deadpool Steals The Show During The 20th Century Fox Panel

Photo: Screenrant
Photo: Screenrant

The moment I knew that 20th Century Fox was going to be in Hall H on July 10 I knew I was spending the day waiting for this panel. Much like the Warner Bros. panel earlier in the day, Fox’s schedule was jam packed. From The Maze Runner’s sequel The Scorch Trials to Victor Frankenstein and then of course ending with the Marvel portion of the panel the time flew by with a whole slew of exciting things. The entire panel was moderated by the Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick, and as we said via our Twitter: you know it’s going to be a good time when Hardwick is moderating.

The Scorch Trials started things off in a great, and quite terrifying way. We learned that The Scorch Trials would begin right where The Maze Runner ends, which makes sense with the progression of the books (those cliffhangers, let me tell you). Wes Ball, the director of the film, said that he wanted “this movie to be different from the first,” while keeping the element of brotherhood alive because it is an important element to the story.

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Photo: Melissa LoParco/4YE

The Cranks are an infected group of people on this sun flare kissed earth (most positive way I could spin that if i’m being honest) who are pretty creepy and zombie like in the books and it looks like they are not going to be just creepy in the film, oh no. They are going to be very scary. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at a scene with the Cranks and we are here to confirm that they are, in fact, scary. They even made me jump out of my seat – no lie.

Photo: Melissa LoParco/4YE
Photo: Melissa LoParco/4YE

Once The Scorch Trials panel wrapped up it was time to bring out Victor Frankenstein and for the first time in my life I was in the same room as Harry Potter. While this has absolutely nothing to do with the panel, I feel like it was an important moment to note.

Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, and director Paul McGuigan took to the stage and premiered the trailer for them film which looks really interesting. 

The entire panel was super lighthearted and fun and you knew it was going to be that way from how McAvoy described Frankenstein’s motives by saying, “They’re trying to build a big monster, man.”

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Photo: Melissa LoParco/4YE

The panel was full of innuendo’s and jokes and was thoroughly enjoyed by myself and the audience…especially when Radcliffe and McAvoy decided to act out what can only be described as something out of a slash fan fiction.

Once Victor Frankenstein left the stage it was time for the Marvel portion of the Fox panel to being.

First up was the rebooted Fantastic Four which will be hitting theatres in August 2015. Director Josh Trank and producer Simon Kinberg sat on the panel along with the stars of the show: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell. 

I knew I was going to be watching this movie to see Michael B. Jordan’s take on Johnny Storm alone. All the footage of him in the trailers was golden as you can see below in the second full trailer that they released at SDCC.

Teller said that the little flick was a, “very cool film” and Mara said that one of the goals of the reboot was to “make the superheroes as relatable as possible.”

Once Fantastic Four left the stage I could not hold my excitement any longer; it was the one panel I had been waiting for since everything was announced: Deadpool.

The first R-rated superhero film was going to SDCC and I couldn’t wait to finally see some footage and they 100% did not disappoint.

Photo: Melissa LoParco/4YE
Photo: Melissa LoParco/4YE

The panel, much like the film itself, was definitely R-rated but also so super enjoyable for everyone. The panel was also further proof that Ryan Reynolds is actually Wade Wilson in real life.

Other than Reynolds the panel included director Tim Miller, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Morena Baccarin, and Ed Skrein. 

One of the best revelations from the panel is that the film will, in fact, be breaking the fourth wall. I’m so here for this and I can’t wait.

Then the magic happened; they showed the trailer.

The crowd was roaring throughout the entire trailer and once it was over everyone stood up and chanted for more – the room was electric. It was a moment tahat I definitely won’t forget.

According to Deadp- er, Reynolds himself the full trailer will be out for everyone to see in about three weeks. It’s time to practice patience.

It’s so good, guys. So. Good.

While you wait for the trailer to drop you can just enjoy the whole panel below.

Once the Deadpool craziness came to an end it was time for a different, but equally badass panel: X-Men: Apocalypse. 

Hugh Jackman came on stage first after a reel of really early footage; he came out to thank the fans for their support and, unfortunately, not announcing he was wasn’t really leaving.

Photo: Melissa LoParco/4YE
Photo: Melissa LoParco/4YE

After that the entire cast of X-Men Apocalypse was brought on stage…and we do mean everyone. Director Bryan Singer and producer Simon Kinberg were on hand along with cast members Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Evan Peters, Oscar Isaac, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tye Sheridan, Lucas Till, Alexandra Shipp,Ben Hardy, and Lana Condor. 

Quite the line up if I do say so myself, and as expected for a cast that, for the most part, has already worked together before the air was light and fun; Hugh Jackman even sat on Jennifer Lawrence’s lap.

Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

On the panel, we learned that Apocalypse would be taking place ten years after the events of Days of Future Past in 1983.

When we were given the chance to watch some footage from the film it is safe to say that a) Sophie Turner is going to be a fantastic Jean Grey and b) we agree with Oscar Isaac’s statement that Apocalypse, “looks pretty cool.”

We have to admit, the best part about the panel (other than the footage) has to have been when Nicholas Hoult was supposed to talk about his character (Beast). He was still too speechless by the Deadpool trailer, however, to speak about anything else.

Photo: Melissa LoParco/4YE
Photo: Melissa LoParco/4YE

Overall, the panel was really fantastic and it was great to meet some of the new kids joining the film. We definitely have faith that this movie is going to be epic.

And then there was the little surprise at the end that we were all told to make sure to wait for: the giant superhero selfie featuring the casts of Fantastic Four, Deadpool, X-Men Apocalypse, a surprise Channing Tatum who will be playing Gambit, and the King of Marvel himself; Stan Lee.

20th Century Fox definitely brought their ‘A’ game to SDCC and we are eternally grateful.

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Melissa LoParco is a Senior Editor at 4 Your Excitement. She has her MSc in Publishing from Edinburgh Napier University and an Honours BA in Journalism and English Literature from the University of Toronto. Melissa has always been passionate about three things: books, pop-culture, and hockey and by working at 4YE she is able two channel two of the three into her writing. Follow her on Twitter to see a wide range of topics coming together on one feed. Favourite topics include Sherlock, Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Marvel, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and YA novels to name a few.
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