Comic-Con: 'X-Men: Apocalypse' First-Look Shown

X-Men Comic-Con - H - 2015
Associated Press
The appearance of the large cast was heavily rumored.

Fox surprised a Hall H crowd with a first-look at X-Men: Apocalypse.

The appearance of the large cast — 14 actors took to the stage, ranging from James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence,  Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult to Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sophie Turner and Oscar Isaac — was heavily rumored.

But it was the footage that had the crowd roaring in approval and delight.

It gave the first glimpse of Isaac as the villain, Apocalypse, and ended with McAvoy as the bald-headed Professor X, which is the first time the actor will inhabit that iconic look.

The X-Men panel started off on a sentimental note with Hugh Jackman.

A reel showcased the history of the X-Men franchise with a heavy dose of Jackman as Wolverine and also featured rare Jackman audition footage and being offered the job.

"Up until two days ago I had no idea that footage existed,” Jackman said before going on what felt very much like a Wolverine farewell tour. He talked of how his new Wolverine movie will be “my last time putting on the claws. This has been the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.”

Bryan Singer then joined the man whose career he helped shape and explained: “I never gave anyone a job on the spot before. But I got permission.”

X-Men: Apocalypse, directed by Singerwill hit theaters on May 27, 2016. Gambit, starring Channing Tatum, is slated for Oct. 7, 2016.

As the large Apocalypse cast came on, Jackman and Singer hugged and Jackman bid the stage adieu.

The panel ended on a high note and a surprise on top of a surprise, much to the delight of the crowd.

After another showing of the footage, the entire cast returned to the stage with Jackman for a giant photo. Then, from one far side, X-Men co-creator Stan Lee shuffled onto the stage. Moments later, and out of the blue, Tatum, who is joining the X-Men cinematic universe with his solo film Gambit, hopped from backstage and joined in on the fun. The crowd, naturally, went ape and thousands of cellphone cameras went into overdrive.