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Fox brought out the entire cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past for Comic-Con, sending Hall H into pandemonium.
Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, and several others were introduced to a roaring crowd that was screaming after every other sentence from the actors.
“I was in the halls this morning,” said McAvoy. “It’s amazing the passion you guys have, so it’s awesome to be among you.”
Director Bryan Singer called juggling the cast a scheduling nightmare but said he loves ensemble films. He also addressed the possibility of future X-Men movies by pointing to the richness of the X-Universe.
“It’s as every bit as large as the Marvel Universe movies and the DC universe. There’s room for expanding the film canon.”
He mentioned team-up movies, single movies and more. “All of those movies are possible,” he said.
Every actor was given a moment to say a few words to the enthralled audience. McKellan scored major points from the crowd for getting a little political.
“I feel safe here now that you’ve gotten rid of Proposition 8,” he said. Then, turning to Fassbender, he added, “Looking for a husband. It’s nice to meet you, Michael.”
After the panel, Singer tweeted a thank you to fans along with a photo of the cast.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) July 21, 2013
Amid the movie talk, Jackman singled out Wolverine co-creator Len Wein. “From this man’s ear, heart and hand came my career,” he said, as the audience applauded.
He noted he was not the first person cast or even wanted for the role (“I wasn’t just on the bench, I was deep in the stands,” he said) but this is a role he won’t let go of.
For Apes, director Matt Reeves was on hand as were actors Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Andy Serkis, the final of whom received a rousing welcome.
Reeves didn’t direct the first installment of the rebooted sci-fi franchise but paid tribute to the 2011 movie.
Amid talk of finding his or her “inner ape,” Reeves said the movies are “really about us. The apes, and the animals…we are the animals. It’s a way to look at our nature, not to get all lofty about it.”
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