So the next three panels were awesome, but two of them more so than the other, and I’ll let my readers decide the levels of awesomeness for themselves.
The first panel for 20th Century Fox was for Dawn of Planet of the Apes, which was brief as panels go, but the footage was awesome, and just like with Hunger Games, now I feel like I need to see the most recent installment to be ready for this one, especially because as Andy Serkis (who was there) spoke, it seems that this film will really revisit the social and psychological roots that contributed to the first film, and in addition to that it was hit upon that eventually (possibly with this film) the franchise will finally wrap itself up by ending where the original set of films began, which can be both challenging, and hopefully awesome.
Also, when you add the fact that Jason Clarke (who I had loved in the short lived Chicago Code), Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Judy Greer are all in it, yeah, I’m pretty stoked!
The second panel was definitely more exciting though, we got to see footage from The Wolverine, and then we got to see the man himself Hugh Jackman!
The first thing Hugh Jackman did was thank the fans there in Hall H, saying that he wouldn’t be there without their support, so yeah his humility only makes him more awesome!
This photo was used with permission from Beth Riley, photographer for Geek Shot photography.
He then moved on to talking about the film and how excited he was for how it focused on the journey that Logan goes through. Coming soon is my review of the film, which I’ll say now, at the very least met the expectations set by its trailer.
Finally the epic-ness increased, because the third panel was for X Men: Days of Future Past. Now I have a lot to say about this panel and film, both good and bad, but staying on Hugh Jackman for a moment, this series of shots and statements were what Jackman said during the Days of Future Past panel
Yeah that happened!
Now to give an idea of how amazing it was, we had a stage full of mutants, and here is a slew of Beth Riley’s photos (courtesy of Geek Show Photo) of the stage:
From Left to Right: Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Bryan Singer, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender (yeah in the white cat mask), Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, and Evan Peters
Photo used with permission from Beth Riley of Geek Shot Photography
Anyway, onto the film itself, as some one who owns (with great pride I might add) X Men 142, as well as the re-print of 141 &142 together
Days of Future Past. Yeah it’s awesome :)
Let me just say that it’s an awesome story arc, even if it’s only 2 issues (unless you count Days of Future Present, which isn’t X-Men, but is actually Fantastic Four). Having said that though, and having also seen the trailer be prepared for some SPOILERS below:
If you read on from here, consider yourself warned:
So in the comics it’s Kitty Pryde, (but based on the film footage, it’s Wolverine) who (from a different timeline… I may have to do a whole blog just on the wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey oddness of the type of cross dimensional time travel that goes on in the comics) mentally goes back in time to her (his) younger self to save the X-Men, as well as Senator Kelly from being killed by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Because when they and Senator Kelly are killed, it opens the door to a lot of not so good things for mutants, namely mutant extermination enforced by the Sentinels created by Trask Industries.
Now I have four things to say about all of this, first I’m annoyed anything doesn’t stay true to the source material, but out of that statement comes the other three.
Of those other three, 1st I don’t like that they changed it from Kitty Pryde to Logan, I’m not against Wolverine, in fact I liked the most recent movie, but there’s no reason to change things… other than publicity… you’re welcome 20th Century Fox….
The 2nd thing is the sentinels themselves, the picture below shows the difference between the new sentinels for the film, versus how they looked in the comics:
and for a height reference, here’s director Bryan Singer with one of the new ones:
Now the height is impressive, but what’s with the fan and all of the plastic??? The older sentinels looked intimidating, and again the height is awesome, but they just look like one punch from a mutant… any mutant and they wouldn’t stand a chance, but we’ll see how they look in the movie.
Now on to Trask himself, and as an extension of him, Trask Industries. Despite the fact that as I stated above, that I tend to dislike any divergence from source material, the fact that they’re using Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask is something I find awesome, I love Peter Dinklage, and I think it’s great that 20th Century Fox chose an actor completely on his abilities and not appearance!
For Trask Industries, let’s just say they have an awesome marketing department:
So I’m hoping that the movie will be awesome, the star studded panel certainly was!
Thanks for reading, I plan on finally wrapping up all of my Comic-Con fun tomorrow, along with a blog just for Doctor Who and who the new Doctor is!