20th Century Fox will promote their upcoming X-Men film slate during a Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. With this officially confirmed, it means fans can expect to see new content from all members of the comic book movie big three - as Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. had previously made public their plans to attend the convention. Viewers may recall that Fox sat last year's event out due to concerns about pirated footage, but with all they have on deck for a packed 2018, the allure of Comic-Con buzz proved to be too great to ignore this time around.
While the X-Men franchise has a modest output to this point (10 movies in 17 years), they're ramping up production exponentially with a trio of projects slated to come out next year: New Mutants, Deadpool 2, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix - all of which are currently in various stages of development. Given how successful Fox's 2015 Hall H presentation was at generating hype for the original Deadpool, it's no surprise they're trying to capture that lightning in a bottle for a second time in a couple of weeks.
The schedule of panels for Comic-Con is starting to come out, and on Thursday, July 20, Fox has staked claim to Hall H from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific time. Right now, it is unknown what the studio will be bringing with them, but taking one look at their upcoming release schedule, it's easy to make some educated guesses.
Deadpool 2 will probably be the main attraction of the presentation, as the Merc With a Mouth brought the house down a couple years ago. Director David Leitch is in the midst of principal photography on the highly-anticipated sequel, so it stands reason to believe he's shot enough to cut a fun sizzle reel (possibly giving audiences their first looks at Cable and Domino). Given that New Mutants is just about to start production and Dark Phoenix begins rolling the cameras later this year, those two will likely have a minimal presence, but could still be teased in some capacity. Outside of Marvel, Fox could shine a light on works like Robert Rodriguez's Alita: Battle Angel and Shane Black's The Predator, since both of those are now in post-production.
Recently, Fox also secured six release dates for untitled Marvel movies, so it will be interesting to see if there are any revelations made there. Studios have used Comic-Con as a platform to announce future projects, so there could be word on X-Force and the long-gestating Gambit solo movie with Channing Tatum (among others). Comic-Con week is always packed to the brim with excitement, and Fox is wasting no time getting the festivities rolling with a Hall H panel on the first day.
Source: San Diego Comic-Con
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019