Comic-Con: Ian McKellen Flirts With Michael Fassbender at the X-Men Panel

If you're one of the select few blockbusters granted a panel at Comic-Con's cavernous Hall H, you're obligated to go big, but few films have ever gone as big here as X-Men: Days of Future Past. Tacked on to the end of the 20th Century Fox panel as a secret surprise — at least, it would have been a surprise if we hadn't reported on it a few days before — next year's ambitious X film brought director Bryan Singer to San Diego to introduce over a dozen of the mutants populating the time-travel tale, including old-school X-Men like Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman as well as the younger actors from the prequel X-Men: First Class, like Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender. The sheer size of the panel recalled the bad ol' days when the Twilight team would bring every minor wolf or vamp to the dais, but the Days of Future Past cast packed way more star power than that group, as well as an in-person frisson I haven't felt at Comic-Con since Marvel took the entire cast of The Avengers here for the first time. It may have been the biggest panel of the entire convention, and that's before Magneto started flirting with his younger self.



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