Six thousand-odd Comic-Con International attendees came into 20th Century Fox’s Hall H panel wondering if there would be any big surprises of the sort Paramount offered yesterday with the appearance of Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey.
A very early look at “X-Men: Apocalypse”? A tease of the new “Fantastic Four”?
Well, the answers to those questions were no and no. But, as it happened, there were a couple of didn’t-see-that-coming moments, including at least one that may not have been entirely welcome.
Toward the end of the presentation for the upcoming dystopian thriller “The Maze Runner,” which is adapted from a bestselling YA novel, the film’s star, Dylan O’Brien, was asked by an audience member about the most difficult scene he had to film. O’Brien thought for a moment and then answered that it was the death of a major character — who he named.
The film’s director, Wes Ball, and the book’s author, James Dashner, looked somewhat stricken, and O’Brien realized he’d let slip a serious spoiler (don’t worry, we won’t reveal it here). “I’m going to get yelled at,” the actor said, hanging his head.
Fox shouldn’t be too worried, though. Fans in Hall H reacted with overall enthusiasm to the footage shown from the film, which opens Sept. 19, and Ball announced that a sequel is already in development.
O’Brien’s slip notwithstanding, the rest of Fox’s panel — which included the upcoming comedy “Let’s Be Cops,” the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated film “The Book of Life,” the video game adaptation “Hit Man” and the ultraviolent, darkly comic Matthew Vaughn-directed action film “Kingsman: The Secret Service” — unfolded smoothly.
The only other real surprise moment? An unannounced appearance from rapper Biz Markie, who came out of the wings during the “Book of Life” panel to lead the Hall H crowd in a rendition of his 1989 hip-hop classic “Just a Friend,” which is featured in the movie.
—Josh Rottenberg | @LATHeroComplex
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