Many were disappointed when it was revealed that Marvel wasn't set to attend Comic-Con in San Diego this year (although Marvel television did make a worthwhile appearance). But fans of the comic-book characters created by Stan Lee and co weren't left disappointed when 20<sup>th Century Fox stepped in to present panels covering upcoming titles such as Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse.
This showcase wasn't just like any other ordinary set of movie panels either, as following on from the interviews and audience Q&A's, Lee himself made a special appearance on stage alongside Magic Mike XXL star Channing Tatum, who will playing mutant, kinetic-energy-controlling Gambit, in the 2016 solo movie about the card-throwing superhero.
Rallying together the now huge number of Marvel folk on the raised platform, including the brand's 92-year-old creator, panel moderator Nerdist's Chris Hardwick snapped a selfie of himself and what appears to be every single famous face that will feature in a Marvel-associated, 20th Century Fox movie within the next year or so. Sorry, Ellen DeGeneres and your Oscar selfie, we don't think yours beats this superhero selfie!
Many people might be confused with how there could be so many Marvel characters in one place but the studio 'not be present at the convention' but it all comes down to a matter of distribution rights on specific comic-book characters. While Marvel Studios officially owns the cinematic rights to the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Ant-Man, Thor, Doctor Strange and more, Fox owns pretty much every other main character that Marvel created, and it used this window of opportunity to rally up excitement about the plethora of movies they have coming out within the next few months, whilst Marvel sit on the backburner for a while waiting for Civil War to come out.
Although, as if to boggle the minds of Marvel fans even more, there are some characters that are neither wholly Marvel or wholly Fox, however. Quicksilver specifically, is on middle ground, hence the wiggle room allowing Aaron Taylor-Johnson to play him in anything to do with the Avengers and seeing him portrayed by Evan Peters in the world of X-Men.
Prior to the epic picture being taken on stage, the panels saw Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Friday Night Lights' Michael B Jordan discuss next month's reboot of the Fantastic Four and how it will be different from the original, a lively Deadpool gathering that featured Ryan Reynolds and Homeland's Morena Baccarin (and an even more crowd-pleasing trailer) and an X-Men line-up that sported a cue-balled James McAvoy, a giggling Michael Fassbender and an unsurprisingly lovey-dovey Hugh Jackman.
Fox also covered none Marvel titles including The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Victor Frankenstein (also starring McAvoy alongside Harry Potter's own Daniel Radcliffe) during their two hour set in the convention centre's famed Hall H.