There's more than one way to announce a movie is happening, as Channing Tatum demonstrated to thousands of Hall H attendees at San Diego Comic-Con at the conclusion of Fox's action-packed panel Saturday evening (July 11).
Following all-new screenings of footage and extensive conversations with the casts of "Fantastic Four," "Deadpool," "Victor Frankenstein" and "X-Men: Apocalypse," there were still thrills to be had. Panel moderator Chris Hardwick had warned audience members to stick around to the end of the panel for a final surprise -- as if anyone dared leave one of the most-anticipated panels of the convention without being forcibly dragged out -- and stick around they did, in time to see history (and an official movie announcement) happen.
Hardwick announced that he couldn't miss an opportunity to take the selfie with the most superheroes ever assembled in one place, and called the casts of "X-Men," "Fantastic Four" and "Deadpool" back to the stage.
"We need someone to take the picture," he said. As audience members enthusiastically volunteered as tribute, he said, "I think we have someone backstage."
Enter Stan Lee. The legendary comic book writer came out from backstage, yelling, "You think I can just do cameos!"
As it turned out, however, there was someone even more qualified to take the picture, and to officially establish his place in the superhero hall of fame: Channing Tatum.
Logos for "Wolverine," "X-Men," "Fantastic Four," "Deadpool" and -- for the first time -- "Gambit" appeared on the massive Hall H screens, giving us as good a confirmation that the Tatum-led card-slinging story we've been hearing about for years will actually happen. Bless!
Check out the selfie below, then collapse into a puddle of glee. We know we are.