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Studios promote superhero blockbusters at Comic-Con

The films promoted at Comic-Con include X-Men: Days of Future Past, Catching Fire, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Studios brought A-list surprises to San Diego’s Comic-Con on Saturday to promote forthcoming superhero blockbusters.

This year, 20th Century Fox delivered the biggest surprise, presenting the heavyweight stars of X-Men: Days of Future Past, including Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan to an exuberant 6,000-plus crowd.

The new film will unite two generations of actors playing Marvel’s X-Men heroes, using time travel to have the older actors interact with the younger cast.

Lawrence was the main attraction during The Hunger Games panel, where fans were shown a trailer from the Catching Fire instalment due out in November.

Disney’s Marvel panel did not skimp on surprises either, with Tom Hiddleston appearing dressed as the Thor villain Loki, teasing the character’s return in the sequel Thor: The Dark World. Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Samuel L Jackson led the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, out in April.

Zoe Saldana and Benicio Del Toro were joined by their co-stars of the superhero film Guardians of Galaxy, including Chris Pratt and Lee Pace. The director Joss Whedon ran out on to the stage at the end of the Marvel presentation to announce the new title of the next Avengers film, Avengers: The Age of Ultron. The film is due out in the summer of 2015.

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