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Comic-Con 2008: Jackman Makes Surprise Appearance, Shows Off “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” Footage [UPDATE]

UPDATED 7/25/2008 AT 1:00PM: Despite not creating the character Wolverine, Stan Lee will have a cameo in the film. []


20th Century Fox had a special treat for fans attending the studio’s presentation today at Comic-Con.  The actor, who plays Wolverine/Logan in the upcoming X-Men spinoff X-Men Origins: Wolverine presented to a crowd footage from the film.

Here’s what was shown, via IGN:

The trailer-like sequence opens with Logan and Creed in a military prison cell where they survived execution by firing squad for decapitating a senior officer. They are met by Colonel William Stryker, who offers them a chance to serve their country by taking part in the Weapon X program. We then saw glimpses of the team’s different members: Blob, Deadpool. Wraith and, in perhaps the biggest mass geekgasm Hall H has ever heard, Gambit.

We then see Logan in the tank where he undergoes the adamantium process, awakening in a beserker rage and slashing down a number of guards. Stryker then calls on Creed, clad in a black trenchcoat and black outfit, to hunt down his old Army buddy Logan. You can imagine how that turns out.

The footage showed Gambit tossing his trademark cards and riding a motorcycle. There was plenty of shots from a chase sequence between Wolverine on a motorcycle, Army trucks and a helicopter. The wartime sequences appear to be set in the Vietnam era, with the New Zealand countryside doubling for Southeast Asia.

Click here to read’s report on the panel.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine hits theaters on May 1, 2009.