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X-Men: First Class is an upcoming American superhero film, directed by Matthew Vaughn, based on the characters appearing in Marvel Comics. The film is the fifth installment of the X-Men film series and a prequel to the other films. X-Men: First Class is scheduled for release on June 3, 2011.

 

 

Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-MEN.

 

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Cast

  • Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme / Mystique
  • James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier
  • January Jones as Emma Frost
  • Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw
  • Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
  • Rose Byrne as Dr. Moira MacTaggert
  • Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy / Beast
  • Jason Flemyng as Azazel
  • Oliver Platt as Man in Black
  • Lucas Till as Alex Summers / Havok
  • Zoë Kravitz as Angel Salvadore
  • Morgan Lily as Young Raven Darkholme / Young Mystique
  • Edi Gathegi as Armando Muñoz / Darwin
  • Ray Wise as Secretary of State of the United States
  • Bill Milner as Young Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
  • Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy / Banshee
  • Laurence Belcher as Young Charles Xavier
  • David Crow as Weasley MIB Agent
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I thought I would make a topic about this film seeing as how they just released the first promotional images of the main cast. I must say, as a big X-Men fan, I'm not looking forward to this film. Merely the name "First Class" conjours up images of a all-star cast (the original first class of X-Men were Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel, Ice Man and Professor X) not a scraping together of B-list mutants shoehorned into the roles of the original six.

 

I pray for the day Fox relinquish the rights to X-Men back to Marvel and they can produce a proper X-Men film.

 

What are other people's opinions of this film? Hope they're not all as negative as mine.

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Never been a big X Men fan- enjoyed the film trilogy but I didn't obsess with reading about the characters etc- but I am a massive Michael Fassbender fan. Will probably see it for that reason alone.

 

But yeah, X Men without Wolverine and Cyclops is a bit strange.

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This looks and sounds pathetic. I like the X-men trilogy (well I don't really like the third one as much as the first 2) and there is no reason to make another series.

 

Wolverine is very cliched now, they even have another movie coming out called 'The Wolverine'

Yes, and it will be directed by none other than Aronofsky. I have high expectation. Aronofsky is a terrific director and Hugh Jackman is a great actor. You just can't go wrong with that.

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I fear for the day Fox relinquish the rights to X-Men back to Disney

 

Let me just fix that for you.

 

This looks like a complete kick in the c*nt. A waste of a great franchise.

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I'm thinking of how I much I enjoyed Kick-Ass. I'm constantly reminding myself how much I enjoyed it.

 

And after Matthew Vaughn talked sh*t, and he had the right to, about Ratner's awful Last Stand and how he could have made a better film, given that he was offered the job, this movie better be good. But I really don't like anyone in the cast but January Jones. Mad Men...

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I mean... so it's basically taking the f*cked up continuity of the Xmen films... and reconning it backwards. To what end? What's the f*cking point, in the end?

 

The only thing that could be cool in this movie is seeing Hank's transformation. Even that will be bittersweet because it's so f*cking out of place. And (if they even write it into the script) it could end up being just another afterthought.

 

Oh well.

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Subtract a decade. It's the 60s and Charles and Erik are the mutant MLK and Malcolm X.

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I posted this elsewhere but one mutant that they are including I'm happy is finally getting some mainstream exposure is Havoc. He's the brother of Cyclops and was pretty much a big part of the series in the late 80's and mid 90's but I'd nearly forgotten about the dude entirely till they brought him up again.

 

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A lot of the recent Marvel movies have cherry picked the best parts from their most successful and well known graphic novels then watered them down with Hollywood dreck. Magneto and Mutie hating government officials as the lead villains in the X-Men movies got boring pretty fast. They haven't even scraped the surface of the best villains or storylines available and completely hijacked the Dark Phoenix saga and f*cked it up completely by having Jean Grey kill Scott Summers in the last movie.

 

But seriously, Mr. Sinister, The Brood, Apocalypse, Hellfire Club, Marauders, Mojo, Shadow King.

 

Marvel, get you're sh*t together on the source material and make a good movie again.

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Subtract a decade. It's the 60s and Charles and Erik are the mutant MLK and Malcolm X.

Ha. So it is actually retconning the retcon. Mind f*ck.

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I'm quite happy with them setting the film in the 1960s and using mutant prejudice to mirror the struggle against black oppression, I think it's a great idea, and one that X-Men was founded upon. The other thing that X-Men was founded upon was the original team: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel and Ice Man.

 

Heck! Even the most recognisable version of the team consists of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Wolverine, Storm and Rogue. I wish they hadn't decided to use a group of B-list mutants and made them the "original" X-Men. Especially if this is supposed to be a reboot.

 

I would of loved them to use the original team as teenagers set in the 1960s then skip forward to the 1980s with the same team (plus additions) for the sequel. For the third film in the franchise jump to the modern day with a brand new team of mutants (including some of the older members as mentors). That would make for a good trilogy, in my opinion.

 

@meta187: Havok appeared in the X-Men animated series as well X-Men: Evolution. The only reason he's not getting as much love at the moment is because he's off in outer space leading the Starjammers.

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It's not a reboot - it's a prequel. That's why they're kind of forced to stick to the story they've already set in the first three films. Kinda silly.

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I got the hots for January Jones, so maybe I'll like it.

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I would of loved them to use the original team as teenagers set in the 1960s then skip forward to the 1980s with the same team (plus additions) for the sequel. For the third film in the franchise jump to the modern day with a brand new team of mutants (including some of the older members as mentors). That would make for a good trilogy, in my opinion.

 

That could actually play out rather well if they approached it like that and give them a chance to showcase the broad range of rich characters and compelling story arcs that've appeared in the comics over the last several decades but even as I type this I know it's unlikely.

 

X-Men was one of the first comics to address civil rights issues with the "God Loves, Man Kills" storyline which was decidedly unconventional for it's time, pushing a lot of social and political issues within the context of a super hero story. If they play to it's strengths that could be a very poignant element of mutant existence to touch upon as well. The guy who directed the first two movies said it was a major inspiration but again they royally screwed the pooch on that final installment. You don't f*cking 86 Professor X and Scott Summers and turn the whole thing into some cheesy conflicted romance between Jean Grey and Logan, you just don't. That sh*t was so wack.

 

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A couple more photos, this time of Professor X and Emma Frost:

 

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I didn't dig the actual First Class comic myself, but it is interesting to see them go back to the 60's 70's era, there's a lot of story that can be used.

 

And I laugh at all the users that claim to like the X trilogy, those movies were so f*cking terrible. You people wouldn't know a real X-Men story arch, or character development if it sh*t on your chest.

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Poster tease.

 

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From Director Matthew Vaughn:

 

 

I’m a fan of X-Men. We’re not bastardizing X-Men, I’m trying to get them back to being whole again.

 

The costumes are blue and yellow as well, because f*ck it, lets take it back it the original. Also, by the way, those costumes are hardly in the movie. The main costumes are like these cool 60’s James Bond…

 

Imagine the Cuban Missile crisis and discovering that mutants exist, both at the same time. … The actors are so great. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are very very hard to replace. When I’m watching Fassbender and McAvoy you just think, it sort of reminds me of Daniel Craig doing Bond, you kind of forget there were other people playing him. And that’s what I feel about these two.

 

*Referring to how much action would be in the film*

 

It’s funny that you say that because if you watch [the other x-men movies] there isn’t as much action as you’d think. I think X-men 3 had the most action. But X1 and X2 had cool set pieces. But for me, I think it’s boring watching CG and big explosions. I’m sorta over that. I’d say it’s got more character-driven action than action for the sake of action.

 

I’d say this is more like Casino Royale than [JJ Abrams] Star Trek. If you think about it, Casino Royale just totally rebooted Bond — they kept what they wanted and got rid of what didn’t work. You sort of saw Bond become a double O for the first time and yet it didn’t seem to matter [what they changed]. I think my rule is to make a stand alone movie that is as good as possible and do as many nods and winks towards the comics and the other films, but not get tied up in knots worrying about that. It’s sort of a stand-alone movie in my mind with a reboot being a real reboot. Because if you’re a stickler for continuity, in X3 when you see Patrick Stewart…. well, I don’t want to give away anything about the plot but we’ve been as respectful of the other movies and comics as we I can feasibly can be without compromising the story.

 

Got all that from /film.

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The costumes are blue and yellow as well, because f*ck it, lets take it back it the original. Also, by the way, those costumes are hardly in the movie. The main costumes are like these cool 60’s James Bond…

 

Because f*ck it, lets take it back to the original. Also, by the way, lets not use the original "First Class" team, because f*ck it. We're not worried about continuity but we're still not going to use characters who appeared in the other films for continuity purposes.

 

Why make such a big deal about using the original costumes if they're "hardly" going to appear in the movie at all? Matthew Vaughn sounds to me like a grade-A tool. By "fan of X-Men" I'm pretty sure he must mean: "Watched the first three films."

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Oh, geez. There goes any desire to watch this movie. Even January Jones can't make me want to see it.

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Vaughn is proving to be a really sh*t hype man for his own movies. I don't remember him sounding so lame when he was talking about Kick-Ass.

 

I still wanna see this.

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The costumes are blue and yellow as well, because f*ck it, lets take it back it the original. Also, by the way, those costumes are hardly in the movie. The main costumes are like these cool 60’s James Bond…

 

Because f*ck it, lets take it back to the original. Also, by the way, lets not use the original "First Class" team, because f*ck it. We're not worried about continuity but we're still not going to use characters who appeared in the other films for continuity purposes.

 

Why make such a big deal about using the original costumes if they're "hardly" going to appear in the movie at all? Matthew Vaughn sounds to me like a grade-A tool. By "fan of X-Men" I'm pretty sure he must mean: "Watched the first three films."

If you're worried about continuity, you shouldn't bother with X-Men whatsoever anyway. Jesus f*ck.

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How many times can you reference James Bond while promoting X-men?

 

I'll still go see First Class.

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If you're worried about continuity, you shouldn't bother with X-Men whatsoever anyway. Jesus f*ck.

I'm more worried about them using the original "First Class" team (which has been the same since day one) and filling it with completely different characters. The only person from that roster who was actually in Xavier's First Class was Beast.

 

I was also pointing out the inconsistancies in Vaughn's statements. I'd love it if they used Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel and Ice Man in this movie. I don't give a f*ck if they were in the other movies or not. I'd much prefer them to use the actual First Class from the comics, because they're one of the most iconic teams X-Men has had through the years.

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Am I the only one with any interest in this film? I'm not even looking forward to it and I'm following it!

 

First Class trailer is live:

 

 

 

Not looking half as bad as I expected. The special effects seem up-to-scratch and the action scenes seem pretty enthralling but as far as the story goes, I'm still not convinced. I'm worried that this is going to become another popcorn movie that does nothing to titillate movie goers with explosions and SFX with no actual consistency to the film or regards for the source material.

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