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June 04, 2011

‘X-Men: First Class’: Meet the mutants in our photo gallery

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James McAvoy plays Charles Xavier in "X-Men: First Class." The prequel explores the 1940s-1960s origin stories of Professor X and Magneto. "In all the others Magneto is your bad guy and Professor X and the X-Men are the good guys," McAvoy said of the X-films. "In this one, it’s not like that." (20th Century Fox)

In four X-films, Patrick Stewart played the older Charles Xavier as a "selfless, sexless monk," McAvoy said. (20th Century Fox)

Does the new film show how Xavier ends up in a wheelchair? Time will tell. But here's a scalp spoiler from McAvoy: "[At the end of this film] we still are left with the big question: How does he lose his hair? In the comic books there’s a very clear and easy answer, but we didn’t go with that." (20th Century Fox)

The Magneto and Professor X relationship of the 1960s was informed by the examples of Malcolm X and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Michael Fassbender said. "Their views aren’t that different on some key things," he said. "As you watch them you know that if their understanding, ability and intelligence could somehow come together it would be really special. But the split is what makes them even more interesting and tragic.” (20th Century Fox)

The new movie shows Magneto struggling to control his powers and also his rage against the Nazis who left him an orphan and an outcast. (20th Century Fox)

In the new film, Jennifer Lawrence plays Raven (a.k.a. Mystique) a shapeshifting mutant who is taken in as a foster child by the family of Charles Xavier -- a backstory that adds many new layers to the mutant franchise mythology. (20th Century Fox)

Rebecca Romijn played the shape-shifting mutant in the previous 'X-Men' films. In "X-Men: The Last Stand," Mystique loses her powers and blue-skin appearance. (20th Century Fox)

In three previous "X-Men" films, Mystique was confident, cruel and defiantly proud of her appearance. That's not necessarily the case in the new film. (20th Century Fox)

Nicholas Holt plays Dr. Hank McCoy in "X-Men: First Class." The character starts the film in pinkish human form but the film's trailers -- and the true-blue picture above -- show that will change at some point in the movie. (20th Century Fox)

Kelsey Grammer portrayed the brilliant and furry McCoy in the third "X-Men" movie. The character finished that film as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. (20th Century Fox)

January Jones the telepath Emma Frost in "X-Men: First Class," who is also a shape-shifter who can switch to a diamond-like appearance. As the consort of the evil Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), she is an important part of his scheme to throw the world into chaos. (20th Century Fox)

Actress Tahyna Tozzi played Emma Frost in 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." How could the character be so young in a story that takes place four decades later in the mutant mythology? That's a good question. (20th Century Fox)

Who's missing in the new movie? You won't see the weather-controlling mutant Storm who was played by Oscar-winner Halle Berry in three X-films. (20th Century Fox)

After Professor X is killed in "X-Men: The Last Stand," Storm takes over as headmistress for Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Will Magneto ever hold that job, as he did at certain points in the comics? (20th Century Fox)

Hugh Jackman played the loner Wolverine in four "X-Men" films and became the franchise's most bankable star. You won't see his name in the credits this time though. (20th Century Fox)

In the comics, Jean Grey was right there at the start of the "X-Men" but the woman who becomes Phoenix (and Dark Phoenix) isn't in the new film. (20th Century Fox)

Rogue, played by Anna Paquin in previous adventures, won't be leeching powers in the new "old" period-piece film. (20th Century Fox)

Scott Summers (a.k.a. Cyclops) was a founding member of the X-Men in the comics but he won't appear in the new film. This latest movie, though, introduces Alex Summers (a.k.a. Havok) but what is his relationship to Scott? In the comics, they are brothers but that would present some age-and-era issues for the film franchise.(20th Century Fox)

The mighty mutants of the Marvel Universe are back on the screen with “X-Men: First Class,” which hit theaters this weekend. The retro adventure begins in World War II and tracks through to the Cuban Missile Crisis to tell the secret history of mutants and set the stage for adventures shown in previously released films. There are a lot of new faces – good and evil mutants such as Azazel (played by Jason Flemyng), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Riptide (Álex González) and Darwin (Edi Gathegi)  — but we’ve put together a photo gallery that explains some of the connections (and disconnects) between this throw-back adventure and the four previous Fox films. Just click “CAPTIONS ON” to read it but be warned there are some mild spoilers in there.

– Jevon Phillips and Noelene Clark


January Jones stressed by sexy suits

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McAvoy: This Xavier is no “sexless monk”

McAvoy: I’m ready to get bald for sequel

Singer gets in-depth on Azazel and Havok

Bacon: “X-Men” director is harsh but focused

“X-Men” channels MLK and Malcolm X

Singer: It’s got to be about Xavier & Magneto

Bryan Singer looks back on first X-Men film

After “Inception,” Vaughn axes “Class” scene

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