‘X-Men:First Class': Three exclusive photos and a report from the stressed-out set

Jan. 19, 2011 | 2:47 p.m.
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"X-Men: First Class" cast (Fox)

The movie posters promise that “X-Men: First Class” will be released June 3, but on Tuesday cameras were still rolling on the Fox film’s set and director Matthew Vaughn, making his biggest major studio feature film to date, sounded like a man running out of time. “I’m at that stage where I feel like a boxer against the ropes,” the director said as his crew prepared for the next shot on a location set in Long Beach. “I’m just throwing punches and taking them as they come and making sure I don’t hit the canvas.”

In the pages of Marvel Comics, the X-Men have been the ultimate outsiders for decades — even other superheroes view the strange mutant crew with mistrust, prejudice and disdain. So it’s fitting that “First Class,” the fifth Hollywood adventure for the heroes, will arrive in theaters this summer with so much to prove and plenty of doubters. For the all-new cast (led by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender), the challenge is to replace the familiar faces of the franchise; for producer Bryan Singer, the challenge is to recapture the affection of comic-book movie fans; and for Vaughn, the challenge is, well, to actually finish making the film.

“We’re filming at the moment, we’ve a lot to get done,” said a weary Vaughn, whose credits include memorable but modest-grossing indie fare like “Kick-Ass” and “Layer Cake.” “I’ve never worked under such time pressure. The good thing about the independent world is I never even knew if I was going to get distribution. I’m used to finishing a film and then crossing your fingers that someone is going to like it. This is totally doing it the other way around. We’ve definitely got a release date and we’ve got to make it.”

Vaughn is famous for firebrand candor and droll wit, and despite the hand-wringing right now among some Fox executives, the British filmmaker isn’t turning meek under the pressure. Asked if he’s concerned about the glut of superhero film competition this summer — with “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Green Lantern” and  “Thor” — Vaughn said that, if anything, it’s the other guys who should be nervous. “With ‘Green Lantern,’ I don’t know about that one, I couldn’t get my head around the trailer, to be honest … look, I will say the following: X-Men as a brand is bigger than Captain America, Thor and the Green Lantern, all put together.”

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And that is the X factor that Fox is counting on. The four mutant-hero movies to date have pulled in $1.53 billion in worldwide box office, and even when the hard-core fans of the comics grumbled about the quality of some of the movies (as they did with the Brett Ratner’s 2006 installment “X-Men: The Last Stand”), many of them still bought their tickets just so they could join in the intense Internet debates. The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s apathy — and to date there has been no apathy when it comes to the X-Men characters that created a publishing bonanza for Marvel in the 1980s and 1990s.

“First Class” is being described as an origin story by the studio, and it is set in the 1960s, the same decade that artist Jack Kirby and writer Stan Lee introduced the uncanny X-Men into the cosmic melodrama of their expanding Marvel universe. McAvoy is taking on the role of young Charles Xavier, the leader of the X-Men, and Fassbender is Erik Lehnsherr, the man who will become the evil mastermind Magneto. McAvoy and Fassbender are taking over movie roles originated by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, respectively, two esteemed actors who are practically revered among sci-fi and fantasy fans for their respective work in the “Star Trek” and”The Lord of the Rings”  universes.

McAvoy has flipped between roles of art-house acclaim (“Atonement,” “The Last King of Scotland“)  and work in special-effects blockbusters (the first “Chronicles of Narnia” film, “Wanted“) and he said that Stewart’s work as the aged, bald and wheelchair-bound Xavier is something he views as a counterpoint, not as competition.

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James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in "X-Men: First Class" (Fox)

“This isn’t a reboot, so I’m not replacing anyone, in which case you might want to try to be as different as possible and stay away from what had been done before,” McAvoy said on Monday during a break from a rescue scene that required water-tank work. “This is a prequel, so I’m the same character, just younger, but the challenge for me – and for Michael — is to show the same person in a different place in their life; to show someone before they’re this bad guy, before they’re this saint. Charles wasn’t always a … monk, this selfless, sexless monk that he becomes.”

The plot of this film is still under wraps, but it presents a world where superpowered mutants are living in secret and don’t face the public scrutiny and prejudice that are central themes in the earlier films, which are primarily set in the modern day. The friendship of future foes Xavier and Lehnsherr is the heart of the film — Singer says the two have a common cause and different approaches and he even used the life trajectories of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X as a sort of shorthand for their veering paths. Despite rumors to the contrary, Vaughn said the movie will be the first X-Men film without the most famous face of the franchise, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, and key characters such as Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey give way to new screen arrivals such as Emma Frost (January Jones), Azazel (Jason Flemyng), Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and Havok (Lucas Till).

“It is an excellent cast,” Singer said. He added that no one is more aware of the high-bar set by McKellen and Stewart. “I’m very sensitive to it. Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are two of the best actors working today and that was needed to fill those shoes. Short of digitally recreating Patrick and Ian in their 20s I cant think of anyone who would be more equipped for this than these two guys. The challenge of that is what attracted James, I’m sure of it. That’s why the guy who starred in ‘Atonement’ would want to play a comic-book character in the first place because it was a role established by a really fine actor.”

Singer directed the first two “X-Men” films — which many observers cite as the starting point of more sophisticated treatment of superheroes in cinema — and then left the franchise to direct “Superman Returns,” a movie that was, on paper, a commercial success but culturally and artistically failed to capture lightning in a  bottle as the filmmaker had hoped. Now he’s returning as a producer for this “X-Men” installment and still hopes to direct another X-movie in the near future. He praised Vaughn’s vision and attention to detail and said the problems the production is now facing are merely intriguing challenges that will be overcome.

“The biggest challenge is introducing an audience to these characters in a different time – characters the audience is familiar with but now see played by younger actors and in a story taking place in a different time. We have to establish this universe. We had the challenge with the first ‘X-Men’ film, which came at a time when there were no comic-book movies [of this sort] and no template to launch from and yet you’ve got to do that. You have to put your characters out there and introduce them to a quizzical public that sort of recognizes them. But that very thing is the exciting part of it.”

– Geoff Boucher (Follow me on Twitter @LATherocomplex)

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161 Responses to ‘X-Men:First Class': Three exclusive photos and a report from the stressed-out set

  1. SM1 says:

    I don't know why, but this doesn't look all that exciting. Maybe it's the prepster-chic civilian clothes.

    • Kevin says:

      You know it's set in the 60's right? That's why they are dressed like that…

      • Matt says:

        Obviously SM1 doesn't like reading and just likes looking at pictures.

      • Sophie says:

        Yes, that would the explanation, thanks very much. Still not exciting. I am also tired of "origin" stories at this point. The X-Men are such dynamic, nuanced and fascinating characters in the comics. Bryan Singer (arguably) did a decent job with them in the first two films. I also think that origin stories are a cop out for filmmakers. I blame Christopher Nolan for this.

      • Guest says:

        A cop out?

        Origin stories establish a base for a franchise. If they're done well, that means filmmakers can get around to doing bigger and better movies. (Thanks to Christopher Nolan.)

    • omgforme says:

      Maybe all you poons need to stop worrying/crying/bitching and just enjoy the movie. Its not going to be like the comics, and why would you want it to be? We've seen that story/world and doing so again would just be lame. These movies have deviated from what had to be, and showed us something unique. Instead of freaking out that their not the comics redone, imagine them as an alternate reality if it helps you. Either way stop complaining about every little thing that doesn't remind of you of the comics and enjoy the opportunity to see fresh Xmen material. Yes, I'm mad bro.

  2. Manuel says:

    This movie worries me on so many levels. If it's a prequel to the other films then the continuity is all out of wack. Fox should've pulled a Marvel and had someone oversee all these X-Men movies and make sure they at least feel like they can take place in the same world. And that worries me. On its own, it's a crappy adaptation of the effin' comics. Even in a alternate universe, McAvoy is not the right choice for Xavier. Ugh, I just don't know about this movie and that promo pic released earlier this week doesn't give me confidence at all. Sadly I know I'll pay to see this movie just to give it the benefit of the doubt but I hope this movie fails and Fox gives up the rights.

    • Sophie says:

      I agree completely.

    • Matt says:

      The so-called "promo" pic released earlier this week was not an official shot from the film, it was some Photoshoped hack job that someone released on the net. This film is set in the 60s so why would they have the same look as the other movies which are set in the present? Our styles have changed since then and clearly the same goes for mutants. Personally I like the images above, change is good.

    • guest says:

      please…the comics rewrite their continuity all the time. why can't the films?

    • smckeone says:

      can't tell till I see it

    • Matty says:

      I think its easy for any of us to say one way or the other. The fact is that Marvel themselves have created universe after universe, alternate after alternate and lets not forget the Jean Grey/ Phoenix saga (re-written many different ways)…all of which I loved and valued.
      Try to just let your imagination work and allow the story line to sink in. Hating is easy, giving it a chance is harder. If it sucks, it sucks. Big deal. I'm just stoked that these books I grew up reading are being made into live action movies. To Singer's credit, he NAILED the first two movies…maybe this will be the rebound to the last few missteps.
      PS: McAvoy is a stellar actor.

      • Brent says:

        I have never been convinced that Singer NAILED the first X-movie. And though X2 was MUCH better, I am not sure Singer was the best choice to helm the franchise in the first place. He got Chuck Xavier vs. Eric Lensherr ok, but he CLEARLY did not have a clue on how to cast and feature Jean Grey and Ororo Monroe.

        I think the photos above indicate that the new movie is less "Cheesy" than Singer's movies.

    • shadoufang says:

      "I hope this movie fails" just so you can be right? I… sigh.

  3. Guest says:

    I'm excited for this one. Should be good.

  4. Sketchee says:

    @Manuel They have that person this time, Bryan Singer who did the first two movies is producing

  5. Angel says:

    Excelent photos and report!

    thanks!!!

  6. Sheila G says:

    Ok – now THIS is worth the price of a movie ticket!

  7. Stephen says:

    Fifth movie? Am I missing something? X-Men, X2: United, and X-Men: The Last Stand. Where is the fourth?

  8. seeinitreal says:

    Always gotta be younger. Damn, when are they going to give the elders the roles and props they deserve what w/the larger percent of the population that will be over 50 in just 10 years. Get w/the program hollywood!

  9. Dr. P says:

    I refuse to see this movie on the grounds of Singer SELLING OUT on Episode 3. We the fans gave him much credit for the first 2. All we wanted was for the franchise to be respected toward its conclusion. Oh no! Brian had to sow his oats into a new franchise that no one wanted to see while leaving the Xmen to wither on the vine. Fine. But NOW he wants back in?!?! Forget it.

  10. Sage says:

    it is such a mistake to not reboot. set it in the 60s, have it be an origins story.. but damn, add the real x-men that originated the stories. have who people want to see (Cyclops, Jean, Iceman, Beast, Angel). just get rid of the idea that this all ended up as the shit that bryan singer & brett ratner destroyed. i hope it tanks so that someone a few years later can redo the whole franchise without the burden of singer's version of the x-men, who were never the x-men.

    • psylockerules says:

      Singers X-Men was fine. Ratner is the one who F***ed it up.

    • Kyle says:

      You can't set it in the 60's and use characters who appeared in the first set of movies, because none of them would have been born in the 60's. If they were old enough to appear in this movie, it means they were all in their 50's, which they clearly weren't.

      • beast says:

        He did say "reboot".
        So none of what you just said would have mattered.

      • Cabot says:

        if you had any knowledge, you would know that wolverine was born well before the 60's

      • sabre tooth says:

        i was reading this and thinking the same thing wolverine ages really slow. i do realise that i know no not much about all the people in x-men but people how are righting like the dude above how think they do have to admit they don't know as much as they make out.

      • Matt says:

        Actually it should include wolverine considering he is the oldest

    • DAAniel says:

      WTF dude. Singer’s version of the x-men was fantastic! it was Ratner’s the last stand that stopped any and all improvement of the series, which is why a prequel had to be made. The Last Stand cut the series short of it’s potential.

    • peggy says:

      The movie won’t be the same with out the Guy who played wolverine in the three movies he played in it is going to fail

    • Willie D says:

      I agree, also cyclops didn't find out that his brother Havok was alive until his later years . This movie cast is all srewed up.

  11. Gandalf The Grey says:

    He didn't sell out. Fox fired him in favor of Brett Ratter. And look at the mess he made of everything Bryan Singer set up in the first two movies!

    • Joseph says:

      I don't think Fox fired him, he chose Superman and Fox didn't want to wait for him. Wouldn't call it a "sell out" either though

    • Ptyler says:

      Not true, Singer jumped ship to do Superman Returns and said he was willing to leave an outline for X3. He mangled the Man of Steel by the way.

    • Local Man says:

      Bryan Singer chose to skip X3 to do that horrible Superman Returns. Singer did almost all the pre-preduction work, and then left Brett Ratner to actually direct the movie at the last minute.

      All the hate directed at Ratner is misplaced . . . he was a fill-in for Singer at the last minute. The story was already set when Ratner came on board. I'm not suggesting that Ratner couldn't have done a better job, but most of the faults of X3 were not his fault.

      • Brent says:

        THANK YOU for spreading the truth! The idiotic parts of X3 were in SINGER'S existing story treatment. Singer did a LOT to jack up the franchise imho. Famke and Halle…awful choices. Rogue and Iceman as a couple…awful. Callisto with superspeed? C'mon! Really, was Singer's vision all that good?

  12. Wilson says:

    Who are the characters in the first picture left to right? Thanks!

    • Steven says:

      Sean Cassidy / Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Erik Lesherr / Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Raven Darkholme / Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), Hank McCoy / Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Alex Summers / Havok (Lucas Till)

  13. nameless says:

    If it's the 60's, how come all the boys have 2010 D-Bag Twi-hard Hairdo's?

    Come on.

  14. Angie says:

    Is that the guy from Skins in the back?

  15. Clint says:

    Banshee(?), Magneto, Mystique, Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Beast, Professor Xavier, Havok

  16. Jack says:

    for me this photos is cool for the beginning of the x-men first class so is cool and for the other photos of the costumes of the students of X-men first class is ok not that cool but is ok simply is ok

  17. ndoet says:

    the 2nd picture looked like a scene from james Bond. or Austin Powers while you’re at it

  18. Cyber-X says:

    for me this photos is ok for the beginning of x-men first class and the costumes is ok 2

  19. Chris says:

    From left to right we have: Banshee, Magneto, Mystique (in human form), Moira McTaggart, Hank McCoy (pre-blue fur), Professor X (with hair!) and Havok.

  20. Rob says:

    left to right

    Banshee, Magneto, Mystique, Moira Mactaggart, Beast, Xavier, and Havok

  21. Ken says:

    Havoc is younger brother of Cyclops right? Why they put him in the film?

  22. Mr. Snrub says:

    From left to right: Who cares, who cares, who cares, who cares, who cares, who cares, who cares.

  23. Wibbles says:

    No. Just no. I am the biggest Emma Frost fan in the world and I cannot handle this. This movie makes no sense.

  24. Ben says:

    As with most of the movies coming out these days, I imagine it will suck….

  25. nick says:

    Looks terrible. Very Electro Woman and Dynagirl.

  26. RM3 says:

    I'm very interested to see the young Xavier and Magneto, and also interested to see Emma Frost and Sebastian Shaw. And I'm interested to see the X-Men back in the 1960's. But how do you have a movie about the X-Men First Class without using four of the five mutants who were in the first class? (Scott, Jean, Warren, Bobby) I think the producer would have been better off choosing an entirely different name for this movie. All I can say is, thank god Wolverine will not be in this movie. That is one over-used character.

  27. Kyle Watson says:

    This movie is going to suck like all the other x men movies. bryan singer ruined every single x men movie and should be banned from making comic book movies. How do you make an x men movie where wolverine doesn’t even know who saber tooth is.nobody wants to see bryan singers xmen. The true fans want to see the xmen they grew up with. Not some messed up nightmare turned into movie. Please, por favor, stick to the comic book, or even the cartoon that showed on fox 10+ years ago. But stop with stuff. The people beg u.

  28. Gibson says:

    -X-men first class will fail. It will be a mess of genres and lack a strong story
    -Green Lantern will get 55%ish on metacritic of w/e, so essentially fail. It will kind of b like the superhero equivalent of Expendables
    -Thor will actually do pretty good, get lik in the 80s%
    -Capin America will fail, get like 45%

  29. X-fan says:

    Yes… Havok is Cyclops’ YOUNGER brother. What in the hell is wrong with movie makers? The X-Men comic book was/is a success because it is an awesome story and the caracters rock. So why screw with it? Why does every director have to screw with an equation that has already proven itself to be more than viable? Pride? Ego? Retardation? Seriously, I have to know.

    • Sketchee says:

      Let's be honest with ourselves. Many people don't read comics. Most people don't. (And a lot of the people complaining here haven't read X-Men comics in ages.) X-Men is a successful comic, but the movies make a lot of money and reach a wide audience that enjoys them

  30. X-fan says:

    …Seriously. I wish that the next director who tries to reinvent the wheel gets run over by it… Twice.

  31. Xsikal says:

    I don't understand the point of this movie. It's not a reboot, but it essentially ignores the continuity of the earlier movies, by arbitrarily picking and choosing mutants to suddenly become contemporaries of Xavier and Magneto.

  32. ross says:

    whats bothering me the most, is how in the world is havok in this movie and scott isnt?! everyone knows that scott's the older brother. if this is in the 60s how old do they think havok and scott are in the present day films? that means they woulda had to be born in the 50s if not late 40s. cuz my parents were born in 45 and 50 and they're both in their 60s right now. this movie is chronologically inaccurate and its pissing me off…its gonna be so bad! what makes me even more mad is knowing that im still gonna see it bcuz of my lifetime obcession with xmen. sigh.

  33. Mike says:

    This movie sounds like its going to be one that either hits it or bust great fury. it'lll show in the reviews which way it wil go. I don't see the hype being to grreat for it though.

  34. Kenny says:

    Here’s part of the problem…the knee-jerk, appeal to the “youth” reboot syndrome. “Let’s scrap it and re-re-re-retell the ORIGIN story!”. No, no, no, no, no. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you SHOULD.

  35. purewitz says:

    Did I read that correctly, that Bryan Singer is apart of this movie. Let's not forget that he is the man that nearly killed the future of Superman movies, with his crapfest Superman Returns. He did to Superman, as Joel Schumacher did to Batman. Singer and Schumacher have no business having anything to do with superhero movies at all. If Singer is on board, rest assure this movie will indeed suffer for it.

    • Brett says:

      That's being unduly harsh. Schumacher dealt a serious blow to the "Batman" franchise by taking it in a campy direction, almost doing a big budget version of the 60's TV series after we had had two serious depictions of Batman from Tim Burton. Singer, on the other hand, did a slavishly faithful sequel to "Superman II" with a Christopher Reeve sound-alike and a high-concept take on the character that misfired. While technically, it had great moments, the movie ultimately lacked a heart.

  36. Emma says:

    I cannot wait for this movie – though the fact that they're under such a time crunch worries me a bit but explains why there's no trailer yet! I'm an X-Men fan but the last 2 forays onto the big screen have been huge disappointments, so I'm hoping that the intriguing cast on this one brings something different and good to the franchise. To be fair, I'd be excited to see Fassbender and McAvoy in anything…X-Men or not!

  37. Brett says:

    It sounds to me like Vaughn has bitten off more than he can chew. A few months ago, he was bragging about how his would be the best superhero movie ever and that superhero movies after his would basically be part of a "glut" of poorly done movies. Now, he's touting the brand name of "X-Men" as the reason why his movie will be superior to "Green Lantern," "Thor," and "Captain America: The First Avenger." It won't be his execution of the film but the familiarity of the "X-Men" titles that is the cause of the film's success (he says now).

  38. dude says:

    After the complete fail that was "The Last Airbender" in 2010 and X3 in whatever year it was I don't think this movie could do any worse. My problem isn't with the cast and crew it's with Fox. For whatever reason they refuse to do a real true commitment to these things and that's why they end up falling short.

    I personally think the movie will be fine.

  39. Harriet Taylor says:

    I teach at a school that has a 100 % latino/black population. Last week, a white child (a foster child, of course) joined our class. Children come and go in this district because it's mostly transient. So we get new students all the time. But never before have the children clamored for the new child to "Sit by me!". I wonder why. Could it be, perhaps, that they devalue themselves and value white more highly because that's ALL THEY SEE IN MOVIES AND ON TV?! Could there not have been ONE major brown-skinned character in this X-Men movie that mostly kids will want to see?!

    • Nightcrawler says:

      Why is this about race? Besides you have Angel Salvatore, (who is dark skinned Latina in the comic) Mystique (who is blue!) and Azazel (who's got red skin). Oh yeah and they're all mutants. How's that for diversity?

      • Todd says:

        If you would bother to know the story you know that they’re all persecuted for being different. Is there a reason you think that can only be achieved by having darker skin?

      • frank says:

        Because that Black characters that attracred us NON-WHITE fans to the franchise are seemly absent. Because I pay money to see movies and would like to be represented in those movies as well. Why is this a concept that is so hard for some people to understand. All we are asking for is some kind of presence, The same kind of presence that stan lee put in the comics origanlly.

  40. Todd says:

    Please stop crying about continuity. X-men is the biggest culprit to not following continuity. Their time line has been so scattered that no one knows when any of them were born. Cyclops has been part of the X-men for mostly all the stories. Including the World War II story lines. And if you would recall, Beast wasn’t blue and furry originally. Mystique was Rogue’s mother. X-men has never stayed tied to one direction. That’s what has made it so great for so long. And to answer the stupid question above, Wolverine lost his memories. All of them. He doesn’t remember who anyone is.

  41. MEmeME says:

    Why has Hank got no fur? What's the backstory there?

  42. X-Men says:

    RE: Your skewed/effed up version of the X-Men universe.
    I hate you, Bryan Singer. Read an X-Men comic for eff's sake.

  43. Jeffsd says:

    Isn't Bryan singer The guy who destroyed superman?

  44. paikea says:

    Where's Storm? Am I the only one noticing the milky white cast?

    • Brent says:

      Storm already appeared in the Singer franchise and would not have been born yet. So Angel Salvatore and Darwin, two VERY recent character in the comic books, are being used.

      Zoe Kravitz is non-threatening and ethnically ambiguous enough to bestow a hint of diversity without making the cast as diverse as the X-universe is in comics. I would have preferred them to use more established characters like Dr. Cecelia Reyes, Bishop (without the time travel angle), Apocalypse, Monet ("M"), or even Northstar to diversify the cast. It's all about tokenism, I am sorry to report.

  45. CharlesDingus says:

    A.)It takes place in the 60s. They aren't "D-bag" hairdos. They're classic hairdos. He's more concerned about fitting the time period than looks.
    B.) It will disrupt continuity, but the thing about the X-Men movie universe is that everything is already disrupted. It doesn't fit to the comics at all, so the fact that this one follows along the same trend is irrelevant.
    C.) It's meant to bring imagination back into the franchise. It's been dead for a long time. The only thing they had to give them a little bit of a jolt of new life was that Origins thing a couple of years ago, and that did very little. This brings in new faces.(Better faces, I might add.) If he can pull a good story out of his ass, then it may just do the trick. I couldn't actually care less about special effects. A well-written part would do it for me.
    D.) The direction and production is fresh AND experienced. I'm sure they'll be able to make the most of their budget and all of you people that are afraid that it'll bomb will be OK with the turnout.

    There's no use in belly-aching over something like this. The point of movies is entertainment and since entertainment isn't exactly a necessity (for people in the real world, anyways) we can look forward to the positive aspects of what is to come rather than worrying that it won't fulfill expectations.
    In lamen's terms, grow up.

    • Boss says:

      It's not that the film goes against comic continuity that people are upset about, its that it seems to go against its own…

  46. Stephen says:

    I'm glad i'm not the only one who Hated the Bryan SInger movies. People talk about his movies like there a gift from God, his X-Men movies are terrible.
    "what happens when a Toad gets hit by lightning, the same thing that happens to everything else"
    terrible, just terrible. Now i know Joss Weadon wrote that scene but it was still in the Singer movies.
    At least Brett Ratner's movie had the real Angel, not Angel Salvatore. I would rather her baby daddy be in the movie Beak was awesome.

    • Charli J says:

      Can you guys stop bashing these directors? You go out and direct a movie and see how good it will do…Before you talk about a person, make sure you have a reason to.

  47. Marvel fan says:

    How can they put Havok in when he is the younger brother of Cyclops. One thing about Marvel that I was always proud of is their continuity. Now it is all screwed up

  48. Yana says:

    Ok tell me if I'm wrong but, I thought the best rep of X-men was the morning cartoon series that came on FOX (the channel). Why couldn't Singer had followed that story line? I must admit that I am disappoint to hear what characters are going to be added beside Xaiver and Magneto… I felt that Singer did a bad job on all the X-men movies. The casting was great, graphics and specials effects good, but it was the story line as well as some the characters not acting true to their nature. Storm was super sucky (Halle made her look super weak when she was super strong) Jean freaking turning into the Phoenix and dying! But there was no Gambit. And oh don't even get me started on Rogue (why did they make her so stupid young in the movie) she was one of the strongest female characters. (she didn't even say her famous line "Sugar")…. Like others have said on here, I probably will see it out of disgust with the hopes that someone will redo the whole thing. Maybe they'll shoot one with sentinels, you know involving the furturistic time cop ( I can't think of his name, he has a scare on one of his eyes)…

    • Ikouze says:

      Your talking about Cable, Cyclops son :D He was in Marvel VS Capcom 2 lol. That's the only place I heard him from. But it would be awesome if he was in the X-Men movies lol.

    • Charli J says:

      If you hate the movies, don't go watch it!!!("Watching it out of digust…Really??) I hate people who talk trash about the movies that they couldn't direct any better… Find another hobby…

  49. Magnum says:

    Who cares. There'll be another new X-Men film in another 2 years. None of this affects the comics. Worry not, nerds.

  50. gtoya says:

    Everyone's commenting and filming isnt finished…get a grip fools

  51. Chris says:

    Matthew Vaughn is in over his head on this film. When the director starts publicly complaining about running out of time, there is desperation in the air. It sets up excuses by him later on when critics start branding the movie as "a mess." Funny if you go back and read Vaughn's comments ripping X-Men 3 and Brett Ratner — Vaughn was right to criticize that movie but now he's steering himself on the same course. Fox should have pressured Singer to direct this one…

  52. James says:

    Movie is going to be released in June 2011 and they do not have a trailer and a website yet!

  53. Fez says:

    What I'd like to see instead of 'First Class' is just another good X-men movie like #1 w/ Cable, Bishop and APOCALYPSE. I'd love a storyline w/ those characters. I have faith in Vaughan but I don't know about the cast. McAvoy seems too young and short for playing Xavier. Fassbender seems fine.

    As for the storyline and characters in the other X-men movies, the moviemakers had it wrong before anyway. Lady Deathstryke aka Yuriko was suppose to be Wolverine's lover from Japan (they knew each other), Nightcrawler is suppose to Mystique & Mr. Sinister's son, Wolverine and Sabertooth are not suppose to be brothers. That was all b.s.

    I'll wait till I see the movie to make proper judgements on it.

  54. Katie Leiataua says:

    I need to see the trailer first. Right now, looking at these images is just like seeing a completely different movie.

  55. kayoyama says:

    I will be waiting for this one..

  56. John_Westra says:

    My sons, now 21 and 24, grew up watching the X-Men animated series with me enjoying every minute of it with them. I myself had been a fan of the X-Men graphic novel series for years. When my sons were 6 & 9 I built them a tree house with a plaque that read "X-Men Club House" As they grew up, we watched all of the movies together. This movie is already a huge disappointment. It bears no similarity to either the graphic novels, the animated series or the movies. The characters are wrong, the style is "Gay Motown" and screams repressed Hollywood Queer! No thanks. Some things are best left untouched. This is one of them!

  57. Jill says:

    I wish I could say I'm excited for this film, but I'm not. I've been a fan of the X-Men since I was a kid. I'm 27 now and I'm still waiting for Hollywood to make a decent X-Men film. The first one was crap. The second one showed promise at the end when they hinted at the Jean Grey/Phoenix storyline. And then X3 came out and they completely destroyed the Phoenix storyline.

    My biggest problem with First Class is Emma Frost. Isn't she around the same age as Jean Grey and Cyclops? How could she, Xavier and Magneto be around the same age? When she joins the X-Men, Xavier is older and in a wheelchair. Does that mean when she and Scott get together she's at least 20 years older than him? I know cougars are in these day, but c'mon.

    For those of you that are thinking I should just get over it, it's just a movie, so on and so forth, you have to understand – the last 3 X-Men films have been a big FU to those of us that made the X-Men popular in the first place. If the fans didn't buy the comic books, action figures, the trading cards, etc. or watch the cartoons, this franchise would not have been such a draw to a big Hollywood studio like FOX and the movies would've never been made. I just can't understand why the studio, Marvel, Stan Lee, the writers, etc. don't seem to care about the hardcore fans. I understand they wanted to tell a story that would appeal and be understood by everyone, but to completely screw up (some of the) characters, destroy popular storylines, and have zero continuity (will someone please explain to me why Emma Frost was a teenager and shown escaping the island with an aged and wheelchair dependent Xavier in Wolverine, but is now an adult living in the sixties with a much younger Xavier in First Class?) it's just a slap in the face to the fans.

    Oh well. Thanks for letting me vent.

  58. Cyber-X says:

    Look… for me, to be honest…. the costumes looks like of this movie Kick ass and street fighter one on this actor Jean Claude van-dame

  59. dylan says:

    i cant understand why the movie has 2 be different 4m d comics… why cudnt dey just do it wid d original mutants like in d comics… every1 in d movie industry is almost destroyin wat is in d comic books…..

  60. lolishstyle says:

    Great post

  61. Elizabeth says:

    I'm not grooving on the photos, especially not the first one. It looks like a picture I took of all my friends and was like, "Alright, now everyone make a serious face." I don't know, I hope I'm wrong but I was excited about the movie before the pictures came out..

  62. Natasha Evans says:

    I don't know about anyone else. My family and I cannot wait to see it.

  63. MRichter says:

    Hopefully it wont be that bad. And after the last movie, when many of the stars were killed off, this may be a good departure.

  64. slomanjoe says:

    I'll wait for it to be shown on cable tv……………….

  65. Charli J says:

    All of the people who say the continuity is wrong, get a grip. Obviously the movies aren't following the comic books. Separate the two and stop comparing them to each other (Half of you that are commenting negatively on the franchse, probably went out and bought tickets like everyone else, so obviously you like them in some way…)

  66. Ollie says:

    X-Men Babies,we make your dreams come true!!!

    LEARN-The Origins of the company that makes Professor X's wheelchair!
    MARVEL-at the master of magnetism Magneto as he learns to love the color purple!
    BEHOLD-as the fabulous furry Beast coughs up his very first hairball!
    ALL THIS PLUS KEVIN BACON…..WITH MUTTONCHOPS!!!!!!

    apathy indeed.

  67. lucidfutz says:

    Looks hot. Let's hope for lots of skin.

  68. clambake says:

    According to screenrant.com, this film will focus on the Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr characters and less on the actual X-Men team. Another character will be introduced, Riptide, played by Spanish actor Alex Gonzales. This character will have the power to spin very fast and generate calcium deposits that he uses as projectiles. Several characters from the comic books will be used in the film. I hope it doesn't get so cluttered with mutants that the audience becomes confused and ultimately never connects with any of the characters.

  69. VoiceOfReason says:

    Basically, as with all "comic book adaptations", no one (from the studio on down) CARES what the hell you mouth breathing continuity obsessed moron geeks think. If these movies JUST appealed to the "funnybook hardcore", they'd gross about $20 million and lose TONS of money (ala "Scott Pilgrim" another comic book originated movie that DIDN'T care to court the general public and FAILED miserably). The trick the studio/producers are trying to pull off (with EVERY "Comic Book" movie) is to get the '"GENERAL PUBLIC interested in paying their bucks to see it. If it screws up your precious "continuity" of a comic book from the 1960's….boohoo. NO ONE except you losers care.

    As one studio exec said: "The Geeks? Who cares about the effin' geeks. WE'VE GOT the geeks. I want the general public who'll pay $200 million collectively to see this thing"

  70. James Blackthorn says:

    Another senseless assault on creativity for money. But considering the culture this is expected.

  71. voice of reason says:

    "Assault on Creativity"….HILARIOUS. "Star Trek" (not a comic book but another "Geek Sacred Cow") IGNORED the 50 years of conflicting "continuity" and came up with a HUGE critical AND commercial hit.(what did the last "continuity bound" Trek do? Oh yeah, less than $50 million) The only ones upset were it idiot no life uberfans and their powerpoint presentation of "continuity" going back 50 years….GUESS WHAT? NO one "normal" cares.

    You 'fanboys" bitch and whine that Hollywood should "just directly adapt" this issue or that issue from 1968 and be done with it are just clueless idiots. "Assault on creativity" my ass. You Fanboys are THE MOST obsessed with "no change, same same status quo/no creativity". A 30 page 4 color flimsy narrative from 4 decades past WON'T support a $150 million movie. It will be laughed out of the theater or ignored (both fates that "Pilgrim" got). NO ONE in the audience (except you morons) WILL GIVE A DAMN if Havoc is Cyclops younger, older, or adopted brother (or future gay lover for that matter). They will give a damn if there's a reasonably entertaining popcorn flick with eye candy superpower visual effects. Period.

  72. Dwight says:

    i hope someone can see that Havok , either wasn't even born or just a "kid", when all this started. Does no one remember that he is the kid brother of Cyclops and was in X-Factor. And X-Factor came about through the govt.

  73. frank says:

    why does it seem like there's no diversity in this movie. all the actors look… the same white and shiny. Can someone please make a sci fi click with some colored folks… they don't have to be black but something other that white… please! I want to see some Indians and some hispanics and some asians and some middle eastern folks. That's why I like the comics. they draw different looking people. I'm gonna have to make my own damn X-man movie

  74. X-men guy says:

    The X-men first class consist of~Cyclops,Jean,Storm,Ice-man,Beast,Angel,Nightcrawler,Colossus,Forge,Banshee,Cannonball,Havok,Polaris,Rogue,Gambit,Psylocke,Thunderbird,Warpath,Dazzler,Bishop…white queen was running with the hell fire club at this time azazel and sebastian shaw came in the late 90s why the hell are they in this? It should be xmen 1st class against Magnetos and his gang brotherhood of evil mutants this movie is WEAKSAUCE!

  75. Ingonyama says:

    Xavier's hair fell out when he was still in his teens, as part of a mark on his mutation. It shows a severe lack of respect for the source material for the actor to not be bald for the role.

    In fact, NONE of these characters resemble their comic book counterparts, even in their early days. How much are filmmakers going to sacrifice in the name of "realism?"

  76. Dom says:

    Just so FOX knows and for you all working on the movie.. X-Men First Class stars Iceman, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Beast, Angel, and Professor X. Stick to the original story. Follow the comic books instead of creating a new thing. Represent X-Men First Class the right way.

  77. Feron says:

    I'm watching this one online.

  78. Willie D says:

    The X-men started as teen (cyclops, jean, iceman ,and angel) beast was older but in human form and Prf X was older . Now, Why would they make them look like if they all were about the same age. When in fast the frist three movies they had a big age differents? As an x-fan this movie going to suck.

  79. guest says:

    x3 sucked, but i suffered through to see ellen page as kitty pride. i'll suffer through this to see january jones as emma frost. i love pretty much all of matt vaughns work, so i'm keeping my fingers crossed. i just wish they would throw out the stupid movie continuity. none of these mutants were in the first class except beast. that is just ridiculous.

  80. bluedevil74gd says:

    i only hope that some how the true story can be told

  81. tom says:

    ok…let me get this straight…brian singer is back…& this film will have HAVOK as a character??? i was excited to see this…how dare singer get back in on this when he abandoned us on last stand…"im gonna make a sequel to superman 2…& waste hundreds of millions of $'s & peoples time to ruin christopher reeve's take on him & end it with lois having a 5 yr old "superbaby"???turning superman into a deadbeat dad?? i thought mallrats cleared up why lois cant get pregnant by an ALIEN…..??

  82. tom says:

    personally loved last stand..they did what they could to make the phoenix believable in real life..no aliens or anything. they tried. wolverins "origins" wasnt the origin story either..but it was ok..not great but ok..& if im not mistaken HAVOK is scott summers little brother…how's that fit into this "prequel" timeline…stop making comic movies that the rest of the world laughs at the fans for being fans of…it says somewhere that x-men as a franchise is bigger than thor, cap, & lantern put 2gether…they got something that these "x-movies" dont….CONSISTANCY TO THEIR STORYLINES REGARDING THE TEAM & ITS MEMBERS!!!!!(except for lantern…which by the looks of it will probly blow!!!)

  83. good or bad? says:

    Y are you all crying over this? i mean it looks fine i just saw some short clips titled meet banshee, meet havok , meet beast, and so on and they look awesome. this isnt the only movie in the world not following the comics! spiderman didnt follow the comics by saying peter falls in love with mj. he was in love with gwenn stacey first b4 he even met mj and tht movie was wht caused marvel movies to explode with popularity. Xmen 1 didnt follow the comics either. wolverine might be the favorite xman among many people but his COMIC personality just isnt good for the main guy. They changed how he acted alot to fit the badass but still someone u wanna b freinds with person Jackson plays in the films. You all watched that one so youre gonna see this one, no point in complaining. y do a reboot tht would just mean it would be tht much longer b4 we got to see VERY FAMOUS characters like nightcrawler colossus kitty storm and WOLVERINE! they probly will make a reboot eventually but for goodness sake give them a chance to show all the characters first. who cares if it doesnt follow the comic first class. if u hate the idea of it dont see the movie plain and simple go read the comic. Stan lee doesnt cry over this stuff so y do you?

  84. good or bad? says:

    And the whole havok bein older than scott and emma being in it, come on now give it a rest. These are professional moviemakers and actors who obviously know that they have to explain how its possible. its not like they are saying this is it and you dont need to know how. YOU WILL FIND OUT. They will obviously hint somehow tht alex is related to scott considering in one of the many trailers it flat out says Alex Summers. and as for emma bein in first class and wolverine maybe they arent the same person? duh. in the whole mutant universe you really think there is only one mutant with diamond skin? there are a ton of ways they could explain this. maybe the emma in first class is like a mom aunt or grandma to the one in wolverine. Its possible so all im sayin is give this movie a chance. It has great characters that WE the fans asked to see so stop complaining over what you asked for.

  85. good or bad? says:

    I am glad darwin is in it though im sorry but even being whit i can tell that there needs to be more diversity in xmen rather it b black indian or whtevr. Personally i would like to see Spyke from X-men evolution appear in a movie along with cannonball, forge and countless others. It seems like in all the films there is one or so mutants who have a terrible time controlling and using their power properly: Rogue, Jean, Wolverine, and havok beast and ESPECIALLY Magneto in the first class film. We have to look at the positives of these movies even if they arent right timewise. I mean maybe after first class we could see mutants like Quicksilver or Bishop. Or how awesome would it be to show mutants with as much power as jean like Hellion or Scarlett Which. a little off topic but my point is, is tht we need an open mind to this there are multiple marvel universes this is just one we havnt seen

  86. ADESINA TAYO says:

    THE X-MEN MOVIES BEEN A MESS SINCE THE FIRST ONE , SO THIS ONE IS GOING TO BE A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT JUST LIKE GI.JOE, THE FIRST CAP AMERICA THAT THANK GOD NEVER TRULY SEEN THE LIGHT OF DAY, STREET FIGHTER , HE-MAN, I CAN GO ON ON. X-MEN FIRST CLASS GIVE ME A BREAK EVERY BODY KNOWS THE FIRST CLASS WAS MADE UP OF CYCLOPS, MARVEL GIRL AKA JEAN GREY, THE ICE MAN , THE ANGLE , AND BEAST. I HOPE THIS MOVIE BOMBS SO ONE HOW IS A TRUE FAN CAN GET THE RIGHTS TO REDO IT HOW IT SUPPOSE TO BE DONE.

  87. wayne martin says:

    Can't wait to see the new X-men movie…. but sneak peek clips help! Enjoy! http://bit.ly/k8aVyQ

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  89. francheska says:

    i love james mcavoy as professor X..

  90. paulquaye87 says:

    please when will the x-men first class part two come out

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