More footage of X-Men: First Class has been revealed, as a Russian trailer for the film has surfaced. While the basic framework and narrative style of the trailer Fox debuted on Facebook last month remains intact, there are notable differences here. For one thing, while the first US trailer focused more on the film's Cold War context and glimpses of the mutant peanut gallery, we have Michael Fassbender's Magneto undoubtedly surfacing as the star of the trailer in his conflicts with James McAvoy's Charles Xavier. We actually see the tortured past of Erik Lehnsherr, as it is used to highlight his evolution into the powerful, calculating, and ruthless militant mutant leader we saw played by Ian McKellen in the X-Men films. Additionally, we got good glimpses of Caleb Landry as Banshee, Lucas Till as Havok, and Nicholas Hoult as Beast as he endures the worst puberty...ever. Do check below for this new footage meant for the land in which X-Men: First Class trailers watch you.
If you're seriously interested in what's being said, The Playlist has provided a rough translation of the dialogue. However, it's really nothing that wasn't heard in the initial trailer we got in the States last month. Much like that version, this one wrapped-up its dialogue with the powerful exchange between Xavier and Magneto, in which Xavier says: "Killing will not bring you peace." To which Magneto responds chillingly: "Peace was never an option."
With tons of odd anachronisms, you'll never find a more head-scratching, illogical follow-up to a film series. (Ouside of Joel Schumacher casting Tommy Lee Jones for a role played previously by Billy Dee Williams in the same Batman series.) However, this movie appears to be shaping up quite nicely. Putting aside all the baggage of the X-Men films, the quality of the underlying drama is clearly present, and wrapping itself in the Cold War context seems to be an extremely effective way in enhancing the immediacy of those events.
On a sidenote, the omission of President John F. Kennedy's Cuban Missile Crisis speech from the previous trailer was also quite noticeable. I guess coupling that footage with the sight of Soviet Soldiers getting utterly destroyed by mutants may not have sat well. Maybe a little too close to home? U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
X-Men: First Class hits theaters on June 3.