The debut trailer for X-Men: First Class has arrived! After Fox tormented fans all day by coming through quite late with the promise of posting the heavily-anticipated trailer on the film's Facebook page, the clip has finally made its debut. What we've heard so far about the film depicting the beginnings of the X-Men team, set in 1962 has been puzzling considering its cast of characters. The folks behind the film have been quite clear that, despite some pretty gaping anachronistic character appearances, this would still be a direct prequel to the X-Men films of Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner, which were also branched-off in Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. So, how will this prequel helmed by Kick-Ass director Mathew Vaughn stack-up in a field of comic book movies that's heating-up in 2011 and will only explode in 2012? Let's get a look!
Xavier: "Killing will not bring you peace." Magneto: "Peace was never an option."
What's immediately apparent, is that while the trailer seems to be going out of its way to show how this will be a character study of the relationship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, its focus seems to be tremendously larger. The Cuban Missile Crisis is the prominent backdrop as mutantkind's rather untimely coming out party and the terrible ideological divide between Charles and Erik are already quite clear. A role-call of the new mutant characters displaying their effects-heavy powers is coupled with the familiar sight of a group of X-Men huddled in the X-Mansion, preparing themselves for the world's woes. Additionally, we see new faces filling old concepts with Jennifer Lawrence seductively transforming as Mystique, just as we saw with Rebecca Romijn in the previous X-Men movies and January Jones' Emma Frost sitting with legs crossed in a room Basic Instinct-style before we see her diamond-skinning it up, just as we saw when Tahyna Tozzi played her in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. (Albeit as a younger version of her, set at a presumably later point in time. Makes a lot of sense, right?)
Confusion about the canon aside, this is actually pretty epic. X-Men: First Class hits theaters June 3, 2011.
What's your feedback for this film, now? Has it whetted your appetite? Or has it solidified your indifference?