X-Men: First Class: First Look!

Posted by Grey Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Remember that bittersweet feeling you had back when Bryan Singer unveiled his vision of the X-Men back in the 2000 film? Hold on tight to that as we have our first look at the cast of Matthew Vaughn (director of Kick-Ass)'s prequel to the X-Men film franchise.

Speaking of bittersweet feeling, we were more than relieved with the completed film in 2000, with Singer capturing most of the gravitas of the mutants we have adored since our adolescent days. So it was eventually sweet and with Singer's follow-up in 2003's X2 (more popularly known as X2: X-Men United), the taste got sweeter. Karma works in strange, pain-in-the-ass way though as we subsequently bore witness to the cinematic (and comic) atrocity known as X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006. The film franchise continue to spiral downward with 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the spin-off film featuring the all-too-popular Wolverine. So the history goes like, in doubt, sweet, sweeter, shitty, and equally shitty. Why the history lesson now? Just so that the Marvel Zombies among you can just chill off for now when they witness the first image of the cast of X-Men: First Class.

Now, without further ado, X-Men: First Class (click to view in high resolution).

From left to right: Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert), January Jones (Emma Frost), Jason Flemyng (Azazel), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Lucas Till (Havok), Zoe Kravitz (Angel, the new one), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), and James McAvoy (Professor Charles Xavier).

So now you see the need of the history lesson. Released by 20th Century Fox via MSN (who have since regained their sanity by having the page taken down) earlier today, one can't help but to feel... underwhelmed. Akin to how I felt with the unveiling of Bryan Singer's leather-clad X-Men back in 2000. There could have been so many opportunities for them to release their first public images but they chose this, a piece of atrociously done image seemingly produced by a five-year-old kid and his first PhotoShop creation.

Nevertheless, While we are comfortable with the 60s-esque uniform for the X-Men (black and yellow-theme), I was rather shocked to see James McAvoy looking absolutely like Selma Blair with what looked like a wig on his head. Fortunately, there's always the scantily clad Emma Frost (portrayed by Mad Men's January Jones) to depend on in times of despair as such.

Anyway, here's the official plot synopsis for the film, via The Film Stage:

"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 the 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."

While it is most disappointing that this is the first image of the film that Fox decided to unveiled, we remained optimistic with the film and are pretty sure that amidst the upcoming onslaught of superhero films, this might just be one of the gems of the pack.

Source: MSN


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