X-Men: First Class: Final Preview

Posted by Grey Friday, June 3, 2011

Oh, my stars and garters! X-Men: First Class opens today. Being one of the most anticipated films for us here at The Daily Zombies, we present to you our final big blow-out preview, complete with a consolidation of all the posters, trailers, and stills from the film.

So here we are, June 3rd, the release date of 20th Century Fox's X-Men: First Class.

The bloody battles of this Summer's blockbuster films have kicked off early with Universal Pictures's Fast Five and Marvel Studio's Thor in May. Before June, we have had Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides taken over the title of the highest grossing film of 2011. Coming into June, we have among others, Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Green Lantern ahead. Just so you know the classes of films we have yet in the middle period of the Summer film fest. With the release of X-Men: First Class today, can 20th Century Fox command the box office for the coming days?

The fifth installment of the X-Men film series and prequel to X-Men, X-Men: First Class, while having the much-perceived advantage of the familiarity of the general movie-goers, has in fact one critical challenge to overcome: Revitalizing the nearly dead interest in an otherwise potentially lucrative franchise. Thanks to the disastrous cinematic atrocity known as X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006, and also to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine for continuing the downward spiral in film quality, the X-Men film franchise is actually in disarray, as indicative in the ongoing fruitless hunt for a director for the next Wolverine film.

In came director Matthew Vaughn, hot off the heels of the success of his previous film, Kick-Ass (incidentally, a superhero film also based on a Marvel property). Produced by Gregory Goodman, Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner, and director Bryan Singer, who had earlier directed the critically acclaimed first two installment of the series, X-Men: First Class seeks to bring the audiences back to the foundation years of the mutants, setting the film firmly in the 1960s, complete with all the tumultuous political situation surrounding the period.

With an ensemble cast led by James McAvoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Magneto, the film also featured Rose Byrne (as Moira MacTaggert), January Jones (as Emma Frost), Jason Flemyng (as Azazel), Nicholas Hoult (as Beast), Lucas Till (as Havok), Zoe Kravitz (as Angel, the new one), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), and Kevin Bacon (as the main antagonist of the film, Sebastian Shaw).

For those who have missed out on our earlier preview, here is the official synopsis of the film:

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. 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 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 one might be tempted to presumed that the film is a standard issue prequel that served to jumpstart the ailing battery of the film franchise, we here at The Daily Zombies beg to differ. In an earlier interview with various UK publications, Vaughn has indicated numerous times on his intention to reboot the franchise. Yes, meaning that if there were to be any sequel coming from this one, the history of the events playing out might just be in direct contrary to the original trilogy. Which is just fine by us, given how X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine totally tarnished the franchise. With Cyclops's impossible offscreen demise in the former and a absolutely forgettable debut of a young Emma Frost in the latter, this would be a great time for a case of retrograde amnesia.

Especially after we read of Vaughn's pitch for the opening of a possible sequel:

"I've got some ideas for the opening for the next film. I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto. That would explain the physics of it, and we see that he's pissed off because Kennedy took all the credit for saving the world, and mutants weren't even mentioned. And we could go from there, and I've got some fun ideas about what other mutants to bring in. I don't want to tempt fate, though. If the film's a hit, of course I'd be interested. I really enjoyed making it."

That said, the real reason behind our enormous optimism behind the film largely lends itself to the amazing casting and the wonderful clips that we have seen thus far. Having both James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as the two anchor of the film is easily the shining beam of the excellent casting. On the other hand, while we have seen our fair share of absolute trashy promotional material coming out from 20th Century Fox for the film, we remained positive that the quality of the film has no connection whatsoever with the promotional fiasco.

With that our of the way, X-Men: First Class is a film that we held with one of the year's highest anticipation. Apart from that, the early reviews of the film has been tremendously positive. While superhero film fatigue might just be catching up real soon, we believe this is one film that herald yet another great age of X-Men film craze.

Below are some of the very well-done clips from the films (which probably should be seen for those who haven't watch the film given its spoilery contents).

"Excellent Question"

"Never Again"

"Shaw Attacks"


"Locating Shaw"

"Magic Trick"

"Meeting Hank"

"Be Normal"

X-Men First Class Featurette (Family Tree)

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS - Behind The Scenes

And here are the character trailers.

Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones)

Havok (Lucas Till)

Beast (Nicholas Hoult)

Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence)

The official trailer.

The TV spots.

In addition, Marvel has put a cool humorous animation promoting the film. Check it out.

And now, a gallery of the posters from the film. Beware. The first couple is simply hideous to behold.

And here are some of the overseas posters.

Here are some of the stills from the film.


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