By sora_thekey 13 Comments
The X-Men: First Class trailer just debuted today and it's creating quite a buzz around the internet. Strangely enough, in my opinion, the trailer was amazingly well done even though I am pretty sure the actual film will end up disappointing me.
Before reading my breakdown of the trailer be sure you have watched it yourself and have come up with your own opinion.
The first 35 seconds of the trailer made me sigh in disappointment. It seemed as though the trailer would be following the same arrangement that previous X-Men trailers had. If you remember, years back, when the X-Men films first surfaced, the trailers were all just about introducing the characters. They listed them and showcased their powers. Even X-Men Origins: Wolverine did this to introduce the random, out-of-place characters in the movie.
To my surprise, Fox redeemed themselves by keeping the reused footage to a minimum and showing us what this movie was all about. After the Marvel logo and establishing the time period the things that we are actually interested began.
The trailer shows us the Xavier mansion and the complete cast of mutant students. The scene after that is what bothered me the most. While the idea of having creepy rooms in old mansions is nothing new, the fact that Xavier opens a dark vault to reveal what I assume is the room that will become Cerebro is exciting, but that's not the part of that scene that bothered me:
Why would Havok be carrying what looks like dummy along for the Cerebro trial run?
After the trailer establishes that the movie is coming out in just just four short months, the lovely January Jones is revealed as Emma Frost. Inexplicably she is caged in a cell that could or could not be the same cell where we saw Magneto in a recently released screenshot. Who the two men observing the telepath are is a mystery to all.
It was a pleasant surprise to see Angel Salvadore actually have wings in the movie. The method of how she "reveals" them to Erick and Charles, is a little unorthodox for the character. Unless there's a part of Angel's character in the comics I didn't know about, I don't recall her stripping for the headmasters of her school.
I also don't recall that 60's fashion included backless dresses. Then again, I could be wrong.
During a montage of the rest of the cast -which include a non-furry Beast, Havok, Moira MacTaggert and Mystique- we see Darwin, a character who doesn't get too much recognition in this trailer (Right).
Witness The Beginning appears on the screen and afterwards we witness the reveal of 1960s'bulky and not-so-black Blackbird. In my opinion, this Blackbird looks cool and it somehow even looks better than the other X-Men movies' Blackbird.
We are one minute and fourteen seconds in the trailer and we finally get to see the exciting stuff. Power manifestation and missiles is not what I am talking about though. I am talking about blue and furry Beast. I think this concords well in it's own universe as X-3's Beast clearly states that he was in the X-Men before. This is the point in the trailer when the random scenes are bombarded at us creating hype and excitement .
We see Magneto stab someone using his non-CGI induced powers, McCoy's transformation from Hank to Beast and Havok's force beam. Which resemble's Cyclops eye beams. It's strange that there is a visual relation between these two characters yet the younger brother made it to the X-Men first in the 60s.
During this random set of scenes I am left wondering two things. First, why do Mystique and Beast seem to hold a romantic relationship if her comic book love interest is also in this movie? Second, if there is any relation between the Emma Frost in this movie and the one in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, how come the diamond secondary mutation looks so different? (There is probably no relation, but I still think she looks like walking hair gel in human form)
At least we get to see Sebastian Shaw! (Because it was him who we were all looking at, right?)
We get to see the baby steps that are taken in lieu of creating Cerebro, yet it seems like it's painful. More reason to think that this movie is relating to the original X-Men movies is that the trip that Xavier takes while using the machine is reminiscent of the original X-men movie and how the atmosphere gets foggy and the the mental world is "pieced" together.
I don't know enough about Azazel to make assumptions about his character, but I thought Nightcrawler only inherited his demon-like exterior, not his powers.
After this, I wonder if the trailer has given too much away. The premise of this movie definitely sets up Erik and Charles as best friends, yet the outcome of whatever volatile decisions Erik will take will lead him to become Magneto. Which leads into the original X-Men movie, so I'm calling it now; no X-Men: First Class 2.
The trailer is a visual treat, but it is obvious that this movie is bound to piss off a couple thousand X-Men comic fans. While there are a lot of unanswered questions, there is a lot that is revealed, not just from this movie, but also from the fact that we all already saw the X-men trilogy.
While I am one of the many people who electronically used his torch and pitchfork against X3 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I am very interested. I will have plenty of time to get mad at this movie after I watch it this June.
Who's with me?
EDIT: I began writing this before G-Man posted his article: X-Men: First Class Trailer - Breakdown & Analysis. So I apologize that this is now sort of redundant.
-- Geo (sora_thekey) 3-Year Whiskey Media user, and 24/7geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey