How X-Men: First Class Breaks Marvel Continuity
I'll admit, I still love the heck out of the first 10 minutes of the Wolverine Origins films, where it's Logan (Jimmy!) and Sabretooth joined at the hip over decades fighting battle after battle, but after that, it falls a bit flat, especially after a naked Wolverine runs and hides in a farmhouse. Tough guys can't be tough guys if they're naked and running. Hopefully, since this trailer does look pretty cool, the film won't suck. Both Wolverine Origins and X-Men First Class look pretty cool from the trailers, but hey, so did the trailer for Jim Carrey's The Number 23. (Spoiler alert: It wasn't good) Regardless whether or not you love, like, or hate the trailer, Let's take a look at these two trailers side-by-side and point out some ridiculousness.
== TEASER ==
The opening scenes, for both trailers, introduce the viewer to the characters we know and love, and then they let us know what they look like for the film. This covers Professor X, Magneto, and Wolverine. Now you know what they all looked when they were younger.
Now as these characters are being introduced, we get some soft music that you know at any point in time will pop off into epicness. Now, both pieces of music are different, but they have the same structure and feel to them.
So after you're introduced to these characters, where do you go next? The moment that changes everything...
Ex-President, John F Kennedy gives his speech about the Cold War and Wolvie looses a loved one. These two events inspire the heroes to move forward and get straight to the action. Both of these events don't happen at the same time in the trailer, the Wolvie bit happens a little earlier, but at the halfway mark of these trailers, the music picks up. Cue anticipation. Now, you're forced into the gauntlet of characters in the film, most of them will most likely die before the halfway point.
On a side note, anyone else creeped out by this? It's the only moment in the trailer where I'm saying to myself, "should I be watching this?" The daughter (Zoe Kravitz) of famed rocker Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, who was most famous for her work on the Cosby Show, standing in front of two high-powered mutants topless? What will Bill Cosby think about this?
Younger viners, avert your eyes! This is no place for you to be looking! Someone grab Beak now!
At this point, the music is escalating in both trailers and so is the action. We're getting a lot of mutant powers and randomness. Prepare for... MUTANT MANIA!
The same onslaught happens with the Wolverine trailer: Powers, epicness, and the title card for the film. By this time you're excited and ready for the film right? RIGHT? Well, what about a couple continuity errors?
Fanboys certainly love Emma Frost. How could they not? She's buxom, blonde, wears little-to-no clothing, and has a British accent that will make you feel like Oliver Twist politely asking for more. So, here is that character in both films. X-Men First Class takes place during the 60s, and Wolverine: Origins takes place during the... um... 80s or 90s? It's past the 60s by at least a decade, I can assure you that. However, here's Emma Frost going to "diamond mode" in both films. She looks younger in the Wolverine Origins film, even though it's set roughly 20 years in the future. What's going on here?
What about this whole Beast situation? Beast appeared in X-Men 3: The Last Stand... Who knew that film title would be so literal for that franchise. However, Dr. Hank McCoy appeared in X2. You know, that really cool X-Men movie with Nightcrawler, played by Alan Cummings, jumping around and being so super awesome.
It only lasted a few seconds, but Dr Hank McCoy made a bit of a camero in the second film. He wasn't blue and furry. He was a regular looking doctor who works out 9/10ths of the day. How does the First Class hairy old Beast fit in if in the second X-Men film he's all skin and bones?
So there's a lot going on in this X-Men: First Class trailer, and a lot of it feels like we're watching the Wolverine Origins trailer. I'm sure since both films were made at 20th Century Fox, they probably have the same formatting to edit trailers, but what about these continuity errors? Some may find them minor, but if this X-Men First Class film is showing clips from the older X-Men films in their trailer, shouldn't they be on top of this?
You may or may not agree with this, and that's fine. But I guarantee there is one thing we CAN ALL agree on...
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If they wanted to do the X-Men in the 60's they could have disregarded the previous films and make it a reboot so that way we could have the classic X-Men line up, instead the crappy line-up they chose for this one, still I might see it if it turns out to be somewhat decent.
I just wanna say... that blonde guy in the red backdrop looks like Zack Morris.
'When I wake up in the morning... and the alarm gives out a warning, I don't think I'll ever make it on time... by the time I grab my books, and I give myself a look... I'm at the corner just in time to see the bus fly by!!!'
" If they wanted to do the X-Men in the 60's they could have disregarded the previous films and make it a reboot so that way we could have the classic X-Men line up, instead the crappy line-up they chose for this one, still I might see it if it turns out to be somewhat decent. "Yes agreed, I'm all for a 60's x-men reboot and I could even ignore the fact they have a different first class just because it would be interesting(but originals are the best), but it could have been the prequel x-men before the split of Prof X and magneto which lead to the actually x-men. I thought this was going to be more of a reboot but nope its just adding to the continuity FAILS of the trilogy and origin movies
BUT, this movie I think will be better than Wolverine's movie(which was only great in the intro), but not as good as x2 so I'm thinking it will be "decent" and will lead to a reboot now that they have the rights too tons of mutants now
That was obvious from the very beginning of this mess.
Mystique hangs out with whomever she wants, Beast mistake, Emma Frost mistake, Havoc mistake... AND THAT FREAKY PART WITH CHARLES, ERIC AND ANGELA-- the hell?! Matthew Vaughn is an idiot already because he just couldn't find a plot WITHOUT those characters or WITHOUT mistakes in their history (and also because he filmed that goddamn mess of millar)
I have a theory about the whole Mystique/ Beast/ Azazel situation, at first I thought they were throwing Beast into the mix in an attempt to make it harder to figure out who Nightcrawlers father is but then I thought no cause it would be too obvious still since Azazel is a teleporter and then it dawned on me... what if Beast really is Nichtcrawlers father and Azazel is Mystiques father, big change from the comics but that isn't new. So teleportation could be an inherited trait for the men in Azazel's bloodline and that is how Nightcrawler got it and then he inherited the blue coloring, fur and demonic features from Mystique, Beast and Azazel.
If you think about it role-wise teleportation would be a good trait for male demons and shapeshifting would be a good trait for female demons so that would go along with the inherited traits from the Azazel bloodline.
I just don't understand why they didn't do a true First Class movie with Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman and Jean
hey are characters that have already shown to be box office material
and it would stay a little more on par with the characters we know
and if they wanted to do a 60's prequel, why not use mutants that would have actually been alive
were they really just dying to use him?
is his part in the movie THAT integral that he couldn't have been replaced with someone else?
but more than any of that, I really wish they had taken a bigger hint from Star Trek and made this a real time travel reboot
have Bishop or Cable come with an X-man or two from the future to change the past and make it a true reboot
I'm still going to try to give this movie the benefit of the doubt
but I"m a litte worried.....
" I just don't understand why they can't make an X-men movie with just the 5 original X-men being rounded up by Xavier and fighting Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants....why can't we get that? "Exactly! Why is it so hard to just do it like the comic books?
I can't speak for everyone, but it's sort of a slap in the face for all the fans who've been waiting (in my case nearly 30 years) for someone to do a movie about the X-Men
only to have them treat it like the original source material isn't good enough to support the film
the idea of an "X-Men First Class" movie has a very specific connotation
and calling it that without giving the ACTUAL first class of X-Men the credit they deserve is a little screwed up
also, it seems like they're just adding in random mutants when there are so many pivotal mutants in the marvel u that deserve a spot in a film
way before Darwin any how
....no offense to Darwin...
" WHO CARES IF IT'S OUT OF CONTINUITY? If it was a comic series set in another universe, would you still be complaining? Of course not, so why should you complain about the movies? "Since regular movie going people are the core audience and not comic book people don't you think having a non-continuity/reboot movie is going to confuse the hell out of those regular people? Non-continuity isn't a normal concept for the average person and while reboots are nothing new they are usually spaced out over a longer period of time unlike comic movie reboots of a few years.
Rebooting these comic movies is just going to confuse people and potentially lose the studios a lot of money when people don't go to these movies because they remember how bad the last movie was. That was definitely the case with Hulk/The Incredible Hulk, the reboot could have done a lot better if the first didn't exist or they had spaced them out more. Average person isn't going to know that the new Spider-Man is a reboot they just know it doesn't have Toby Maguire in it any more, same goes for First Class, these are people that saw the first three movies and Wolverine and they are going to go into First Class confused about Beast and probably wondering why Nightcrawler is red and they will probably complain about it to friends until some comic nerd explains everything to them.
" @perry_411 said:Kaare's renditions can't really be trusted to be reliable and completely accurate, though. Only thing he really gets right is Wolvie's short stature." @Emperor Gonzo Noir: is beast still kitty face? "In comics? I believe so, most artists draw him that way, except for Kaare Andrews
" @Emperor Gonzo Noir said:I know, thank god for that." @perry_411 said:Kaare's renditions can't really be trusted to be reliable and completely accurate, though. Only thing he really gets right is Wolvie's short stature. "" @Emperor Gonzo Noir: is beast still kitty face? "In comics? I believe so, most artists draw him that way, except for Kaare Andrews
I can't even bear to look at Emma in that picture
" @The Dark Huntress said:She looks like a caricature. They all do, really." @Emperor Gonzo Noir: Make your pain known. "I think i did, or I made a joke about it. Angelfrost said it best Kaare's rendition made her look trashy , really a parody of what she actually looks like "
" @Emperor Gonzo Noir said:At least the others are horrifying to look at" @The Dark Huntress said:She looks like a caricature. They all do, really. "" @Emperor Gonzo Noir: Make your pain known. "I think i did, or I made a joke about it. Angelfrost said it best Kaare's rendition made her look trashy , really a parody of what she actually looks like "
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