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X-Men: First Class mutants and humans reveal some details

03.30.2011

We're starting to develop a better understanding of Marvel's mutant prequel X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, thanks to the willingness of the cast and filmmakers to reveal details.

(Possible SPOILERS!)

IGN chatted with new master telepath James McAvoy about taking over as Charles Xavier in his early days of mutant seeking and tutoring in the 1960s. And who are the first known mutants? "I've met Raven [Mystique] when I was 12 in this film, but other than that we could be the only two freaks out there, you know?" McAvoy says.

"There is a love triangle between me, Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence who plays Raven. It's not a love triangle... basically she's my assistant in this film, and obviously by the other films she is not my assistant anymore; she is very much not my assistant. Actually that's quite good fun to see how that relationship disintegrates as well and why she ultimately goes over to the dark side as well."

As for how those relationships fits into the mythology: "There is a lot of -- even with the other movies -- there are inconsistencies. So where I took it from was the script but also First Class, the comic as well. But again, it is utterly different from the comic. So you have to go on the script. And we started working on the script when we came on board."

McAvoy describes the tech as "dead-60s" with "lots of flashy lights and spools of films." "I mean the Cold War plays a big part in it and the manipulation of history is quite a nice thing. So we sort of attach ourselves to history really closely in quite a strong way, but then we also mess with history quite a lot and re-write it a little bit. We don't change the outcome of any world events, but the explanation and the kind of machine behind those world events we kind of play off the mutants, which is great."

Meanwhile on the X-Men Facebook page, the stars and filmmakers are answering questions during the next several weeks in their "X-Perts" section.

Oliver Platt exposes some of the mysteries behind his character, the shadowy Man in Black: "The Man In Black runs a super secret division of the CIA devoted to investigating the application of mental telepathy and paranormal power in military defense. He has long been a laughing stock of the Agency because of this. His department is known as 'Division X'. When Charles and Mystique become ensnared with the Agency, the Man in Black diverts them to his division with a deft bureaucratic sleight of hand. Erik soon joins them and The X-Men flourish under MIB's protection."

Not everyone has taken part in X-Perts yet, but the site does give some additional information about how the movie is approaching some of the comic characters.

For example, in the movie's time period, the pre-Magneto Erik is hunting Nazis and getting payback for their atrocities in WWII. And this must be how the filmmakers are tying in the villainous Hellfire Club, as this is their description of the FIRST CLASS version of baddie leader Sebastian Shaw (played by Kevin Bacon): "Shaw, a force of incalculable evil, was a Nazi collaborator whose early research forever altered the life of a young Erik Lensherr. Shaw can absorb energy and re-channel it, and he will stop at nothing to start a war to ensure that mutants inherit the earth."

We're not getting the handsome feather-winged Angel this time, but instead a variation of Grant Morrison's insect-powered comic character (played by Zoe Kravitz), described as such: "The beautiful ex-dancer possesses a stunning tattoo of insect-like wings, which become actual wings growing from her back, giving her the gift of flight. Her arsenal is a deadly acid, which she projectile vomits in combat."

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9:31AM on 03/31/2011
I have a huge crush on Zoe Kravitz that I don't want to ruin by seeing her projectile vomiting acid all over the place. Other than that, sounds good.
I have a huge crush on Zoe Kravitz that I don't want to ruin by seeing her projectile vomiting acid all over the place. Other than that, sounds good.
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8:51AM on 03/31/2011
This film has got some fine actors, it looks edgy, grounded in realism yet full of amazing powers, and pretty damn sexy. The other superhero films look ok, certainly more promising than the FF films, and I think most of them will do ok. But compared to this one they still look a bit goofy.
This film has got some fine actors, it looks edgy, grounded in realism yet full of amazing powers, and pretty damn sexy. The other superhero films look ok, certainly more promising than the FF films, and I think most of them will do ok. But compared to this one they still look a bit goofy.
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8:18AM on 03/31/2011
"the shadowy Man in Black"

Yeah, those guys are always shadowy. You never really hear of a shadowy Man in Beige, for instance.
"the shadowy Man in Black"

Yeah, those guys are always shadowy. You never really hear of a shadowy Man in Beige, for instance.
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4:56AM on 03/31/2011
I just want X4 and not 'X-Men: The young and beautyful'.
I just want X4 and not 'X-Men: The young and beautyful'.
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4:45AM on 03/31/2011
Oh, and don't even pretend that you really thought the trailer was any good. It was bad. The effects looked bad and I don't care if they say that the sfx weren't finished for the trailer. The trailer as a whole had nothing exciting in it.
Oh, and don't even pretend that you really thought the trailer was any good. It was bad. The effects looked bad and I don't care if they say that the sfx weren't finished for the trailer. The trailer as a whole had nothing exciting in it.
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12:07AM on 04/01/2011
What is your deal man? lol You're stating opinions, not facts... quit acting like they're facts, you're f*cking annoying
What is your deal man? lol You're stating opinions, not facts... quit acting like they're facts, you're f*cking annoying
4:43AM on 03/31/2011
Wow, really people? I don't understand why you're all so excited about this new X-Men movie. It seems like such a mess of an idea. A prequel that doesn't tie in 100% with the previous movies? Even in pretty major ways in some cases I might add, and you all think that's ok?

If they would have rebooted the X-Men and do an origin story set in the 60s I would've been fine with that, but this mess of an idea for a movie that is coming out this summer looks and sounds beyond bad. I wish Fox
Wow, really people? I don't understand why you're all so excited about this new X-Men movie. It seems like such a mess of an idea. A prequel that doesn't tie in 100% with the previous movies? Even in pretty major ways in some cases I might add, and you all think that's ok?

If they would have rebooted the X-Men and do an origin story set in the 60s I would've been fine with that, but this mess of an idea for a movie that is coming out this summer looks and sounds beyond bad. I wish Fox would've lost the rights to Marvel/Disney.

In any event, it's your money to lose when you buy a ticket to this this summer. Hope for you all it turns up good, but really, it most likely won't.
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5:23AM on 03/31/2011
It's not hard to figure out what things won't tie in with the other movies.

*Mystique is as old as the Professor and Magneto. So we never see her in her true form? Not even when she loses her powers?

*A character called Emma Frost already appeared in Wolverine. This is being completely ignored. The character in Wolverine is no longer Emma Frost: she's just Silver Fox's sister.

*Obviously McAvoy won't look like Patrick Stewart when he's seventy. Hmm. Or will he? Wouldn't it be funny if
It's not hard to figure out what things won't tie in with the other movies.

*Mystique is as old as the Professor and Magneto. So we never see her in her true form? Not even when she loses her powers?

*A character called Emma Frost already appeared in Wolverine. This is being completely ignored. The character in Wolverine is no longer Emma Frost: she's just Silver Fox's sister.

*Obviously McAvoy won't look like Patrick Stewart when he's seventy. Hmm. Or will he? Wouldn't it be funny if decades from now they can reboot the X-Men and McAvoy can still play Xavier convincingly?
12:52AM on 04/01/2011
I know that we pretty much know what't not gonna tie in with the other movies, I think this is the main point that annoys the hell out of me. That and the fact that most everybody seems to be ok with that...
I know that we pretty much know what't not gonna tie in with the other movies, I think this is the main point that annoys the hell out of me. That and the fact that most everybody seems to be ok with that...
2:39AM on 03/31/2011
A few things... Emma looks stunning on that cover. "the pre-Magneto Erik is hunting Nazis and getting payback for their atrocities in WWII." Is the line that really jumped out at me. I was praying for this inclusion in the plot! I can't wait to see this film.
A few things... Emma looks stunning on that cover. "the pre-Magneto Erik is hunting Nazis and getting payback for their atrocities in WWII." Is the line that really jumped out at me. I was praying for this inclusion in the plot! I can't wait to see this film.
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11:49PM on 03/30/2011
I think this movie will be good, but at the same time I'm just not very excited about it, mainly because most my favorite X-Men characters aren't in the film. I'm ok with a Prof. X & Magneto origin movie, but I don't think I want a first class sequel. After this and the next wolverine movie its probably time to reboot this franchise.
I think this movie will be good, but at the same time I'm just not very excited about it, mainly because most my favorite X-Men characters aren't in the film. I'm ok with a Prof. X & Magneto origin movie, but I don't think I want a first class sequel. After this and the next wolverine movie its probably time to reboot this franchise.
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11:47PM on 03/30/2011
sound so cool...I feel sorry for the other superhero films
sound so cool...I feel sorry for the other superhero films
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12:21AM on 03/31/2011
Feel sorry? If anything Captain America, Thor, and Green Lantern all look much better than this film.

I don't understand why you feel sorry for the other superhero movies because all of this sounds so cool.
Feel sorry? If anything Captain America, Thor, and Green Lantern all look much better than this film.

I don't understand why you feel sorry for the other superhero movies because all of this sounds so cool.
4:33AM on 03/31/2011
Just wait and see how sorry you'll feel when this god awful idea of a movie fails at the box office haha.
Just wait and see how sorry you'll feel when this god awful idea of a movie fails at the box office haha.
9:28AM on 03/31/2011
I actually agree with Kraki. I'm a little more interested in seeing this than Cap and Thor, and a lot more interested in it than Green Lantern.
I actually agree with Kraki. I'm a little more interested in seeing this than Cap and Thor, and a lot more interested in it than Green Lantern.
11:46PM on 03/30/2011
So Pratt runs a department of the CIA called Division X that is a laughing stock among the agents... This in no way sounds like Moulder, the FBI and the X-Files.
So Pratt runs a department of the CIA called Division X that is a laughing stock among the agents... This in no way sounds like Moulder, the FBI and the X-Files.
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12:20AM on 03/31/2011
That's true. It's like an exact rip off.
That's true. It's like an exact rip off.
4:34AM on 03/31/2011
Mulder, not Moulder, geez... ;o)
Mulder, not Moulder, geez... ;o)
11:37PM on 03/30/2011
With every article, I am getting more and more excited for this film.
With every article, I am getting more and more excited for this film.
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11:06PM on 03/30/2011

Seems about right

They seem to be playing up the more adult characters (Xavier, Magneto, Mystique, Azrael, Moira, Shaw, Frost). Havok, Banshee and Beast are just kids in this movie. It isn't really an X-Men movie at all but a prequel. If they do a sequel they might want to use CGI to make McAvoy look older and more like Patrick Stewart. After all, in X-Men 3: The Last Stand we see them back in the eighties and he and Magneto already look like Stewart and McKellen.
They seem to be playing up the more adult characters (Xavier, Magneto, Mystique, Azrael, Moira, Shaw, Frost). Havok, Banshee and Beast are just kids in this movie. It isn't really an X-Men movie at all but a prequel. If they do a sequel they might want to use CGI to make McAvoy look older and more like Patrick Stewart. After all, in X-Men 3: The Last Stand we see them back in the eighties and he and Magneto already look like Stewart and McKellen.
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