February 11th, 2011
10:55 AM ET
After a long wait (and lots of refreshing on the movie's official Facebook page yesterday), fans are finally getting their first look at the prequel, "X-Men: First Class," due in theaters on June 3.
The trailer draws a direct connection between the first three "X-Men" movies (especially the first two, directed by Bryan Singer) and this, so it's not a reboot in the same way as the upcoming Andrew Garfield/Marc Webb version of "Spider-Man." This movie takes us back to the beginnings of the X-Men, during the Kennedy era (the comic book made its debut just a few months before his assassination).
We get to see James McAvoy ("Wanted") and Michael Fassbender take on the roles of Professor Xavier and Magneto, so memorably portrayed by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in the earlier films. Worth noting: Xavier is able to walk in this movie, and we also see Fassbender don the iconic Magneto helmet.
Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence is also seen changing forms into her blue self as Mystique, in much the same way as Rebecca Romijn did (one assumes we'll see Mystique first discovering her abilities here).
There are also a few brief glimpses of January Jones as fan favorite Emma Frost, and a younger version of Kelsey Grammer's Beast (in the original comics, Beast wasn't always furry and blue).
The characters also wear the early yellow-and-blue X-Men costumes.
Reaction to the trailer has been mostly positive online, even from fans who were underwhelmed by "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" two years ago.
What do you think of the trailer?
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