February 11th, 2011
10:55 AM ET

'X-Men' go retro in new trailer

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?

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Shavon Jordan

    If you havent bought the Ex-Man collection off itunes do it now!!! Its ever comic lovers dream

    May 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Posh-Kenneth

    I'm just hoping this movie can do something for the franchise... because all the x-men movies thus far have just been pfff. Like a fart in a strong breeze, indecernable. And dont get me started on the Wolverine movie... or X3. Both just big pieces of crap. I hated Wolverine's Origin story to begin with, it just doesn't fit with the comics storyline. Like Logan remembers at one point being a Viking and fighting with BloodScream... blah blah. So much more to say about that, but I digress.

    This movie seems promising, the cast is impressive to begin with... Fassbender, McAvoy, and Nicholas Hoult all in one movie? 3 EXTREMELY talented actors, plus the director is wonderful. KickAss was great!

    February 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. schizo

    Meh. Looks better than Wolverine. but not very exciting. Much more looking forward to the Arofnosky directed Wolverine movie that's coming out after this.

    February 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. onbehalfofactingcommunity

    Fassbender is one of the best actors around. Him and Tom Hardy going to rule this decade.

    February 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Christopher

    Not the original team I grew up with (Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl and Prof. X), but I'll give it a look. Could be OK

    February 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. neegrow

    Buncha white hooonkeys is what you is.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. neegrow

    Why dont they have any of us black folk in these movies. All the real superheroes are black. Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods and even our ruler.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. zugzug

    "fan favorite Emma Frost, who has never been portrayed in the movies before"
    She was actually seen using her diamond form in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    February 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. comment

    the writer also got another thing wrong. emma frost has, in fact, already been portrayed in another x-men movie (the wolverine one).

    February 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mr. Perkins

    Do we get to see Milner wearing the iconic Magneto helmet?

    February 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Famous Mortimer

    I'm pretty sure Bill Milner does play Magneto as a child, since he's, you know, a kid. The writer of this piece may not know who Michael Fassbender is now, but he will.

    February 11, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kip

    Bill Miner plays Magneto in the movie when he is a child.

    February 11, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike


    February 11, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. elliot diez

    ACTUALLY.....ISN'T MICHAEL FASSBENDER...the one whose supposed to be MAGNETO?

    February 11, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ike J

    Actually Michael Fassbender plays Magneto...not Bill Milner...

    February 11, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  16. cce

    Finally, a reboot I actually want to see.

    February 11, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |

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