That’s a lot of info to digest but I’m happy Singer did make the effort to explain their choices and direction with their X-Men: First Class movie. From the story perspective, it’s great they’re going international this time since they Americanized key international characters (Colossus, Pyro, etc.) in the trilogy and really destroyed their uniqueness and purpose.
As for the costumes, I’m excited to see them go more Kick-Ass/Watchmen with use of super hero clothing but I’ll wait and see before I jump to any conclusions. My first thoughts are that if they had an early X-Men team, consisting of some of the characters we’ve seen cast suiting up in full hero get-up, why is it that the world was not aware of the X-Men and mutants prior to how we know them in the first X-Men movie? This aspect of the mutants still being hidden in society was mentioned in interviews before so it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, knowing that whatever happens in this movie and in potential sequels, it was all under the radar for the most part.
On to the characters; I don’t understand how the whole movie can take place in the 1960s but have Cyclops’ brother in it. How will they explain that in relation to the other films and with young Cyclops playing a part in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and when in the timeline did that take place? Wolverine’s origin movie seemed to take place largely in the 1980s so will parts of First Class take place in the 1970s and 1980s as well? With the casting of child actors to play earlier versions of Magneto and Mystique, we can assume there will also at least include flashbacks to years prior as well.
The setting is promising, the actors are stellar, the idea of seeing some real X-Men costumes is intriguing but the title of the film is off. To fans, X-Men: First Class is about Cyclops, Jean, Beast and others (we don’t know who in the Fox film universe) becoming the first X-Men and learning how to use their abilities for good. That’s what the end of Wolverine suggested would be next but Singer’s First Class isn’t about them at all and is instead an origin story for Magneto and Professor X, borrowing heavily from what would have been an X-Men Origins: Magneto movie. On that note, Xavier can still walk when he picks up Cyclops, Emma and others at the end of Wolverine so in order for us to witness Xavier losing use of his legs, we’d have to see him pick up Emma and Cyclops at the end of that movie… See where I’m going here?
Perhaps this is where Vaughn’s X-Men quasi-reboot/prequel discussion comes in. That will define whether this is in continuity or not. Perhaps it’s best just to assume X-Men Origins: Wolverine is not in continuity when you also consider how they ruined the Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool character.
With Singer’s promise of seeing some costume designs soon, perhaps Fox will show something at New York Comic-Con?
X-Men: First Class begins shooting August 31st in the UK for a June 3, 2011 release.