Despite some unimpressive stills, photos and movie posters, the trailers for X-Men: First Class have sold us on Twentieth Century Fox’s attempt at launching another X-Men film series with the help of Bryan Singer and director Matthew Vaughn. The only problem is that all of the X-Men: First Class trailers so far have remained mostly the same.
Enter Yahoo with an exclusive extended trailer to offer something new and different for eager fans and those still debating whether the X-Men prequel is worth seeing compared to its summer superhero counterparts in Thor, Green Lantern and Captain America.
The new trailer runs 2 minutes and 40 seconds and right off the bat, you’ll raise an eyebrow, noticing that the intro and structure of the trailer is exactly the same. Don’t fret, the trailer does offer lots of new goodies, not the least of which is a much deeper look into the story and relationships of X-Men: First Class.
The most interesting elements presented in the added scenes involve more of Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr’s (Michael Fassbender) debating of philosophies, them discussing their young team of newfound mutant friends and their readiness for action, and lastly, the decision on the best way to introduce mutants to the world. Lehnsherr/Magneto and his horrifying history with the Nazis leaves him to believe mutants will be shunned, even though in his mind they are superior -whereas Charles/Professor X believes they should put their lives on the line to help stop a war, thus earning the trust of the world.
The extended trailer also looks at the supporting cast of mutants and their powers, showing off more of Havok’s energy blast, Angel Salvadore’s wings, Banshee’s underwater sonic scream and Beast’s transformation into the lovable blue fur ball. More importantly, we finally get to see and hear Raven Darkholme/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) actually speak.
And the international version which features a few brief shots of Riptide:
While we are offered more of the political slant of the X-Men: First Class 1960s era story and many more shots of the “First Class” of X-Men mutants, the studio is still holding back on the Hellfire Club aspect of the plot, specifically the characters of Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost. Perhaps that’ll be the focus of the final theatrical trailer as we edge closer to the film’s release, or better yet, maybe they’re keeping that a surprise to enjoy in theaters.
The X-Men: First Class cast includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Jason Flemyng, Zoë Kravitz, Lucas Till, Oliver Platt, Ray Wise, Edi Gathegi, Caleb Landry Jones and Álex González.
X-Men: First Class hits theaters June 3rd, 2011 and I’ll be there.
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