X-Men: First Class: Banshee, Beast & Havok Trailers

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X Men First Class Character Trailers X Men: First Class: Banshee, Beast & Havok Trailers

For the first time in the X-Men series, Twentieth Century Fox is bringing a movie with no returning actors from the franchise. Adding that on top of setting the prequel in the 1960s, X-Men: First Class may be the series’ toughest sell yet, not too mention that it’s releasing after two films in a row that received poor critical response.

One of the obstacles the marketers need to overcome is selling the mutant characters unfamiliar to non-comic reading moviegoers, and that’s being addressed today with three new X-Men: First Class character trailers, focusing in on the mutant powers of Banshee, Beast and Havok.

All of the trailers thus far have remained mostly the same, introducing a few hints of new footage with each new version. While we’re eager to find out every bit we can about the film’s story and characters, we do appreciate Fox not unleashing the floodgates so we’re not spoiled.

Last night we also posted some new First Class images you’ll also want to check out, including a Hellfire Club-themed banner. Most of what we’ve seen so far has focused on the film’s two leads in Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr so it’s refreshing to get a few looks at the villains and the supporting character of characters forming the first X-Men superhero team.

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Banshee

Sean Cassidy aka Banshee is the team’s flyer, capable of using his sonic screams for both flight and to unleash all sorts of mayhem. At the end of the trailer we see Banshee land in the ocean (also seen in the previous X-Men: First Class trailers) to take out a submarine (or at least, destroy its sonar).

Comic fans will notice that Caleb Landry Jones’ version of Banshee doesn’t speak with an Irish accent and this is a missed opportunity. It’s an unfortunate trend of the X-Men films to “Americanize” fan-favorite international characters. We also saw it with Colossus and Pyro in the main X-Men trilogy.

We’ve seen very little of Banshee in the marketing until recently, but his flight scenes look great and they kept true to his comic costume design.

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Beast

Dr. Hank McCoy aka Beast, a character whose film continuity makes little sense, is played by Nicholas Hoult in X-Men: First Class. McCoy, like Rogue in the X-Men trilogy, doesn’t want to be a mutant and is seeking to find a cure. That sentiment is only magnified when he undergoes the transformation into the blue fur ball we know him as from the comics.

From the first trailer, we knew Beast looks amazing after his transformation and I expect he’ll be one of the fan-favorite characters of the First Class film and potential series. Mystique takes a special liking for McCoy, as she also looks very unlike “normal” humans when in her true mutant form.

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Havok

Alex Summers aka Havok has challenges controlling his plasma energy powers. Unlike the comics where he is the brother of Cyclops, Havok may be playing his father since the film is based in the ’60s. Fans will also note the change in color of his energy blasts to red, more in line with Cyclops’ optic blasts from the previous X-Men movies.

This particular trailer introduces us to a character, afraid of what he’ll do to others, lacking control of his dangerous abilities. It features much more of Professor X taking on the role of a mentor, trying to help mutants cope with their abilities. Both characters were cast well.

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These brief trailers are just as good as the others and we can’t help but feel excited for the return of the X-Men to the silver screen. They’re all good and I can’t pick a fave! Which character do you like best?

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.

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  1. I always thought this movie was going to be good. This movie just seems to get better and better with each marketing tool released. I get more excited every day.

  2. Everyone is so upset about that these arent the original x men, and i was too… but dont think about it as a comic book movie that has 40+ years of history, think of it as the film adaptation, because if they stayed true to the comic… heath would never ask anyone “you know how I got these scars?”… I am getting more and more excited about this movie, its starting to show that this is not gonna be some beat em up dumb story like X3, but it will have a very human (or mutant) story to it…

    • before any of you guys jump on this comment saying that the joker isnt in marvel and has nothing to do with the xmen, Iknow, I was just making a point

    • For crying outloud, don’t you understand? These technically WERE the first characters of the second generation that were LOST in Marvel continuity, at least some of them were. OF course Fox HAS to take liberties to fit in with current MOVIE CONTINUITY but do you remember when the ORIGINAL FIVE (Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman and Angel) were taken captive on the living island Krokoa? Well, the second gen group we all know was Banshee, Storm, Wolverine, Thunderbird (who died on his fledgling appearance) and Colossus. In later issues we find out that there was ANOTHER group sent BEFORE that second gen to rescue the original five. (not saying that is the storyline here, but I think Fox is taking those other lesser known characters (Darwin and Azazel being among them) along with some more widely known characters to take over Xavier’s first class in MOVIE continuity. I’m a comic purist as much as anyone (LOVE my X-Men), but I understand that creative liberties have to be observed when bringing these characters to the screen. I am an avid fan of BOTH Comic AND Movie versions. So I’m a dual fanboy! lol

      • The use of characters in this movie has been debated before and the use of the characters from the retcon story really probably has nothing to do with anything really. They just pick characters on whatever basis they are using and plug them into the movies. Attempting to link them to something in the books at this point is futile.

        The story is set before the original comic was even printed so this concept is completely a creation of the movie makers, it has no relation to anything in the comics. The characters they are using actually span every decade and timeline the comics ever had so this is just supposed to be a standalone concept that has to hold up on it’s own.

  3. I just hope sometime down the road Marvel Studios gets the rights back and reboots ALL the X-Men films that were created under the Fox banner.

  4. At first,I thaught it would be a mess because this film didn’t have the popular members of the X-men like scott,jean,bobby,warren and many more and it’s lack of creativity in the image of mystique and beast…but as soon as I watch and search the each member of the x-men in this film it makes me excited to watch this film…I learn new mutants and stories…
    all the mutants I remeber from all the X-Men film I have watched:wolverine,rogue,jeangrey,cyclops,storm,toad,sabretooth,magneto,mystique,professor x,iceman,shadowcat,lady deathstryke,colussus,syren,pyro,nightcrawler,jubillee,pheonix,psylock,quill or kid omega,arclight,juggernaut,multiple man,angel,beast,callisto,leech,gambit,blob,emma frost,dust,banshee,angel salvadore,havok,azazel,shaw

  5. My favorite? My fav is the one that Bryan Singer chose to stick to the actual storyline of the comic book with and not go in his own damn direction with….oh, wait…that doesnt actually happen…

    Havok is Cyclops’ father? WTF? Havok wasnt even around at the beginning. Angel, Beast, Jean Grey, Iceman, and Cyclops were. Angel was cast VERY young in X3 (that is, of course, if they actually wanted to try to do fan service instead of creating thier own CRAP).

    I’m so tired of seeing Bryan Singer f*ck up comic stories that I grew up on…go butcher Disney chars or something…

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