Could alternate realities/dimensions play a factor? Azazel, the demonic mutant father of Nightcrawler possesses the ability to teleport between dimensions so that is a possibility. His history also involves him battling against Angel-like mutants. How about time travel? We know the time-traveling future son of Cyclops from the comics, Cable, was (is?) a hot topic in Fox meetings about the X-Men franchise.
With production about to start and no word on who will be playing Jean Grey or Cyclops, are they still in the film? Some have questioned that they won’t be included but I highly doubt that’s the case. With Havok (Cyclops’ brother) being a part of X-Men: First Class, I think Jean Grey and Scott Summers need to be included. When the casting process began, we also heard reports of Bryan Singer using the auditions of his other project, Jack the Giant Killer to also search for actors to play Jean and Scott so it would shock me if they aren’t included in some form.
Keep in mind though that we still don’t know what villain Kevin Bacon is playing other than that he’ll be someone we don’t expect at all, according to Vaughn. We also heard some reports that some of the casting announcements being made could be intentionally misleading on the part of the studio so perhaps some of the unusual character selections may not be those characters at all. Or are really reaching by assuming that?
Any ideas or explanations of the cast so far? At this point, it doesn’t make much sense until we know more about the plot of First Class.
Here’s the rest of the cast of X-Men: First Class as we best understand it:
- James McAvoy – Professor X
- Michael Fassbender – Magneto
- Kevin Bacon – Undisclosed villain
- Nicholas Hoult – Beast
- Caleb Landry Jones – Banshee
- Lucas Till – Havok
- Jennifer Lawrence – Mystique
- Edi Gathegi – Darwin
- Jason Flemyng – Azazel
- Rose Byrne – Moira MacTaggert
- Oliver Platt – The Man in Black
Matthew Vaughn and Bryan Singer’s X-Men: First Class begins shooting in the next few weeks for a June 3, 2011 release.
Sources: XMF, Deadline