Excited to go out and pick up X-Men: First Class on Blu-ray? The film, which has endured a very rushed production, hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but that’s not stopping Twentieth Century Fox from planning ahead. A leaked image details the box set for the special home video collection for X-Men: First Class, apparently already set for release in October.
Returning to the present with the film still a month away, a new French poster has released online alongside a wide banner which pits the early X-Men against the nefarious Hellfire Club, a group of characters noticeably absent from the marketing materials to date.
The newest poster is of French descent and looks very similar to the Spanish international one-sheet with a few character swaps. Instead of Azazel and Sebsatian Shaw, Alex Summers gets a little poster love in costume as the energetic mutant, Havok.
Below that is the image you should really be focusing in on: the new Hellfire Club-themed banner which offers our very first unobstructed look at Janos Quested (Alex Gonzalez). Quested aka Riptide, is a character who in Marvel Comics could spin his body like a tornado to launch sharp self-generated calcified objects at opponents. If you click the image to expand, you’ll notice on top of looking similar to Taylor Kitsch’s Gambit character from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he’s controlling a mini-tornado in his hand and we can expect his powers to differ slightly in the film, with him generating tornadoes rather than becoming one as we see in the latest extended X-Men: First Class trailer. This is a good thing if you remember Storm’s action sequences in X-Men 3 – No more spinning people.
The last item in the gallery is the apparent current design and contents for the special edition home box set of X-Men: First Class for when it finishes its run in theaters. It comes with character collector cards, a t-shirt, a comic book and a few other goodies. If this is real, you’ll unfortunately be getting the weak character images from the first released First Class cast image which generated a storm of negative responses from fans and the film’s director, alike.
While there’s a lot of praise for the X-Men: First Class trailers, we cannot say the same for their other marketing materials. The posters in particular are taking a lot of flak, but outside of some awkward facial expressions from James McAvoy, they look like comic book covers which when you think of it in that fashion, it’s not as bad as many make it sound. Would you rather have desaturated portrait close-ups of each character, a la Thor?
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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