The 2011 Summer movie season is off to a great start with Marvel’s first big screen superhero cinematic offering Thor. However, as good as that movie was, with Green Lantern, Captain America: The First Avenger and X-Men: First Class opening in the next couple of months it appears the best may be yet to come.

X-Men: First Class looks like it could very well be the superhero film to beat this summer, even though the film doesn’t appear to keep continuity with either the previous X-Men films or follow much of the original canon. Fox hasn’t won any points for its uninspired and often laughable promotional artwork for X-Men: First Class but each of the trailers and the individual character videos for Banshee, Beast, Havok and Mystique are nothing short of fantastic.

Director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) seems to have combined an interesting story with great looking action scenes – Magneto raising a submarine from the water is pretty iconic. However, it’s still too early to tell exactly what audiences will see on the screen in a couple of weeks – Marvel fans have been burned by Fox a couple of times before (looking at you Fantastic Four and Wolverine).

Regardless of how the story plays out, the one thing that Vaughn and his talented team seem to have absolutely nailed in X-Men: First Class are the mod inspired 60s-era costumes and set design for the film – as you can see from the more than 40 images below. Where Bryan Singer made the decision to ditch the traditional blue and yellow outfits in favor of a bland, black leather version in his X-Men, it appears that Vaughn has not only managed to keep a much closer version of the iconic outfits, but made them blend well inside the world he has created.

In this gallery you will get a good look at January Jones (Mad Men) in the familiar white bra top Hellfire Club member Emma Frost always wore in the comics – as well as the interior of the X-Jet and the Hellfire Club’s submarine. Enjoy.

Sorry, you can’t “enjoy” any more – images removed due to legal demand by studio lawyers.

X-Men: First Class opens in theaters June 3rd, 2011.

Source: Comic Book Movie

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