It’s no secret that the relationship between young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) lies at the heart of Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, which picks up with the duo prior to their parting of ways – over conflicting ideologies concerning (in essence) how best to approach human prejudice towards mutant kind.

Two new international posters for the X-Men prequel have been unveiled and their contrasting designs visually signify the differences between the two iconic figures – not to mention, harken to their eventual respective destinies as the wheelchair-bound Professor X and helmet-clad Magneto.

Fassbender has spoken before about the friendship between his young Magneto and McAvoy’s Xavier, referring to it as a sort of pupil-teacher relationship. McAvoy spoke with Hero Complex about the matter last week, and described X-Men: First Class as being “kind of a love story, like ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’… a love story between two men.”

The differences between the two gentlemen (or, rather, gentlemutants) in question are emphasized in these two international character posters for First Class as well – with Xavier situated against the backdrop of a warm blue sky and his School For Gifted Youngsters (a symbol of hope), versus Magneto and the grimy, soaked prison setting, as his memories of the concentration camps in WW II linger on, ever present in his mind. The alternate slanted angle of each one-sheet only further emphasizes the contrast in the mindsets of each character as well. Plus… they both just look really sick.

Check out the international X-Men: First Class posters (via Film Z) below:

The reflections of each character’s future-self in the water might (for better or for worse) remind some readers of the original Phantom Menace one-sheet, but there’s no denying it remains a cool concept. Besides, the X-Men: First Class official trailer makes the film look promising, so there’s good reason to hold out hope that this is one franchise prequel that will not disappoint.

Costarring with McAvoy and Fassbender in X-Men: First Class are the likes of Rose Byrne, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Jason Flemyng, Oliver Platt, and several others. The film hits theaters this summer on June 3rd.

Source: Film Z (via Coming Soon)