International ‘X-Men: First Class’ Posters Offer a Glimpse at the Future

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 1st, 2011 at 9:21 am,

X Men First Class international posters International X Men: First Class Posters Offer a Glimpse at the Future

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:

X Men First Class International Poster with Professor X International X Men: First Class Posters Offer a Glimpse at the Future

X Men First Class International Poster with Magneto International X Men: First Class Posters Offer a Glimpse at the Future

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)

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  1. before he was a Jedi he was Darkman

  2. before he was Joe Jonas,he was the jonas brothers…

  3. Before he was Wolverine he was The Boy From Oz.

    Before he was Canadian he was Australian.

  4. Before he was an American Werewolf, he was a Pepper…

  5. Before THE THING was THE THING, It was a lava lamp.

    • I thought that was the blob

  6. I like these posters, and to be honest, I’m looking forward to this film a lot now.

    • Really? I think that is very unecessary to remind who Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr are. It seems to me like the studio wants to grab as many viewers as possible, despite the quality of the film (eg: let’s show Anakin as a kid, kids will love him!).
      And maybe a bit of subtleness in the poster? They just pasted the characters images in the reflection…

      • “It seems to me like the studio wants to grab as many viewers as possible”
        Well, yeah, of course they do.

        And the Star Wars analogy doesnt quite work, The Phantom Menace is one of the highest grossing films of all time, and you know what else, kids did love it, my younger brothers like all 6 star wars films but they like episode II and III the best. Because they’re children.

        • I get the kid argumrnt for Phantom, but Clones and Sith werent very kiddie, when Anakin goes on a rampage killing young ones, sure you dont see it but it is implied , and in clones Mace does cut off Jango’s head. I liked 2-5 most hated the gugans and the ewoks, how ever it was pretty fun watching the teddy bears getting blown up

  7. before he was Pennywise, he was just a sweet transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania

    • Not that there’s anything wrong with that. :-)

      • Of course there isnt!

      • why would there be?

  8. Before I read this thread I was watching porn.

    You knew this was coming, didn´t you?

    • I find your post completely lacking in taste or any moral authority. I love it! :-D

      • :D

  9. Before he was Nathan Drake, he was Max Payne.

  10. Before Kahless was a Klingon, he was a germ in a test tube.



  11. Before he was Edward Norton, he was Eric Bana, now he is Mark Ruffalo.

    • They should seriously use that on the Avengers poster.

  12. Before he was a “castle” he was a captain of a firefly.

    • lol

  13. Before he was a giant cat he was a little boy with Hugh Grant as friend :P

  14. this some of the LAMEST advertising for an already destroyed franchise!
    i have always supported MARVEL MOVIES for the most part, and dont want to take away from these poor actors needing this franchise to make them revelant. but this DREADED film should have gone straight to video, which is where i will pick it up, almost certain this will finish almost in last place behind other comic book movies.

    • Well I can’t contest your opinion of the advertising but this ISN’T a MARVEL MOVIE. It’s a licensed knock off of a MARVEL MOVIE…

      • Wow…. I’m shocked. This movie was AMAZING, no doubt about it. I personally thought that these posters did I great job of portraying what was, what is, and what is to come… Then again, I haven’t seen all the X-men movies, but I believe that they did a fantastic job of making this prequel.

  15. Before he finishes a movie about a Dark Knight Rising, he was in a dream, withing a dream, withing yet another dream, inside of limbo. Before he fell into limbo after having a triple dream he showed us that knights can also be dark ones. Before he met The Dark Knight he showed us the third act: The Prestige were he showed us something we had never seeing before, before he unveiled the third act he introduced us to a man who turned his fear of bats into a symbol for fighting crime know as the Bat Man. Before he made Bat Man look awesome on screen he had us in a Insomnia, before we fell into Insomnia we had trouble remembering Memento, before we remembered Memento we were already Following him, one of the greatest directors of our time, Christopher Nolan.

  16. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, kudos to everyone for their HILARIOUS SLAMS of this RIDICULOUS advertising, and OLD MAN is right, this is not a MARVEL movie but one bad KNOCK-OFF……

  17. Even though I am not interested in the movie, I think these posters are pretty well done.

    Professor X’s poster looks like it came from a British movie. Erik’s poster looks like it came from a prison movie. If you put aside your knowledge about their back-story, both posters look like they are from two different movies. Independently they are successful.

  18. What do you call a guy with hair in his teeth? “GLADIATOR” I’m sorry, I’m just trying to change the subject, cant think of any “before he was” jokes.

  19. The fundamental error of these posters is :
    Before he was Professor X, he was Captain Picard (and the general from Dune).

    And before he was Magneto, he was Gandalf.

    Before Brian Singers X Men, we would not publicly admit we were comic book geeks.

    Before this film, I’ll need to have some money in my account.

    And before that, I’ll have to’ve paid my bills. ;)

  20. Before he was Dylan Dog, he was Superman…