As we inch closer to the summer movie season and the onslaught of superhero movie marketing and merchandise, studios are beginning to open up in revealing more for their tentpole films. Twentieth Century Fox and their fifth X-Men film might be the exception.
Another version of the international X-Men: First Class trailer has arrived, this time in full English and featuring some entirely new footage. You’ll get nothing new from the Xavier-Lehnsherr relationship, but you will get a little more Azazel, Banshee and Havok. Just a little.
If you’ve been keeping up with X-Men: First Class and its trailers and images released thus far, you’ll notice that this doesn’t reveal anything new. It’s nearly the same as the Russian and Japanese international First Class trailers we shared before, mixed in with a few brief shots from the X-Men: First Class TV spot, with maybe a second or two of additional visuals.
The trailer works and we were sold on the similar international ones prior to it. It’s just surprising that we haven’t seen an actual second (and different) theatrical trailer with only 5-6 weeks left before it hits theaters. Perhaps because the movie contains even less action than we thought from director Matthew Vaughn’s words and they’re not spoiling it, or more likely, the film simply doesn’t have too much to show because of how rushed it is. The marketing materials to date have been bottom of the barrel compared to the competition and this might be the most rushed film of the summer, a definite concern after the end result of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
While the shot of Banshee flying and Magneto lifting the sub look cool, some other special effects aren’t as pretty, like the floor stomp, explosion and Havok’s energy blasts. Seeing this so close to the release date brings back flashes of Hugh Jackman’s awkwardly fake CGI Adamantium claws from his solo outing in 2009.
Like all franchise films, there’s already talk of X-Men: First Class sequels but will this film, with some questionable marketing and an entirely new cast perform at the box office well enough to launch a new trilogy for Fox and Bryan Singer?
Below are some stills of key scenes and visuals from the trailer – They aren’t the highest quality as it’s from YouTube, but we’ll replace if we get better later:
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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