Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men prequel/reboot X-Men: First Class is just a week away from theaters, and FOX is (finally) kicking the promotional campaign for the film into high gear. Along with Vaughn talking about the First Class sequel, a new clip from the film has debuted online, featuring the first meeting between Charles Xavier and Mystique.
In addition to the new clip, we have several video interviews with the cast and director of X-Men: First Class, plus a new “sneak-peek” featurette for the film. It’s a good time to be a X-Men fan.
If you’ve been checking out the First Class character trailers then you’ll remember a Mystique trailer which featured a brief glimpse of a young Charles Xavier meeting a young Raven Darkholme (Mystique’s real name). That scene raised a lot of questions – and a little ire, since it’s not part of X-Men comic lore. The most prominent question was how, exactly, Mystique ages in the film, since the older-younger version of the character is being portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) – an actress over a decade younger than James McAvoy, who is playing the older-younger of Charles Xavier.
The clip we have today fleshes out the scene in which young Charles and young Mystique meet, and certainly addresses that question of Mystique and aging (only watch if you want to know):
Xavier Meets Mystique
Matthew Vaughn’s attention to details such as these (Mystique and aging) were noted in a number of the X-Men: First Class early reviews that appeared online recently. It’s also good to see that he isn’t wasting time on these sorts of details, but is rather incorporating them into the film with a matter-of-factness that really establishes the world of X-Men, strange mutant powers and all. As good as Singer’s films were, one thing that always felt slightly off was the way that they treated every use of mutant power as a “big deal” effects moment. It should be interesting to see an X-Men movie that treats the characters’ powers more nonchalantly.
Now that you’ve seen the clip, kick back and enjoy this plethora of X-Men: First Class promotional goodies (All SPOILER-FREE) – including a new sneak peek ad for the film, as well sa video interviews with director Matthew Vaughn and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender (Magneto), January Jones (Emma Frost), and producer Bryan Singer.
SNEAK PEEK FEATURETTE
We’ll have our own cast interviews and official review of the film coming soon, so be sure to check back for that. In the meantime, tell us what you think: is Matthew Vaughn bringing something new and refreshing to the X-Men movie franchise?
X-Men: First Class will be in theaters on June 3rd.