Last month, Fox premiered an impressive first trailer for X-Men: First Class. Since then, the studio has been steadily putting out new marketing materials, including some very cool posters (as well as some very awful ones).
This week, via the official X-Men Movies Facebook page, Fox released an interesting new still image from the film, showing Lucas Till as Alex Summers, aka Havok. In the comics, Havok is the younger brother of Scott Summers, better known as Cyclops. Because the film takes place in the 1960s, however, that relationship won't carry over onto the big screen (unless producer Bryan Singer and director Matthew Vaughn have a really strange trick up their sleeve).
Anyway, Havok, like Cyclops, has the ability to fire cosmic energy blasts. Unfortunately, in the movie, it appears that he doesn't have very good control of his powers. Just look at this picture showing Havok standing in a room of flames. Being a super-powered mutant must be a real drag sometimes. (Click through the image for a larger version.)
Truthfully, I'm not sure what to think about X-Men: First Class. I was very surprised at how much I liked the trailer, which still impresses after multiple viewings, but we know from January Jones that the production was a bit rushed, and I'm leery of any superhero film that tries to squeeze too many characters into a 120 page script.
Then there's the Havok/Cyclops thing. I know that continuity hasn't been that important in the X-Men film universe thus far (Sabretooth is a perfect example), but it really makes you appreciate the kind of interconnectivity that Marvel is doing with its movies.
Hopefully everything turns out and the film exceeds expectations. Vaughn is a great director, and he's working with a talented cast anchored by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. If the movie is entertaining and delivers a compelling narrative, it really doesn't matter how well it relates to the previous X-Men films. At least, that's what I keep telling myself. What do you think?
X-Men: First Class opens in theaters June 3, 2011.