[Update: We've added the two new X-Men: First Class posters to the gallery]
Despite a very rushed production and coming off of two disappointing franchise installments in a row, director Matthew Vaughn and his impressive X-Men: First Class cast have seemingly constructed an impressive film that we can get excited about. Both the initial First Class trailer and its international counterpart presented a superhero film unlike its genre competition of the summer.
There's been very little marketing for the X-Men prequel, likely less than its four predecessors, but there's certainly more on the way as we inch closer to the beginning of the summer movie season. Over the last week or so, a variety of X-Men: First Class images have circulated online and today the first TV spot has also surfaced.
The images include the four 1960s-themed Total Film covers, two cast images and a few shots of characters (Emma Frost in diamond form and Mystique in uniform).
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We've been fooled by cool trailers before (see: X-Men Origins: Wolverine) but X-Men: First Class seems different. There are fans who are and always will be against any movie deviating from the Marvel Comics source in any way, but as a movie, Bryan Singer's story of the origins of the X-Men is the most intriguing story of the year's comic book movies.
[Update: The two added X-Men: First Class posters include the new domestic and international posters. They'd be neat if they were hand-drawn comic cover art, but instead they look like a photoshop job, with an awkward facial expression from James McAvoy. They follow the same style as the posters released for X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand.]
Here's the first TV spot, courtesy of MovieWeb, which offers a few brief shots of never-before-seen footage, including scenes of Havok firing his energy blast from a device on his chest and Banshee taking flight:
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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