The one-sheets released by Twentieth Century Fox thus far for X-Men: First Class have not been the film's strongest marketing ploy, but after viewing a variety of trailers and TV spots, it didn't matter. Now that we know the characters, the photos of them in costume have some meaning.
Over the last week, individual X-Men: First Class character posters have surfaced and we put together a gallery including Professor Charles Xavier, Angel Salvadore, Havok, Emma Frost, Beast and Azazel. Now we can add the familiar Magneto and Mystique alongside new character Riptide.
Mystique and Magneto were key characters in the main X-Men trilogy and we know where their story arcs take them in the future. X-Men: First Class explores their lives when they, alongside Charles Xavier, set out to group mutants, help them and give them purpose. Riptide on the other hand, is new to the series and his character's history differs from that of Marvel Comics.
In the books, Riptide (Álex González) works for the infamous X-villain, Mr. Sinister, but in the film he is a henchman for Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) instead. His powers however, remain the same as the books and he is able to control wind. His appearance in our brief glimpses of him thus far are reminiscent of fan-favorite Gambit with his long hair and suave style.
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We still need Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Banshee, and Darwin to round out the set.
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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