One of my Top Five Anticipated Movies of 2011 was X-Men: First Class. Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, Kick Ass) it tells the story of Professor X and Magneto when they were still friends, and running Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters together.
Set during the 1960s Cuban Missile Crisis, it will show the story of the first mutants as they come to terms with their own powers, and cope with the public’s reaction to finding out about their existence.
Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) acts as a kind of Martin Luther King to Erik Lehnsherr’s (Michael Fassbender) Malcolm X. Both want equal rights for mutants, but have very different opinions on how to go about this.
Whether the film succeeds or not will rely on whether Vaughn can tell a unique, interesting story that does more than simply fill in the gaps of the first three X-Men films. The relationship between Professor X and Magneto was always one of the most interesting things about the trilogy. If played correctly, it could make for a very compelling story. However, Vaughn must balance making First Class both accessible to new audiences, and simply retreading the ground already covered in the existing films.
The trailer gives us no hint as to whether he will do that or not. What it does tell us, is that some of the costumes have changed, but it still feels very much like the X-Men movie franchise as created by Brian Singer over ten years ago.
Check it out for yourself: