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Speculation About X-Men: First Class

Mystique is at the center of it all.

 This can't be a school seal. Where's the Latin motto?

This has just been the week of super-hero trailer, hasn't it? G-Man's done his breakdown of the FIRST CLASS trailer and Inferiorego's explored how it breaks from continuity, but I reckon there's still a lot room to speculate on what the clues in the trailer mean for the flick on the broader scale...

Back in December, I speculated that X-MEN: FIRST CLASS might actually be a time-travel movie considering the anachronistic line-up choices, the frequency of alternate future stories in the comics and then Matthew Vaughn’s slightly-cryptic comment about how Bryan Singer found a clever way to tie the 60s setting in to current events. Of course, I thought Tim Burton’s PLANET OF THE APES remake was going to actually be a sequel to the original movie series and it'd be set in the new future created by the finale of BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES. When the day came and the big surprise we got was a chimpanzee Abe Lincoln, I learned that, quite often, fans’ imaginations can get a little over-active when it comes to connecting dots.

After the trailer, I’m now pretty sure that it really will just be a straight prequel, even despite the hodge-podge nature of the roster. Considering how we’ve got 50 years of continuity and hundreds of mutants whose relationships intersect like a fractal mosaic, I won’t fault the crew for treating the comics like source material, not concrete canon to be chained to. So, no, this isn’t the original line-up from the comics. The movies were never bound to that, anyway; not with Iceman and Angel being pupils of Cyclops and Jean. == TEASER ==

 The resemblance could end up just being an Easter Egg for long time fans.

I wouldn’t expect too many specific relationships to hold. Havok probably won’t still be Cyke’s brother, for one. Maybe he'll be his uncle, maybe he'll be his cousin or maybe they’ll be unrelated (even though the re-design of his energy as a red and very optic blast-like beam draws a direct visual connection between the two.) Don’t expect any time to be spent reconciling why Banshee’s younger than his peers, why Darwin’s around at this time or why Angel Salvadore's… employed by the Hellfire Club.

 Hank looks quite unprepared, right here.

The relationships I do expect to be acknowledged, however, center around Mystique. The thrust of this movie is obviously about the Brotherhood splintering off from the X-Men in the early days and, judging by how prominently she was featured in the trailer, I suspect Ms. Darkholme will be a teen at the crux of that break (much like Pyro was in X2.) She might even be the #3 character next to Charles and Erik, going through an arc all her own. Judging by this shot of air duct picnic to the right, love may have something to do with it.

 She's definitely saying "Come hither" to somebody. The question is... who?

As Inferiorego’s pointed out, I don’t expect the crew to be that beholden to fitting FIRST CLASS precisely in with the details of the movies that have come before. However, considering how Mystique’s big line in X2 about choosing to keep her monstrous form as a declarative act happened during a dialog with (her son?) Nightcrawler, it would really be a wasted opportunity to not even allude to that in this one.  

 

Let me throw down some key points to organize my theory, here....

  1. Mystique spends almost all the trailer in human form. Thus, her choosing to be blue all the time will be a big choice she makes.   
  2. When Mystique does change, it's in a posh, well-decorated bedroom. Like you'd find in a night club.
  3. That picnic shot strongly suggests that romance will brew between her and Beast. 
  4. Recalling the shot of Beast's foot mutating and his pained reaction shot, it's clear that Hank will go through a very dramatic transformation that he likely doesn't want. 
  5. Azazel's a pretty obscure character and, considering how he's made to look even more like Nightcrawler, I'm sure he's only been brought in to be Kurt's Dad.
 "I can't turn this on and off like you can!" That'll be the line to put her off.

The X-Men's intervention in the Cuban Missile Crisis will likely serve as the climax. The Hellfire Club may or may not be involved but, regardless, the role they'll serve is as an example of the most evil possible mutants. While the Brotherhood are villains, their goal of advancing mutankind's interests is at least well-intentioned. The Club, however, seems like it'll be a totally selfish organization - - mutants living in secret who use their powers for sybaritic ends and for the subjugation of their fellows.  

 What a gentleman. How could a girl resist suave Mr. Azazel?

I think what'll happen is that Beast might be really awkward about handling Mystique's advances. When the X-Men encounter the Hellfire Club, she'll be intrigued by this dashing devil, Azazel, who's utterly comfortable with his appearance. When Beast mutates and bemoans his new form, that'll drive her further away from him and into the arms of Azazel - - a man who accepts and probably even encourages her blue form. They'll conceive Nightcrawler and the resultant anxiety will contribute to her leaving the X-Men to be the first member of the Brotherhood. Or something along those lines... 

 
Do you maniacs think I'm on to something here? If not, let's see your own speculative theories.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

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Posted by MOONGREY

i think mystique choosing her blue form will have something more to do with beast and something meaningful in her fealings towards him and i think that her relationship with azazel will be more negative.. older sleazy guy sort of way..

Posted by goldenkey

alright already with the X-men first class posts. 
Posted by MrMazz

Hurm interesting ideas there. I really do like Azazels appearence in that suit it looks very james bondish. I hope the story is at least good and they dont try to pull a X3 and stuff 5 stories into 2 hours where everything just makes no sense

Posted by HexThis

This is slightly disturbing but....does anyone remember that line Magneto says after Mystique infiltrates the dam in X2? 
"She's good"
"You have no idea" he responds
 
Is it possible she bangs Magneto? He's still second to Azazel but...still...

Posted by growup

I got $500 on Havok being hinted at as Cyclops's (I know I spelt it wrong) dad.
Posted by cattlebattle
@goldenkey said:
"alright already with the X-men first class posts.  "

This is correct
Posted by unclesam
@HexThis said:
" This is slightly disturbing but....does anyone remember that line Magneto says after Mystique infiltrates the dam in X2?  "She's good" "You have no idea" he responds  Is it possible she bangs Magneto? He's still second to Azazel but...still... "
This is hilarious, and I hope so. It would make that line so funny.
Posted by KingLoki

The whole Havok thing makes me think of the possibility of Mister Sinister having some kind of involvement.  
 
Probably not though.

Posted by 4Essence

@Tom Pinchuck 
 
wait is that skinny kid to the right of the sofa in the trailer Banshee???

Posted by PrinceIMC

See I'm kinda thinking that the cozy moment betweek Raven and Hank might just be her trying to manipulate him. Perhaps even requested by Erik. There are mutants hiding in plain sight, but if they couldn't then maybe more would join Magneto's side. Get Beast the resident bio-chemist to create a formula that makes hidden mutants more obvious, he then gets injected with it himself and takes on the blue furry version.
Posted by Meteorite

Wasn't it already implied in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine video game that Wraith was Nightcrawler's father?

Posted by MattDemers

I want to say that the missile crisis is going to be something in the first half of the movie, actually; it makes sense that it's a "team mission" where something goes a little awry and forces a rift between Magneto and X. That initial spark in the handling of things (probably the "surfacing of the submarine" scene) will set the tone for the rest of the movie. 
 
Dealing with the Hellfire Club will solidify Erik's "you can be evil and get shit done" views, and then the end will be the great splintering of the team. Charles will lose his legs, and things will never look bleaker.

Posted by jubilee042

i think ur right

Posted by queenfrost_

EH

Posted by JoeH

I think Mystique could choose to stay blue out of lingering love for beast after she leaves for the brotherhoord. Maybe she made some sort of promise to be blue to make beast feel less.... beastly. And the reason she keeps it is cause she still secretly loves him. 

Posted by JonesDeini
@goldenkey said:
" alright already with the X-men first class posts.  "
Preach hope this movie bombs worse than gigli so Marvel can get the rights back
Posted by Shadowdoggy
@4Essence:
I think he's supposed to be, yes
Posted by Nicholas

When Mystique does change, it's in a posh, well-decorated bedroom. Like you'd find in a night club.

    
 
What...?
Posted by Cherry Bomb

 
I loved Mystique in the X-Men movies, she was such an enigma and I wanted to know more and more. (: so I'm so glad she's having a bigger role in First Class, she's a character we didn't know much about in the original trilogy so this gives them chance to expand that. 
 
Also, they've already casted a younger version of Mystique, so I think she'll have an Origin story of her own interwoven in the movie. :D 

Posted by woopapa

just give up Fox & Sony!!
as long you guys make the X-men & spiderman movies they will suck. 
give'em to Marvel so they can do it right.
Posted by Clifftothemax
@Meteorite said:
" Wasn't it already implied in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine video game that Wraith was Nightcrawler's father? "
Yes, it was. But I honestly don't think they would have taken that into account if they knew about it. They seem to be mostly ignoring anything associated with the Wolverine movie.  
 
Plus,   Azazel is Nightcrawler's father in the comics. 
Posted by Meteorite
@Clifftothemax said:
" @Meteorite said:
" Wasn't it already implied in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine video game that Wraith was Nightcrawler's father? "
Yes, it was. But I honestly don't think they would have taken that into account if they knew about it. They seem to be mostly ignoring anything associated with the Wolverine movie.   Plus,   Azazel is Nightcrawler's father in the comics.  "
I'd rather have them go with the idea that Wraith is Nightcrawler's father. Azazel is a ridiculous character.
Posted by TheMess1428

Leave it to Tom to figure it all out.

Edited by Technoman

Interesting...

Posted by Pizawle

Something along those lines.

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

I starting to not care about the negative feedback on the movie....I just want my X-men fix!
Posted by sixdecibels

looks more promising than expected!