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 ==
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.
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.
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....
- 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.
- When Mystique does change, it's in a posh, well-decorated bedroom. Like you'd find in a night club.
- That picnic shot strongly suggests that romance will brew between her and Beast.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.