So Marvel’s released the second international trailer for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS to their official You Tube account and, despite my early reservations about seeing a movie that initially seemed like it’d be entirely about Xavier and Magneto, I have to say that this flick’s winning me over steadily the more I see of it. Stepping back a little, even to somebody who’s grown up on the comics, there actually is a lot of drama to be found in a prequel about the team’s founding and early divisions- - certainly as much as there in Anakin Skywalker’s corruption and in Bilbo Baggins’ discovery of the One Ring. == TEASER ==
This clip gives us plenty of money shots of Banshee speeding above and below the seas at super-sonic speed, Azazel using his devil tail to whip a bunch of heavies into place and then Magneto suffering some serious emotional torment while using his powers on both German examiners and Soviet battleships. We also get to see an odd shot of Sebastian Shaw seeming to use his powers for the first time we’ve seen. He suddenly manifests an additional set of hands to wrap around a fireball that erupts from his chest. In the comics, Shaw’s x-factor allowed him to “metabolize kinetic energy into greater physical attributes” - - which basically meant he got bigger and stronger if you hit him. I can’t quite say what kind of magic he’s using here (fire control? Time manipulation? Reality warping?) but, considering how Shaw’s powers get random sometimes in the comics (remember when he suddenly got telepathy during Morrison’s run?) I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a whole new set of abilities, here.
What’s maybe more interesting to consider here is what part Shaw will play in the drama. These trailers are making it look like Erik Lensherr’s going to basically serve a similar role to Wolverine’s in the first movie. That is, he’ll be a new recruit to an already-assembled team who walking a line between the attracting forces of good or evil. Given how we see him coping with his trauma (even crying in a shot) and hear him saying that the world will be introduced to mutants, I think the Hellfire Club might become a “third option.” That is, they prefer to be operate in secret, with only their own hedonistic benefit it mind, and they’ll try to lure Magneto into their club… but his righteous rage will force him to reject their offer and pursue his more public, politically-minded kind of operations.
Just some thoughts. See how well they play out while you watch this trailer…