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X-Men: First Class Trailer—Breakdown & Analysis

What does the official trailer tell us about the next X-Men film?

The moment we've been waiting for is finally here. The first official trailer for X-Men: First Class finally premiered. People have pretty much been bashing the movie based on the very few images that have been released. With this official trailer, let's see if that will change. 
Let's break down this trailer to see what it finally tells us. 

== TEASER == 



The opening shot reassures us they haven't forsaken the X-Men's history. With a lot of the crazy stuff we've been hearing, they could have easily changed things completely and simply disregard where everyone is suppose to end up (like they do on TV's Smallville). Charles Xavier will end up in a wheelchair, just not right now. Cut to the shot of a Patrick Stewart-looking X-Men says that there just might be a connection to the previous X-Men films. 

When we first see James McAvoy as a younger Charles Xavier, it looks like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. We know that most of this footage will be mixed around. It appears he's standing sullen in a park but for some reason it makes me think he's in a cemetery, despite no visible tombstones. 


We know things won't end well between Magneto and Professor X. The first shot we see gives us an ominous view of Magneto's helmet and gloves. This is then followed with another reminder that there are other X-Men movies. More reassurance that maybe they are not going to simply wipe everything out. 
When we see Erik (before he became Magneto), he doesn't look like the most cheerful guy around. From the room he's in, I imagine this is during a discussion with Charles about the fate of mutantkind. This could be the beginning of the falling out between the two. 

After we see the Marvel logo (reminding us that this is based on Marvel characters even though Marvel Studios is not putting it out).
For those unaware, John F. Kennedy's speech informs us that this is taking place during the 60s around the time of the Bay of Pigs. Then we get a look at what I imagine is the Xavier Institute (I can't recall how it looked in the previous X-films since it's been a while since I've watched those).


During the speech, Charles and Moira watch with the First Class standing behind him. We see Erik, Havok, Mystique, Beast (?) and one other (is that Sean Cassidy, aka Banshee?). JFK's speech talks about the possible nuclear attack from Russia. What we can get from this is they are not only concerned with events directly involving mutants but we're also seeing their reaction to events that could have an impact on the world.  
Anthony Petten asked, via Twitter, why Erik was holding a gun in those two shots. Since he and some of the boys are wearing sweats and they're at a school, I say they were doing some track and field. Maybe the gun is a starter's pistol.

Yesterday we saw an image of Magento standing in a weird looking room. This shot of Emma Frost shows her in that same room. Because she is being observed we have to wonder why she is apparently being held in custody. Previous images have shown January Jones with James McAvoy so it hasn't been clear if this Emma will be good or bad. Sebastian Shaw and the Hellfire Club will come into the movie so we'll have to wait and see what Emma's motivations are.

When we see Angel Salvadore, it's a little creepy. She appears to be in a Gentlemen's Club setting and clearly has her shirt off. Who is it that is getting this private show behind the red curtains? It's Charles and Erik, doing a little male bonding. What creeps me out over this is I think of her as a teenage girl. I could be wrong about the situation here and her age in the movie (why not since she wouldn't have even been born in the 60s in the comics) but it seems weird thinking about Charles and Erik hanging out like this, sitting on a bed. Maybe they're just going undercover to try to infiltrate the Hellfire Club, right?

Next we get a look at several of the mutants. The first, I think is Hank McCoy (who shows up later as Beast). Then we see Havok followed by Darwin. Finally we see Mystique lying in bed transforming into her familiar form from the previous X-Men films. Why is Mystique lying in bed, apparently with no clothes under the sheets? If you know your X-Men history and the fact that a certain teleporting character is in the movie (and shows up later here), you might have an idea. I really hope we won't be seeing Nightcrawler's conception. 

Back in December we saw some images leaked online of a crashed Blackbird. Based on the speech and the threat of a nuclear attack, it appears that the X-Men are taking matters into their own hand. As the Blackbird flies over some battleships, the hatch opens, revealing Charles and Erik, dressed in the yellow and blues. 

"Are you ready for this?" 
"Let's find out." 
It's great to see Charles and Erik ready to make a last stand against what they see as a big threat. Erik wearing yellow and blue is weird and makes you wonder where this scene takes place in the movie? How much of the story of the fallout are we getting? We know Erik will change into Magneto before it's over. Those ships they're flying over don't really appreciate that they might be trying to help. Either that or it's the enemy firing upon them. This most likely is what causes the Blackbird to crash. 
If that was indeed Hank McCoy earlier, things get pretty hairy for him by this point in the movie. He appears to be piloting the Blackbird and obviously, has turned blue and furry. Let's hope he has what it takes to pilot the jet.

After a whole bunch of missiles targeting the Blackbird and a shot of Charles swimming for shore, we see Erik using his powers in what I assume is Cuba. When a guard approaches him, Erik uses his powers to make the guard stab himself in the gut. This doesn't seem like the type of behavior Charles would condone. There has to be a reason Erik is here alone. Why doesn't he have on his yellow and blue jacket? Does this scene take place at a different point from when they were on the jet? Did Erik grab some other poor guards jacket to provide a disguise (why go on a mission wearing a bright yellow jacket?)? Because Erik and Charles are friends throughout the movie, we have to assume that Erik wouldn't necessarily be so quick to kill. Is Charles being held somewhere or is there another reason for Erik to resort to violence so quickly?  

Now we see some growing pains. The problem with most trailers is they don't show us everything sequentially. Here's that kid again and it does indeed appear that this is Hank McCoy. The needle he was holding earlier could have been the serum that caused him to further mutate into his blue and furry self. It doesn't look like it feels too great. I would imagine the transformation is sort of like what we see in werewolf movies where the bones actually transform during the change.

Kevin Bacon makes his appearance as Sebastian Shaw. Taking more liberties with the characters, Emma is seen transforming into her diamond form, something she isn't able to do until much later in her life. 
The big question is, if they're trying to tie this movie to the previous ones, what does Emma's appearance here mean for her appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine? 

Now we see Havok using his powers to do some serious blasting. I know we need to let go of the change in continuity but I still find it odd for Alex Summers to be part of the X-Men team before his older brother Scott (Cyclops).


Charles is seen in with an early version of Cerebro. It's far from as sleek and sexy as the previous movies (and that tiny glimpse at the beginning). It's nice to see the old computers and equipment in the background to ensure it has a 60s feel to it (reminds me a little of LOST). When he first activates it, it's not a pleasant experience. Charles has most likely been using his powers for a while but not at this level. Opening his mind like this to the world is probably like touching your skin after you get a scrape. There's that feeling of rawness until you get used to it.

This can't be good news. Azazel, the father of Nightcrawler, is hanging out with Sebastian Shaw. When he grabs this poor man's hand in a gesture to help him up, he teleports him away. The red puff of smoke is reminiscent of Nightcrawler's teleportation in X2. Later he's seen dealing with some armed guards in a way similar to Nightcrawler's attack in the White House. 

We know this is going to happen. Erik is going to go form being a BFF with Charles into the red-helmet-wearing Magneto. And there's that room again. Is someone standing in front of him. 

Erik shows he's not messing around. Right before this, Charles tells him, "Killing will not bring you peace." 
Erik's reply was, "Peace was never an option." We can also see that the battle ships here are waving Russian flags. 
The trailer does show us quite a bit but (thankfully) there are still loads of questions. I may have some doubts over certain aspects of the direction they've chosen with this but bottom line, I liked it. I enjoyed the music used to pump up the scenes. There clearly will be enough action to keep us on the edge of our seats. Who we don't see is Oliver Platt as The Man In Black.
Okay, now it's time to tell me, what did I miss? Was there anything shown that surprised or impressed you. There's been a lot of negativity before this trailer landed, do you still feel the same or has this turned things around for you? 
And of course, here's the trailer again if you haven't seen it or want to see it one more time. 
167 Comments Refresh
Posted by DarthStorm

I'll need to see it to pass judgment.

Posted by Mr. Dead Pool

Disaster. I'm calling it.

Posted by NoMoreHeroes

lets hope this does turn into a crapfest

Posted by danhimself

I was wondering who the black guy was....forgot that Darwin was even in the movie

Posted by haydenclaireheroes
@Mr. Dead Pool said:

Disaster. I'm calling it.

Edited by TheMess1428

I understood everything but this.... 

I got Charles, Erik, Moira, Havok, Mystique, and Beast, but who is the last guy?
Posted by G-Man
@TheMess1428: He's probably just a random mutant that gets killed. Or his powers don't fully develop and he gets kicked out of the school.
Posted by MrMazz

Who is the hispanic looking fellow with Shaw in those scenes? I'm trying to think of an equivilant Hell Fire Club member but I have nothing 

Posted by TheMess1428
@G-Man: Also, you forgot to mention the part where Mystique is about to kiss Beast.
Posted by Sydpart2

I just plain out don't trust fox to make good movies

Posted by Bestostero

What REALLY irks me is that this trailer used clips from the first trilogy...  so clearly it is set in the same continuity but yet... we see the rift forming between Erik and Charles already... and in the very first scene of X-Men the last stand we see a very chummy Charles (who is walking) and Erik visiting Jean Grey's home to try to recruit her for the school they are clearly both running (Erik mentions "Are we going to have to meet all of them in person?" And Charles responds with "No, this one is special".) 
And don't even get me started on Emma Frost, yes the one in Wolverine Origins was Emma Frost, she was credited as Emma Frost, and she said her name was Emma Frost.
Plot holes. Plot holes. Plot holes.

Posted by Hellos

The trailer looks cool to be honest and I'm likely going to see it either way.
Posted by Snickersss
@TheMess1428 said:
"I understood everything but this.... 

I got Charles, Erik, Moira, Havok, Mystique, and Beast, but who is the last guy? "

That looks like Banshee/Caleb Jones.
Posted by bagels

I like how @ncroal phrased it on Twitter — Mad Men: First Class.

Posted by Trodorne

Im hoping its not another crap fest. BUT after what i saw in the Wolverine Origins movie. im going to hold out hope for this.

Posted by TheMess1428
@Snickersss: Oh yeah, that's true. Thanks. But why wasn't he in the team photo?
Posted by ProjektGill

I hope audiences take to the 60's setting. The trailer looks really cool and it's nice to see a proper 2 min trailer as opposed to a 30 second Super Bowl spot. Great write up G-Man.

Posted by Snickersss
I have no idea. Maybe he does not play a big enough role in the film for them to inlcude him, or maybe he does not actually join the team and just happens to be standing there with everyone else to watch the tv.
Posted by roxamilli
@DarthStorm said:
"I'll need to see it to pass judgment. "

true, you never know. it could be pretty good
Posted by Edamame
@G-Man: Who is the guy standing to the left of Sebastian Shaw with black hair?
Posted by KenTheProfile

wow looks good.
Posted by Sobe Cin
   So, does that mean you don't like the Original Star Wars Movies?    Wow...
Posted by Matt1982

The movie looks good.  I'll watch it.  It won't be canonical, but if I can accept it as a different Earth (Earth 616.4), I'll be ok.

Posted by Dark_Phoenix00x

Why must they continue to use Emma this way? Leave her diamond form out of it and let her be a telepath.

Posted by G-Man
@Edamame said:
" @G-Man: Who is the guy standing to the left of Sebastian Shaw with black hair? "
Based on the cast list, I can't figure out who he is other than just Sebastian's flunky.
Posted by Sobe Cin
I was checking out another still from the the movie. Banshee was with the group as they are all stairing at someone outside. So I think he does have a bigger role.
Posted by tbpinkfloyd

Singer producing and Vaughn directing? I'm cautiously optimistic!

Posted by Sobe Cin

Okay watching the trailer a second time, I really want to see this.
Posted by cattlebattle
@MrMazz said:
"Who is the hispanic looking fellow with Shaw in those scenes? I'm trying to think of an equivilant Hell Fire Club member but I have nothing  "

could be Sunspots Daddy, but I doubt it.
Posted by KingLoki

I can see this as being a good film, but not a good comic adaption.
Completely surprised by the trailer though.

Posted by Meteorite
@MrMazz said:
"Who is the hispanic looking fellow with Shaw in those scenes? I'm trying to think of an equivilant Hell Fire Club member but I have nothing  "

Sunspot's father would be Hispanic right? 
This doesn't look as bad as I thought, but....
Posted by ScornXY

*Sigh* Why is Emma Frost diamond again?

Posted by SuperOcelot

 "The big question is, if they're trying to tie this movie to the previous ones, what does Emma's appearance here mean for her appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine?"
 I'm going to go ahead and say that even the studio execs. are trying to erase that pile of junk, i mean even the supposed sequel to that movie is now called "The Wolverine"

Posted by Crimson Eagle

The stands next to Charles' hands. They look similar to the one Magneto (later Rogue) used in X-Men Part 1. Could this also be evident that it is related to the current X-Men series?
Posted by turoksonofstone

look like..FAIL.

Posted by Gambit1024

I'm not sure how I'm supposed to feel about this trailer...

Posted by darkcloakx

alex is the older brother from ultimate x-men i think that's why he got chose anyway i will still see this cause i'm a fan of x-men i'll give it a chance.

Posted by Charmix

Emma's diamond form is so messy looking in this movie, I think I like her pixilized version

Edited by ArtisticNeedham

I think it looks watchable.  Still, based on X3 and Wolverine movie I am not going to get too excited over an X-Men movie, but this is as close as I can get.  It looks good.  I'd see it.  I don't mind certain character changes, mostly I am interested in seeing Charles and magneto as friends and teammates, like this:

But I am fine with the idea of other X-Men being the first team, without Cyclops or Jean, because Xavier did put a team with Cyclops' older brother Vulcan and Darwyn on the team, and other mutants no one heard from again.  Maybe this is like that team, but since no one knows who Vulcan is they went with the more popular Havoc.  And maybe these X-Men wont meet a happey end, or disband or something, or not.  It seems interesting.  I like the idea of Xavier and magneto most of all.  I like the idea that Magneto is on the verge, almost bad, but his friend Xavier is trying to stop him from going over the edge.  Basically holding his arm while Magneto dangles over the cliff.  I am thinking Magneto's first instinct is to kill and Xavier tries to tell him killing is not our way.  So even in the beginning we see they don't agree on everything.
Posted by Solh0und

I'm excited for the movie!

Posted by Band Lone

It stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Edited by Grim

does anybody else think that first pic of Emma changing into her diamond form looks better than the actual diamond form? idk, i like the glossy finish more than the "covered in glitter" look.

Posted by BuddyBulson
@xhavoc86:  They will just make the girl from Origins be one of emma's many stepford clones, silly!
Posted by BuddyBulson
@Edamame:  Riptide
Edited by Bobcat14

Mr. Singer is producing this movie. For you x-men fans lets just say maybe B. Singer doesn't include x3 nor wolverine continuity. We shouldn't either. I'm totally fine with that. The Wolverine movie isn't.  So, should we? This movie looks great and i love the i dea that this team won't survive. I'm really excited about this movie.

Posted by StormyWeather
@ScornXY: right! and her diamond form mutation doesnt come into play until later on in the XMen saga, but the dnt stick to the comics anyway lol
Posted by fivestarga
@Mr. Dead Pool:
I agree, disaster. I love how no one in Hollywood gives a shit about continiuty. Don't call this first class when it's not.
Posted by buttersdaman000

I think we should all boot leg this

Posted by doordoor123

Darwin is one of my favorite mutants. I know they wont be doing "comic" Darwin. it looks like a good stand alone movie. And they want to pretend like Wolverine Origins never happend. SO nothing will connect to that. Emma Frost will be different.  
I just hate that this isnt the original first class. If youre going to do it, do it right.  
This doesnt feel right. I really wish they would just reboot X-men.  
The third X-men movie was a trainwreck and Wolverine Origins was a train wreck.  
X-men is one of my favorite fanchises and i feel like it could be dealt with so much better than this.

Posted by Bobcat14

For those of you asking who tha Hispanic dude might be. I kinda do think it is Emmanuel Da Costa (White Rook) the father of Sunspot. It would be really cool if he was MASTERMIND but i think there are enough telepaths in this film already with Emma and Charles.