The Genesis of X-Men

Will X-Men: First Class live up to the previous X-Men series?

From the stables of Marvel, the X-Men series is perhaps one of the biggest in terms of characters and series popularity. This highly anticipated film serves, as a prequel to all its forerunners, and in a sense is a “genesis” as it traces the history and relationship between the two main protagonists – Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto.

The movie has roped in the likes of James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Kevin Bacon, January Jones and Nicholas Hoult among others. In X-Men: First Class, one gets to see the younger versions of previously well-known characters and the introduction of newer ones like Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones) Havok (Lucas Till) to name a few.

The film traces the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr renamed themselves as Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

A sneak peak into the official trailer as well as the introduction of newer characters seem positively exciting, and it does seem to have all the right ingredients to live up to the hype and buzz that have surrounded the previous installments.

Speaking about her character, Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence told IGN, “It’s completely different, but fun. You don’t want to do the same thing every time and I do feel like I’m at the opposite end right now, but I’m having a blast. It’s a fun character to play, in a fun movie. We’ve got cool sets and I’m really loving all the special effects, because it’s so different to Winter’s Bone – I’m like a kid in a candy store, ” adding that “Mystique, a shape-shifter, is also a young, normal teenager dealing with insecurities, but her insecurities aren’t that normal. She’s insecure about being a mutant, but she slowly grows to accept it and evolves into herself and starts to love it.”

Director Matthew Vaughan in an interview with Entertainment Weekly described this film as “Bond with superpowers”. He isn’t worried about what die-hard fans either. He said, “One thing about the X-Men world is that, if you know your X-Men universe, every writer reinvented the storyline. I did my research, and none of the histories of the characters make any sense. Each writer totally changed the history to make their plot work. So I can quite safely say that X-Men has a history of reinventing its history for the sake of the plot.”

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