The trailer for the highly anticipated upcoming superhero movie X-Men: First Class was released today. I’ve been seeing a lot of positive comments on the Internets about the trailer. I’ve got some comments of my own, of course.
The production quality looks great. The mutant powers look, for the most part, great. I am really looking forward to James McAvoy as Charles Xavier. I am looking forward to Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw. I am somewhat less looking forward to Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr, but perhaps he’ll surprise me.
I am not, however, looking forward to seeing an X-Men movie set in the 1960’s detailing the camaraderie and cooperation of Charles and Erik before their rift that features mutants who would either not have been born or not have had their mutant abilities at the time. If Azazel, Nightcrawler’s father, must be included as interacting with the Hellfire Club or Charles and Erik, so be it. I can overlook that, as he was old enough to remember Biblical times. What I cannot overlook, however, is the presence of fully developed mutants such as Emma Frost, Hank McCoy, Alex Summers, and potentially more. They were either not old enough to have full control of their mutant abilities (if they had even manifested), not yet born, or at the very least not interacting with Charles, Erik, or the Hellfire Club.
I can understand changing a story to fit into a movie format; it is done all the time. But closing a universe’s entire generation gap is going too far, in my opinion. Who knows, when I see the movie I might love it, and none of this might matter.
And pigs might fly out of my butt.