X-MEN:FIRST CLASS-United States-2011

Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique

Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast

Lucas Till as Alex Summers/Havok

Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy/Banshee

Jason Flemyng as Azazel

Zoë Kravitz as Angel Salvadore

Edi Gathegi as Armando Muñoz/Darwin

Álex González as Janos Quested/Riptide

Directed by Matthew Vaughn

Screenplay by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn

Story by Sheldon Turner and Bryan Singer

Thank God for Michael Fassbender! Okay, I know this film is about the X-men as a team. I know that it stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier before he became a poster child for the handi-capable. I know that it stars a post-Winter’s Bone and a pre-The Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence as the even hot when she’s blue Mystique. I know it stars the brilliant and underrated Kevin Bacon as the villain Sebastian Shaw. I know that it introduces the world to Banshee, Havok and all the other beloved X-men. I know all that and then some.

So why do I say thank God for Michael Fassbender? I say it because finally someone has the balls to step up and give us an absolutely no holds barred definitive version of the greatest villain that Marvel Comics has ever unleashed on this world. I’m talking about the man, the myth, the Master of Magnetism himself-Magneto. Fassbender does for Magneto what Ian McKellen was never able to accomplish. He shows us the man behind the name; he shows us the weaknesses and takes us on the journey that Erik Lehnsherr would take on his way to become the Malcolm X to Charles Xavier’s Martin Luther King. Fassbender’s Erik/Magneto rules with an iron fist and he is just getting started. This is no miniscule movie review, you mere mortals. This is the paving of the way for Mr. Fassbender and his magnificent performance.

So, now that I’ve lain that little bit of hyperbole on you, I’m going to close out with a little bit more. X-men: First Class is everything a superhero movie should be. It’s exciting, over the top, a little corny and last but not least it is one hell of a ride. X-men: First Class is the best superhero team movie ever made. Until May 4, 2012 and the release of The Avengers I will stand by that statement with every fiber of my being. After that day, we shall see.


Amber Heard was rumored to play Mystique before Jennifer Lawrence was cast.

The uniforms the X-Men wear are colored blue and yellow, in homage to the original blue/yellow suits the X-Men wore in the comics from 1963 (their debut) until (original artist and co-creator) Jack Kirby’s departure from the book. After several costume changes throughout the years, the costumes used in X-Men inspired new black leather uniforms seen in the Grant Morrison written 2001 New X-Men comic).

Director Matthew Vaughn cited the first two X-Films, Star Trek and the 1960s Bond films as major influences on this film.

Both Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy appeared in Band of Brothers at the start of their careers. This marks their first appearance together since then.