A Who’s Who Guide To X Men First Class
Charles Xavier aka “Professor X” & Erik Lehnsherr aka “Magneto”
If you’re familiar with X Men as a whole even if its with just the original set of movies then you will know doubt know a little about these two central characters. I’ve grouped these two together because I think ultimately it will be the relationship between Xavier and Magneto which will either make or break this movie. We’ve seen them as sworn enemies but First Class dials it back a little to show the two as close friends who both share a mutual respect for each other and their race. What I think will be most interesting about their role in First Class is how they both want a better future for mutants. Charles out of love and understanding of his fellow kind wants to excel the academy and the potential of his students. Yet on the other hand driven out of fear and anger from his days inside a nazi concentration camp Magneto wants to take a more direct and forceful approach to securing the fate of mutants. The pair share a unique relationship and I for one cant wait to see it unfold.
Hank McCoy aka “Beast”
Originally appearing in X Men nearly 50 years ago it seems fitting that Beast was included in the line up for First Class. McCoy has a wonderfully gifted mind, being somewhat of an expert in such fields as genetics and biochemistry, its quite ironic that his gift has seen his own biochemistry alter to the n’th degree. Whats interesting about Beast is that his natural gifts have bestowed upon him both a strong intellect and superior strength making him quite a deadly force to be reckoned with. Hank obviously starts the film in human form and increasingly becomes more like the blue furred behemoth so im expecting to see quite an incredible transformation within the film.
Raven Darkholme aka “Mystique”
Originally portrayed by Rebecca Romijn in the first three X Men films the blue scaled shapeshifter is played by rising star Jennifer Lawrence in First Class. Known for being a manipulative villain this time round we get to see a more human and compassionate side to Mystique. Although so far there has been hints of a potential romance between her and Beast in the film it might be of interest to know that the character Azazel is also in First Class. The reason this is of importance is because in the comic mythology of X Men Mystique and Azazel are the parents of Nightcrawler (played by Alan Cumming in X2) so perhaps there may be a love triangle on the cards, one which might be the catalyst that propels Mystique to the dark side.
Son of Corsair (Major Christopher Summers) and brother to Scott Summers (better known as Cyclops) Havok is again a character from the early incarnation of the X Men universe and his notable sibling may provide his character with a very interesting story arc further down the line. With his ability to absorb cosmic energy and focus it into offensive attacks makes Alex Summers a worthwhile and effective member of the X Men.
As mentioned above Moira is the foster carer for Darwin, brought into Xaviers school as a house keeper Moira is so much more than hired help. With a noble prize for her work on genetics under her belt Moira is very much a strong asset to the team. One interesting point to keep an eye on is the fact that in the X Men mythology Moira and Banshee have an on/off love affair for years. Could we see the begginings of this turbulent relationship in First Class?
Known to the outside world as a legit entrepreneurial businessman Sebastien Shaw is something much more sinister. A mutant who can absorb cosmic energy and turn it into a raw strength will no doubt prove a significant physical barrier for Xaviers students. Combine this with the fact that Shaw is an illusive member of the Hellfire Club (a secret society hell bent on world domination) and you have all the makings of a great villain. Plus after seing Kevin Bacon (who will be playing Shaw) as the villain in James Gunns anti-hero indie flick Super I have another reason to be excited for this film.