The thing that intrigues me most about X-Men: First Class and Captain America: The First Avenger are the eras when they are set. While hero Captain America looks like he’s cut from the same Saturday morning movie serials that inspired Indiana Jones, Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men adventure is a reminder of the Cold War and the double-dealing that went on between countries, spies. The Cold War feeling makes this ’60s-style title sequence even more impressive. An editor known by the handle “Joe D” posted on Vimeo a two-minute sequence that oozes James Bond cool with Saul Bass inspired animation set to a scary-good rendition of the X-Men: The Animated Series theme.
X-Men: First Class turns back the clock and takes us to a time where Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) were just two young men discovering their powers for the first time, even working together as friends.
X-Men: First Class is directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Stardust, and Kick-Ass). Bryan Singer, who directed the first and second X-Men movies, serves in a producing capacity and wrote the story for First Class. The screenplay was assembled by the team of Josh Schwartz, Jamie Moss, Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, and finally Jane Goldman, who came in and tweaked the script once Vaughn signed on to direct.
McAvoy and Fassbender lead a talented ensemble that also includes Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Lucas Till, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Oliver Platt and Ray Wise.
X-Men: First Class arrives in theaters on June 3rd.
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