X-Men: First Class (also marketed asX: First Class) is a 2011 superhero film based on the X-Men characters appearing in Marvel Comics. The fifth installment in the X-Men film series, a prequel and soft reboot of X-Men (2000), it was directed by Matthew Vaughn and produced by Bryan Singer, and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Oliver Platt, and Kevin Bacon.
The film is set primarily in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and focuses on the relationship between Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, and the origin of their groups—the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants, respectively, as they deal with the Hellfire Club led by Sebastian Shaw, who is bent on world domination.
- Starring : James McAvoy / Michael Fassbender
- Genre : Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
- Country : United States / United Kingdom
- Language : English / German / French / Spanish / Russian
- Director : Matthew Vaughn
- Production : Twentieth Century Fox / Marvel Entertainment / Dune Entertainment / Bad Hat Harry Productions / Donners’ Company / Ingenious Media / Big Screen Productions / Ingenious Film Partners / Dune Entertainment III
- Distributor : 20th Century Fox Argentina / 20th Century Fox / 20th Century Fox de Venezuela / Forum Cinemas / Fox Filmes do Brasil / Hispano Foxfilms S.A.E. / Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. / Twentieth Century Fox / Warner Bros. / Westec Media Limited / 20th Century Fox Entertainment / 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Castello Lopes Multimédia / FOX / FS Film / FX Network / Film1 / Hotstar / Odeon / Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
X-Men: First Class movie
X-Men: First Class release date
- May 25, 2011 : USA (New York City, New York) (premiere)
- June 1, 2011 : France
- June 1, 2011 : UK
- June 1, 2011 : Ireland
- June 2, 2011 : Australia
- June 2, 2011 : Israel
- June 2, 2011 : Philippines
- June 2, 2011 : Singapore
- June 3, 2011 : Canada
- June 3, 2011 : Spain
- June 3, 2011 : Sweden
- June 3, 2011 : USA
- June 9, 2011 : Germany
- June 10, 2011 : India
- June 11, 2011 : Japan
X-Men: First Class cast
- James McAvoy as Charles Xavier (24 Years)
- Laurence Belcher as Charles Xavier (12 Years)
- Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr
- Bill Milner as Young Erik
- Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw
- Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert
- Jennifer Lawrence as Raven / Mystique
- Beth Goddard as Mrs. Xavier
- Morgan Lily as Young Raven (10 Years)
- Oliver Platt as Man in Black Suit
- Álex González as Janos Quested / Riptide(as Alex González)
- Jason Flemyng as Azazel
- Zoë Kravitz as Angel Salvadore
- January Jones as Emma Frost
- Nicholas Hoult as Hank / Beast
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner first thought of a prequel based on the young X-Men during the production of X2; producer Simon Kinberg later suggested to 20th Century Fox an adaptation of the comic series X-Men: First Class, although the film does not follow the comic closely. Singer, who had directed both X-Men and X2, became involved with the project in 2009, but he could only produce and co-write First Class due to his work on other projects. Vaughn, who was previously attached to both X-Men: The Last Stand and Thor, became the director, and also wrote the final script with his writing partner Jane Goldman. First Class replaced a Magneto prequel film that had been in development, but had entered development hell; the Writers Guild of America arbitration gave a story credit to Magneto writer Sheldon Turner. Principal photography began in August 2010 and concluded in December, with additional filming completed in April 2011. Locations included Oxford, the Mojave Desert and Georgia, with soundstage work done in both Pinewood Studios and the 20th Century Fox stages in Los Angeles. The depiction of the 1960s drew inspiration from the James Bond films of the period.
First Class premiered on Ziegfeld Theatre on May 25, 2011, and was released in the United States on June 3, 2011. It was a box office success, becoming the seventh highest-grossing in the film series, and received positive reviews from critics and audiences, who praised its acting, screenplay, direction, action sequences, visual effects, and musical score. The film’s success re-popularized the X-Men film franchise with various installments following, including a number of sequels focusing on younger iterations of the X-Men characters, with X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and Dark Phoenix (2019).
In 1944, in a Nazi death camp, Nazi scientist Klaus Schmidt witnesses young prisoner Erik Lehnsherr bending a metal gate with his mind when he is separated from his parents. In his office, Schmidt orders Lehnsherr to move a coin on his desk, and kills the boy’s mother when Lehnsherr fails to do so. In grief and rage, Lehnsherr’s magnetic power manifests, killing two guards and destroying the room. Meanwhile, in a mansion in Westchester County, New York, child telepath Charles Xavier meets young shapeshifter Raven, whose natural form is blue-skinned and scaly. Overjoyed to meet someone “different”, like himself, he invites her to live with his family as his foster sister.
In 1962, Lehnsherr, now a Nazi hunter, is tracking down Schmidt for vengeance, while Xavier graduates from the University of Oxford. In Las Vegas, CIA officer Moira MacTaggert follows U.S. Army Colonel Hendry into the Hellfire Club, where she sees Schmidt—now known as Sebastian Shaw—with mutant telepath Emma Frost, cyclone-producing Riptide, and teleporter Azazel. Threatened by Shaw and teleported by Azazel to the Joint War Room, Hendry advocates deployment of nuclear missiles in Turkey. Shaw, an energy-absorbing mutant whose powers have de-aged him, later kills Hendry by releasing the energy he absorbed previously from an explosing grenade.
MacTaggert, seeking Xavier’s advice on mutation, takes him and Raven to the CIA, where they convince Director McCone that mutants exist and Shaw is a threat. Another CIA officer sponsors the mutants and invites them to the secret “Division X” facility. MacTaggert and Xavier find Shaw as Lehnsherr is attacking him on his yacht, and rescue Lehnsherr from drowning, while Shaw escapes in a submarine. Xavier brings Lehnsherr to Division X, where they meet young scientist Hank McCoy, a mutant with prehensile feet, who believes Raven’s DNA may provide a “cure” for their appearance. Xavier uses McCoy’s mutant-locating device Cerebro to seek recruits against Shaw. Xavier and Lehnsherr recruit stripper Angel Salvadore, cabbie Armando Muñoz, Army prisoner Alex Summers, and conceited runaway Sean Cassidy.
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