The latest installment of the X-Men series is set to hit theaters on June 3rd, and here’s the first official trailer to be released.¬† After X-Men Origins: Wolverine, comic book geeks (myself included) are really hoping that Marvel can redeem themselves with this one.¬† After seeing this, I have three words:¬† NOT FRICKIN’ LIKELY.
X-Men: First Class explores the relationship between Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a. Magneto, and Charles Xavier, a.k.a. Professor X.¬† Together, the two founded a school for mutants meant to train the super-gifted to use their powers responsibly.¬† They ran around the world recruiting all your favorites:¬† Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Ice Man, Angel, Beast, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Rogue, Gambit, etc., but apparently neither realized that they completely disagreed about anything and everything.¬† Especially the part about using your powers responsibly.
Sound familiar? Kinda like a disagreement between two superpowers about how to use nuclear weapons responsibly? Let’s take another look at the previous paragraph, with a few substitutions
X-Men: First Class The Cold War explores the relationship between Erik Lehnsherr The U.S.S.R., a.k.a. Magneto Russia, and Charles Xavier The U.S., a.k.a. Professor X America.¬† Together, the two founded a school for mutants defeated the Axis Powers and signed a treaty meant to train the super-gifted encourage nations to use their powers responsibly.¬† They ran around the world recruiting all your favorites:¬† Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Ice Man, Angel, Beast, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Rogue, Gambit, etc. allies, but apparently neither realized that they completely disagreed about anything religion and everything politics.¬† Especially the part about using your powers responsibly.
I hate to say it, but this looks like the Cold War, only with mutants this time.¬† Wait… it IS the Cold War.¬† There’s Russians, there’s nukes, there’s Cuba, there’s submarines, there’s even Kennedy’s ACTUAL SPEECH in the trailer.¬† I hope they didn’t actually pay a writer for this story.¬† If so, I’ve already written the next one.¬† Something about two countries fighting in a Middle Eastern desert because one has WMDs… only there’s mutants this time.
And to make matters worse, the movie is set to release in under 4 months, and they are STILL FILMING!¬† Considering this should be a pretty effects-intensive movie, you’d think they would have the shots in the can by now and be working on bad-ass explosions and crazy mutant stuff instead.
I’m crossing my fingers, but it doesn’t look promising.¬† Hopefully it is only because Marvel is concentrating too hard on Captain America and Thor right now to make this franchise a priority.¬† We’ll have to wait until June to see.