Meet the Mutants: Your guide to the characters of X-Men First Class
- Tuesday, May 31, 2011
If there is one thing the Marvel Universe has in abundance, its mutants. With such large character pool to draw from, each X-Men film has seen its share of fans crossing their fingers and hoping their favorite hero would appear on screen. If you're not a regular to the world of X though, the frequent roster changes can get confusing pretty quickly. To help with this, here is a list of character profiles for the upcoming film X-Men: First Class.
Before they had a jet, a mansion, or black uniforms, the X-Men were just a group of kids with strange powers, until the soon-to-be Professor X brought them together. Meet the students of X-Men: First Class.
AKA: Charles Xavier
The mentor and father-figure of the X-men is introduced in First Class as a young man with big dreams for the world, as well as two working legs and a full head of hair. After spending years wondering if there were others like him, Charles finally encounters other mutants and begins teaching them to use their abilities to benefit mankind. A powerful telepath who can read others thoughts, Charles is the first to realize that the future of the world may rest in his hands and the hands of his students.
*To view a movie clip of Professor X, click here
About the actor: James McAvoy is probably most recognized for his role as Mr. Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. He also took leading roles in 2008's Penelope and Wanted.
AKA: Erik Lehnsherr
Before he was Magneto, Erik Lehnsherr was a small boy who saw his family destroyed in the Nazi concentration camps. It was in those horrific conditions that he discovered his ability control metal, now he seeks to use that power to exact revenge on those who wronged him. Along the way, he forms a friendship with Charles Xavier, a friendship that is quickly tested by their conflicting philosophies and opinions of humanity.
*To view a movie clip of Magneto, click here
About the actor: Michael Fassbender's first breakthrough role came in the Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks production, Band of Brothers. He later made his big screen debut in 300, a film adaption of Frank Miller's popular graphic novel.
AKA: Raven Darkholme
Anyone familiar with the previous X-Men movies will recognize Mystique as the shape-shifting villain capable of assuming anyone's form. Like Magneto, First Class will introduce Mystique when she was much younger (and more clothed) and reveal the events that transformed her from a young girl into one of the X-men's most dangerous adversaries.
*To view the Mystique character trailer, click here
About the actor: In 2011, Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the critically acclaimed film Winter's Bone. Lawrence also appears in The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson, and was recently cast as the lead role in a big screen adaption of The Hunger Games.
AKA: Hank McCoy
Before he was blue and furry, Hank McCoy was just your average super-nerd with abnormally large feet. After meeting Charles and the others, he opted to join their team by lending them his brains and brawn, though not without ulterior motives. Hank is determined to find a cure for the mutant gene, and believes he may be on the verge of success. You can guess how well that works out.
*To view the Beast character trailer, click here
About the actor: Nicholas Hoult is best known for his portrayal of Marcus Brewer in the 2002 film About A Boy and his role as Tony Stonem in the British television series Skins. Hoult also scored a role in 2010's Clash of the Titans which starred Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, and Ralph Fiennes.
AKA: Alex Summers
The lost brother of Scott Summers, the X-Men's future Cyclops, Alex shares his brother's destructive capabilities by generating red energy from his body. Due to the violent nature of his powers, Alex became somewhat withdrawn, preferring to keep others at a distance. However, with Xavier's help he slowly learns to control his abilities, becoming one of the group's core members.
*To view the Havok character trailer, click here
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