It’s definitely going to be a season of superheroes this year with a host of movies that are sure to give a strong showing at the box office.
Superhero-slash-Norse God epic Thor did strong business as the latest Marvel superhero flick—it opened in America with US$66 million. The movie has now taken more than US$242 million around the world.
That said, we can only guess how the rest of the upcoming superhero films such as X-Men: First Class, The Green Lantern and Captain America: The First Avenger will net once they hit the screens. If Marvel’s gamble works, the comic and entertainment company could have enough cannon fodder to populate a dozen mega-movies in the next few years.
Back to the subject of the X-Men, the Marvel marketing machinery has conjure up a handy way to introduce you to some of its summer blockbuster’s lesser known mutants as well as new footage—by way of character trailers for Banshee, Havok, Beast and Mystique. We hope to see more of these in the weeks to come.
Havok played by Lucas Till, is able to generate powerful "plasma blasts" (the ability to absorb ambient cosmic energy into his body and then releasing it as waves of superheated energy, according to the original comics) that he initially has difficulty controlling. He's eventually outfitted with a uniform that allows him to focus the energy he releases from his body into a powerful beam. It’s also interesting to note that in this movie, Havok or Alex Summers will not be related to Cyclops (Scott Summers) like in the comics. Director Bryan Singer said in the LA Times that "the timeline is different" between the X-Men movies and the comics.
Caleb Landry Jones’ Sean Cassidy, AKA Banshee, an Irish rogue that’s endowed with a set of lungs, throat and vocal cords that could produce a sonic scream that’s destructive as well as useful. When he directs the sonic vibrations on the ground—as you can see from the trailer—, he could hover or fly at the speed of sound, and could carry at least one passenger.
Then we have Beast, played by Nicholas Hoult. We last saw him in X-Men: The Last Stand where Kelsey Grammer portrays him as an X-Men alumnus who got involved in politics, becoming Secretary of Mutant Affairs. In First Class, Beast reveals the true nature of his mutation in the above trailer, and we get a peek at the drastic changes he underwent in his early years with Charles Xavier.
Before she went all villainy on us, shape shifting femme fatale, Mystique was actually part of the original X-Men. Played by Jennifer Lawrence, Raven Darkholme as Mystique is otherwise known is definitely one of the most intriguing characters of the X-Men universe. While the possibility of romantic tension between Beast and Mystique is heavily hinted at in the trailer, it's the beginnings of Mystique's relationship with Magneto, the one we know will have the most lasting effects on the woman she is destined to become. We’re also curious to know if she does becomes the mother of Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming in X2)—like in the comics—as his ‘father’, another mutant Azazel (Jason Flemyng) is present in this movie.
X-Men: First Class opens in cinemas June 2, 2011.