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Angel, Darwin Get Screen Time In New X-Men: First Class Promo

As we speed toward its June 3 premiere, it seems like Fox is releasing a new promo every day for X-Men: First Class. But you know what? I’m okay with that, as each new TV spot or clip makes the Matthew Vaughn-directed film look that much more impressive. And that’s quite an accomplishment given the shakiness of some of the initial marketing.

The latest sneak peek cranks up the ominous, pulse-pounding music while introducing some new footage, most notably of Darwin (Edi Gathegi), Angel Salvadore (Zoe Kravitz) and Emma Frost (January Jones) in action. It’s our first look at Darwin using his mutant ability — he’s been all but absent from the previous trailers — which in Marvel comics is “reactive evolution,” enabling him to adapt to whatever the situation demands. For instance, if he’s submerged in water, he grows functioning gills; if he’s in darkness, he gains night vision. I’m not sure that Vaughn & Co. are interpreting the power the same way in First Class, but it certainly looks cool.

X-Men: First Class also stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme,  Lucas Till as Alex Summers/Havok, Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy/Banshee, Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, Oliver Platt as the Man in Black, Jason Flemyng as Azazel and Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggart.

X-Men: First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

(via Superhero Hype)


  • Faust

    Yay to seeing a bit more of Emma!
    And those hip movements from Havok are looking pretty hot! – and sort of also reminds me of a hula hoop! haha…

  • Anonymous

    I’m more and more surprised with every new update how much I want to see this movie.

  • Jacob

    You should read IGN AU’s glowing review.

  • mdk

    SO if he’s… uhhm… being hit with a stick…err… he turns into metal?  Or something?

  • Slatterbeare

    Why the F is Angel a girl ?

  • Kevin Melrose

    It’s Angel Salvadore from Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men.

  • Nicholas Dubé

    Darwin ends up being like a god in the comics after a few months of him being unveiled… I bet they neuter him in the movie or make him damn useless 

  • Neal


  • lbeezle

    Magneto’s helmet in this one is way more alpha than in the initial franchise. Emma is also a hottie.

  • B-grow

    you mean pixie?

  • B-grow

    I know the director doesnt give a shit about Canon, but that would be the only thing that would make me wait until DVD. I hate seeing different generations of Mutants portrayed as peers

  • Jacob

    No, different characters. This Angel. Pixie’s name is Megan, not Angel.

  • Lion_okitkat

    I thought I was the only one who noticed that! It looks like he’s swirling a hula hoop. I don’t know, it just doesn’t look right to me. But its not a big deal, he’s still cool.

  • Drhiphop85

    The only thing I hate about being a comic book fan…being lumped in the same group as people who get upset that a different medium is going to make changes to your beloved canon. It’s not a comic its a movie…smh

  • Olaorun

    I think the movies should have a certain level of license with a film but do think that paying close attention to the source material is good. These characters already have a huge fan base that will be apart of the movie going experience so you did not need to change it to make it more appealing. Original story coincides with the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s and student uprising in the 70’s. This era is what Stan Lee is drawing on, ie mutants efforts to look as free and equal members of society is powerful and relevant even today. So, I think it will be a decent movie but as a fan of the comic sense its inception time, I also do not like the commingling of character from different eras as well those who were not apart of the X-men, ie Mystique. 

  • Slatterbeare


  • ninjapirate89

    You are right in a way. I saw it tonight but I won’t ruin it for everyone.

  • ninjapirate89

    If you want the movies to be close to cannon you aren’t going to like this movie very much.