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2nd Nov '16 8:20:23 AM theLibrarian
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** One might also think this of the American and Soviet fleets near the end, who fired on the mutants out of fear and were only stopped from dying by Xavier distracting Erik.
27th Oct '16 7:49:02 AM JamesAustin
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** The following scene shows an adult Erik sitting silently in a hotel room, fiddling with the same coin using his powers. He stares at a wall papered with pictures of notable Nazis, including a hand drawing of Dr. Schmidt. He looks at it for a moment before [[{{Foreshadowing}} spearing the picture of Schmidt with the coin]]. Everything we need to know about how this man becomes XMenFilmSeries/{{Magneto}} is right in that scene.

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** The following scene shows an adult Erik sitting silently in a hotel room, fiddling with the same coin using his powers. He stares at a wall papered with pictures of notable Nazis, including a hand drawing of Dr. Schmidt. He looks at it for a moment before [[{{Foreshadowing}} spearing the picture of Schmidt with the coin]]. Everything we need to know about how this man becomes XMenFilmSeries/{{Magneto}} [[Character/XMenFilmSeriesMagneto Magneto]] is right in that scene.



** The way young [[XMenFilmSeries/{{Magneto}} Erik Lehnsherr]] unleashes his UnstoppableRage and BigNo over his mother's death will remind you of DarthWiki/DarthVader's own UnstoppableRage and BigNo in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' over his wife's death. They are even provoked by their respective film's {{Big Bad}}s! Also, Darth Vader in his anger crushed an {{autodoc}} by telekinetically squeezing its metal body, while young Erik in his anger killed (or incapacitated?) two Nazi {{mook}}s by telemagnetically squeezing their metal helmets into their heads.

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** The way young [[XMenFilmSeries/{{Magneto}} [[Character/XMenFilmSeriesMagneto Erik Lehnsherr]] unleashes his UnstoppableRage and BigNo over his mother's death will remind you of DarthWiki/DarthVader's Darth Vader's own UnstoppableRage and BigNo in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' over his wife's death. They are even provoked by their respective film's {{Big Bad}}s! Also, Darth Vader in his anger crushed an {{autodoc}} by telekinetically squeezing its metal body, while young Erik in his anger killed (or incapacitated?) two Nazi {{mook}}s by telemagnetically squeezing their metal helmets into their heads.



* TimeshiftedActor: This is done in the film, along with a FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin with the new young Erik. Creator/JamesMcAvoy and Creator/MichaelFassbender take over from Patrick Stewart and Ian [=McKellen=] as the young [[XMenFilmSeries/ProfessorCharlesFrancisXavier Charles Xavier]] and XMenFilmSeries/{{Magneto}}. The young Mystique is played by JenniferLawrence, taking over from Rebecca Romijin. Nicholas Hoult takes over from Kelsey Grammer as the young Beast, and Rose Byrne takes over from Olivia Williams as Moira [=MacTaggert=].

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* TimeshiftedActor: This is done in the film, along with a FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin with the new young Erik. Creator/JamesMcAvoy and Creator/MichaelFassbender take over from Patrick Stewart and Ian [=McKellen=] as the young [[XMenFilmSeries/ProfessorCharlesFrancisXavier [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Charles Xavier]] and XMenFilmSeries/{{Magneto}}. [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesMagneto Magneto]]. The young Mystique is played by JenniferLawrence, Creator/JenniferLawrence, taking over from Rebecca Romijin. Nicholas Hoult takes over from Kelsey Grammer as the young Beast, and Rose Byrne takes over from Olivia Williams as Moira [=MacTaggert=].



* WrongGenreSavvy: Charles Xavier seems to think he's in a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ScienceFiction story that will easily be resolved once he and his friends defeat [[BigBad Shaw]]. Actually, he's part of a larger conflict between humans and mutants, and he and his [[XMenFilmSeries/{{Magneto}} best friend]] are destined to become [[FriendlyEnemy reluctant arch-enemies]] in the oncoming war.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: Charles Xavier seems to think he's in a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ScienceFiction story that will easily be resolved once he and his friends defeat [[BigBad Shaw]]. Actually, he's part of a larger conflict between humans and mutants, and he and his [[XMenFilmSeries/{{Magneto}} [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesMagneto best friend]] are destined to become [[FriendlyEnemy reluctant arch-enemies]] in the oncoming war.
27th Oct '16 5:08:30 AM JamesAustin
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* Charles Xavier / [[XMenFilmSeries/ProfessorCharlesFrancisXavier Professor X]] (Creator/JamesMcAvoy)
* Erik Lehnsherr / XMenFilmSeries/{{Magneto}} (Creator/MichaelFassbender)

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* Charles Xavier / [[XMenFilmSeries/ProfessorCharlesFrancisXavier [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Professor X]] (Creator/JamesMcAvoy)
* Erik Lehnsherr / XMenFilmSeries/{{Magneto}} [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesMagneto Magneto]] (Creator/MichaelFassbender)



* Raven Darkholme / XMenFilmSeries/{{Mystique}} (Creator/JenniferLawrence)

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* Raven Darkholme / XMenFilmSeries/{{Mystique}} [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesMystique Mystique]] (Creator/JenniferLawrence)



Interestingly, this is also the first film in the series to [[AvertedTrope not]] [[WolverinePublicity feature]] XMenFilmSeries/{{Wolverine}} (aside from a very amusing 20-second {{cameo}}) even though FOX would soon follow up with 2013's ''Film/TheWolverine''.

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Interestingly, this is also the first film in the series to [[AvertedTrope not]] [[WolverinePublicity feature]] XMenFilmSeries/{{Wolverine}} [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesWolverine Wolverine]] (aside from a very amusing 20-second {{cameo}}) [[TheCameo cameo]]) even though FOX would soon follow up with 2013's ''Film/TheWolverine''.
24th Oct '16 9:11:55 AM okami31
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* MindProbe: Working with the CIA, Erik and Charles storm a mansion where Emma Frost is found in a bedroom busy making a Russian general think he's having sex with her. Erik restrains Emma by manipulating the metal from the bed frame and forces her to drop her diamond form so Charles can enter her mind and find out what she knows.
20th Oct '16 7:17:12 PM siberia82
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* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: The group moves into Xavier's mansion when their previous HQ, a CIA compound, is attacked and destroyed by the Hellfire Club.

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* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: The group moves into Xavier's mansion when after their previous HQ, a CIA compound, is attacked and destroyed by the Hellfire Club.



* CaliforniaDoubling: Englefield House in Reading, UK serves as the exterior for the Xavier mansion. The small island near Cuba is actually Georgia's Jekyll Island with some palm trees.



** The coin that [[spoiler:Schmidt/Shaw]] gives to Erik, which Magneto later [[spoiler:forces through Shaw's head]]. It's also foreshadowed when Erik [[spoiler:impales a drawing of Shaw's head with it earlier in the film]].

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** The coin that [[spoiler:Schmidt/Shaw]] Dr. Schmidt gives to Erik, which Magneto later [[spoiler:forces through Shaw's head]]. It's also foreshadowed when Erik [[spoiler:impales a drawing of Shaw's head with it earlier in the film]].



** Charles mentally forces a Soviet officer to fire on the ''Aral Sea'', thus single-handedly preventing WorldWarIII.

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** Charles Xavier mentally forces a Soviet officer to fire on the ''Aral Sea'', thus single-handedly preventing WorldWarIII.WorldWarIII.
** Once Erik removes Shaw's telepathy-blocking helmet, Charles keeps Sebastian motionless.



** After [[spoiler:Charles gets shot]], he only sheds one noticeable tear which is partly because of [[spoiler:his injury]], but mostly because he is forced to tell Erik that [[spoiler:no, they really do not want the same thing, and knows that this realisation will push his friend away for good.]]

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** After [[spoiler:Charles gets shot]], he only sheds one noticeable tear which is partly because of [[spoiler:his injury]], but mostly because he is forced to tell Erik that [[spoiler:no, they really do not want the same thing, and knows that this realisation realization will push his friend away for good.]]good]].
17th Oct '16 3:27:55 PM siberia82
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** The film is definitely marketed as a prequel to the original ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' trilogy, but the timeline used in the film is very wonky. ''First Class'' takes place in 1962, which would put Xavier and Magneto in their 70s in the first movie (Creator/PatrickStewart was only 60 when the first film was released, and Creator/IanMckellen was around the same age). It's best not to think about Beast's age.

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** The film is definitely marketed as a prequel to the original ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' trilogy, but the timeline used in the film is very wonky. ''First Class'' takes place in 1962, which would put Xavier and Magneto in their 70s in the first movie (Creator/PatrickStewart was only 60 when the first film was released, and Creator/IanMckellen was around the same age). It's best not to think about Beast's age.



* DeusExitMachina: In all the ''[[Film/{{X-Men}} X-Men films]]'', Professor Xavier is conveniently done away with before he can just use his telepathy to shut down the mind of the BigBad (which he is more willing to do, unlike his comic book counterpart). This film approaches it differently; [[BigBad Sebastian Shaw]] has a telepathy-blocking helmet that protects him from Xavier from the start; at the climax, [[spoiler:Erik steals the helmet, Xavier freezes Shaw's mind, Erik kills Shaw and declares himself the BigBad. With Charles helpless to stop him, the two part ways to kick start the X-Men film franchise.]]

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* DeusExitMachina: In all the ''[[Film/{{X-Men}} X-Men films]]'', previous films, Professor Xavier is conveniently done away with before he can just use his telepathy to shut down the mind of the BigBad (which he is more willing to do, unlike his comic book counterpart). This film approaches it differently; [[BigBad Sebastian Shaw]] has a telepathy-blocking helmet that protects him from Xavier from the start; at the climax, [[spoiler:Erik steals the helmet, Xavier freezes Shaw's mind, Erik kills Shaw and declares himself the BigBad. With Charles helpless to stop him, the two part ways to kick start the X-Men film franchise.]]
16th Oct '16 8:30:55 PM siberia82
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* TheBeautifulElite: Professor X was born beautiful and lives in an old-fashioned BigFancyHouse on a magnificent estate. Every stick of furniture and decorative item inside of his residence (and his Oxford apartment) are SimpleYetOpulent. He's enamoured with classic three-piece suits which cost a pretty penny, and he's very vain when it comes to his hair.



* CuteBookworm: Hank is shy and geeky, and Raven finds him endearing.



* TheHedonist: Charles has a large appetite for liquor and for bedding lovely co-eds.



* MagneticHero: Charles is a very attentive and earnest coach who is able to shape the adolescent RagtagBunchOfMisfits that he has recruited into an effective paramilitary group within a short period of time, and his new team is strong enough to withstand the more experienced Hellfire Club.



* MissionControl: When the proto X-Men clash against the Hellfire Club, Charles stays by the wreckage of the Blackbird and orders Raven to guard him. He's the only mutant who can restrain Sebastian Shaw (psychically or otherwise), so it's imperative for the mission that Xavier survives. He also gives instructions to Erik as the latter searches for their target.



* MovieSuperheroesWearBlack: The film has the X-Men back in blue-and-yellow suits, inspired in equal part by the team's uniforms during their earliest comic appearances and the ''New X-Men'' suits. They're made of more practical material than the spandex/cloth look of the comics, and there are no masks. The yellow is a bit paler than the comics and blue so dark it can be confused for black. Magneto also appears at the end with his trademark red-and-purple costume and helmet.

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* MovieSuperheroesWearBlack: This is an AvertedTrope. The film has the X-Men back in blue-and-yellow suits, inspired in equal part by the team's uniforms during their earliest comic appearances and the ''New X-Men'' suits. They're made of more practical material than the spandex/cloth look of the comics, and there are no masks. The yellow is a bit paler than the comics and blue so dark it can be confused for black. Magneto also appears at the end with his trademark red-and-purple costume and helmet.



** Near the beginning of the film, Raven points out to Charles that she is his only friend. Presumably an affable fellow like Xavier would have numerous acquaintances, but his sister figure is only person he fully trusts.

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** Near the beginning of the film, Raven points out to Charles that she is his only friend. Presumably an affable fellow like Xavier would have numerous acquaintances, but his sister figure is only the sole person he fully trusts.


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* WaistcoatOfStyle: Xavier's waistcoats as a graduate student and as a newly minted professor of genetics are a touch less formal than in the original trilogy. This subtly conveys to viewers that Charles was more relaxed and carefree during his youth.
16th Oct '16 7:32:05 AM StFan
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* MovieSuperheroesWearMutedColors: The film has the X-Men back in blue-and-yellow suits, inspired in equal part by the team's uniforms during their earliest comic appearances and the ''New X-Men'' suits. They're made of more practical material than the spandex/cloth look of the comics, and there are no masks. The yellow is a bit paler than the comics and blue so dark it can be confused for black. Magneto also appears at the end with his trademark red-and-purple costume and helmet.

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* MovieSuperheroesWearMutedColors: MovieSuperheroesWearBlack: The film has the X-Men back in blue-and-yellow suits, inspired in equal part by the team's uniforms during their earliest comic appearances and the ''New X-Men'' suits. They're made of more practical material than the spandex/cloth look of the comics, and there are no masks. The yellow is a bit paler than the comics and blue so dark it can be confused for black. Magneto also appears at the end with his trademark red-and-purple costume and helmet.
13th Oct '16 2:05:34 PM siberia82
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* Alex Summers / Havok (Lucas Till)

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* Alex Summers / Havok (Lucas Till)(Creator/LucasTill)



** The name "Professor X" is only used twice in both this movie and [[Film/XMen the series]], and Xavier brushes it off.

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** The name "Professor X" is only used twice in both this movie and [[Film/XMen the series]], ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'', and Xavier brushes it off.
13th Oct '16 1:57:11 PM siberia82
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''X-Men: First Class'' is the [[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine second]] {{prequel}} in the ''Film/XMen'' series set in [[TheSixties 1962]] [[AlternateHistory during the]] [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar Cuban Missile Crisis]].

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''X-Men: First Class'' is the [[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine second]] {{prequel}} in the ''Film/XMen'' series ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' set in [[TheSixties 1962]] [[AlternateHistory during the]] [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar Cuban Missile Crisis]].



* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: The film attempts to do this for the technology seen in the original ''Film/XMen'' trilogy. The underground training facility beneath the Xavier Institute is stated to be a massive, repurposed {{WW2}} bomb shelter, while the Cerebro computer and the prototype Blackbird/X-Jet are both revealed to be projects Hank [=McCoy=] designed for the CIA.

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* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: The film attempts to do this for the technology seen in the original ''Film/XMen'' trilogy. The underground training facility beneath the Xavier Institute is stated to be a massive, repurposed {{WW2}} bomb shelter, while the Cerebro computer and the prototype Blackbird/X-Jet are both revealed to be projects Hank [=McCoy=] designed for the CIA.
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