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Learn Which Mutants Are Joining Xavier, Magneto, Cyclops and The White Queen in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS!!

I am – Hercules!!
Nicholas Hoult (who played the title character in “About A Boy”) will play Hank “Beast” McCoy and Caleb Landry Jones (who sold the Friendo guy his shirt at the end of “No Country For Old Men”) will play Sean “Banshee” Cassidy in “X-Men: First Class,” according to Mike Fleming at Deadline Hollywood. Still no Angel or Iceman (who with Cyclops, Beast and Jean “Marvel Girl” Grey were among Xavier’s first students in the original funnybook), which suggests an effort is being made to not entirely scuttle the tortured continuity established by the four X-Men films Fox has fired at us so far. (Maybe that seventyish Patrick Stewart Xavier we saw at the end of “Wolverine” was just an illusion projected by the thrityish James McAvoy Xavier?) As depicted in the illustration above, McCoy didn't acquire his fur until some time after he joined the X-Men.
Entertainment Weekly reports Lucas Till ("Hannah Montana: The Movie") could be negotiating to play Cyclops' kid brother, Alex "Havok" Summers, who can expel plasma blasts. I imagine Grey could be the subject of the next casting announcement. I seem to remember Banshee, who can fly and beat people up with his voice, was the Bill Murray of the X-Men, the first new member of the team introduced after the comic started. I could be misremembering. (Banshee also may have started the trend of mixing dirty foreigners like Logan into the team). “First Class” comes to us from the "Kick-Ass" team of writer-director Matthew Vaughn ("Layer Cake") and screenwriter Jane Goldman. The cast so far: Charles Xavier: James McAvoy (“Wanted”) Eric Lensherr: Michael Fassbender (“Inglourious Basterds”) Emma Frost: Alice Eve (“She’s Out Of My League”) Hank McCoy: Nicholas Hoult (“About A Boy”) Sean Cassidy: Caleb Landry Jones (“No Country For Old Men”) AICN sources suggest Aaron Johnson, who played the title role in "Kick-Ass," will play Scott "Cyclops" Summers, though the EW story indicates Johnson will not be in "First Class." Fox plans to release "First Class" next June. Find Deadline's stories on the matter here.
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  • July 8, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST


    by oh_dae_su

    and a newbie too!

  • July 8, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    No Kick Ass Cyclops

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    according to Entertainment Weekly.

  • July 8, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by Johnny Smith

    Fuck, dude. Learn to spell. You're a goddamn journalist.

  • July 8, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Every three years a reboot. Make it so studios.

    by SoylentMean

    Waiting for the Lord of the Rings Babies movie trilogy to officially kick off, so we can see Gandalf as a slightly less old, old man...

  • July 8, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    I had to kill X-Men:Sucks Ass because it made a mistake...

    by DickJones

    This movie is seriously shaping up to be a major failure. I'm confident it'll make some change,but like in another X-Men talkback,it's just so Fox doesn't lose them to Marvel/Disney. *sigh*

  • July 8, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Overlooked the first

    by XAOS

    But by the third Banchee, I was actually wincing :(

  • July 8, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST


    by captainCAPSLOCK

    journalist? highly debatable

  • July 8, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    Wouldn't Bobby's father be more like it?

  • July 8, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST


    by The StarWolf

    And not Madelyn. Banshee's history with the X-Men goes back to their original strip when he was an agent of the mysterious and, it turned out, malevolent Factor Three organization.

  • July 8, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    New MACHETE trailer is out...

    by DickJones

    ...if anyone is interested.

  • July 8, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST


    by HorrorFan81

    Interesting so far. Let's see where this goes.

  • July 8, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST


    by robertplant

    HAHA! Banchee!

  • July 8, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    so wait..

    by soup74

    this is probably common knowledge, but im just starting to pay attention. Is there no Wolverine in this? in not, im starting to become interested.

  • July 8, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    wait- nicholas hoult for peter parker!

    by alice133

    plz try to make cyclops interesting this time plz. ty.

  • July 8, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Fuck everything about this

    by Amazing Maurice

    I'm just so worn-down and tired of reboot faggotry.

  • July 8, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    I just can't bring myself to care at all about this movie

    by superfleish76

    Bancheechee or no, it is gonna suck.

  • July 8, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    twilight wolverine

    by deelzbub

    my wife said she heard the Lautner(sp?)kid was in the X-men movie. Any truth to this? Iceman maybe?

  • July 8, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    X-Men: Kindergarden

    by shutupfanboy

    That is how the casting seems at this point. I never thought Disney's buy out of Marvel would be the thing to save the Marvel Studio.

  • July 8, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    did I say Wolverine

    by deelzbub

    I meant Werewolf

  • July 8, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Herc, too bad you can't remember how to spell Banshee

    by JackSlater4

    Please refrain from posting comic news in the future, stick to coaxial so you are easier to ignore.

  • July 8, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    No Lautner either..

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    ...also according to EW.

  • July 8, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Herc's too busy with his Twattering crap to care!

    by Bodacious_Crumb

  • July 8, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    not too mention it's spelled correctly on the comic you posted

    by JackSlater4

    you fool

  • July 8, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST


    by IAmLegolas

    Who gives a shit when FOX/ROTHMAN/AVID or whoever else is out to make toys and water it down for the masses. Don't try and kick that football yet again, Charlie Brown.

  • July 8, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    and what about Aaron Johnson playing Cyclops?

    by JackSlater4

  • July 8, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Are you shitting me?

  • July 8, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST


    by JackSlater4

  • July 8, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Well said Johnny Smith


    It's not like Herc had to even remember how to spell the name Banshee, it's written in big letters on the cover. Doh!!!

  • July 8, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST


    by Toonol

    Remember, the X-Men were teenagers when they started. If not for Xavier's academy, they would have been going to HIGH SCHOOL.<p> If you want to bitch about their ages, bitch about Marvel Girl being portrayed as in her mid-thirties in the previous X-Men films.

  • July 8, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    If this isn't full reboot, I don't give a shit

    by pikazerox

    X-Men 3 and Wolverine ruined these movies good. Show me Angel and Iceman and I may be on board.

  • July 8, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    And Wolverine started in HULK comics

    by JackSlater4


  • July 8, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Mike Fleming knows how to spell Banshee

    by JackSlater4

  • July 8, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Christopher Columbus directing Superman reboot?

    by Bodacious_Crumb

  • July 8, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Cool. No Wolverine.

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    This is how it should have started — with the original X-men. Not that I don't like Logan, he's a fav or mine but there are so many other X-men that would be cool to see on film.

  • July 8, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Karen Gillian as Jean Grey!

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    She's cute, a natural redhead and continue the Brit casting theme.

  • July 8, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    The Bill Murray of the X-Men? Can you read?

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Kristen Stewart looks like a young Famke Janssen

    by JackSlater4

    So does Ashley Greene for that matter.

  • July 8, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Banshee will be wearing Borat's green thong-speedo

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Bryce Dallas Howard will probably be Marvel Girl.

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    She's the new Go-to-Redhead

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Exclusive- X-Men First Class Soundtrack Previewed!!!

    by Rubiks Doob

    Muppet Babies, we make our dreams come true. Muppet Babies, we'll do the same for you! Kermit: When the world looks kind of weird and you wish that you weren't there... Piggy: Just close your eyes and make believe and you can be anywhere! Kermit: I like adventure! Piggy: I like romance Fozzie: I love great jokes Animal: Animal dance! Scooter: I've got my computer Skeeter: I fly through the air Ralph: I play the piano Gonzo: And I've got blue hair (unheard) Bunsun: Me, I invent things. Beaker: Meep, meep, meep, meep! Nanny: Is everything all right in here? All Muppets: Yes Nanny! Muppet Babies, we make our dreams come true Muppet Babies, we'll do the same for you Muppet, Muppet, Muppet, Muppet Babies, Babies, Babies, Babies

  • July 8, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    And Havok is too good to not have a major role

    by JackSlater4

    Hope they don't do what they did with Angel and Gambit.

  • July 8, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Jackie Earle Haley as Puck!

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    If I were Disney I'd say

    by JackSlater4

    Wolverine's first appearance was in a Hulk comic, so fuck you Fox, we're using him too. Sue us.

  • July 8, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    And then I would hire Benjamin McKenzie

    by JackSlater4

    and tell him to 'roid the fuck up

  • July 8, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Didn't Havok bone Magneto's daughter?

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Giant Size X-Men #1- Banshee and Logan join the team

    by D.Vader

    That's when X-Men went international. Russian with Colossus, Japanese with Sunfire, Irish or Scottish with Banshee, Canadian with Wolverine, African with Storm, German with Nightcrawler, etc etc. <p> Awesome issue.

  • July 8, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    i loved kick-ass, but fuck this to death.

    by RedHorseVector

  • July 8, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Do you know what happens to a toad when it gets struck by lightn

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST


    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    That EPIC FAIL was brought to you by Joss Whedon

    by JackSlater4

  • July 8, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Joss "fired from Wonder Woman for being a hack" Whedon

    by JackSlater4

  • July 8, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Avengers script needs to be tighter than Harry's waistband

    by JackSlater4

    to save that movie

  • July 8, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by MisterHyde

    Should have just been a bad ass HBO series. The movies got everything wrong from the first one. The wasted dynamic of Cyclops and Wolverine was the biggest mistake. How awesome would it to have seen them grow from rivals into competetive friends, teaming up and kicking some serious ass as a pair. We never got that.

  • July 8, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    I wonder if young Storm will have a pseudo-Jamaican accent again

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    They should use Chamber for the Wolverine void

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    ..and Skin and Husk. Damn, need a Generaton

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    X movie instead!

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Sorry, drunk and iPhone posting don't mix

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    If Storm is in it, they need the girl from Vampire Diaries

    by JackSlater4

  • July 8, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    They would need to do the whole African goddess plot for Storm

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Some of you still convinced Singer respected source material

    by Immortal_Fish

    What a laugh.

  • July 8, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Hopefully Hoult's American accent...

    by Ribbons

    ...has improved since he played Nic Cage's son in The Weather Man.

  • July 8, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Fuck Magneto. Gimme Sentinels or the Hellfire Club!

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    I thought Singer's 2 flicks blew.

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Doesn't matter if Singer respected the source material

    by JackSlater4

    In the end, he made the good ones.

  • July 8, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Magneto was an old queen.

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Singer fucked Cyclops up and made Wolverine the standout.

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 8, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Newest Predators Red Band Trailer just out!

    by Stunt Vocalist 709

  • July 8, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Come on. You need the original X-Men.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

  • July 8, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    No Magneto as the main villain!

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    He's becoming the movie Lex Luthor for the Xmen. Give them someone else to fight and pull a Batman Begins at the end heralding Magneto (played by Daniel Craig) in the sequel. That's what pissed me off about the first trilogy. The "funny books" had a wealth of storylines and baddies to adapt.

  • July 8, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Cyclops is gay, Wolverine or its FAIL.

    by Saen

    And when am I going to get to see some Cable!

  • July 8, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

    whats with the outsourcing?

    by bigkinggorilla

    not that its a huge deal but can't we find any american actors to play americans. I'm not trying to be xenophobic or anything and the best actor for the role should get the job I just think its ridiculous that the cast is over have british at this point

  • July 8, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST



    is usually called "abortion".

  • July 8, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Unrelated: Official "MACHETE" trailer

    by Jarek

    http://movies.ign. com/dor/objects/14343587/machete /videos/machete_trl_070810 .html

  • July 8, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    "The Bill Murray of the X-Men"

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    Funny, that. Does that make Wolverine Eddie Murphy?

  • July 8, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    The baddie from Avatar should play Cable. Not that Cable will ever be in an X-Men movie, ever. But if he was....!!

  • July 8, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Looking over the casting...

    by bubcus

    ... this isn't my X-Men. Feels like it's targeting the 13-20 year old market rather than those of us that read the comics in our teens back in the early 90s. Moving along....

  • July 8, 2010, 8:21 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Actually, that casting is so fucking spot-on that they should just go ahead and make a Cable movie for that very reason. It'd be another George C. Scott/Patton.

  • July 8, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST


    by MikeTheSpike

    Are you serious? They've been making X-Men comics since the early 60s. Why should they cater to the interests of those who were reading it in the early 90s, specifically? That's such an odd complaint that I have to figure you're just having us all on.

  • July 8, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Lebron is now a Heat

    by terry1978

    Him and Wade on the same team....deadly.

  • July 8, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    by the time Wolverine arrived in the first movie

    by oneblood

    the team had already been established, the school had been founded and Cyclops and Jean Grey had already "graduated" and became teachers. This is simply telling the origins of Chrle Xavier's first students hence the title "First Class." So, obviously they are gonna be younger than they were in the first films. So, everyone can choose to continue bitching about it or... Get over it already.

  • July 8, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Holy crap Lebrons a heater!!!

    by Jay_Lenos_Ugly_Wife

    This is the ultimate cool news!!!!!!

  • July 8, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST

    WTF with that comic panel?

    by Creative1

    Hank calls Jean a credit to her gender when she (and apparently he) doesn't know the difference between pliers and a screwdriver?

  • July 8, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST

    oh and

    by oneblood

    if we can't get an edit button, neither should the "journalists." Once a Banchee.. always a Banchee.

  • July 8, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    the pliers

    by oneblood

    were obstructed by the ord balloon. My question is "who the feck is Calvin?"

  • July 8, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST


    by oneblood

  • July 8, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Jean Grey doesnt know a good screw...

    by Chuckles_the_Dirtbag

    ...diver when she sees one. Pliers? (panel 1 above) Is the Beast just as clueless, or is he as big a patronizing, misogynistic ass as he looks? Also, I NEVER post here... why now, and for this??!11

  • July 8, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Calvin is Mimic

    by Creative1

    He can Mimic the powers of other mutants. Sorry oneblood but if you take a look at the little dots indicating Jean using her TK she is only moving a screwdriver. I agree with Chuckles, Hank is condescending to Marvel Girl in spectacular fashion. Credit to her gender indeed.

  • July 8, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Calvin is Mimic

    by Creative1

    He can Mimic the powers of other mutants. Sorry oneblood but if you take a look at the little dots indicating Jean using her TK she is only moving a screwdriver. I agree with Chuckles, Hank is condescending to Marvel Girl in spectacular fashion. Credit to her gender indeed.

  • July 8, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Ah, yeah, I remember Mimic.

    by oneblood

    Was that a double post or did Calvin mimic yours. a ha ha ha. Sorry, couldn't resist.

  • July 8, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    1st class of x-men are not movie material

    by TheCAT7225

    okay think about it. The original x-men team was mediocre at best. It was not until Claremont rebooted them with giant-size X-Men 1 that they became the franchise we all know and love today. Iceman, Beast, Angel, were just not as interesting or dynamic as Wolverine, Colossus, and Storm. Albeit Iceman and Beast found their feet years later (Beast, not until he became an Avenger with blue fur). They're just not as compelling as the newer team. 3 Movies of Magneto are enough. Move on already. In 40 years of continuity, there are other worthy villains. Bring back Patrick Stewart as Prof X and actually give him some good lines and something to do rather than step out for the last act of the movie.

  • July 8, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    I thought Beast was...

    by oneblood

    a Defender rather than an Avenger when he went blue.

  • July 8, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    nope an Avenger

    by TheCAT7225

    He later joined the Defenders and the lamest run ever with Angel, Iceman, Valkerie, and some other lamos

  • July 8, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Polaris is the Julia Louis-Dreyfus of the X-Men

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Havok is the Brad Hall and Sunfire the Tim Kazurinsky.

  • July 8, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    learns something new every day..

    by oneblood

  • July 8, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    They'd better have their COSTUMES

    by 3D-Man

    Or uniforms, I guess you'd call 'em. No costumes makes this movie nothing more than SKY HIGH.

  • July 8, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    but Sky High had

    by oneblood

    Kurt Russell and Bruce Campbell....

  • July 8, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    I absolutely cant WAIT

    by studmaster

    to see this thing flop miserably on its ass. Except for the Dark Knight and IM2, most of the comic book movies released in recent years have been total shit! I mean, I was mesmerized by the Watchmen trailier like most people, and for me it was one of my most anticipated movies of ANY genre for years! And then, while it had its moments, and was in many aspects faithful to the comic, I was completely underwhelmed. I've got my fingers crossed for Avengers.

  • July 8, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Gargoyles Movie

    by jimbojones123

    Scrap the crap and greenlight this!

  • July 8, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Oh by the way, KICK-ASS=overrated

    by studmaster


  • July 8, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    by Kontarsky

    Nicholas Hoult SUCKS ASS. He's an ugly little unibrowed twirp who was on Skins and for some reason a few idiots in the UK are pushing him in all sorts of Hollywood films now. He was in Clash of the Titans. Cheered when the bugger died.

  • July 8, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Studmaster - truest statement on this talkback.

    by jimbojones123

    The fun parts were fun, but the rest was utter crap.

  • July 8, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Oneblood, the Cat and Mimic

    by silentjay

    Beast was a Defender at one point, and I *think* it was before he joined the Avengers. Oh, and Mimic was the only non-mutant to be a member of the X-Men.

  • July 8, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Funnybook? C'mon Herc....

    by jazzylg

    I thought those were 'casper','Archie', and 'Richie Rich'. The X-men is not a 'funnybook'! Do you know the difference?

  • July 8, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    They're going to cock this up. It's inevitable.

    by Star Hump

    What the hell is Emma Frost doing there? She doesn't appear until deep into Claremont and Byrne's run - the Hellfire Club story that preceded Dark Phoenix. Classic stuff. So including Emma in this is totally out of whack.<p> What these hacks will do is what every Hollywood hack does to every superhero movie. They'll cherry pick the characters and stories (the source material) that THEY think is the coolest, add in a bunch of made up bullshit off of the top of their pointy little heads, then hack it all up into a screenplay, add crappy outfits and then film the piece of shit. 'Cause these Film Fucks ALWAYS think they can do it better.<p>

  • July 8, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    All good actors but WTF casting???

    by reflecto

    Sean Cassidy was already an adult in the X-Men's early years. That kid in No Country is mad young. Nick Hoult is hot as fuck but Beast? BEAST?

  • July 8, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    There is no need for this film at all

    by reflecto

    They need to mostly jettison any continuity from the prior (shitty) films and do a rough and ready '80s X-Men style thing with the Morlock Massacre and such. ADULTS, all the needed X-Men, new people, go from there.

  • July 8, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    sounds like a rush job

    by Rupee88


  • July 8, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Machete Movie Trailer

    by james4543

  • July 8, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST


    by oneblood

    yeah, but hollywood calls it "fast tracking" so, it sounds better.

  • July 8, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Amber Heard for

    by batman713

    whatever role in X-Men: First Class. Seeing her in spandex = WIN

  • July 9, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Non-furry Hank McCoy made TV screen appearance in "X-Men 2"

    by njscribe44

  • July 9, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST


    by NinjaChampion

    They need Polaris to help fill out the roster a little, especially if they are leaving ice-man and angel out. Not really sure if this is a reboot or a prequel. And if they do have a younger Storm I hope she has the mohawk.

  • July 9, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Tiffany Hines for storm

    by oneblood

    Look her up.

  • July 9, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    And they HAVE to have Polaris if they have Havok

    by oneblood

  • July 9, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    This is a whole..

    by Bootskin

    ..big steaming pile of shit on a dick. Fuck this stupid movie in it's ear.

  • July 9, 2010, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Mimic was the first "new" X-Man

    by waggy

    followed by Havok and Polaris. Banshee joined the team along with the rest of the 2nd generation in Giant Size #1. Also at some point Changeling replaced Professor X, so some would count him.

  • July 9, 2010, 1:52 a.m. CST


    by dailysportspages

  • July 9, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Nicholas Hoult

    by murren

    Nicholas Hoult??!!

  • July 9, 2010, 2:12 a.m. CST

    School Years

    by cheekerpot

    They're going the Harry Potter way with this movie aren't they? This is turning into a kid-fest... Why do I have the feeling the new Spider-man will be receiving the same treatment... You think Marvel is trying to draw in a younger reader base?

  • July 9, 2010, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Just want to address "these film fucks" et al

    by mrgray

    I'm not saying that this is great casting news nor that comics continuity should be ignored. But sometimes the crazed fanboy responses to stuff like this make me shake my head. Look, the reality of the situation, like it or not, is that there are a million reasons for the choices made in adapting a property. Is there anything inherently wrong with the original X-team? For comic fans, obviously not. They sold a bunch of comics and were the foundation of the franchise. Now ask yourself: continuity aside (which comics themselves ignore ALL. THE. TIME.), is there anything *inherently* wrong with the team that is shaping up right now for the film? And is your answer to that based on your comic book understanding of those characters or is it based on a film understanding of those characters? <p> I argue hard with my coworkers at the studio for whom I work that there's no point adapting material if you're going to completely ignore what makes it great and who the characters are. This doesn't appear to be completely ignoring either at the moment. Maybe it will eventually, but reacting to the cast of characters alone as though it's some kind of kick in the nuts to your precious comic book is missing the point. An adaptation is an adaptation, it's not a motion comic. <p> It just strikes me sometimes that there are an awful lot of armchair quarterbacks hereabouts. Which is fine, that's part of the point of an AICN talkback. It's just when the level of invective reaches a certain point based on SO LITTLE that I find it bothersome. <p> And yes, everyone, I will take my elitist moralizing and fuck off. Sorry to interrupt the hate parade.

  • July 9, 2010, 3:12 a.m. CST


    by ian216a

    It was Len Wein, the creator of Wolverine, thst "rebooted" the team with Giant X-men #1. <P> He wrote that issue and co-plotted the subsequent early issues of the new team till Claremont took over in full.

  • July 9, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST


    by Massawyrm 1

    The first non-starting member to join the X-Men technically was MIMIC in issue 19 - though he quickly turned. Banshee *is* the first joining member to stay a member, however.

  • July 9, 2010, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Strike that...

    by Massawyrm 1

    Waggy beat me to it and is correct about Giant Sized X-Men #1. Remembered Mimic, fucked up banshee. Figure that one out... =/

  • July 9, 2010, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Hold the Hell up!! Banshee was a grown man and a villian of the

    by The Founder

    He was and what the hell is FOX doing. I'm sure Banshee was an Xmen villian b4 he joined up and he was also older then the Xmen. The man was well into adult hood.

  • July 9, 2010, 3:42 a.m. CST

    DAMN here we go again with FOX just screwing over history.

    by The Founder

    I can go with changes and lord knows we have with the Xmen films but this is just getting asinine. The ages are all over the fucking place. I'm pissed with all this Banshee is now a teen and Iceman an Angel aren't going to be there cause FOX introduced them poorly in the past films.

  • July 9, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Disney/Marvel please get the X rites back somehow!! Wolverine di

    by The Founder

    Not sure if it'll fly with Marvel somehow being able to use Logan too but if they can do it then go for it.

  • July 9, 2010, 3:55 a.m. CST

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    IM2 was a pile of shit, too, to correct somebody's earlier comment.

  • July 9, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST

    I have very low expectations after X-Men 3...

    by UndeadXeke

    ...the last time Vaughn was involved in X-Men we got X-Men 3. He's more responsible for the shit in that than Ratner, who came in and directed what was already developed.<P> Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut for fucks sake?!<P> ...and I'm not convinced about Aaron Johnson for Cyclops.<P> I just hope they actually give us a proper Cyclops, as that was a big problem with the other X-Men movies for me. They had perfect casting for Cyclops and fucked it up by not using him.

  • July 9, 2010, 4:26 a.m. CST

    *Taz sigh*

    by my liege

    I always think if you're gonna do a prequel with a different cast, crew etc just reboot the fucker (even though I HATE reboots. Even Star Trek). Get some actual high school kids (like 15/16 year olds)to play the core team and then follow them through the films, adding more X-Men along the way. As much as the Harry Potter films kinda suck (though POA was cool), having all the same cast and watching them all grow up was fucking cool.

  • July 9, 2010, 4:46 a.m. CST

    There is not even an iota

    by sai_justin

    of constructive conversation happening on this site anymore. Let's berate the writer for a misspelling - yeah, that's the ticket.

  • July 9, 2010, 4:59 a.m. CST

    xmen...children of the atom was a great book

    by brabon300

    too bad they wont use that story line

  • July 9, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Jean gives Beast a screwdriver and calls it "PLIERS"???

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Hank was obviously being sarcastic when he called her "a credit to [her] gender." Or he just has a REALLY low opinion of women. Or he's just buttering her up so he can get in her spandex panties.

  • July 9, 2010, 5:40 a.m. CST

    While the 1st 'X-Men' film was pretty good...

    by Cervantes should have included the flying 'Angel' character in the team right from the start.<P>Of course, the 3rd film screwed the pooch (just like Raimi's Spidey 3 did), so I couldn't care less now. Interesting to note that this kiddified reboot is making the same mistake of omitting 'Angel' though. It just 'aint 'X-Men' without that character...

  • July 9, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Be like Spider-man and reboot the X-Men movies...

    by CCon99

    Seriously, you're practically recasting everyone anyway, so just relaunch the movie franchise with Xavier and the original 5 X-Men. The sequel you can redo the giant sized X-Men story where Xavier brings in Wolverine, Colossus, Storm, and Nightcrawler to find the missing original X-Men. 3rd movie of the reboot films could be an all out X-Men vs Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, with some Sentinels thrown in to make it interesting.

  • July 9, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Why are we crying about what's not been made....

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 9, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST

    ..when in fact we all will collectively hate it no matter what.

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 9, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    I guess the X-Men Origins: Magneto is off the table.

    by I_Only_Fill_Out_Subject_Lines

  • July 9, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Do they just cast

    by DannyOcean01

    based on how easy it would be to incorporate the characters into action scenes? To be fair, it still feels random. Are they going to make any reference to the fact that Banshee goes on to have a kid, who appears in X2? It'd be nice to think they're actually tying this into their, already, failed continuity.

  • July 9, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Banshee was a villain in his first appearance

    by mortsleam

    He was being coerced by Factor Three into being a villain. Something about explosive wired into his headband. Calvin Rankin "The Mimic" used his mimic powers to destroy the headband and save Banshee's life. He then helped the X-Men take down Factor Three. And also showed up a handful of times afterwards. Specifically, he got himself kidnapped by the Sentinels during Neal Adams' run and again by the Secret Empire in Captain America. Then he officially joined the X-Men in Giant Sized X-Men 1. And yes, he was an adult male in his 30's, smoked a pipe, was a former cop, Scotland Yard detective, and SAS officer. But I'm sure the kid who sold Chigur his shirt will pull off those complexities...

  • July 9, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST

    About a boy

    by thinboyslim.

    was 8 years ago, is this really what you're citing Hoult in? Only last year he appeared as a supporting actor in an oscar nominated film. Fair enough you can relate certain actors to roles from years gone by but surely they're of specific cult or geek levels. Jackman is Wolverine or Bana is Hulk or Willis is McClane. Come on give the kid some better credit.

  • July 9, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    My Liege...

    by Flibbertygibbet

    Funny you should mention Harry Potter. I think the same visual effects crew are working on this.

  • July 9, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    I like the stereotype Irish face Banshee has in that pic

    by rev_skarekroe

    At least he doesn't talk with an insultingly written accent, a la Claremont.

  • July 9, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    And another thing

    by rev_skarekroe

    It amazes me that fanboys can easily accept multiple universes where things are different in the comic books, but the second someone changes a single detail in the film they start acting like spoiled children. Just pretend the X-movies exist on Earth-585 or whatever and stop your bitching.

  • July 9, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST

    i notice no one it bitching...

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    about Alice Eve as Emma, even though that would put her a decade or so older than the other X-Kiddos. ah well, i guess they have to have a hot chick in there somewhere.

  • July 9, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Henry Ian Cusak as Banshee...

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Bleach that mane of hair. Presto. Or do I have the Irish/Scottish thing mixed up like a Mike Myers SNL skit?

  • July 9, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    the whole fucking industry needs a boot put up its ass

    by alienindisguise

    creativity is dead. most of these comics are garbage on the page to begin with so its never a surprise when they get turned into a steaming pile of shit called a movie.

  • July 9, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST


    by David Cloverfield

    I agree when it's about costumes and shit. But when and exciting character dynamic is replaced by a more generic, boring one (Wolverine is now a tall handsome, charming hero, characters and plot are orbiting around him) I think the bitching is somewhat validated.

  • July 9, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    The next couple years will be very telling

    by CartoonFanboy

    With the ambitious, yet potentially disastrous, Avengers movie coming as well as reboots of X-men and Spider-man, what are the odds that the comic book movie bubble is about to burst? I'm laying down 50/50 odds.

  • July 9, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Looks like Marvel movies are set on Earth-96283

    by rev_skarekroe

    Though I don't know who decided that. At this point we probably need to assume that the X-Movies and the Spider-movies and the Marvel Studios movies all take place on different Earths anyway.

  • July 9, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST


    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    agreed, though i think if the decisions Fox made made more sense people would be more likely to play along. no one is asking for a Days of Future Past verbatim from the comics, but lets not kill off major characters for no reason and lets see some GIANT FUCKING ROBOTS.

  • July 9, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    David Cloverfield

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    hey thats what i said.

  • July 9, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Nicholas Hoult is...

    by 1st and only

    not big enough to play Beast...good actor but he's a skinny guy! weird

  • July 9, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    My bad on Len Wein

    by TheCAT7225

    I forgot. When I think of the Giant Size X-Men 1, I think of Claremont. I stand corrected.

  • July 9, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Maybe Wolverine will be in it

    by Eddie_Dane

    and then get head bonk amnesia at the end so he forgets meeting them all.

  • July 9, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    So it's not a reboot then?...

    by donkingkong

    The absence of Iceman and Angel they are trying to piece together some sort of cohesive narrative from the other movies?... So is this supposed to take place in the 80's or something then?

  • July 9, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    This is Pure Garbage

    by crazybubba

    I'm sure all the movie reviewers will love it the same way they loved that lousy Wolverine movie. Like a chump I decided to trust the reviews and saw it at the local dollar movie theatre. I want my buck back along with $4million for pain and suffering!

  • July 9, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    well, Banshee makes the most sense

    by oisin5199

    if you can't have Iceman or Angel. I guess they're going to replace the Angel/Cyclops rivalry with Havok/Cyclops. It's a shame, because that dynamic was often about class differences (Warren being the rich snot-nose and Scott being the abused kid with a chip on his shoulder). It seems all Scott had in the early years were rivalries. But if they do Alex and Scott, I really hope they find a way to work in Nathaniel Essex (aka Mr. Sinister) and his genetic engineering. If they're going to go all prequel on this, it would make the most sense that they actually explore the roots of mutancy. But with Rothman still in charge at Fox, I expect nothing but a clusterfuck. He already fucked up the Beast casting - had a guy hired and under contract, and because he wanted to follow the Twilight trend, decided to go younger and fired that guy, couldn't find the right person, tried to hire the first guy back, but by that point Walker had already committed elsewhere. Now they have some skinny Abercrombie kid. Really, there will never be a decent X-Men film until Rothman gets shit-canned.

  • July 9, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    My other question is

    by oisin5199

    will this be in some period? How are they going to set it? If Magneto was in the Holocaust, it would be great if it was in the early 60s like the original X-Men, but of course that wouldn't make sense for the later continuity.

  • July 9, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Why would a talented man like Vaughn want to do this?

    by workshed

    It beggars belief. The guy has his own franchise with KA. Matthew, please, don't screw up a promising career (unless this is your 'one for the studio').

  • July 9, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    There is no way they will set this movie in the 60's

    by crazybubba

    they're trying to appeal to a younger audience which usually means they will set it in the modern era because most young folks are only interested in the era they are living in.

  • July 9, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Despite the excellent director and cast

    by Kammich

    I just can't find myself getting excited about this. I love Vaughn's work and I think the casting of McAvoy and Fassbender borders on brilliance. But this franchise is just played out to me... hell, I even found X2 a little overlong and masturbatory. then the schlocks of X3 and Wolverine came out, and now anything with this franchise's name on it puts a bad taste in my mouth. if anyone can deliver a good flick, its this cast and crew... but will Fox let them?

  • July 9, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Kevin Bacon has been cast as Mr. Sinister

    by ganymede3010

    Well according to the reliable Latino Review.

  • July 9, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Why are some words bold...

    by khaos751 ze comics?

  • July 9, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Fuck this go with X-Force. Cable owns

    by JeanGrey_X23_lesboSex

    I guess no one wants to kick out a check to Rob Liefield.

  • July 9, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Stop associating this with classic X=Men

    by Larry Sellers

    Seriously. Every time someone mentions this movie, they throw in a picture of the old yellow and blues. It shares a title, that's all. If you've seen the other four movies based in this fucked up continuity, you can anticipate the tone and it's nothing like the 60s comics.

  • July 9, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    No Stan Lee cameo, PLEASE!!!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Keep that whore face outta this!

  • July 9, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Doesn't appear to be a reboot.

    by SwedishChef

    Keeping with the continuity of the previous movies is just a downer for me personally. They screwed up far too much in the original films. Cyclops is a pussy, Rogue, Iceman and Angel are annoying kids, Agh I could go on and on but this has been discussed here ad nauseum. Considering where many of these characters end up in the Last Stand, I could care less where they started. I can we care about Cyclops when we know is becomes nothing but Wolverine's bitch in the trilogy and eventually gets killed off screen by the poor rendition of the Phoenix. Fuck this prequel shit. Make it a reboot. That is all.

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  • July 10, 2010, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Banshee = Siren =

    by BobbyMcPrescott

    Deadpool. That is all.

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  • July 11, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    The way I see it...

    by Darth_Von_Stroheim

    X-Men and X2 are the only X-Men films in existence. I could care less about this dorky X-Men prequel or the Spider-Man reboot. The next Batman film is pretty much the only comic book movie I am looking forward to. The minute Marvel had a couple of successes with Spider-Man and X-Men they proceeded to option just about every single title in their library, regardless of whether the series was popular, relevant, or even any good to begin with. Not that DC hasn't released a few meh films (e.g. Superman Returns) and butchered perfectly cool characters like Jonah Hex. I guess I can take comfort in the fact that the comic book film, as a sub-genre, is still far better than video game movies. Name one video game movie that didn't suck?

  • July 11, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by blackflowerX

    "Cyclops is gay, Wolverine or its FAIL." I guess their making this film for people who make statements like that....I guess I'll pass, and save my money for a real film.