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"Bolt of Lightning into a Copper Conductor?"
by The Alpha Craig

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If it's not broken, re-cast it.

If it's not broken, re-cast it.
"I thought you lived at the school?" Greeting superheroes, welcome to another tale of suspense. Well less dramatic than that, welcome to another column from your friendly neighborhood Alpha Craig. Well I recently went to see GREEN HORNET and I was eager to see a rumored X-MEN FIRST CLASS trailer. It didn't happen, but it really got me thinking of how this could be a total disaster in the making. To keep things moving, I have decided to jump right into a few reasons why I am hesitant to trust this movie and its boasts.

Style is new, and the face is too?
I thought the line was, "The style is new, but the face the same as it was so long ago." What's my point in this obscure Led Zeppelin reference? The first X-Men movies feature several characters, played by specific people. Good or bad, those people became the characters and thus associated with them. Now, as much as I hate to admit it, when I think Wolverine I think Hugh Jackman, Jean Grey is Famke Janssen, Patrick Stewart is Professor X, Rebecca Romijn is Mystique and Sir Ian McKellen is Magneto. So what did they do? They did the X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE movie with Jackman and Stewart reprising their roles as Wolverine and Professor X, respectively, which was cool. Now there is this First Class that takes place between X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE and X-MEN but doesn't have
More like 1860s

More like 1860s
any of those actors reprising their roles. My questions is, how does Professor X go from looking like a man in his late forties early fifties to a late twenties/early thirties man? The current count includes Professor X, Magneto, Emma Frost/White Queen, Hank McCoy, Raven Darkholme/Mystique and Moira MacTaggert all with new actors and actresses playing them. The jury is still out on this one.

It is set in the 60s
I am not as big of a stickler for timelines as others, I give the whole alternate reality based on our reality theory a lot of forgiveness. This is not something I can easily look past. X-MEN is set in 2000, that is when it was released and nothing in the movie would seem to contradict that so it is a landmark. Then the next two movies are spread apart by 3 years, 2003 and 2006. Again, the movies never dispute what years they take place and the interaction between characters suggest the appropriate amount of time passed between movies. Then you go to X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE and it starts out in 1845 and moves through 100 years of history in the all-too-familiar time-lapse montage to 1945. Wolverine's team gets together to run a mission. Then it is 6 years later making it 1951. So I figure most the movie takes place in 1951, however the décor and clothing style suggests that it is in fact mid to late 70s. So far nothing is wrong, but then it was revealed that X-MEN FIRST CLASS is
Darwin? Isn't he the Dolphin in SeaQuest DSV?

Darwin? Isn't he the Dolphin in SeaQuest DSV?
set in the 60s. All of the students at the school, Xavier's Institute for Higher Learning would have been in their late-teens to early twenties. So any characters that are in that movie and continue on into the first X-MEN should be in their late 40s to early 50s. This is not a problem until you factor in that in 1951 Professor X was portrayed by Patrick Stewart but in the 1960s is portrayed by James McAvoy who is significantly younger. Now if X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE took place in the 1970s I could be a little more forgiving, even though the jump in age for the 60s to the 70s would have been too great. The bottom lines is that it is not cannon.

Who's that?
It would have been great to just reboot this franchise and start it off with the original team or Beast, Cyclops, Angel, Iceman and Marvel Girl just joining at the beginning. Since that didn't happen it might have been safer to have the most recognizable characters you could get. Now most of them are a given like Banshee, Havok, Beast, Professor X, Magneto and Emma Frost make perfect sense. How many people are really going to know who Sebastian Shaw, Darwin, Azazel, Riptide and Angel Salvadore are? At that point why not bring in the other original second team that went after the first team on Krakoa. Then you could have Kid Vulcan/Gabriel Summers instead of Havok. This actually transitions into my last reason.

Members only.

Members only.
Hellfire Club, already?"
Now this movie, I assume, is the formation of the X-Men. I assume it being called First Class means they are the first, right? So why introduce the Hellfire Club in this movie that takes place in the 60s at the beginning of the X-Men, when they weren't introduced until 1980 after several line-up changes to the X-Men? This just sounds like they are trying to take on one of the most epic story arcs in X-Men history and bastardize it into a movie so they can claim it is catered to the diehard fans (and they already tried it with the Dark Phoenix Saga which turned out wonderful - Sarcastic Alpha.) This Club based upon a group of elitists that offered membership into their exclusive club to those who were influential and held power in order build a nation they controlled. These people could put the Illuminati and Free Masons to shame (and yes I recognize the irony in using the Illuminati as a reference when Professor X was a member of a secret group of the same name - Contradictory Craig.) My point is that this is way too soon in the continuity.

All of the being said, I will still be in line waiting to see it on the big screen. Make no mistake, I will be more than happy to eat a bowl of crow. I will also not be above bashing it to the stone age. Don't count on that though, after all, I did enjoy the hell out of THE GREEN HORNET. Thanks again for reading true believers, EXCELSIOR!

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Mike Thomas
Feb 14, 2011 12:32 AM
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Wow. I didn't realize how screwed up the timeline was in this franchise.

So WOLVERINE was set in the Fifties with a bald Patrick Stewart and n the Sixties with James McAvoy - with hair and in the Seventies we have a bald Stewart?

Holy Continuity Anomalies!
Feb 17, 2011 5:39 PM
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It's important to note that X-men and it's bazillion spin-offs (as well as every single long-running comic, novel, and tv show that I've ever run across) all already possess a gross ton of contradictions within their own mythologies due to reboots, writer/artist/ownership change, evolution of time (most of the original X-men should be in nursing homes now but they want to keep using the same characters), and good old plain foul ups.

Just like Star Trek, there is no overall continuity.
The Alpha Craig
Feb 18, 2011 9:57 AM
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I agree, but I give Trek a pass based on the fact that there is close to 50 years since it began as a TV series. Everyone in the creative process had been hand-cuffed to remaining cannon regardless of quality of content. Yes there are several variations of the X-Men comic franchise, but the whole idea was to have the first three movies released and then go back and make prequels to explain how they got started. I find it amazing that after 4 movies they're already ignoring major plot holes. Now if they want to say it is geared toward casual fans, why feature the Hellfire Club, Azazel, Riptide and Darwin? Those are more obscure characters. This movie is a puzzle wrapped within an enigma, thrown over someone's shoulder.

Regardless, it's good to see you throwing back your perspective Thom. I always appreciate you not letting me talk out my ass.

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