Despite a full-length trailer, a bevy of photos and countless interviews with director Matthew Vaughn, producer Bryan Singer and several cast members, there’s still a surprising amount of mystery surrounding X-Men: First Class.
For instance: Who is Oliver Platt’s Man in Black? What role does Moira McTaggert play in this version of the X-Men’s origin’s? What is Sebastian Shaw up to? And how did Mystique go from making googly eyes at Hank McCoy to killing people with her bare hands?
Surprisingly, perhaps, a lot of those questions are answered, if in broad terms, in brief character descriptions in the X-Perts section of the movie’s official Facebook page (where the producer, director and cast answer selected questions each week). If you’re averse to spoilers, you should probably turn back now. However, if you want more clues to the mutant world of the swinging ’60s, read on:
Beast/Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult)
Hank is a brilliant scientist with only a few mutant features until a serum unexpectedly unlocks the superhuman Beast within.
The Man In Black (Oliver Platt)
The Man in Black, as his mysterious moniker suggests, works for a covert government agency whose mission is to guard, and when appropriate, exploit our most explosive secrets. He enlists the assistance of mutants – and finds himself at the vortex of a battle that will determine the fate of humankind.
Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne)
A female CIA agent in the 1960s – a time when female operatives were very few in number. After Moira becomes among the first humans to witness the powers of mutants, she tracks down Charles Xavier, who helps Moira convince her superiors of the existence of mutants and the notion of working with them for the greater good.
Darwin/ Armondo Munoz (Edi Gathegi)
Through “reactive evolution,” Darwin can adapt to any situation or environment. Plunged underwater, he grows gills; in the dead of night, he gains night vision.
Banshee/Sean Cassidy (Caleb Landry Jones)
Banshee’s unique sonic blasts carry him into flight. Like other young mutants, Banshee’s powers reach their full potential only under Charles Xavier’s patient tutelage, and in a battle that will have global consequences.
Azazel (Jason Flemying)
A demonic figure, Azazel can teleport by opening a portal into another dimension. He is a key player in Sebastian Shaw’s plans to make sure that mutants inherit the planet.
Riptide (Alejandro Gonzalez)
Never far from the side of his leader, Sebastian Shaw, Riptide creates powerful whirlwinds that can demolish buildings and challenge even the most powerful mutants.
Havok/Alex Summers (Lucas Till)
Alex can emit concentric rings of super-heated energy waves, causing his targets to burst into flame. The handsome, athletic mutant has difficulty with his impressive powers, until Charles Xavier teaches him how to harness them.
Professor X/Charles Xavier (James McAvoy)
The young Oxford graduate, a powerful telepath who can read and control minds, had long wondered if there were others out there like him. When Charles finally meets some fellow mutants, he recruits them and harnesses their unique abilities to try and stop the greatest threat the world has ever known.
Magneto/Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender)
As a young man, Lehnsherr discovered, under horrific circumstances, his power to control magnetism. Now, he is determined to exact revenge on the monstrous evil who “created” him. Erik and Charles form a fast and fateful friendship, which is tested in a battle upon which rests the fate of mankind.
Mystique/Raven Darkholme (Jennifer Lawrence)
A close friend to Charles Xavier, Raven is a metamorph or shape-shifter who can assume the form of any humanoid creature she chooses. The mutant teen works hard to lead a ‘normal’ life and hide her gifts, but the battle between Xavier’s mutants and Shaw’s forces leads her on a different path.
Angel Salvadore (Zoe Kravitz)
The beautiful ex-dancer possesses a stunning tattoo of insect-like wings, which become actual wings growing from her back, giving her the gift of flight. Her arsenal is a deadly acid, which she projectile vomits in combat.
Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon)
Shaw, a force of incalculable evil, was a Nazi collaborator whose early research forever altered the life of a young Erik Lensherr. Shaw can absorb energy and re-channel it, and he will stop at nothing to start a war to ensure that mutants inherit the earth.
Emma Frost (January Jones)
Emma, a platinum haired beauty and close ally of Sebastian Shaw, is a telepath who possess a diamond-like skin that is indestructible. Like Charles Xavier, she can project her thoughts and will into another’s mind.
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.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn, the movie opens on June 3.
(via The Daily Blam)