First Synopsis For Matthew Vaughn's 'X-Men: First Class' Unveils Armageddon As Villain? Doubtful

by Simon Dang
December 12, 2010 4:46 AM
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Armageddon Revealed As Villain? It Remains To Be Seen



A synopsis, allegedly the official one to Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class," has been making the rounds online, and if correct, it provides confirmation of the story's plot while, at the same time, hinting to audiences at other details of the story (emails to 20th Century Fox to verify the synopsis were not answered over the weekend).

So far, we know that the film will follow the early relationship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr -- played respectively by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender -- and their maturation in becoming Prof. X and Magneto. There's also a massive ensemble cast including the likes of Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert), January Jones (Emma Frost), Oliver Platt (Man In Black), Caleb Landry (Phoenix), Lucas Till (Havoc), Edi Gathegi (Darwin), Jason Flemyng (Azazel), Zoe Kravitz (Angel), Bill Milner (young Magneto), Morgan Lily (young Mystique), Alex Gonzalez (Riptide), Laurence Belcher (young Prof. X) and Ray Wise (U.S. Secretary Of State).

Full synopsis after the jump. Though note, not much of it is actually new or something we don't already know.

'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 Lensherr 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 stop 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.

Screenrant argues that, as the word is capitalized in the synopsis, "Armageddon" likely refers to the 'X-Men' character rather than an event. However, the end-of-days event is actually also capitalized being a reference to the site of the epic battle rather than the battle itself and we've already learned that the main villain is Sebastian Shaw played by Kevin Bacon. Why would the film need another super-villain on top of the main super-villain? Furthermore, the character Armageddon's origin stems from a genetic collaboration between Apocalypse and Jean Grey, but with Grey not appearing in Vaughn's film and the film acting as a prequel to her appearance in the "X-Men" time-line, all signs point to Armageddon the character not actually appearing in the film (this all appears to be fanboys looking too deeply into something that's not there, frankly).

So it's probably status quo then with the main antagonist for the mutant movement coming from the Hellfire Club, led by Bacon's aforementioned Sebastien Shaw, as producer Bryan Singer himself discussed. The club is a secret society made up of influential members of the community, with sinister plans led by Shaw, a mutant with the power to absorb kinetic energy and use it to increase his strength. How they are involved with an impending Armageddon remains unknown.

The most intriguing element from the above synopsis is probably the revelation of the "secret history of famous global events" which seemingly affirms it'll embed the mutant movement in that real-life history (a la "Watchmen") and reiterate in particular the civil rights theme explored in previous films. The story is setpreviously noted to take place in the 1960s with JFK as president and Martin Luther King and Malcolm X notably advocating social change. Either way, it sounds like Jane Goldman and Vaughn have done well with revitalizing the 'X-Men' franchise for a modern context.

"X-Men First Class" hits theaters next summer on June 3rd.

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2 Comments

  • vkatnyte | December 13, 2010 7:47 AMReply

    @wishful thinking

    I believe The Playlist was just making a point that their seems to be an obvious misrepresentation on FOX's part when they presented the synopsis. The issue that alot of "fanboys" have had with FOX was their lack of respect to story and the franchise with the release of info in relation to who has been casted for whatever character they throw out there..Also since FOX owns the rights to practically any and every character that has originated in the X-Men mythos,they have taken alot of liberties recently with relation to continuity(origin of wolverine)and character's relationships thus infering that a solid script or film or story for that matter will be atrocious.The fact that Screen Rant jumped when the synopsis seemed to mention a character(Marvel has a ton of characters named after biblical and mythological stories,there is also a character in TheHulk series of the same name)has pushed the mis rep even farther. However its not SR's total fault in this. Fox has since the beginning of the year,been releasing casting info and causing mass speculation as to what this film would be about,whether it is a reboot or another origin film. Either way,those who have embraced the X-Men series for most of their life, see FOX as desecrating what was a good thing. Some even hope that FOX fails, so as to allow marvel to get back the rights.
    Bottom Line: What was already another FOX B.S. show was mistakenly taken to the next level by mistake. Screen Rant may still believe that they are right on this, which considering Fox's history so far with this franchise-it could be true.

    Sorry if this seems "nerdy" or "geeky" or even "gushing",but FOX has become a pariah as of late- a film company that seems to say and act for the betterment of film but then to turn around and back stab their own product. Also I believe The Playlist was only trying to organize and catch up followers of the blog with what had up to this point been goin on with this film. The fact that their are alot of currently popular and upcoming actors and actresses in this film is also important to point out as well as a director who has had only a few films under his belt up to this point.

  • Wishful Thinking? | December 13, 2010 2:26 AMReply

    So is The Playlist no longer undermining what they have termed in the past to be "nerd" or "geek" films? This is a lot of gushing on pretty obscure comic stuff for a often self-described "highbrow" movie blog.

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