New Releases: June 3

1. X-Men: First Class (FOX, 3,641 Theaters, 132 Minutes, Rated PG-13): After the damage done to the franchise by Brett Ratner with X-Men: The Last Stand, you could see why Fox would want to hit the restart button. What they did was hit the rewind button.

Yes, the have taken the franchise back to the early 1960s, the days of Kennedy, the Cuban Missle Crisis, and pill box hats. Back to the early days of the Xavier School and the days when Charles Xavier and Magneto were friends.

Of course, there is a certain amount of interest in the concept–we all want to see how things begin and the destruction of a friendship is always captivating. The geek in me does have an issue with how this film messes with the timeline–if Beast was a teen in 1962, then he’d would have been in line for Social Security in Last Stand, not bounding around a battlefield–but it should be interesting to see how they portray the early part of the film X-mythos.

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William is cursed with the shared love of comic books and of films. Luckily, this is a great time for him to be alive. His writing has been featured on Broken, and in Comics Foundry magazine.
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June 3, 2011 2:09 pm

Actually, I don’t know that the movie is messing with the timeline, as much as playing true to the original timeline – the original comic came out in ’63. It’s just that superheroes never get older than 30.