Lots of rumors and spy images have been floating around this prequel to the X-Men movie franchise, set to hit theaters June 3, 2011, but we've finally got the first official word from Fox as to what this film is all about.
Some things about Matthew Vaughn's flick were easy to put together, just based on the casting: With James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender playing Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr, respectively, it was clear that we'd be seeing Professor X and Magneto before they were bitter enemies. And if you followed comics at all, you'd know that Jeff Parker's First Class book was, as the title implies, about Xavier's first batch of students.
But now Fox dispels some of the conjecture about the film itself:
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.
Some online scuttlebutt has it that the Armageddon spoken of is an actual character and not the end of the world. But, as Slashfilm points out, Armageddon was partially created by Jean Grey, who's not in the movie. And it kinda makes sense for the Hellfire Club—led by Kevin Bacon's Sebastian Shaw—to try and crack the world apart.
So, yeah, mutants vs. something that prompts the end of days? Done and done.