X-men - First Class

The amazing origins of super-mutant Professor X and his arch-nemesis Magneto are revealed in this prequel.

It's 1963, and the young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lansherr (Michael Fassbender) are beginning to discover their superpowers.

The international Hellfire Club boasts among its membership some of the most wealthy and influential members of society, including Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and Emma Frost (January Jones).

But as they attempt to thwart the Club's world domination plans, a rift develops between Charles and Erik that will lead to them becoming bitter enemies as Professor X and Magneto.

So begins the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, 'X-Men: First Class' is the first film in a projected new trilogy tracing the origins of the hugely popular Marvel superheroes.

Release date: 1 June 2011   Director: Matthew Vaughn   Distributor: Fox

Starring: Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Rose Byrne,
Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Jason Flemyng

Ashley Miller, Jamie Moss, Jane Goldman, Zack Stentz

Watch it because: The X-Men get a 'Star Trek'-style makeover to launch a new series.

See it if you liked: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

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