Posts Tagged ‘xmen’


Hi all,

With the release of the Teaser Trailer for X-men first class (below) I thought I would talk take this opportuntity to talk about what/who are the X-men.

First, here is the teaser trailer of the film……..

Well, it certainly looks good doesn’t it

So who are the X-men?

The X-men are a superhero team in the Marvel Comics Universe and were created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby.

They first appeared in the comic The X-Men #1 (September 1963). The basic concept of the X-Men is that under a cloud of increasing anti-mutant sentiment, Professor Xavier created a haven at his Westchester mansion to train young mutants to use their powers for the benefit of humanity, and to prove mutants can be heroes.

They are called the  “X-Men” because they possess special powers due to their possession of the “X-Gene,” a gene normal humans lack but which gives Mutants their abilities. Early on, however, the “X” in X-Men stood for “extra” power which normal humans lacked. It was alluded that the mutations were incurred as a result of radiation exposure.

In 2000 the start of the X men trilogy series of films were released.  These films focussed on the conflict between Professor Xavier’s X-Men, and the Brotherhood of Mutants, led by Magneto.  

However, X-men first class is the prequel to the X-men trilogy series and basically charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. 

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. They were not archenemies, but 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.

So for those unfamiliar with the X-men I will go through come of  characters from the comics we will see in this film….

Charles Xavier aka Professor Xavier
Pre-wheelchair-bound telepathic mutant.  As a high-level telepath, Xavier can read, control and influence human minds. A scientific genius, he is also a leading authority on genetics, mutation, and psionic powers.

Mystique
Blue-skinned shape shifter (also seen in X-men trilogy).  

Moira McTaggert
A Scottish geneticist and expert in mutant affairs. Friend of Charles Xavier.

Hank McCoy aka Beast
Possesses ape-like superhuman physical strength and agility and oversized hands and feet. Also an incredibly smart scientist (underused in  ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’)

Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto
Younger version of the Master of Magnetism. he is a powerful mutant with the ability to generate and control magnetism.

Havok
Absent from the ‘X-Men’ trilogy, the character of Havok  is Cyclops’ livelier brother Scott.  Havok can generate powerful “plasma blasts” , an ability he has had difficulty controlling.

Emma Frost
The White Queen.  A powerful mutant with telepathic abilities.

Azazel
Father of X2’s Nightcrawler, Azazel is also a teleporter.

Angel
The mutant with fly-like powers.

Anyway, I can’t wait to see all these superheroes/villians on the big screen (I wont tell you who are which yet as it may spoil it for you if havent read the comics). I just hope it is as good as I am anticipating.

What do you think? Do you agree?

X-men first class will be out at the cinemas on 2nd june 2011.

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What’s in store for 2011

In 2010 we saw the return of dr who and part 1 of the Harry Potter Finale. Both of which I enjoyed.  It’s also been a good year for comic hero movies. But the dust has barely settled on 2010 and yet here I am looking forward to another year of must-see movies and television programmes that have already got me very excited for the next twelve months. There is a superb line-up superhero movies to science fiction westerns, but which ones are the cream of the crop? Let me guide you through the minefield of buzz and into the most promising films that lie ahead.

I await with eager anticipation for upcoming X-Men, Green Lantern, Spiderman Reboot, Thor, Captain America and the First Avenger’ movies. In fact the comic book landscape looks pretty good. Lets just hope they live up to my expectation.

In addition, the superhero wildcard ‘The Green Hornet’ offers something a bit different. It promises interesting visuals, and the unconventional casting of Seth Rogan gives us hope for comedy capers.

Then there is Cowboys vs Aliens which I am also looking forward to…The title says it all. Cowboys AND aliens, it’s the golden combo! Gun-toting loners battling little green men is the B-movie dream. Only this B-movie has gone positively A-List, recruiting Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde to its madcap cause. I dare you to watch the trailer and tell me that this doesn’t look awesome… Here is a taster.

But what I am waiting for most of all is Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II

The final Potter outing just pips it in the anticipation stakes against its most high-profile rival, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt1, as the teen vampire epic could yet go either way. Part 1 of the Potter finale did a great job of setting up the climatic battles we have all been looking forward to, even if the film itself suffered by feeling like a glorified prologue in the process. Even cinemagoers who can’t stand the franchise will be keen for this instalment to finally come, and go. Alas, we must wait a little longer for the trailer.

And then there is new series of Dr who and the contunuation of the event to look forward to.

Of course, I could be wrong on these. So if you think I’ve missed out or neglected any more exciting prospects, please enlighten me.


Hi all.

I watched Spiderman 3 earlier today and it got me thinking, who is every ones favourite superhero/superheroes?

Well, me, I have a couple of favourites.

Firstly, for their power and industractability I believe its a tie between the hulk and superman. 

Superman has Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, invulnerability,freezing breath, super hearing, laser eyes, multiple extrasensory and vision powers, longevity, flight, intelligence and regeneration. The hulk possesses the potential for astounding levels of superhuman strength, directly depending on his emotional state, particularly his anger, spawning the famous quote: “The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets.”  By the way, I have often wondered who would win in a fight between Superman and the Hulk :).

Secondly. for his good sense of humour and wisecracks it has to be spiderman. Unfotunately He isnt as strong as other superheroes but uses his speed, agility, web and wit to comfound enemies. 

And finally my favourite teams is the fantastic four which have a mixute of brain, brawn and power.

The fantastic four are: Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), a scientific genius and the leader of the group, who can stretch his body into incredible lengths and shapes; the Invisible Woman (Susan “Sue” Storm), Reed’s wife, who can render herself and others invisible and project powerful force fields; the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Sue’s younger brother, who can generate flames, surround himself with them and fly; and the monstrous Thing (Ben Grimm), their grumpy but benevolent friend, who possesses superhuman strength and endurance due to the nature of his stone-like flesh.

I have to mention the x-men as well which I also like.  The X-men have consisted a number of heroes including Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast, wolverine, Rogue, Storm and Jean Grey. They possess special powers due to their possession of the “X-Gene,” a gene normal humans lack but which gives Mutants their abilities.  The abilities vary from one hero to another.

I have loved these superheroes since I was a kid when I read the comics and am glad they have made to the big screen.

So, what does every one else think.  Who is your favourite superhero? or superhero team? 

If you have more than 1, like me, then please give me your top 5 or top 10 superheroes.

Anyway, I will leave you with a clip from Spiderman 3……