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X-Men: First Class took fans back to the beginning, with Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lansherr (Michael Fassbender) as two young men just discovering their powers and working together to stop a national threat.
Lucas Till, who plays Havok, told The Hollywood Reporter that this film brought the characters “all together in a much more relatable situation because they’re so much younger and they get to see their powers manifest, which I think a younger audience can identify with.”
The Blu-Ray and DVD release, which hits stores Friday, September 9, will give fans even more education on the Marvel franchise with behind-the-scenes featurettes, 10 digital comics, and a mutant database that covers characters from the entire X-Men franchise.
Till joined two-time Oscar winning visual effects designer John Dykstra (Star Wars, Spider-Man 2) and producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who has been a part of the entire X-Men franchise, for the presentation of the Blu-Ray special features.
At the screening, Donner shared that the idea for X-Men: First Class first came about when she was sitting at lunch on X2, and she said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if you had young X-Men?” Of course, her idea sat dormant until years later when the story finally came to life, directed by Matthew Vaughn.
For those who buy the Blu-ray, they’ll get access to 10 Marvel X-Men digital comics, including a never-before-seen X-Men: First Class backstory comic.
Additionally, the “Carebro Mutant Tracker” allows fans to learn more about their favorite characters from throughout the franchise with interactive videos. For example, watch Mystique grow up from a shy youth (played by Jennifer Lawrence in First Class) to the vengeful adult killer (Rebecca Romijn).
There are also more than two hours of special features on the Blu-Ray, including separate clips on the costuming, music and special effects.
The music featurette explains how the deep, dark theme score for Magneto came about. “The music is another character of the movie,” Till told THR. “Every time I’m watching Fassbender and his theme, it’s like I’m watching a James Bond movie.”
A special featurette on Lawrence, who plays Mystique, explained the time-consuming process for her costume. It hasn’t changed much since Rebecca Romijn played her in the 2000 film. Applying the full-body makeup is a complicated procedure involving airbrushing and lace appliqué. Lawrence, who will star in the highly anticipated Hunger Games film, seems pretty tolerant of the process, which can take up to seven hours.
“It’s like a sleepover – except I’m naked and being painted,” says Lawrence in the featurette.
The costumes for the young X-Men went back to the original blue and yellow outfits, which were omitted from the 2000 film. A featurette on the task of recreating this costume so it fit the 1960’s but didn’t look too hokey is an interesting additional featurette.
“I loved it,” Till told THR of the costuming. “It went back to the yellow and blue like the animated series. And they were still able to make it practical somehow, which I thought was impossible. It looks like some sort of spacesuit from the 1960s which is what they were trying to achieve ”
The special effects work by Dykstra is also explored in the featurette. He explains how they got Emma Frost (January Jones) to look just right in her transformation, getting her to “look like diamonds instead of plastic or glass,” explained Dykstra.
Watch one of Marvel’s featurettes available on the Blu-Ray release of X-Men: First Class:
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