X-Men: First Class

20th Century Fox Released 2011




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Movie Summary

Matthew Vaughn

X-Men: First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. 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. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together with other mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Variety Justin Chang

    After undergoing some unfortunate mutations in recent years, a beleaguered Marvel movie property gets the smart, stylish prequel it deserves in X-Men: First Class.

  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    With its spy-on-spy globetrotting, old-fashioned villains, flirty but prematurely swinging minis and fan-boy bits (look for an eye-blink-fast tribute to "Basic Instinct" and a came...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    A tedious two-plus hours. There were such possibilities in the origins idea.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Charles Xavier: Mutation took us from single celled organisms to being the dominant form of reproductive life on this planet. Infinite forms of variations with each generation, all through mutation.

    • Mystique: I'm sleepy, will you read to me?
      Charles Xavier: I can't. I have my thesis coming up. I have to study.
      Mystique: Fine read that. Your thesis always sends me right off.

    • Emma Frost: (speaking with Sebastion Shaw regarding Charles Xavier) If that telepath gets inside your head, he won't be as much fun as me.

    • Moira: The CIA invading the home of a senior Soviet official. Are you crazy?
      Erik: I'm not CIA.

    • Erik: (speaking with Raven) You want society to accept you, but you can't even accept yourself.

    • Charles: Listen to me very carefully, my friend. Killing Shaw will not bring you peace.
      Erik: Peace was never an option.

    • Erik: Have you ever looked at a tiger and thought that you ought to cover it up?
      Raven: No, but...
      Erik: You're an exquisite creature, Raven. All your life, the world has tried to tame you. It's time for you to be free.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Production Budget - $160,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $146,408,305 (17th)
      Worldwide Gross - $353,624,124 (18th)

    • Production Companies:
      Marvel Entertainment
      Dune Entertainment
      Bad Hat Harry
      Donners' Company
      Ingenious Media

    • Filming locations include:
      Theale, Reading, Berkshire, England
      Colwood, British Columbia, Canada
      Jekyll Island, Georgia
      London, England
      Los Angeles, California
      Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
      Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
      Neuquén, Argentina
      West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
      Farnborough, Hampshire, England

    • Taglines:
      1. Witness the origin.
      2. The story begins.
      3. Witness the beginning.
      4. Their powers would make them different. But destiny would make them allies.
      5. Before he was Professor X, he was Charles. Before he was Magneto, he was Erik. Before they were enemies, they were allies.

    • Music:
      Concentration Camp (From X-Men (2000)
      Written by Michael Kamen
      La Vie en Rose
      Written by Louiguy and Édith Piaf
      Performed by Édith Piaf
      Palisades Park
      Written by Chuck Barris
      Performed by Freddy Cannon
      Run (I'm A Natural Disaster)
      Written by CeeLo Green, Danger Mouse and Keith Mansfield
      Performed by Gnarls Barkley
      A Little Bit of Soap
      Written by Bert Russell
      Performed by The Jarmels
      Green Onions
      Written by Al Jackson Jr., Booker T. Jones, Lewie Steinberg and Steve Cropper
      Performed by Booker T. & the M.G.s
      Hippy Hippy Shake
      Written by Chan Romero
      Performed by Chan Romero
      Soviet National Anthem
      Written by Anatoli Aleksandrov
      Performed by The Red Army Choirs of Alexandrov
      Love Love
      Written by Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams
      Performed by Take That


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