Movie Math: 'X-Men: First Class' is everything you like about the franchise... plus 'Muppet Babies'!


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Class is in! And today in EW Movie Math 101, we’re taking a look X-Men: First Class, the fifth (yes, fifth!) movie in this still-alive franchise. So let’s take a closer look. Pay attention, there’s a pop quiz at the end.

1. No need to state the obvious.

2. While X-Men: First Class fits in line with its predecessors in terms of key format (heroes vs. villain), the main distinction is, of course, that they’re BABIES! Well, not babies, but younger. And, if I’m being honest, it’s kind of adorable watching Charles Xavier (Nanny?) help them take the first steps toward becoming the heroes we know them to be. I know, “adorable” is exactly the word X-Men devotees want to hear. (Sarcasm.) But stay on board here…

3. There’s also a training sequence! And that’s not a spoiler because when newbie heroes discover their powers, the only way to show their progress to full-hero status is to mash them all together. Unfortunately, there is not a scene where Xavier — known at this point sans the “professor” — catches a fly with chop sticks, but that’s a parlor trick for a guy who can read minds, I’m guessing. (Well, at least he can make someone else do it.) In related business, as we watch our heroes become heroes, we also keep in mind whilst watching that a villain is also coming into his own. And that process is possibly even more interesting than the aforementioned.

4. Finally, the sum of our equation thus far is missing key components if we choose to ignore two important factors of the movie: the prevalent ’60s era styling (which consequently turned January Jones’ Ice Queen into little more than a stoic fembot) and the Nazis! (God bless you, recurring Nazi-fighter Michael Fassbender.)

So where does this leave us? For that answer, you’ll have to ask Lisa Schwarzbaum.

Now your single-question pop quiz: Do you agree with our math? Debate!

Read more:
Lisa Schwarzbaum’s ‘X-Men: First Class’ review
‘X-Men: First Class’ training montage: Watch Havok wreak havoc and Banshee scream like… a banshee
Meet Your Next Obsession… Michael Fassbender

Comments (17 total) Add your comment
  • Thad

    The movie was amazing. The math adds up. I hope there are sequels.

    • Tom

      The worst one ever. Don’t bother seeing it. Save your money.

  • Jon

    This movie was fantastic

  • Benlinus

    X Men First Class? Interesting Where’s Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, and Angel. If they are going to include Havoc then where is Polaris since technically those 2 characters popped up before the second class which started with Chris Claremont’s tenure. This doesn’t have the right to be called X Men first class, this movie is an abomination.

    • Jenn

      Deep breaths.

    • MDS

      The movies don’t share the same continuity as the comics. Get over it!

      • Tom

        It’s called selling out.

      • Eric

        Its so hard to choose there are so many amaizng entries. I couldn’t choose between these 2 (sorry if thats cheating!)Rachel Mawer’s is just so funny & I love the style.Phil Murrils’ is such a good simple idea and works so well.

  • Heather

    You forgot one thing — 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon for the new generation!!

  • Mr. Holloway

    This is too pefect. As soon as my SO saw the trailer to this movie, she dubbed it “X-Men Babies.”

  • Lauren

    I used to LOVE Muppet Babies as a kid. Classic show.

  • Matt

    Going to see it tonight with friends, can’t wait.

  • the dude

    best of the x-men movies, and might I add that Michael Fassbender is totally sexy.

  • black canary

    I saw the movie tonight and because my expectations were low, it was better than I expected. @the dude yes Michael Fassbender is totally sexy.

  • Cigar Chompin’

    Luckily we had a decade of Smallville to prep us for a re-imagining of the heroes’ origins. Going in I had already turned my memories into ‘Fogland’ and let the movie go on its own merits. With that, it worked superbly. Not adhering strictly to the canon allowed for characters and action that we had not seen before, and it worked wonderfully. If you can suspend your memories of the books, then you, too, can enjoy a great telling of the myth. If not, too bad for you, you will miss a good movie.

  • T

    I vote Fassbender for 007 (after Craig !), liked First Class and could see Fassbender as James Bond easily, got a Connery-ese thing about him.
    P.S. – January Jones DOES look like a Fembot ! (LOL)

    What’s next ? X-Men: the NEXT Class and it takes place in the sensational Seventies ?

  • carid

    The best of the x-men movies, and I can add that Michael Fassbender is quite sexy. I wanna see this film!

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