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There are four other X-Men movies: (1) X-Men (2000), (2) X2 (2003), (3) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), and (4) X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), while X-Men: First Class leads to X-Men: Days of Future Past and a scheduled 3rd installment of a planned trilogy.
Please keep in mind that this film is not connected to the previous four films. It is a revamp of the storyline, illustrating conceptual origins of the characters. In X2, Hank McCoy appears in human form before his mutation is manifested by the third film, whereas in First Class, he goes through his transformation for the first time as a young man. In X2, there is an instance where Sebastian Shaw is speaking with McCoy on television. However, this is debatable as to whether it's canon. In the beginning of The Last Stand (during a flashback) and Wolverine, Xavier has full use of his legs in his 40's, whereas, at the end of First Class, Xavier is wheelchair bound in his 20's. In the opening of of The Last Stand, Eric and Xavier are working together to recruit Jean Grey in the 1980s or 1990s. In this film, they go their separate ways much earlier in life. In the first X-Men movie, Professor X tells Logan that he met Erik Lehnsherr when he was 17 years old which, given the fact that Erik was at least in his mid-teens during WWII and the knowledge that they weren't too far apart in years, would probably have been somewhere in the late '40's to just around 1950. According to First Class, they met for the first time in their mid-20s in 1962.
Yes, briefly, and Hugh Jackman reprised his role for the scene.
Yes. When the young Mystique is trying to seduce Erik, he says to her "maybe in a few years." She then morphs into her "older" form, which turns out to be Rebecca Romijn, who played Mystique in the first three films. Romijn is also credited with a cameo in X-Men 2, when Mystique hits on Mr Laurio, Magneto's personal guard, in her human form.
No, for the most part. It the mutation is physical, such as with Wolverine's claws, then she can superficially mimic that. However, she does not copy the mutation itself. As an example, in X-Men (2000) she takes on the appearance of Wolverine and fights him claw to claw, but she cannot copy his healing ability nor can she replicate the indestructibility of adamantium, as seen when her claws are cut by Wolverine's (the adamantium lacing his bones is not a mutation, it was added artificially). As another example, if she were to mimic Professor X, she would look like him, but would not have his mental powers.
While diamond is the hardest material on Earth, it is a common misconception that it can't be broken by other substances. Hardness is not toughness. Think of glass, it is quite hard, but it is brittle or easy to shatter. Diamond can be easily shattered with a strong force. It is not unreasonable for Magneto to break her diamond body with household-grade metals, given he has the strength to raise an entire submarine out of the water.
Yes and no. All films made under the Marvel Studios banner (i.e., Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America) are all set in the same universe, with the characters crossing over, culminating in The Avengers (2012) movie which will tie these films together. Marvel also owns Punisher and Blade, however Punisher (2004), Punisher: War Zone (2008), Blade (1998), Blade II (2002) and Blade: Trinity (2004) are not in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other Marvel-based films owned by other studios are NOT set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, due to differing ownership. This includes Spider-Man and Ghost Rider (both owned by Sony), the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Daredevil (all owned by Fox). In the case of X-Men, this film is not directly linked to its predecessors, but all the characters retain their general roles in the universe along with their specific characteristics and overall appearances.
Xavier used his power to convince the guard he was seeing an empty truck. He not only has the ability to communicate with people non-verbally but he can also control the minds of others, which we saw earlier when he freezes Moira's colleague at the drinking fountain & tells Oliver Platt's character to get in the car.
In a deleted scene, Alex tells Charles that he accidentally killed one of his comrades in the field and still feels guilty about it.
Bryan Singer stated they did their best to remain in continuity with the other X-Men movies, but he recognized that some liberties were taken for the sake of the plot in "X-Men: First Class." Lauren Shuler Donner also stated that the Emma Frost in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" is not Emma Frost, but the real Emma Frost is the one in "X-Men: First Class." Furthermore, the credits in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" list her as Emma/Kayla's sister and not exactly Emma Frost. So, while "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" initially advertised the character with diamond powers as Emma Frost, Fox technically retconned her appearance in "X-Men: First Class" by ignoring her appearance in the Wolverine movie and stating that the character wasn't Emma Frost. Source
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