X-Men First Class: THESE 5 photos and poster are the real deal

Perhaps in response to that somewhat questionable cast shot—featuring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, January Jones and company—that leaked a few days ago, Fox has made with the goods. And, boy, are they '60s-shagadelic.

The studio behind X-Men: First Class—the Matthew Vaughn-directed, Bryan Singer-produced flashback to the beginnings of the X-Men and the events that would draw a philosophical line between Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Fassbender)—decided to fight bad press with good pictures. Because, let's be honest, the only thing anyone was impressed by in that first shot was January Jones', er, highlights. Even Vaughn was a little less than pleased. As he told Slashfilm:

"I freaked out on [Fox] yesterday. I don't know where the hell that came from. I don't think it's a Fox image. It's not a pre-approved image. When I found out, I said, 'What the f--- is this s---?' and Fox is running around trying to figure out what happened as well.... It's like a bad photoshop, which maybe it was by someone. It didn't reflect the movie. I was shocked when I saw it. I was like 'Jesus Christ'..."

Vaughn's dismay is understandable, given that he's been burning the candle at both ends trying to get First Class finished in time for its June 3 unveiling, a sentiment that became clear in an interview with L.A. Times' Geoff Boucher:

"I've never worked under such time pressure," said Vaughn, who also directed Kick-Ass and Stardust. "The good thing about the independent world is I never even knew if I was going to get distribution. I'm used to finishing a film and then crossing your fingers that someone is going to like it. This is totally doing it the other way around. We've definitely got a release date and we've got to make it."

As for X-Men: First Class' superheroic cinematic competition—it opens during the same summer as DC's Green Lantern and Marvel's two-pronged opening act for next year's Avengers—Vaughn isn't losing any sleep:

"With Green Lantern, I don't know about that one, I couldn't get my head around the trailer, to be honest ... look, I will say the following: X-Men as a brand is bigger than Captain America, Thor and the Green Lantern, all put together."

Meanwhile, Ain't It Cool News got their hands on the first teaser poster. Less swinging-'60s, but still pretty sweet.

(via Slashfilm, Hero Complex and AICN)

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