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Can 'X-Men: First Class' get the mutant franchise back on track without Wolverine?
Great cast. Interesting premise. Talented director. As justifiably critical as many can be for a number of Fox's Marvel releases ("Fantastic Four," "Daredevil," "Elektra") and the last two "X-Men" movies ("The Last Stand," "Wolverine"), you have to admit they are taking quite a creative chance with Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class." Taking place outside of the continuity of the previous mutant films (we think), "First Class" finds Prof. X, the young X-Men and a "good" Magneto in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis -- hardly your typical super hero storyline. It's a risky move for a studio considering the most popular character in the franchise, Wolverine, isn't in the film. If audiences don't respond will Fox be compelled to dumb it down the next time around? Fingers crossed part 2...