X-Men: First Class Concept Art and Why It Wasn't in 3-D
06.07.11 by Ryan
With X-Men: First Class already in theaters, some of the production's concept artists are releasing their work for fans to see. Artist Jerad S. Marantz released his early concepts for the characters of Angel, Beast, Emma Frost and Azazel on his Facebook page, after revealing that he only worked on First Class for "a short time." While the art looks like somewhat like the final version that appears in the movie, clearly Marantz helped inspire the final look of the characters.
Comic Book Movie revealed the early concept art from artists Hao Wu and Howard Swindell which shows their initial designs for Angel, Beast, Emma Frost, Havok, and their mutant abilities, which looks more (to almost exactly) like the final product.
Only a week into release, First Class has claimed the top spot at the box office, the movie didn't open as strongly as some of the previous X-Men movies. Compared to Thor, the other tentpole comic book movie released so far this summer, First Class's $56 million in domestic box office pales to the $66 million that Thor earned in its first week. Of course, Thor also opened in 3-D, which could explain the financial difference between the two.
At the recent Produced By conference, The Wrap reports that First Class producer Lauren Shuler Donner explained why 3-D was skipped for the X-Men prequel.
We chose not to do 3D. I believe the movie itself tells you whether it should be 3D. And I believe there's a little too much 3D right now. I think, especially in this economy, parents don't always want to spend that extra money.
Shuler Donner has produced all the previous X-Men movies, and has never worked on a 3-D production. Her comments came a day after First Class' release, so it's unknown whether she would like to amend her comments or stick by them. Of course, First Class also made an additional $64 million in overseas box office, totalling $119 million of the movie's $160 million budget in just the first week. So, perhaps Donner is glad the movie stayed away from 3-D after all (plus, having seen the movie, it wouldn't have added much to the overall effect).
First Class follows the early days of the friendship between Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Professor X (James McAvoy) who team up and assemble a group of mutants that includes
Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Havok (Lucas Till), Mystique, (Jennifer Lawrence), Edi Gathegi as Darwin, Angel Salvadore (Zoë Kravitz) and Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones). Matthew Vaughn directed the movie from a script he developed with frequent collaborator Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Stardust).