X-Men: First Class

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For the comics series, see X-Men: First Class (comics).
Name: X-Men: First Class
Abbreviation(s): XMFC
Creator: Matthew Vaughn (director), Bryan Singer (producer), with the Donners' Company.
Date(s): 2011
Medium: Film
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: official website
on IMDb.com
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X-Men: First Class is a prequel to the X-Men Movieverse films that was released June 3, 2011 and immediately spawned its own fandom.


The film is set in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis and tells the backstory for Charles Xavier (played by James McAvoy), Erik Lehnsherr (played by Michael Fassbender), Raven/Mystique (played by Jennifer Lawrence), Hank McCoy, Alex Summers and other characters familiar to both movieverse and comicsverse fans. Wolverine has a brief cameo in the film.


X-Men: First Class's popularity drew from the pre-existing fandoms for the X-Men comics/franchise and X-Men live action movies. After First Class's release, the fandom continued to have a steady fanbase and resurgences in activity with several sequel movies in the same timeline of X-Men movies.

XMFC is one of the first Western media fandoms to form after Tumblr became an established fannish hub, following fandoms such as Inception. Thus, many fanworks made use of the site's graphic capabilities.

Shortly after the film was released, there were two versions of the kink meme on Livejournal. After three months, 1stclass_kink closed; the other, xmen_firstkink, remains open.

X-Men: First Class RPF fandom appeared at the same time as the FPF fandom. Due to their chemistry in the promotional interviews, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are the main pairing, mirroring the main slash pairing in the film fandom.

Early on, there was also interest in same-actor crossovers focusing on previous roles McAvoy and Fassbender have played. Constructed reality vids drawing on these sources and fannish discussion of the films created interest in some films not previously popular in fandom.[1]


Charles Xavier/Erik Lehnsherr is by far the most popular ship in the fandom.

Other popular slash pairings are Alex/Armando, Alex/Hank, and Azazel/Riptide.[2] Popular het pairings are Hank/Raven, Erik/Raven, Azazel/Mystique, and Charles/Moira.[3]

Popular Tropes

  • Gay Mutant Road Trip fics are common, showing Charles & Erik getting together during the montage scene where they are traveling the country recruiting mutants.
  • Fix-it fic is a popular genre in the fandom, giving the film a happier (shippier) ending.
  • Mundane AUs, in which the characters don't have powers, are also common.
  • Non-Human AUs are also common; Erik & Charles have been portrayed as crabs, penguins, teacups, and trolls.

Example Fanworks


Other Pairings




Links & Resourcs


Tumblr Blogs

Other Resources


  1. ^ Suddenly by Anna is a vid that uses multiple sources as well as X-Men: First Class footage to tell a story of an AU version of Charles and Erik
  2. ^ Of the 1067 stories listed at First Class Fic's Delicious on July 31, 2011, 955 are Erik/Charles, 83 are Alex/Hank, 28 are Azazel/Riptide, 28 are Havok/Darwin, 28 are Alex/Sean, and 8 are Angel/Raven
  3. ^ Of the 1067 fic listed at First Class Fic's Delicious on July 31, 2011, 24 are Hank/Raven, 21 are Erik/Raven, 14 are Azazel/Mystique, and ten are Charles/Moira