To the rest of the world, Charles Xavier is an precocious school teacher with sympathies for the malignancy called mutation in Marvel society. Magneto is a criminal, nothing more. The trailer leading up to the release of X-men:first class sets up the plot: these two men were once very young mutants, shared a friendship, and were more complicated than the labels popular culture attached to them. At least, that’s what I want the story to be about, but with any adaptation there is always room for disappointment. I was talking to a friend of mine who is a comic book reader, and her opinion of the film was that she wouldn’t enjoy it – “I’ll be able to pick holes in it too easily”. I know the exact feeling, but I’m not looking for places where character from the comic book have changed by the will of the powers that be in Hollywood. I’m more interested in what the film will say about how people who are different from the majority cope and continue to grow despite prejudice. There are books on the subject of the X-men and themes of prejudice that have been published since the last string of X-men films arrived. Then there is the list of social issues listed in the wikipedia page. What I’m looking for in the film is characters who are confident despite their feelings of being different.