I saw First Class this weekend as well, and thought it was pretty amazing. I'm a big fan of X2, so I think I might still put that ahead of it, but otherwise it is right up there with the best of this franchise. Although I had absolutely no problem with the characters included, I still would have rather they just went true "First Class" with it and had Cyclops, Jean, Iceman, Beast, and Angel (or at least something somewhat close). It seems to toe the line between reboot and prequel, as some things fit and some things don't, but I thought it was a very good movie. Magneto (Michael Fassbender) in particular was pretty awesome. I've seen in some interviews that Matthew Vaughn (the director) mentioned that in a possibly sequel he would keep the cast mostly the same and maybe only add one new character that could "match up" well with Magneto. We shall see. It didn't exactly do gangbusters at the box office, but I didn't really expect that it would. It seems like it almost has to "start fresh" the way Batman Begins did with the Bat franchise - and that movie, as great as it was/is - was at $205m for its domestic run, which many consider low (before blowing up on DVD, into Dark Knight, etc.) Anyways...First Class, good movie.