"X-Men: First Class" hits theaters this weekend, and like all good comic book movies, it's packed full of nods to its comic book source material and the existing X-Men movie universe.
Last month, I told you about five things to look out for in "Thor," and now I've got another five elements to put on your radar before you check out "X-Men: First Class."
As always, these aren't the only Easter Eggs to be found in the film, but they're a good place to start.
WILLIAM STRYKER, SR.
In 2003's "X2," Brian Cox played William Stryker, a government agent on a quest to eradicate all mutants. In "X-Men: First Class," we're introduced to his father, William Stryker, Sr. Playing the role is actor Don Creech, and there's a mention of the younger William Stryker during a pivotal scene in the film.
SPOT THAT MUTANT!
When Charles Xavier tries out Cerebro for the first time, he scans the world for mutants to make contact with. At one point, his search pauses on a dark-skinned girl with bright white hair. Could it be the weather-controlling mutant Ororo Munroe? What about the other young mutants his search pans over?
Late in the film, Magneto refers to the mutants who side with him as his "brothers" — which could easily be interpreted as a nod to "The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants," the group he eventually forms to oppose the X-Men.
MYSTERY CAMEO #1
A character everyone's been asking about makes a brief but memorable appearance at one point in the film, and though the details have already been making the rounds online, I'll leave this one for you to find on your own. Trust me: you won't miss it.
MYSTERY CAMEO #2
In what might be an even more surprising cameo, there's a nice nod to one of the actresses who played a big role in the original "X-Men" franchise. You'll have to keep an eye out for this one, but it's worth it.
And there you have it, folks: Five elements to look for in "X-Men: First Class" when you head to the theaters this weekend. There are definitely more of them in the film, so make sure to let me know what you find!