Three words to sum up this prequel: Awesome, awesome and AWESOME! I loved how it ties to the other films, I loved the cameos, and I especially loved the evolution of Prof. X and Magneto's relationship. Also, Kevin Bacon is brilliant as the sinister Sebastian Shaw! How does it stand up to the previous films? Well, X2 was my favorite of the three, and I think it is on par with that one. Also, so that you do not waste your time at the end of the film, there is no extra clip after the credits. Not surprising, since all of the Marvel films that do feature extra footage after the credits are connected to the upcoming "Avengers" film. So, go home after "First Class", but stick around after "Captain America".