February 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST

So, it turns out President John F. Kennedy may have had a little help during the Cuban missile crisis: Mutants. The just-released trailer for X-Men: First Class, the June 3 prequel to the Fox’s X-Men franchise — directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, Layer Cake) and starring James McAvoy (Wanted) and January Jones (Mad Men) — reveals that the film will revolve around the 1962 nuclear stand-off that almost ended the world. In fact, President Kennedy’s famous televised speech announcing an embargo of Cuba — “One path we will never choose, and that is the path of surrender…” — provides the trailer’s ominous voice-over as mutants fly in U2 spy planes and submarines are sucked out of the ocean with the metal-manipulating power of Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), a.k.a. Magneto. As JFK might have put it, Ich bin ein mutant. Check it out below: 

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