Originally Posted by xeno000
I completely agree. The characters in X:FC were little more than cardboard cutouts beyond the two leads. And even Charles was a tad on the ridiculous side. He came off as the mutant Uncle Tom, constantly pushing accommodation and trying to get the government to use his abilities to help rein in other mutants.
I think Magneto is the only character in the film who is really handled well. As you say, Charles comes across as far too weak and unsympathetic, when in reality the path he represents requires more strength than the one Magneto represents (speaking in abstract terms). There needed to be more balance. Certain details, such as Charles being repelled by Mystique's natural appearance, border on character assassination.
It seems to be a perpetual problem with the X-films (a bit like Cyclops was sacrificed on the alter of Wolverine).
First Class is X-Men Origins: Magneto, with some other stuff grafted on to it.
The Avengers is a groundbreaking film, so it's on a completely different level. It's not deep, but it's impactful. How impactful can only be measured over time, but I think time will confirm this.