New ‘X-Men: First Class’ Image Feat. Emma Frost & Sebastian Shaw

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:12 pm,

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The question of whether or not Twentieth Century Fox could compete with Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. during this superhero summer was answered when the first official X-Men: First Class trailer debuted. It featured shots of most of the characters, opting to focus on their powers in action sequences, emphasizing the visuals and the fact that X-Men: First Class is a franchise prequel more than anything else.

What we haven’t seen or heard much of yet is that of villainous (or are they?) characters Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and Emma Frost (January Jones) who play the leader and second in command of the notorious Hellfire Club, respectively.  But a new X-Men: First Class image has surfaced focusing on just these two mutants.

The still comes exclusive from the latest issue of Empire Magazine and features Frost and Shaw inside of what is described as their “secret lair,” a place of importance for their Hellfire Club. While the room looks flashy and contemporary, we’re grounded in the 1960s courtesy of Bacon’s and Jones’ attire.

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In Marvel Comics, the Hellfire Club is a society/club for the wealthy elites but its leaders seek to do more than look good in their traditional 18th century get-up. We don’t know yet if the film will feature their trademark costumes from the comics but Hellfire Club structure is modeled after a common chess set, hence Emma Frost’s other alias of “The White Queen.” They seek to control and guide world affairs in their direction, too often crossing paths with the X-Men. In X-Men: First Class, I assume they’re involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis, a key story point for the film.

We expect that the next X-Men: First class trailer will focus on characters and story, now that the introduction is out of the way. What do you think of the casting choices for Frost and Shaw?

If you missed ‘em, check out the two new Magneto/Professor X Posters released yesterday and make time to watch the X-Men: First Class trailer again.

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X-Men: First Class opens in theaters June 3, 2011.

Source: Empire

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  1. Bacon still looks miscast as Sebastian Shaw.

    • This whole movie series is a miscast misfortune. I need Marvel to get a hold of Spidey and Xmen….and Daredevil and so on.

      • @ Agent 0


      • I did want Marvel to get the rights back (although, they won’t ever), but not after watching IM2. They’re no different than Fox or Sony.

        • I feel where you comin from on IM2, I think the push to srting the Avengers movie along definately made it suffer. However, I would rather Marvel because I would feel a little bit better with them having creative control than fox, sony etc just trying to make everything appeal to mainstream first. Its simple: stick to the source material, tweak to upgrade to the tmes and don’t ever let them make a costume like the new Spiderman and expect us to buy it.

  2. In IronMan 2, i felt nothin about The Avenger was really hinted till the end of the film. Sure Nick Fury had more a role but was merely there helping Stark to cure himself & other stuff that involved his dad. Black Widow was introduced as to keep watch over Stark. I read Hawkeye will be in the same spot in Thor. Imo even though it was little longer than the first film, i thought it was just as paced just the same.

    • I totally agree. And by the way: Renner turned down the rumor of Hawkeye appearing in Thor.

  3. @ Wally West

    Did you catch in IM2 the guy who mentioned to Tony about plans for an electric jet? I ask everyone that and nobody seems to remember. I was thinking if that had to do with the Quinn Jet the Avengers travel in. Definately ready to see how Thor is brought into the fold next.

    • The guy who talked about the jet is a real person (I forgot his name) who made a cameo. He´s basicly a “real” Tony Stark, he has this huge company and manufactures stuff (I forgot what). So this is an inside joke. At least Favreau said that in the audio commentary.

  4. I thought there was a lot of potential for IM2 to be great, like on the same level as TDK (yes, I said that), but they dropped the ball on that film. IMO, it made the exact same mistakes as the first, but more so.

  5. There’s probably not much reason in asking this, but in the Wolverine movie, which I think was set in 1979, wasn’t Emma Frost shown as a teenager? How can she be at least a decade older, a decade beforehand in this?

    Or is this just a total reboot that throws the previous movies out?

    • It’s prequel, but it’s best not to think about the continuity issues. I don’t expect any of them to be explained in the movie.

      • Fair enough.

        • The wolverine origin movie was a flop that screwed up the characters. all cast and creators of the movie agreed that it was a failure and are now making the movie “The Wolverine” which will show wolverine in his full glory and life story from his beginning as a boy in the 1800s and through his adventures across the world learning every language, every fighting style, and more of his animalistic nature. Most of the story will be about his time in japan where he falls in love with his instructor’s daughter. what happens after that is history

    • I don´t remember where I read it, but I could have sworn the new director said that XO:W is no longer canon.

      • The only thing I’ve heard about that is Aronofsky saying The Wolverine ins’t a sequel, but a stand-alone movie. Not sure if that means XO:W is just going to be completely ignored in all X-men movie cannon or not.

        • I´m not sure if it was Aronofski, could have been some guy at Fox as well…

  6. Ive said in a few other posts but Ill add it here :) I see this movie (at this point with limited info) as Bryan Singers prequel to his 2 X-Men movies. Forget X-Men 3 and Wolverine Origins and this “prequel” makes a little more sense in respect to continuity. I still see this movie as a unique x-men story. Just like the comics do all the time.

  7. Well, at the very least,
    I like the mirror effect with their reflections in the background.
    Nicely done.

  8. Kevin Bacon doesn’t belong in this film. Where is the crazy sideburns? Defiantly looks like this one is going to drag the series down in the dirt even more (if that was even possible).

  9. this movie really is going to suck! when my friend saw the preview, he actually thought this was someone playing a joke on internet with pieces of other films! shows how little thought was given to this franchise like WOLVERINE ORIGINS…..

  10. Capitol: S-U-C-K.