First Official Images from Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class – UPDATED

If my reading comprehension hasn’t gone completely down the toilet, I’m going to interpret the comments in our previous “X-Men: First Class” post (re: the character cast banner you see above this article) that most of you are not fans of what you’ve seen of “First Class” so far. Here are three more images, all official and whatnot, courtesy of the LATimes, to either add fuel to the fire, or tamper your disappointment.

Besides these spanking new, official images, the article also has more on the plot:

The plot of this film is still under wraps, but it presents a world where superpowered mutants are living in secret and don’t face the public scrutiny and prejudice that are central themes in the earlier films, which are primarily set in the modern day. The friendship of future foes Xavier and Lehnsherr is the heart of the film — Singer says the two have a common cause and different approaches and he even used the life trajectories of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X as a sort of shorthand for their veering paths. Despite rumors to the contrary, Vaughn said the movie will be the first X-Men film without the most famous face of the franchise, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, and key characters such as Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey give way to new screen arrivals such as Emma Frost (January Jones), Azazel (Jason Flemyng), Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and Havok (Lucas Till).

James McAvoy, who plays young Professor X, adds:

This isn’t a reboot, so I’m not replacing anyone, in which case you might want to try to be as different as possible and stay away from what had been done before. This is a prequel, so I’m the same character, just younger, but the challenge for me – and for Michael — is to show the same person in a different place in their life; to show someone before they’re this bad guy, before they’re this saint. Charles wasn’t always a … monk, this selfless, sexless monk that he becomes.

Oooh, just what we all wanted to see, Professor X getting tail. Wait, we’ve all been waiting for that, right? Anyhoo, the new images for your judgment. Judge away!

Get more images and videos in our “X-Men: First Class” preview page.

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Bonus pic: here’s the film’s teaser poster.

And two more images:



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  • Anonymous

    This will Fail.

  • Theagent0fgod

    This is the Magneto movie they planned on making years ago. I was convinced first class was another project that was going to show us the X-men before Wolverine came. He took so much room that some characters were left out (Gambit) or underused (Cyclops).

    • the hulk-man-bear-pig

      wolverine first appeared in a hulk comment…just throwin that out there

  • Juggernaut

    Besides the teaser poster, which looks really good, the other pics are garbage. I don’t know why but Xavier with hair is soooo distracting! Also, as I predicted, they totally disregarded Sebastian Shaw’s original look. Kevin Bacon looks like he did in What Lies Beneath. His look is 60′s mod, which is in line with the time period that the film is set in, but the Hellfire Club is supposed to be Victorian looking with a hint of S&M.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Yeah but they kind of had to change it. The Victorian look is great in comics and period pieces but seriously, a bunch of rich people dressed in Victorian getup in the 60′s would just look ridiculous. I’m sorry, though it’d be cool to get a nod, in the elite social club setting, like if they have a Victorian masuerade ball or something. As for Xavier with hair, it doesn’t bother me at all, he wasn’t always bald. Though he was bald around this time in the comics. I think MacAvoy with a bald cap would look bad and I don’t think he’d have shaved his head.

      I like the Teaser poster, and the pic of X and Eric playing chess. The first pic with them looking at what I’m guessing is the Mansion isn’t bad.

      @AgentofGod- Yeah I had pretty much figured as much when I heard the film would be more about Xavier and Eric as young men. I figured the Magneto movie wasn’t getting made, so they kinda mixed it in with this prequel.

      • Juggernaut

        I see what your saying with the Hellfire Club’s clothing. The masquerade ball nod would be perfect! They should have atleast kept Shaw’s signature ponytail though!!! I like Kevin Bacon but my pick for Sebastian Shaw has always been Jason Isaacs (circa The Patriot). He is a dead ringer!!! Lol. I suppose the pics above aren’t that bad. I still say showing a flashback to Xavier losing his hair at the age of 12-15 years old would have been better. McAvoy needs to man up and shave his dome! I’m a purest! I like my Professor bald, My My Shaw ponytailed, and my White Queen with her nipples nearly exposed! Call me old fashioned, but that is the way it ought to be!

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          I agree Isaacs would be perfect for the role, had they gone the Victorian route in modern era, but Bacon has the right look for the 60′s version, and that pony tail woulda looked horrid on him. I’m sure they tried it first. I think if anything they should have him lose his hair almost durring the formative years of Xavier and Eric’s friendship. I think losing his hair at such a young age (12-15) would be a bit much. And I wouldn’t call you a old fashioned, just a purest. You want your comics translated almost exactly as they appear on the pages, and that’ss understandable, it’s just not realistic since most looks don’t translate well from one medium to the next without looking silly. However I’m all for you version of Emma!! Lol.

          • Juggernaut

            Your right about they translation. I do tend to be over critical. I’m not 100% sure how he loses his hair in the comics. I’d imagine that it was a side effect of of his dormant mutant genes emergence. While not all of the characters underwent their change during puberty, most did. That is when I think he should have gone bald. Just my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Call me on it if I’m wrong but wasn’t Sebastian Shaw Asian?! He even had a son who played a role in the 90′s X-men comics who was called Shinobi Shaw. Who by the way looked extremely Asian (possibly Japanese from the name.) But January Jones is a trooper for wearing the revealing White Queen outfit.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Sebastian wasn’t asian but you are correct about his son Shinobi.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still curious on if they’re still putting Selena in the movie as the Black Queen? I know that Mastermind is out due to X2 retconn but the club was alot bigger. And the Hellfire club minions would look awesome.

    • Juggernaut

      Even if just the Inner Circle are included (Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, Harry Leland, Selene and Donald Pierce) that would be awsome. There have been different ittereations of the Inner Circle but I think that this line-up along with Jason Wyngarde (Mastermind) is the most well known. Even though X2 had a half ass Mastermind in Stryker’s son Jason, a fully realized Mastermind would be awsome. Hey, if they can use Emma again why not Jason Wyngarde! I also red that on the tv in the bar in X2 Shaw is on screen with a pre change Beast/McCoy. The continuity is all over the place in these movies.

    • Juggernaut

      Even if just the Inner Circle are included (Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, Harry Leland, Selene and Donald Pierce) that would be awsome. There have been different ittereations of the Inner Circle but I think that this line-up along with Jason Wyngarde (Mastermind) is the most well known. Even though X2 had a half ass Mastermind in Stryker’s son Jason, a fully realized Mastermind would be awsome. Hey, if they can use Emma again why not Jason Wyngarde! I also red that on the tv in the bar in X2 Shaw is on screen with a pre change Beast/McCoy. The continuity is all over the place in these movies.

    • Juggernaut

      If they do include Selene I always liked Rhona Mitra (Doomsday, Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans) for the role. Brendan Gleeson (Troy, 28 Days Later)would make a good Leland. I like Jason Lewis (Sex & The City, Charmed) for a younger Pierce or Jere Burns (Dear John, Breaking bad)for an older version. I like Gary Oldman for Wyngarde/Mastermind. If not him Val Kilmer.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Great casting! I like those alot. And about the McCoy Shaw thing, was that Shaw on the screen interviewing Hank? Or was Shaw’s name just on the list of names that Mystique was looking at?

        • Juggernaut

          Thanks. It said that he was on the TV with McCoy during the bar scene with Mystique and the guard. I suppose that the guy interviewing Hank was supposed to be Shaw.i Was rockin’ a wiki on the Hellfire Club and read that. I watched it twice to see but the scene is so short that I couldn’t really tell.

  • Anonymous

    I forgot all about that. Shaw and Pre-McCoy. And your right Emma being related to Silverfox was a lame setup. Maybe now they could mention the other three Frost children since the youngest Cordelia obtained a trial member ship in the HellFire Club. I’m still confused on why a Marvel Girl or Cyclops isn’t included. Also what about the fact that Havok’s original costume was all black with the metal rings on the head, due of course to the Summers ability of not being in control of their powers?

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      UGH! That Havok costume always made me mad. it just looked stupid with the things on his head. That said the suit was what helped him control his powers as it absorbed the ambient cosmic energy instead of his body, which would’ve exploded from too much nergy. The circles on the costume look horrid, but I’m hoping it’s just a place holder for the SFX, cause the circles weren’t on the costume, that was the power radiating from him.

      • Anonymous

        If you look at the group photo at the top of the page, you can clearly see that basically painted the circles on the yellow and blue costume that Havok never wore. That’s what started the suggestion for the original black costume. I didn’t like it much either but if i had to pick the lesser of two evils I’d pick the black costume ever time.

      • Juggernaut

        Funny you mention Havok’s suit. You hated it and I always liked it. It was really kinda goofy and impossible to translate to film. However I liked the all black, no detailed, silhouetted look of it. Later in the comics when he doesn’t have the head piece and mask I like a lot better. You’re absolutely right, the rings were always his powers not on the costume. I hope that they make that aspect of him look cool. The kid that they have playing him is okay but the dude in I Am Number Four would have been a better fit. My original pick for an older version was always either Paul Walker, Jensen Ackles. I also like both Ryan Kwanten and Alexander Sarsgaard for Havok too.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          Dude from “I am number Four” would be perfect for an adult Havok. I liked the suit he had after his return from the “Mutant X” world and all the ones after. I defitinitely liked the one he wore when he lead the Star Jammers.

  • spideycata

    Firstly, I’d like to express my deepest regret that Fox chose James McAvoy to play the young Charles Xavier. I mean he’s way too young. This should have included a brief introduction with McAvoy, let’s say, letting us see how he graduated from school and decided to create a school for mutants and then jumping 10-15 into the future to a young Patrick Stewart with a CGI face to make him younger like in Tron Legacy or X-men The last Stand or Wolverine. Probably they thought that having a Patrick Stewart with a CGI face for two thirds of a movie would have been too expensive. And what about the White Queen appearing in the movie if the story is set in the ’60s, as this would make her around 65 years old in the present while in the comics she does not look older than let’s say 35. I know it goes well with having Sebastian Shaw and the Hellfire Club in the movie but I think they should have chosen another storyline. And then Havok, Alex Summers, Scott’s younger brother, in this movie he’s a teenger but doesn’t look more than 10 years younger than James McAvoy, which would make the present day Havok way too old, he should be like 50 or in his late 40s, which is annoying. I think that the story should have been set in the late 70s with an older Charles Xavier, like in Wolverine, with an older actor portraying him of course. As Wolverine was set after the Vietnam war, maybe in the late 70s or early 80s. I think it can be nice entertaining movie but Fox should give us a first trailer as there are less than 5 months left just as Marvel and Paramount shoud release a first trailer for their Captain America The First Avenger which is set to be releases on 17th July as far as I know which is 6 months from now.

    • Anonymous

      Personally I think Fox is just blowing wind out their butts. Placing the movie in the sixties and throwing in characters that predate their initial appearance seems more of a ploy to whip out a piss poor series just so they can hold on to the X-men movie franchise before Disney takes it back.

  • Anonymous

    Also again really no Cyclops or Jean Grey?

  • Tokyolegend1

    I still have hope for this. I feel too many people are over critical at this point, which i understand, to an extent. I think Vaughn will deliver something special that when all is said and done we as fans of Marvel and the X-men will appreciate. It can’t get any worse than X-men 3 or Wolverine: Origins soo,lol!