Axel-In-Charge: Extending "Secret Wars," Excitement for a "Totally Awesome Hulk"
Fox’s new international trailer for X-Men: First Class differs from the one I posted last Wednesday in one (and only one) notable way: This edit offers our first peek at Kevin Bacon’s Sebastian Shaw doing more than simply looking suave. For a split second, we actually see him using his mutant power, which the studio describes as the ability to “absorb energy and re-channel it” (perhaps a bit different from Marvel comics, where he’s “able to absorb kinetic energy and rechannel it into superhuman strength, speed and durability”).
Directed by Matthew Vaughn, X-Men: First Class stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr, January Jones as Emma Frost, Nicholas Hoult as Henry McCoy/Beast, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme/Mystique, Lucas Till as Alex Summers/Havok, Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy/Banshee, Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, Edi Gathegi as Darwin, Oliver Platt as the Man in Black, Jason Flemyng as Azazel, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggart and Zoe Kravitz as Angel Salvadore. It opens on June 3.
X-Men: First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.