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Latest X-Men: First Class Trailer Shows Sebastian Shaw In Action

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.


  • Wildstorm

    Is that the Leningrad that is seen in the trailer that Magneto sunk in UXM 149-150 storyline and then raised in X-Men 1-3?

  • Lex

    I’ve read tons of X-Men comics over the years. Off and on. I have no idea what this is supposed to be other than a reimagining based on a similiar limited series. I don’t think it did top 10 numbers even. Looks really goofy.

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  • Carmona

    Who cares about Shaw? Is that Banshee I see?

  • rasx

    Did you see Azazel in action? I just can’t wait on this movie.

  • Anonymous

    You know this film looks pretty good actually. Since I’m not an X-men reader the continuity stuff dosen’t bother me and so I’d be happy to go see this.

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  • Jacob

    Completely unrelated to the comic, actually. Just using the name.

  • Ian33407

    is it me or the score got an unwelcome taste of REQUIEM FOR A DREAM’ score ?
    just saying that because I believe hearing it just…everywhere there’s supposed to be the slightest drama effect..

  • Stygian

    The film is based on the purest X-Men essence, it’s the 60’s X-men comics, folks. Pre-wolverine era. So this is the ‘most X-menish’ film of them all.

  • Travis

    WTF? Why does Fox have to severely screw characters up? Was it not enough for Shaw to be strong? Now they had to turn him into an exploding frog!

    Regardless I am excited about this movie because Magneto looks exactly like what he is. A Bad A$$!

  • Jacob

    Even though it’s only got one of the actual original X-Men?

  • Anonymous

    Sooooo in the movie, Shaw is kinda like Gambit or Bishop (as opposed to being more like Strong Guy in the comics)? I don’t get it. Seems like a dumb interpretation of his powers. Shoulda just gone with the strength thing.

  • Erikgalston

    except if u watch the split second shot of shaw using his powers, it looks nothing like he’s channeling it into an energy blast, he actually seems to get stronger or bigger or something.

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    No, just your comment is.

  • Neighborhoodg

    What in the balls did Shaw do with his power