Twentieth Century Fox has unleashed a wave of new clips from X-Men: First Class that puts the spotlight on the villainous Hellfire Club — Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, Azazel and Riptide — and Magneto, as he oh-so-dramatically drifts further away from Charles Xavier’s utopian dream. Banshee gets a little more screen time, too.
Particularly impressive is the clip in which Shaw (Kevin Bacon), Azazel (Jason Flemyng) and Riptide (Alex Gonzalez) make short work of heavily armed CIA agents as they break into a government facility to have a chat with Xavier’s young mutants. Somewhat less impressive is the Emma Fost sequence, primarily because of January Jones’ delivery. The Mad Men actress certainly looks the part, but I’m not so sure she possesses the gravitas.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn, X-Men: First Class stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme, January Jones as Emma Frost, Lucas Till as Alex Summers, Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy, 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.