Today we have a brand new "X-Men: First Class" trailer that shows a few never-before-seen seconds of Sebastian Shaw, played by Kevin Bacon. While we have seen footage of Shaw before, this stuck out a bit.
Shaw is the leader of the Hellfire Club and a supervillain in the X-Men universe. He's a genius and a mutant with powers to absorb kinetic energy, allowing him to take a severe beating, just to turn it into strength against his opponents.
In the trailer (1:02 mark), however, we see Shaw explode, and while he usually would just absorb the blast, there seems to be more to it. If you watch carefully, you can actually see Shaw with four arms. Did director Matthew Vaughn make him into a mutant creature or is that just meant to be an illusion brought on by the explosion?
Take a look at the trailer and the screenshots below.
I've gotta say, out of all the Comic films coming out this summer, I am most looking forward to this. It will undoubtedly be the only blockbuster we make a push for at our theater this summer. Only have 6 months left and I wanted to get something big, this looks like the one for me.
I love the casting, big fan of McAvoy, say what you will, but he was rightfully solid in Last King of Scotland.
Out of the giant mix bag of comic sh*t this summer, this just looks the f*ckin coolest, and Kevin Bacon is the f*ckin man..
Speaking of Bacon, just watched The Woodsman last week. Great movie, Bacon played an amazing character, absolutely nailed it. The subject matter is fairly depressing but otherwise a fantastic tour de force from the guy he deserved an oscar.
As far as that clip with him blowing up, could be anything could be the way he absorbs energy, but hes on a boat looking quite leisurely also he has something in his hand. It's hard to say wtf is going on here.
Either way im stoked, this looks like a pile of fun.. I've always loved The Xmen and regardless of what the fanboys tell you, there hasn't been a single decent adaptation to date. Xmen 2 was the closest anyones come to hitting the mark, but it was still missed by a mile. I wonder if Wolverine will be showing up anywhere?
I'm sure the 4-arms are just some sort of digital slow-mo effect where he absorbs the blast. I don't mind that they're changing his powers. In the comics there's no visual aspect to it, he just gets stronger and more invincible. But this being a film, they needed to visualize the absorption. From the other trailers, it looks like he can direct the kinetic energy explosively as well as just store it.
Otherwise they'd have Kevin Bacon absorb a blast and then yell "Now I am stronger!!"
(which is how it usually happens in the books)
Looks like a scene where Bacon's swagger and calm is being demonstrated. The multiple hands will be when the bomb explodes all the hands surround the ball of fire and press it inward where all the energy goes into Bacon. He will then kill whomever he is talking to, with a suspensful drawn out note and slight vibration from the bass. Now, his character is a force to be reconed with. Can Professor X and his team of inexperienced mutants stop this force?
minkowskiwrites: on April 26th, 2011 at 7:01:44 PM