X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class is an upcoming superhero film based on the comic book superhero team. It is the fifth film of the X-Men film series and a prequel to the first three movies. Matthew Vaughn is directing and Bryan Singer is producing, and the film is scheduled for release on June 3, 2011. It concerns the early years of
Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, and their dealings with The Hellfire Club.

James McAvoy...Professor Charles Xavier

Michael Fassbender ... Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Rose Byrne...Dr. Moira MacTaggert
January Jones...Emma Frost
Kevin Bacon...Sebastian Shaw
Jennifer Lawrence...Raven Darkhölme / Mystique
Nicholas Hoult ...Hank McCoy / Beast
Jason Flemyng... Azazel
Oliver Platt...Man in Black
Lucas Till...Alex Summers / Havok
Caleb Landry Jones...Sean Cassidy / Banshee
Edi Gathegi...Darwin
Álex González...Janos Quested / Riptide
Zoë Kravitz...Angel Salvadore
Ray Wise...Secretary of State


Friday, December 3, 2010

What is "A Touch of Brimstone"?

The Hellfire Club as featured in the X-Men comics was strongly influenced by a 1966 episode of the British TV series "The Avengers" - A Touch of Brimstone. In the episode John Steed and Emma Peel infiltrate the Hellfire Club who are attempting to take over the world. They dress in the same style of vintage costumes that the X-Men Hellfire Club do.

More details at the Avengers Forever.

This episode guest stars Peter Wyngarde (who is best known for playing Jason King), who inspired Hellfire Club member Mastermind aka Jason Wyngarde.


The Black Queen of the London branch of the Hellfire Club in the X-Men world is Emma Steed, another homage to this episode.


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