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A Pic Of The Hellfire Club From X-MEN: FIRST CLASS!!

Merrick here...

The latest issue of Empire - the one with the new Prime on the cover (see it HERE) - also has a photo from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, which is now online over at Empire's site.  

Empire describes the image thusly...

Featuring Kevin Bacon - as Shaw, the leader of decadent mutant bastards, The Hellfire Club - and January Jones as his right-hand woman (stop sniggering), the telepath Emma Frost in their snazzy secret lair, it's yet another indicator that Matthew Vaughn's 60s-set prequel will have a visual flair that sets it apart from the previous X-movies.

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  • March 2, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Are they in the Crystal Cathedral?

    by vic twenty

    Robert Schuller is Sebastian Shaw.

  • March 2, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST


    by Fuck The Napkin

    ...Class looks like it might be good.

  • March 2, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by REDD

  • Along with the wizard in Conan the Destroyer - the green masked wrestler that got sliced everytime someone broke a mirror? Oh, never mind.

  • March 2, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Empire's discription is LOL funny

    by ODM

    God-bless 'em!

  • March 2, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Die Another Day...

    by vicmackey1268

    did they borrow the ice hotel from that for this scene?

  • March 2, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    No leather S&M bondagewear?

    by Billyeveryteen

    Me no watchie.

  • March 2, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Shaw needs sideburns

    by werewolfbynight

    its not too late too add them digitally

  • March 2, 2011, noon CST

    They look like they're from 1966-68, not 1962

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    Didn't the trailer imply that this takes place around the Cuban Missile Crisis? Of course, perhaps in X-Men World the Hellfire Club could be SO HIP that they INVENTED mod fashion during the Kennedy administration.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Looks like a Roller Disco

    by hipnosismag

    No mansion...the Hellfire Club are now a gang of roller-skating billionaires who dance around good guys with their groovy skating, this is nothing like the comicbook Hellfire Club. What a shame, the Hellfire Club from the Clairmont run was pretty awesome....and formidable. I really wished they had gone their in X-Men 3 instead of re-treading once again with Magneto. This looks like a waste. Somebody please get someone in here to film the real X-Men...anybody? anybody? Please help out us X-Men fans......

  • March 2, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Mr Freeze's base of operations

    by _Venkman

  • March 2, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Look closely at the bottom right of the photo...

    by Aragorn742

    You can see the cameraman getting the shot of Bacon and Jones. Hard to spot, but it's there.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Thier Head Quarters is the Electric Psychadelic Pussycat Club?

    by jarjarmessiah

    In Swinging London?

  • March 2, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    My eyes!!

    by Mr Lucas

    I now have cataracts from all the UV in that shot.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Looks wank.

    by BiggusDickus

    As I recall from John Byrne's sumptuous artwork way back when; the Hellfire Club's headquarters was a lavish Georginan mansion with all their techno-wizardry firmly out of sight. This thing is looking sillier by the minute...

  • March 2, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Sniggering, that's just racist.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • March 2, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    The robot from Logan's Run must be nearby...

    by tonagan

  • March 2, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    I like Shaw's mod look

    by rev_skarekroe

    The most impressive thing I've seen from this film so far.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Oh behave!

    by Royston Lodge

    Definitely getting an Austin Powers vibe from this.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    January Jones is one of the worst actresses I have ever seen

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    She's boring and unmemorable on Mad Men, she did one of the all-time WORST hosting gigs on SNL, and in the new Liam Neeson movies she confirms she has no business being in show business. ...and no, she's not even that hot either.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Austin Powers + X-Men = win

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I don't know shit about the comix, so crucify me. This is looking/sounding about 1000% better than X3, and I'm really psyched.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    not the hellfire club

    by lennonisgod

    this is the inside of the hellfire submarine. specifically, this room keeps charles out of sebastian's thoughts.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    'snigger' is what mentally retarded people say

    by smackfu

    in place of 'snicker'.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Jones was truly awful in UNKOWN

    by Adelai Niska

    They could have honestly cast a cardboard cutout and a voice actress and got a better performance.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    january jones is miscast

    by happyboy

    fukin hollywood. she is the girl next door, and a slightly retarded one at that. her personality is more of a Mary Jane Watson, in a stretch she might even be an early Invisible Girl but she being Emma Frost is retarded

  • March 2, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Shaw to Emma Frost: LET'S DANCE!!!!!!

    by Thanos0145

    Fuck this movie.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Hmm, makes me feel blue

    by Ciderman

    That photo seems to have caught the cinematographer on a blue day, Lucky I Have Ireland beating England in the Cricket World Cup to cheer me up!!! Sweeet!

  • March 2, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    I'm not normally one the whine about old images


    But I already saw this in a MAGAZINE. Come on, the internet's supposed to be where you go to get the up-to-the-minute info on stuff.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    doesnt look like 1962 fashions.

    by vulturess

    1972 maybe.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    *sigh* Have I mentioned how burnt out super hero movies I am?

    by spire_walk

    Mention it hell, it's on my coat-of-arms.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    January Jones's hotness suffers from her lack of personality

    by gooseud

    My mind just struggles to grasp a concept of how she could possibly be good in bed, with exhibit A being how she has had 5 million celeb boyfriends, none of whom have proposed or even kept her around for more then 6 months.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    must've been tough hiding that camera.

    by stu_pickles

  • March 2, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    January Jones...beautiful..but does not ooze sex.

    by knowthyself

    Yeah she looks like a total mannequin in bed.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    "They look like they're from 1966-68, not 1962" hahahaahahahahahahahahhaha


    seriously! your that guy.or girl. probably guynerd. who the fuck cares.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Completely wrong fashion

    by Marat

    I thought I was looking at a still for a No One Lives Forever movie. It's mod clothing they're wearing, most definitely not the early 60s. Mad Men is more of the style from 1962. People were starting to swing a bit and the music already changing etc don't get me wrong, but the fashion wasn't at the mod point yet. Definitely looks mid 60s to early 70s. It would have been good if they were trying to make an Avengers movie or something, it honestly reminds me of that classic tv... Fucking fail. Don't any of these idiots know anything about costume history?

  • March 2, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Put Don Draper in there

    by Green

    A MAD MEN/X-MEN crossover. You know you want it.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    I'm sure this will be great, but Kevin Bacon as Shaw is really bizarre casting. I guess we'll see. Oh, and where are the chops?

  • March 2, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I'm half expecting Dazzler to jump out and skate around.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Play that funky music, whiteboy!

  • March 2, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    "I had to google "sniggering""

    by buggerbugger

    English mustn't be your first language. What are you, American?

  • Even if they didn't consciously intend for them to do so. It's not necessarily a "fail". Everything I've seen from this film so far is a vast improvement over the design schizophrenia of X3 and the TOTAL VISUAL BORINGNESS of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    The new Wonder Woman would have made a much better Emma Frost

    by MooseMalloy

    Jones exudes boringness.

  • March 2, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    mr ahole ramirez, I hear the word 'snigger' all the time


    Only usually it's without the S

  • March 2, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    This has potential...

    by Sithtastic

    ever since the first X-Men film (which I still enjoy) we've made far too big a deal of stills like this one. As someone said, I believe this is the Hellfire submarine, which is supposed to be shielded against Xavier's probes (as we recall from the preview, you do in fact see Magneto pulling a chromed sub from the depths--Hellfire club trying to frame the Russians maybe?). Regardless of the look of the setting, there's nowhere to go but up for these films, where I am concerned. I hope they do a good job with the Hellfire Club, though I am more concerned as to how the characters will work out.

  • March 2, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    This movie will forever be compared to Austin Powers

    by alienindisguise

  • March 2, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Camera-person is also on the right...

    by blackwood

    ...upside down, I think. Which of course means WORST FILM EVAR FUCK YOU VAUGHN.

  • March 2, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Somebody beat me to a Dazzler reference

    by theycallmemrtibbs


  • March 2, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Breaking news on AICN:

    by DrAwkward

    Studio Pic of mutant super villains' costumes causes gay talkbacker tizzy! --Interwebz, USA. Angry trolls came out of their holes today to voice concern over the wardrobes of characters in this summer's X-Men: First Class, posted initially by Empire Magazine and regurgitated by Aint It Cool News. "Fucking fail. Don't any of these idiots know anything about costume history?" asked Marat, presumably a half man/ half rat with a penchant for fashion history. The rodent/human hybrid pointed out that they should dress more like the cast of "Mad Men," since the story takes place circa the Cuban Missile Crisis. Mod fashion, he argues, came onto the scene a few years later. Marat did not mention other "fucking fails," like how people don't evolve enough to master magnetism or teleport until the year 2525 (if man is still alive). Other posters at the formerly relevant website also criticized "Mad Men" actress January Jones, who plays Emma Frost. While she plays a frigid bitch in the '60s on an Emmy-winning show, they speculate that she lacks the acting chops to portray a mutant frigid bitch in the '60s on a sure-to-be-Razzie nominee. One question remains unanswered by these critics: Why blast her chops when you should be tappin' 'dat ass?

  • March 2, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    That light in the middle...

    by robert0

    ...looks like an ST:TNG era warp core.

  • March 2, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Historically inaccurate!!!

    by Happyfat73

    This film is supposed to be set in October 1962, but everyone knows that the cut of trouser worn by Kevin Bacon in this shot did not first appear until December of that year!</p> </p> Fail, Mr Vaughn. FAIL!!!

  • March 2, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Hellfire Club in the MU always looked like

    by Dennis_Moore

    liked the aesthetic of Hammer Horror, not mod or Jerry Cornelius.

  • March 2, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Hellfire Club? And Emma is covered up in the shot?

    by Grinning White Skull

    Shouldn't Emma Frost be dressed half-naked and in white leather and boots for a shot like this?!!! What a let-down!

  • March 2, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Is this from the comics? I read from around 82 to 86.

    by CreasyBear

    I don't remember the Hellfire Club having a weird mirror room. Everything I remember from the comics was Old World opulence, big fireplaces, heavy wood furniture, canopy beds and the like. And where's Selene? Monica Bellucci could do it.

  • March 2, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    I insist..........

    by pauduro

    Does this dum ass Matthew Vaughn have ANYYYYYY idea what the X-men are???? any back ground???? ANYYYYYY?? of curs this had to be in paper befor so thers no suprise Bryan Singer started this mess. BARFFFFF

  • March 2, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Clearly, this is the Hellfire Club's kinky sex room.

    by Royston Lodge

    The sex party from Eyes Wide Shut? That was totally Hellfire Club members in a rented mansion while the mirror room was being renovated.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    royston, sex parties

    by gooseud

    royston, ive actually been to sex parties, and they look nothing like eyes wide shut, they just look like a regular g rated party, except some people randomly decide to just go upstairs And have sex. having said that, this room would be crucial for such a gathering.

  • March 2, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Fortress of Solitude?

    by jazzylg

    Looks like it.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Doesn't Work

    by MakNeil

    The Hellfire Club (from the John Byrne run of X-Men, at any rate, which I consider the definitive version) was almost like a super-powered S&M club. That picture looks too shiny, like they modeled it after images of Krypton from Richard Donner's Superman. And most importantly, there's no debauchery (as far as I can tell, at any rate). Then there's the casting of Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw: Wrong, wrong, wrong (as Dr. Cox from Scrubs would say). Bob Hoskins, off the top of my head, would better resemble Sebastian Shaw, besides being as strong–if not stronger–an actor as Kevin Bacon.

  • March 2, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST

    You mean the X men saved us from the Cuban Missle Crisis?

    by darthSaul666

    Sorry Bertrand Russel... I guess your services weren't need after all... Hey Didn't the HellFire Club brainwash Jean Grey when she was the Phoenix causing her to have problems with being evil? While we're at it were is the rest of the First Class... I guess Cyclops, Angel, and Ice Man aren't need either..... I'm seriously not digging the X men cinematic universe... They're putting the comic book stories into the blender too often and they seem to be getting worse over time!!!!

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  • March 3, 2011, 6:23 a.m. CST

    "Im sorry if I have to google words that NO ONE ever uses... "

    by buggerbugger

    Everyone in Britain uses it. Britain, home of the English language. Where "snigger" is a word and "snicker" would be mistaken for a chocolate bar.

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  • March 3, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Sorry, but I think that looks fucking cool.

    by jasper Stillwell

    This film has loads of possibilities. Let's hope Matthew Vaughan doesn't drop the ball.

  • March 3, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Did I write that I think Eyes Wide Shut was realistic?

    by Royston Lodge

    No I did not. Yeesh...

  • March 3, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    I'm Starting To Want To See This Now

    by NeonFrisbee

    Love the blue, love the mirrors, love the angle, love the retro 60s, LOVE Betty Draper. I'm just about sold on this.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Robert Fripp & Brian Eno want their room back.

    by kevred

    Despite the embiggening prospects related to January Jones, I suspect I won't enjoy this as much as a Fripp & Eno record.