With Fox and Marvel sharing rights with the X-Men franchise, we are going to see the Hellfire Club Series. Now we know that it's going to be set in the 1960's with the focus (presumably) on Emma Frost. It's interesting to see how Fox are going to execute the series. Well here are eight topics that we should expect from the series.
1. The Civil Rights Movement.
When X-Men First Class came out it received positive reviews from critics and fans. Just like this new series, First Class was set in 1962 but there was no mention of the Civil Rights Movement. Initially, First Class was meant to focus on the Civil Rights Movement but Fox opted to focus on the Cuban Missile Crisis instead. The director of First Class Mathew Vaughn recognised this and was writing a script for the sequel to First Class with the Civil Rights Movement in mind.
“I don’t know if every movie has to be a history lesson. But there’s a lot of history to cover. If we sequelized this, it could inhabit a whole world of the 20th century… When [‘First Class’] happened, Kennedy had not been assassinated and the Vietnam War hadn’t happened yet.
What’s really interesting about the ‘60s setting is the civil rights movement… You don’t need to hit people over the head with [a history lesson] in every movie or every scene… But having them at the core of the conflict is what I think makes it all work.”
Martin Luther King.
It makes perfect sense for the Civil Rights Movement to be mentioned in the Hellfire series. It was a major event in the 60's and although a tarnished piece of American history it still was a unforgettable era. However, there was millions of brave people who fought against segregation and their story should be told and never conveniently forgotten like Fox tried to.
2. The Origins of the Hellfire Club.
Cornelius Shaw - Sebastian Shaw's grandfather and founding member of the Hellfire Club.
Although this series of Hellfire is set in the 60's and presumably in New York, the history of the Hellfire Club goes further back. The most prominent members of the Hellfire Club are Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost and Jean Grey. Usually the members of the Hellfire Club have their siblings take over from them when they pass. Cornelius Shaw let his son Lawrence Shaw take over and eventually Sebastian.
Lady Grey - Jean Greys grandmother.
It will be interesting to see how the origin story pan out. In common series we usually see how the initial cast develop then there is a backstory. Seeing as that Cornelius Shaw and Lady Grey started the Hellfire Club do not be surprised if they appear in flashbacks.
3. We will see the young Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsher!
As the Hellfire Club are the antagonists there has to be protagonists. In First Class we saw a young Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsher going up against the Hellfire Club. Although I can not see this exact synopsis in the series I would be surprised if we did not see Xavier and Leshnsher in this.
4. The Kennedy's.
During the 60's both John and Robert Kennedy were a prominent part of history. They were both President of the United States. John would be involved in the infamous war although Kennedy was ill advised in preparation for the war. He was also a supporter for the Civil Rights Movement, however, he was not actively marching during the time he went publicly after the Rights was passed saying that it was the right thing to do.
John's brother Robert was also the President of the United States. Much like his brother Robert was a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. He also a major player in the Berlin Crisis and a combatant in fighting the Mafia. Both were assassinated in 63 and 68 respectively. Their deaths were a shock all over the world. Just like the Civil Rights Movement, the Kennedy's were a huge part of 60's America and definitely deserve a mention or a story like Bryan Singer did in Days of Future Past.
5. The Sentinels Program.
In the movie Days of Future Past it was Trask who created the Sentinel program. It is also the same in the cartoon X-Men. However, it is actually Sebastian Shaw who secretly funded the program. Although the Sentinels were created for mutant control, Shaws motive was to create the Sentinels for the Hellfire Club alone. He manipulated the players like Trask and Senator Robert Kelly into believing that he supported them. However, this was a ruse and Shaws motives were kept secret. The Sentinels Program started in the 60's......another direction the writers can use.
6. The Hellions
Hellions was apprentices of the Hellfire Club and students of its White Queen Emma Frost. While attending classes at Frost's Massachusetts Academy, these young mutants secretly trained in the use of their powers in an underground complex beneath the school. They are longtime rivals of the Professor Charles Xavier's students, the New Mutants, and once held their own against the X-Men.
7. Introducing New Characters.
Seeing as we are getting two new titles (Legion the other) there will be new characters that we have not heard of or have not been introduced from comic to screen. As large as the X-Men roster is, it will be exciting to see what new characters we will see.
8. Chance of a Spinoff is High!
The Hellfire Club has bases all over the world. So if this series is successful then making another Hellfire Club Series in London, Paris, Hong Kong would be great to see. Although I am getting slightly premature in this, I just think that the Hellfire Club story is fantastic and has so much depth and scope.