X-Men: First Class is the fifth installment of the X-Men film series, a prequel to the other films in the franchise that was released on June 3, 2011 in the United States.
It is an origin film focusing on the friendship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr before they became Professor X and Magneto respectively and the creation of their mutant groups, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants. The film is set primarily in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis against the Hellfire Club.
Here are the characters from the movie X-Men: First Class as pulled off from the pages of Marvel Comics and given to life in the silver screen.
Professor Charles Xavier / Professor X (James McAvoy) – Founder of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, which provides a safe haven for mutants and teaches them to master their abilities. He possesses vast telepathic powers, and is among the most powerful Earth-born telepaths in the Marvel Universe.
Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto (Michael Fassbender) - The leader and founder of the Brotherhood of Mutants. He is a powerful mutant with the ability to generate and control magnetism
Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) – A scientist and the leader of the Hellfire Club, a secret society bent on taking over the world. Shaw is a mutant who can absorb kinetic energy used against him and use it as super strength and speed.
Raven / Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) – A shape-shifting mutant whose natural appearance includes blue skin and yellow eyes. Rebecca Romijn who played the character in the previous X-Men movies makes a cameo appearance as an older Mystique.
Emma Frost / White Queen (January Jones) – A telepath who can also change her body into diamond form; also a member of the Hellfire Club.
Dr. Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) – A CIA agent and love interest of Charles Xavier.
Dr. Henry “Hank” McCoy / Beast (Nicholas Hoult) – A former scientist and political activist who transformed into a frightening looking mutant in an attempt to cure himself, but is kind at heart. He possesses ape-like superhuman physical strength and agility and oversized hands and feet.
The Man in Black (Oliver Platt) – A CIA agent and head of Division X, a government agency working with the X-Men.
The United States Secretary of State (Ray Wise)
Angel Salvadore (Zoë Kravitz) - A mutant with housefly wings and acidic saliva.
Sean Cassidy / Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones) - A mutant with the ability of supersonic screaming and flight.
Alex Summers / Havok (Lucas Till) - A mutant who has the ability to absorb energy and discharge it as blasts.
Armando Muñoz / Darwin (Edi Gathegi) – A mutant with the power of “reactive evolution.”
Azazel (Jason Flemyng) – A Hellfire Club member who has the ability to teleport across interdimensional distances, generate bolts and streams of paralyzing energy, as well as destructive energy which causes a form of disintegration, and can disguise his appearance.
Janos Quested / Riptide (Álex González) – A mutant with the ability to create powerful whirlwinds from his hands.
William Stryker Sr. (Don Creech) - Father of Colonel Stryker – the villainous leader of the Weapon X project.
In an uncredited cameo appearance, Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Logan / Wolverine