X-Men: First Class Character Profile: Emma Frost

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Posted by inferiorego (21108 posts) - - Show Bio

Emma Frost is one of the many characters in comic book history who started off as a villain, but worked her way onto the side of good. Of course she's not only a mutant, but she's also super-intelligent, and a huge home-wrecker. Not only is she an incredibly strong telepath, but she can also turn herself into organic diamonds. She's probably one of my favorite female villains, and although I've been one of the many people up-in-arms about this film, I'm actually fine with her being in it.

Emma "The White Queen" Frost first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #129 as a member of the mutant-aristocrats club, The Hellfire Club. She was created by X-Men legend Chris Claremont and comic book legend John Byrne. She was asked, at one point, to join Xavier's second X-Men team, but after she refused, Xavier erased the encounter from her mind. Although Emma is a strong member of the X-Men now, she was once a formidable foe and teacher.

== TEASER ==

Back in her Hellfire Club days, Emma Frost, a powerful telepath, led her own team of Mutants called the Hellions, her answer to Xavier's New Mutants. In a sense, she is the evil counterpart of Charles Xavier. Eventually, she saw the error of her ways and joined the X-Men. She led a few teams during her time on the side of good: Generation-X and the X-Men. During her time leading the X-Men, Emma developed a second mutation, like so many of her X-Men counter-parts did. She was able to turn her entire body into organic diamonds, making her a little more useful on the battlefield. Sadly, her diamond form was shattered pretty quickly, and she was out of commission for a few months. Don't worry, she was put back together like humpty dumpty and was right back in the action.

Emma became a major part of the team, especially after bagging Cyclops. Although she is a team player, she still has many secrets, like how she had Sebastian Shaw as her own secret prisoner. She's a character everyone seems to trust, although she may not be trustworthy. How much of this character do we get to see in the film though? Does she fit into the continuity?

Do the Emma Frosts of X-Men First Class and X-Men: Wolverine Origins fit in the same time-line? First thing you'll notice is that they don't look the same age at all. January Jones, who plays Emma in First Class is 8 years older than Tahyna Tozzi, who played Emma in Wolverine Origins.

The end of Wolverine Origins, when we see Emma, Cyclops, and Professor X, takes place in 1979, during the Three Mile Island incident. X-Men First Class takes place in 1963. It's 16 years between each film, but Emma seems to have gotten younger in the film. Even if you fudge the numbers a bit, it still doesn't work. I think it's safe to say that Wolverine Origins isn't a part of the X-Men continuity, and that's fine.

What will be Emma's role in this film? Well, compared to what we've seen in the trailers, it may look like we get to see a character a bit more like her role in the comic book. In a few of the screenshots we've seen creeping around the web, she is spending quite a bit of time with Kevin Bacon, who plays Sebastian Shaw in the film.

They're both dressed very nice and in what seems to be a very nice room, with wacky 60s designs everywhere, and Emma is dressed very conservatively, well, conservative for her. We know she'll be able to turn into her diamond form from the picture above, but will she be on the side of good or bad? I'm really hoping that she is a villain in this film. She is teamed up with Shaw, and that means there's a good chance we'll see the Hellfire Club in the film.

Then, there's this picture. You may want to blow it up and take a look at it first. Towards the beginning of the official trailer, we see two men looking into a room, through some glass, to see Emma in the center, sitting by herself. First thing that came to my mind was that she is one dangerous prisoner.

Later on, I noticed something that I never really caught my eye, until I started writing about Emma. Magneto, in full wardrobe, is in that same room looking at someone. Now, I can't say for sure it's Emma Frost, but it would make sense. Most of us X-Fans have a really good feeling that Xavier and Erik will go their separate ways by the end of the film, and Erik is going to want to recruit some new blood, or use another to his advantage. I have a good feeling that the Hellfire Club is the main antagonist in the film, and at one point, they will be captured, so maybe, by the end of First Class, we'll see Magneto busting them out, or at least Emma.

Hopefully, this sheds a little light on what could happen within the film with Emma's character. She was one of the few characters in the film that made sense to me, along with Sebastian Shaw. She is a lot like Professor X, so much so that she would make a great villain for the film. Maybe I'm giving this role too much credit. Maybe she'll barely be in the film at all. We all won't truly know what happens until; June 3rd anyway. What do you guys think? Is Emma right for this film? What role will she play in the over-all picture?

Mat Elfring is a teacher, comedian, and comic store employee. You can see his ramblings on ComicVine, Twitter, PrattleRattle, or on Tumblr.

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#1 Posted by G-Man (30240 posts) - - Show Bio

If you want/need more background on her comic book history:

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#2 Posted by Chane (539 posts) - - Show Bio

For me this film is about how well they do Emma Frost, get it wrong and nothing will redeem it in my eyes.

#3 Edited by SC (12505 posts) - - Show Bio

A large part of how much I enjoy or despise this movie will come down to how well Emma is portrayed! Requirements? Intelligent, articulate, snarky, sardonic and badass. If Emma is these things then I shall be very pleased! I like what I have seen of Ms Jones, and her attitude with Emma, and her look! I won't mind if she is hero or villain, but she should straddle the line and seem as if she could cross. 

Nice write up! 
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#4 Posted by The Umbra Sorcerer (8123 posts) - - Show Bio

Her Diamond form in this looks terrible. Shame :/

#5 Posted by Rhi (58 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm praying Emma is a through and through villian for First Class! I love evil Emma, she's awesome! She's still awesome as a X-Man but I just prefer her when she's fighting against the X-Men! God I hope she's not a double agent for Xavier in the Hellfire Club, for me that would just suck.
#6 Posted by ironshadow (1470 posts) - - Show Bio

It sucks that they screwed they're own continuity but I think of the Emma and Kayla from X0:Wolverine as the stepford cuckoos.

#7 Posted by Kweschun_Mark (29 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not counting anything from Wolverine: Origins involved in the continuity of the other X-films. Keeping that in mind, we have yet to see this movie and can't really be sure it will fit in with the other movies. Matthew has said he took to this film with none of the other movies in mind. Although they are counting it as a 'prequel' I'm hoping it's a reboot. I will hold off judgement on Jone's potrayal of Emma until I see the movie, though from a clip I saw of her (cutting a hole in the glass) she didn't fit 100% for me. Again, it was only one line. From other adaptations of the comics, I think Emma's voice in my mind always sounds older...so Jone's softer voice felt off...I'll just contribute it to the fact that this Emma is a tad younger than we are used to in the comics.

#8 Posted by Bestostero (5616 posts) - - Show Bio

yeahhh... noo...

#9 Posted by SC (12505 posts) - - Show Bio

Does anyone know if she is speaking with an English accent or not? 

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#10 Posted by thecheckeredman (398 posts) - - Show Bio

 Granted, I'm not a big fan of Emma anyway and I'm sure January Jones is a fine actress (I don't watch Madmen) but IMHO Ms. Jones always seems so stiff and awkward...I just don't see her as Frost. 

#11 Posted by Jake Fury (18061 posts) - - Show Bio

Wasn't she the Band Geek's sister in american Pie 3?
#12 Posted by KJPPPimp (77 posts) - - Show Bio
@SC: No accent. Check out the second clip down to here her speak at 
http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/167385-four-new-clips-from-x-men-first-class
#13 Posted by SC (12505 posts) - - Show Bio
@KJPPPimp:  Ah thank you my masked friend! 

Awwh, I was sort of hoping for the accent. Thats how she sounds in my head. 
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#14 Posted by KJPPPimp (77 posts) - - Show Bio
@SC: Yeah, me too. I think it's been stated in the comics that she speaks with a fake British accent even though she's from Massachusetts.
#15 Posted by SC (12505 posts) - - Show Bio
@KJPPPimp:  Yea. One time she engaged in a telepathic battle with a British telepath, whilst she was at Uni (her mini series covered her childhood and school days) and it was in that battle she picked it up! Might be too contrived to touch on that in the movie, but its still what I think when i imagine her speak. lol 
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#16 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't know, just seems someone else more worthy than January Jones could have been Emma in my opinion. I'm still gonna see this regardless though.

#17 Posted by jubilee042 (1353 posts) - - Show Bio

in the trailer i think her clothes turn diamond does that really happen i couldn't tell can some one tell me and i love her being in the film although i don't love her costume adn someone answer my question please

#18 Posted by Wingfoot (98 posts) - - Show Bio

 

Hi !

 

As in the Ultimate X-men line, Emma Frost here is more or less a contemporary of Charles Xavier (but not ex-lovers).

The 60's style fits her well, to me.

Contrariwise, the diamond form is failed, as in the (puke) "Wolverine" movie !

I don't know if "First class" is a prequel of the X-men trilogy (seems to be) or afull reboot but obviously this Emma Frost is not the Emma (not named, I recall) seen in that-thing-you-know.

 

Hihane washte.

#19 Posted by jcbart (341 posts) - - Show Bio

As long as Singer and Vaughn don't treat her like, as Matt Fraction unfortunately writes her, a one dimensional bitch and actually give her some complexity in her dialogue she'll be perfect.


On a side note, the room in which you refer to is shown again, where Emma seems to turn her hand into diamond and breaks a circle in the glass similar to 'heist' movies.
#20 Posted by freedom (71 posts) - - Show Bio

i'm pretty much hoping that the line "Wolverine Origins isn't a part of the X-men Continuity" serves true... Havok a father to cyclops? No way. Hell no. I HEAVILY TRUST BRYAN SINGER THAT HE WILL NOT RUIN THE CONTINUITY HE STARTED.

#21 Posted by umbrafeline (5300 posts) - - Show Bio

i cant wait for the movie
#22 Posted by Out_of_Space (720 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn ! Her diamond form looks really bad.

#23 Posted by Doctor!!!!! (2055 posts) - - Show Bio

Bryan Singer has Emma under control... but Havok has Cyke's Father, it may be for the....best?

#24 Edited by Fantasgasmic (1071 posts) - - Show Bio

Ok, I'm sorry to sound like a nitpicking jerk Mat, but did this go past an editor? Because although the comic was Wolverine: Origins, the movie (the terrible, terrible movie) was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. You called had it backwards in the article. Personally I just call it Wolverine, or occasionally i'll just call it Origins.
As far as the article, this is what I'm thinking: Shaw invents the helmet to stop Emma (or any other psychics) from reading his mind. Any scenes where Magneto is wearing it come after they've defeated Shaw and Magneto has turned to the dark side. That weird room is essentially a holding cell for super powerful evil mutants, and we'll be led to believe that Emma is in it (again) when fully costumed Magneto is there to recruit her, but it will be a twist because at that point the most powerful evil mutant, that the government captures, will be Mystique. That scene will probably be the last one in the film.

#25 Posted by Mbecks14 (2068 posts) - - Show Bio

This film is just going to be bad. i can tell.

#26 Posted by PhoenixoftheTides (3443 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm hoping she has her telepathy in the movie. The trailers don't really show her interacting in action scenes that much, and the only time we see her, she is going into her diamond form. Psylocke's appearance in X-3 was a version completely devoid of any recognizable telepathic powers.

#27 Posted by CATPANEXE (9367 posts) - - Show Bio

I like this actress better than the prior, hopefully the character herself will be done better as well.
Given how poorly she was portrayed in the previous, I can only imagine something better from this.

#28 Posted by Primmaster64 (21137 posts) - - Show Bio

Or that X-Men first class doesn't take place in the X-men movie universe.

#29 Posted by JonesDeini (3619 posts) - - Show Bio
@SC said:
Does anyone know if she is speaking with an English accent or not? 
Oddly I find Ms. Frost less attractive now that I know she's not British. She always seemed like a quintessentially English woman, but instead she's just an New England aristocrat. For years I actually thought all the Hellfire Club were English, i feel like I just discovered that the tooth fairy isn't real :(
#30 Posted by pixelized (62882 posts) - - Show Bio

@SC said:

Does anyone know if she is speaking with an English accent or not?

She is not. (First vid)

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#31 Posted by MrSeaman70 (294 posts) - - Show Bio

She brought lingerie to a fist fight :P

#32 Posted by Dark Cell (447 posts) - - Show Bio

"I think it's safe to say that Wolverine Origins isn't a part of the X-Men continuity, and that's fine." 
 
That means you are implying that the first three Xmen films are also not part of the continuity; because Origins was tied heavily into the first three. 
 
No. Its the same continuity just a different actress, just like War Machine in Iron Man 1 & 2 with the actor change.
#33 Posted by sa5m (2112 posts) - - Show Bio

That does not look like diamond to me

#34 Posted by War Killer (19860 posts) - - Show Bio

At this point, continuity has been thrown out the window to me. I'm not a fan of Emma being in this since that would mean she'd be an old lady when Cyclops is brought in -__-
 
The movie doesn't bother me as much since I've never really cared for most of the X-Men that are in this movie, so I'm not really annoyed/anger at the changes. I like both Magneto and Mystique, I like that Magneto was one of the founders and it makes sense in my opinion (and is actually more close to their Ultimate counterparts). As for Mystique, I like that she's an X-Men and I'm guessing from how we've seen her and Magneto interact in the trailers she'll join him in the end, not really sure about her meeting Charles when he was a kid though, but it just deepens on how much they do with that in the film.

#35 Posted by Renee (10289 posts) - - Show Bio

I like that she's in the movie but I'm just not a fan of the actress playing her. And the first Emma looks like Tiny Kong. Bloop!

#36 Posted by doddy (248 posts) - - Show Bio

i think emma was not such a major villain as marvel hype tody. professor x even believed that the purpose of her school was instructional in the same manner as his...she just had wanted to be a teacher

#37 Posted by SC (12505 posts) - - Show Bio
@JonesDeini said:
@SC said:
Does anyone know if she is speaking with an English accent or not? 
Oddly I find Ms. Frost less attractive now that I know she's not British. She always seemed like a quintessentially English woman, but instead she's just an New England aristocrat. For years I actually thought all the Hellfire Club were English, i feel like I just discovered that the tooth fairy isn't real :(
 
I completely understand what you mean, jolly ol chap, its a right royal pickle in trickle oh no barnle rubble here comes the trouble. Bloody ell, Emma's accent adds a layer of depth to the character thicker than a Geordies accent err... guvner...  argy-bargy, geezers. cobblers. Luvvly-jubbly. 
 
Don't mind me, I have been drinking! =p  
 
@pixelized said:

@SC said:

Does anyone know if she is speaking with an English accent or not?

She is not. (First vid)

Thank you pixelized, much appreciated! *smile* 
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#38 Posted by Cherry Bomb (3189 posts) - - Show Bio

I think January will be a great Emma (: she looksvery good in the promo.  
2 things I do have problems with, is that Emma Frost in First Class turns her clothing into diamond as well ... it doesn't make sense, since her powers only affect her biology. 
 

 and Emma turning a single part of her body into diamond annoyed me .. :/ since she could never do it in the comics, I liked that weakness to her. That she could be either completely physical or completely mental. 
 
But yeah, the whole movie is not that much in-continuity, so it's just minor factors really
#39 Posted by GREGalicious (467 posts) - - Show Bio

I was iffy about January playing EMMA since i only really knew her from American Wedding but seeing her in the previews and she really is PERFECT and i havent watched her in Mad Men yet but i hear shes a good actress so i hope she isnt just in a few scenes. 
She's one of the characters in this film that are on my X-Men favs list (along with Banshee, Magneto, Mystique, and the Professor). Im pretty sure the other four will get good screentime and i hope Emma gets the same.

#40 Posted by sladewilson30 (219 posts) - - Show Bio

i think they should have used someone hotter, january jones is beautiful, but nowhere near the league of emma frost

#41 Posted by Westlife (1798 posts) - - Show Bio

I like this Emma a lot better, actually. The other one didn't exactly say, "Hey, I'm Emma Frost, the walking epitome of sexy in Marvel Comics(yes that's what she is to me)." But there's that one person who'd make the best Emma Frost EVAR!!!!

#42 Edited by The_Diamond_Prince (66 posts) - - Show Bio

Just based on that short 40 second clip I've seen of Jones, I'm a little worried. Her voice seems to be lacking the sophistication I expect for Emma. This is only a small gripe that is based on a short clip, and I will definitely try keep myself open to January's interpretation. Emma's portrayal will have a strong hold on my enjoyment of the film..I hope she can pull it off :/

#43 Posted by djotaku (441 posts) - - Show Bio

Because of the way super hero films are handled - how many times do we need Batman's origins or Spidey's, I never worry too much about cannon when it comes to these things. 

#44 Posted by The Psyentist (16362 posts) - - Show Bio
@Westlife said:
I like this Emma a lot better, actually. The other one didn't exactly say, "Hey, I'm Emma Frost, the walking epitome of sexy in Marvel Comics(yes that's what she is to me)." But there's that one person who'd make the best Emma Frost EVAR!!!!
I am too flattered to probe my extensive vocabulary to think of words to say. So, I will resort to using this simple phrase unusually devoid of sarcasm. Thank you, darling. <3
#45 Posted by Westlife (1798 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Psyentist
I am pleased to elate you. You have a very scintillating smile(Teacher had us learning words for the SAT all year, Which I got a 1780 on. That's good I think?)
#46 Posted by B'Town (2336 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm going to love Emma and this movie no matter how crappy it is.  

#47 Posted by PowerHerc (80692 posts) - - Show Bio

It seems that her diamond form could've been done in a more appealing way.
#48 Edited by PsyKnight (562 posts) - - Show Bio

^-- The Psyentist
 

@Westlife

said:

@The Psyentist: I am pleased to elate you. You have a very scintillating smile(Teacher had us learning words for the SAT all year, Which I got a 1780 on. That's good I think?)

I suppose it's ironic since Emma Frost actually uses the word "scintillating," and it has since become one of my favourite words. (Yes, better than average. Good job. I forgot what I got on the SAT, but it was high enough to exempt English Composition.)
#49 Posted by Silkcuts (5272 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Psyentist said:
@Westlife said:
I like this Emma a lot better, actually. The other one didn't exactly say, "Hey, I'm Emma Frost, the walking epitome of sexy in Marvel Comics(yes that's what she is to me)." But there's that one person who'd make the best Emma Frost EVAR!!!!
I am too flattered to probe my extensive vocabulary to think of words to say. So, I will resort to using this simple phrase unusually devoid of sarcasm. Thank you, darling. <3
I think you would make a better Emma then the ugly lady in First Class.  It is Emma, the girl gotta be pretty.
#50 Posted by Westlife (1798 posts) - - Show Bio
@Silkcuts said:
@The Psyentist said:
@Westlife said:
I like this Emma a lot better, actually. The other one didn't exactly say, "Hey, I'm Emma Frost, the walking epitome of sexy in Marvel Comics(yes that's what she is to me)." But there's that one person who'd make the best Emma Frost EVAR!!!!
I am too flattered to probe my extensive vocabulary to think of words to say. So, I will resort to using this simple phrase unusually devoid of sarcasm. Thank you, darling. <3
I think you would make a better Emma then the ugly lady in First Class.  It is Emma, the girl gotta be pretty.
We should get a petition or a poll or something going.

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