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  1. According to Alpha Flight Vol 2 1 (August, 1997), Madison Jeffries' astrological symbol is Gemini. This indicates Madison was born under this sign of the zodiac, sometime between May 20 and June 20. See Also. 194 appearance(s) of Madison Jeffries (Earth-616) 1 minor appearance(s) of Madison Jeffries (Earth-616)

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    Shaw fell in love with a woman named Lourdes Chantel, and was soon initiated into the Hellfire Club along with Warren Worthington Jr., Howard Stark and John Braddock. Soon, Shaw rose to the position of Black King, and gathered mutant associates to his side, including Emma Frost and Tessa. Unfortunately, Chantel was soon killed by Sentinels in a battle. Upon discovering that Ned Buckman, the White King of the Inner Circle, was supporting Stephen Lang's Project: Armageddon and its Sentinels, Shaw executed a coup, using Emma's telepathy to make Buckman kill his own White Queen and then himself.[1] Shaw then appointed himself Black King and his associate Frost as White Queen of the Hellfire Club. As the leader of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club, Shaw started plans to dominate the world through force, money, and power. His connections to top officials of corporations and government, acquired via the club and through his position as CEO of Shaw Industries, made him a powerful enemy. Ironically, Shaw was for years a major supporter and builder of Sentinels, figuring that it was better to be in control of them than not. This activity brought him into frequent contact with Senator Robert Kelly and Henry Gyrich, to whom he appeared to be an anti-mutant human bigot. Secretly, however, Shaw continued his plans, some of which have involved Black Air and more recently, an unnamed group of time-manipulators. Once he was in search of a new person for the title of the White King. He made a party to which he invited the most influential men in the world and trying to decide who is a better fit for this position. Rejecting the candidacy of Tony Stark, he chooses Prince Namor of Atlantis, and invited him to join the Club. However, Namor contemptuously rejected the proposal, saying that if Sebastian once again dares to waste his time on such a minor thing, he will kill him. This led Shaw into a frenzy, so he ordered Emma to force Namor to join the Club, no matter what the cost. A few days later, she acted out a suicide by jumping overboard yacht to attract Namor's attention. He rescued her, and they spent together two weeks in the Atlantis. Shaw, however, tired of waiting for news from Emma, thinking that Namor killed or captured her, he decided to send the Sentinels for her. Sentinels attacked Namor and Emma and caused damage to the city of Atlantis, and Namor took this as a declaration of war. Finding out where the Sentinels came from, Namor, along with Emma, went there and clashed with Shaw, Pierce and Selene. Selene mind-wiped Emma, to erase the memories of her betrayal and make her loyal to the Club again. Surrounded by two telepaths, Shaw explained to Namor that he would never get close enough to kill him. Namor left, but vowed to take revenge one day.[2] Shaw was a key part of the corruption of Phoenix into Dark Phoenix, as well as the Hellfire Club's battle with the X-Men against Nimrod, during which he was thrown into the upper atmosphere by the future Sentinel, then caught by Harry Leland's gravity-altering power and slammed at phenomenal speed into Nimrod. Unfortunately, this effort had the result of killing Leland.[3] Later, it seemed Shaw had joined forces with a new Inner Circle, which included Cassandra Nova and Emma Frost, the latter of whom had since joined the X-Men. The Hellfire Club made their attack as they each targeted an individual member of Cyclops' team of X-Men. Shaw himself defeated Colossus. In the end, however, it was discovered that the entire Hellfire Club was not real, and all were mental images created by Emma Frost's mind, which was infected with a special \\"programming\\" by Cassandra Nova in an attempt to revive her. The Shaw duplicate vanished. Shaw was one of the few mutants to retain their powers following M-Day. Shaw appeared incognito (disguised by an Image Inducer) at a funeral for a mutant boy named Landru. Xavier overheard his thoughts of a possible coup against Sunspot during the service. When Shaw noticed him watching, he quickly created a Psi-Shield to hide his thoughts. When confronted by Professor X, he stated that he had only come to pay his respects.[5] Some time later, Shaw appeared at a Hellfire Club dinner hosted by Sunspot and alerted him of a device left by his father that exploded elsewhere in the compound, resulting in the insanity of two club menials. Shaw asked his manservant for a file labeled \\"Cronus\\". After being upbraided over the explosion and deaths by Da Costa, Shaw was ordered to investigate. Shaw, however, already knew the cause. The explosion in the Hellfire Club was caused by the activation of a machine developed beneath the Alamogordo genetics plant in Las Cruces, New Mexico by Mr. Sinister. In the past Sinister had worked there (disguised as a Dr. Milbury) alongside Brian Xavier, Kurt Marko and Irene Adler, who had been gathered for him by Jacob Shaw, Sebastian's father, as they all had the X-gene and Sinister predicted their children would be mutants. Sinister then experimented on these children (including Cain Marko, Charles Xavier and Sebastian himself), imprinting himself on their DNA. Sinister's machine, dubbed the Cronus device, was designed to activate soon after his death and would activate these hidden copies until Sinister could be reborn in one of them. Jacob, wanting to protect his son, created the device in the Hellfire Club from Sinister's notes to alert and protect Sebastian from the Cronus device. Shaw traveled to New Mexico to visit another of the children to confirm his theory, running into Xavier and Gambit, who were investigating a hit list with the children's names on it. Following them, he was present when they were attacked by mercenaries under the employ of Amanda Mueller, a former associate of Sinister. Xavier was captured, and Gambit and Shaw teamed up to save him. It was revealed that Mueller wanted to house the powers (though not the personality) of Sinister herself and so was assassinating the children, having undergone the procedure herself. She shot Xavier, who was already struggling to stop Sinister from taking over his body, which allowed him to take over. Sinister in Xavier's body stopped Mueller but was in turn confronted by Shaw and Gambit, who destroyed the Cronus device while Xavier cast Sinister out of his mind. With the threat gone, Shaw left. Later, Shaw teamed up with a female clone of Mr. Sinister called Miss Sinister. During the Dark Reign of Norman Osborn, Emma Frost and Namor met again. Finally, restoring her memories about their first meeting and Shaw's betrayal, Frost offered Namor a deal: she would help him kill Shaw, and in return, he would protect and defend mutants as his own people. Namor agreed, so Emma telepathically called Shaw to the Club's mansion. When he arrived, she blinded and immobilized him in an illusion, and at the same time showed Namor another illusion in which she killed Sebastian. After convincing Namor that Shaw was dead and enlisting his support for mutants, Emma took Sebastian to the Graymalkin Industries and locked him in X-Brig for his crimes against the mutantkind.[2] After the Avengers invaded Utopia, Shaw was taken to the Avengers Academy along with the kids of Utopia. It was revealed that Shaw read the file on him and now knows everything about his past, although he claims not to remember it. Wolverine distrusted Shaw and insisted that he should be imprisoned. Shaw relented and was imprisoned in a cell that absorbed kinetic energy, meaning that Shaw would be unable to break it by building up his own kinetic energy by punching it. Shaw, however, asked for books to keep him occupied and used a book to hit himself for 8 hours straight, allowing him to build up enough energy to break out of the cell and into the storm drain. Shaw made his way to the students and was attacked by the students of Avengers Academy and several staff members who believed he was going to kill them all. After revealing that he had only come to free the mutants held at the school, the mutants sided with him. Eventually, the staff of Avengers Academy relented and released them, allowing everyone to go free.

    Shaw's later exploits included vying for control of the Elixir Vitae, thought to be a cure for the Legacy Virus, and hunting down X-51, the Machine Man.

    Then, somehow, Shaw was apparently ousted from his position as Black King by Selene, who installed Blackheart in his place. This arrangement did not last long, as Shaw has since returned to power. He attempted to use Lady Mastermind to control Tessa (newly code-named \\"Sage\\") and the team of X-Men who were searching for the Destiny Prophecies. Then, after Professor X was \\"outed\\" as a mutant, Shaw apparently returned to his capitalist roots and converted the Hellfire Club into something closer to a real nightclub, but that was, in fact, a safe haven for mutants regardless of affiliation. Using telepathic dancers, Shaw gleaned secrets from the minds of his patrons, who came in just to have a good, decadent time.

    Later Emma, together with Kitty Pryde, Fantomex and E.V.A. took him off the island. Fantomex threw him out of E.V.A. in the sky over China, but Shaw survived and fought with Emma. At the end of the battle, Emma completely erased his memories.[6]

    He was found by the Lights several months later in Gilgit, Pakistan, where he tried to kill the Butchers. The Lights helped him, and he returned with them to Utopia, but was immediately attacked and captured by the X-Men. Cyclops and Emma Frost told Hope about who Shaw was, that he was a criminal and had tried to kill the X-Men many times. However, Hope convinced them that this man was dead, his whole life had been erased, and now he was a new and innocent person, who should join her team.[7] Cyclops relented and Sebastian was accepted into Hope's team. Hope gave him a file containing all of his past but Sebastian was doubtful about reading it.

    Sebastian Shaw is an Alpha-Level Mutant[13] with the following abilities: Secondary Mutation: Having loaned some of the Hellfire Club's services to Emma's cause. Shaw underwent the Mothervine enhancement process giving him Secondary Mutation, one that enables and capitalizes on his already impressive abilities:[10] Skilled Combatant: Shaw's powers make him a formidable hand-to-hand combatant, even against superhumanly strong people like Colossus.[citation needed] Skilled Leader: Being leader of the Hellfire Club has given Shaw some level of leadership and strategy skills. Shaw also has a shrewd business mind.[citation needed] Without having absorbed additional energy, Sebastian Shaw possesses the normal strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise. However, Shaw can gain superhuman levels of strength by absorbing kinetic energy, and usually takes care to absorb enough in order to keep his strength at a superhuman level throughout his waking hours: for example, upon waking he will punch walls repeatedly in order to build up his reserves of absorbed energy. There is a limit to the amount of physical strength Shaw can achieve, but it as yet remains unknown.[citation needed] Power Limitations: Shaw's abilities can be overloaded by too great an influx of power, like being hit with too many superhumanly strong punches. Shaw can also be defeated if an opponent focuses on simply immobilizing him without striking him with significant force, or if something heavy falls on him, for though he can sap the kinetic falling energy, the weight of the object could still crush him unless he is strong enough to lift/stop it. Rogue once defeated Shaw simply by picking him up and throwing him straight up into the atmosphere, effectively removing him from the battlefield. There is an upper limit to the amount of energy that Shaw can absorb and convert: once he was \\"overloaded\\" by electrical energy discharged from the X-Man named Storm, and fell into a temporary coma. However, the exact extent of this limit remains unknown.[citation needed] Shaw has the resources of both his own corporation and the Hellfire Club at his disposal.[citation needed]

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  3. Mar 11, 2019 · Captain Marvel (MCU) vs. Sebastian Shaw (First Class) 132 results ... the moment that Captain Marvel blasts him its game over. ... Cap will try to overload him by blasting him at absolute full ...

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    In 1959 Shaw runs the Hellfire Club; a small gambling establishment in Las Vegas. One day, Shaw is approached by Lavecchia, a member of the Maria who Shaw has refused to pay protection money to. During a game of poker with Lavecchia he brings out Emma Frost; a mutant telepath to read his mind. When she does, Shaw reveals he knows she’s a mutant too much to her surprise. After refusing to pay the protection fee again, Lavecchia leaves in anger and orders his men to secretly kill Shaw by settin...

    Sebastian Shaw (under the alias Dr. Klaus Schmidt) was a scientist working for the Nazis during WWII. He was present in the concentration camp where a young Erik Lehnsherr's mutant powers first manifested. Shaw attempted to coax the boy into consciously using his ability, but to no avail. He then threatened to shoot the boy's mother if he did not move a small coin made out of Nazi gold by the time he counted to three. When Erik failed to do so, Shaw executed his mother. Enraged, the boy lashe...

    Sebastian's personality seems to be very cunning, able to project himself to be friendly on the surface but deep down, he was an evil man with a complete disregard for innocent lives; humans and mutants alike.


    1. Energy Absorption: As a mutant, Sebastian had the unique ability to absorb energy, and once absorbed into his body it can be used to empower his physical abilities. He was also able to absorb the energy of any blow he is struck by, including not only physical strikes, but also bullets, and energy blasts. 1.1. Superhuman Condition:Sebastian use this energy to augment his strength, vitality, recuperation and speed to superhuman levels. 1.2. Energy Projection:Sebastian was able to project the...


    1. Master Tactician:Sebastian not only prides himself on his power and the connections it allows him, but on knowing his opponents and how best to defeat them, whether in battle or in business. 2. Telepathy Blocker: Sebastian also possessed technology that can block telepathic intrusions by mutants like Professor X and Emma Frost.


    1. Kineticless Assault:If someone does not apply any measure of force while attacking him, Sebastian can easily get injured or killed; this was proven when Magneto killed him with a coin moving at a very slow momentum, thereby not applying any kinetic friction, whatsoever.

    Sebastian possessed a powerful and mysterious metallic helmet given to him by the Russians. The helmet was made of an unknown magnetic metal that could block any telepath that planned to read Sebastian's mind. The helmet was later doned by Erik Lehnsherr, who took it as both a token of victory and to hide him from Charles Xavier.

    The filmmakers top two choices for the role of Sebastian Shaw were Kevin Baconand Colin Firth. They decided to cast Kevin Bacon because he was American and seemed more menacing.
    Bryan Cranston was offered the role of Sebastian Shaw but he turned it down because he wanted to do another movie instead.
    The character "Mr. Shaw" shown on TV in X2 was originally intended to be Sebastian Shaw, as an easter egg for fanservice to those who reads the comics. However since he died in X-Men: First Classit...
    In the comics, Shaw's powers are slightly different, since he only can absorb kinetic energy and transform it into physical strength.
    Curiously, Shaw's Nazi alias, Klaus Schmidt, has got the same surname as the Red Skull.
    As his death predates the point of divergence from the original timeline in 1973, Shaw is the only deceased main antagonist in the series whose death is known to remain certain by the revised 2023.
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    Sebastian Shaw was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His power first manifested shortly after he was accepted to engineering school (speculated to be Carnegie Mellon University) and his father Jacob Shaw died after he contracted an incurable disease. Sebastian Shaw devoted himself to his studies and created Shaw Industries, becoming a millionaire by age 30 and a billionaire by age 40.


    Kinetic Energy Absorption: Sebastian Shaw is a mutant with the superhuman ability to absorb kinetic energy and to metabolize it to enhance his own physical strength, speed, and stamina. This makes him extremely difficult to defeat in battle, as every blow struck to him only makes him stronger. Unusual tactics must be used to defeat him, usually by incapacitating him or by attacking him psionically. He absorbs the energy of any blow he is struck by, not just punches, but bullets, and to a less...


    His powers make him a formidable opponent even against people like Colossus.Being leader of the Hellfire Club has given him some level of leadership and strategy skills.

    Strength level

    Without having absorbed additional energy, Sebastian Shaw possesses the normal strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise. However, Shaw can gain superhuman levels of strength by absorbing kinetic energy, and usually takes care to absorb enough in order to keep his strength at a superhuman level throughout his waking hours: for example, upon waking he will punch walls repeatedly in order to build up his reserves of absorbed energy. There is a lim...

    No criminal record
    The general public in unaware of Shaw's criminal activities
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    Sebastian Shaw was one of the 198 mutants to retain his powers after M Day. What's more, his being a mutant was documented by the O*N*E. However, due to his social and financial standing, he was ab...


    1. Sebastian Shaw figured prominently in the Dark Phoenix saga in X-Men. 2. Sebastian Shaw first appears at the end of the Wolverine and the X-Men episode "Shades of Grey" voiced by Graham McTavish. He is shown as a member of the Hellfire Club. In "Foresight," he and the Hellfire Club prepare a ritual to extract the Phoenix Force from Jean Grey.


    Sebastian Shaw appears as Dr. Shaw in X2 voiced by Charles Siegel. He appears briefly on a television screen debating with another well-known character from the comics Hank McCoy. He also appears as the main antagonist in X Men: First Class, where he is played by Kevin Bacon.

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    1. Sebastian Shaw appears in the video game X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (which draws loosely from the Age of Apocalypse storyline) voiced by Alan Shearman. He remains an independent figure in this video game. He barters a key to Apocalypse's tower to the X-Men and the Brotherhood. 2. Sebastian Shaw is revealed to be the owner of the cybernetics lab in the videogame X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the game based on the film of the same name, in a worklog.

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    Sebastian Shaw eventually discovered that he was a mutant who was capable of absorbing energy. His powers led him to believe that mutants were superior to humans and were meant to rule them.

    World War II

    In 1944, Sebastian Shaw (under the alias Dr. Klaus Schmidt) was a scientist working for the Nazis. He was present at the Auschwitz concentration camp, where a young Erik's mutant powers first manifested. Shaw attempted to get Erik to show his power by pretending to be his friend and giving him some chocolate. When Erik refused, Shaw urged him to move a coin that was on the table, but to no avail. He then threatened to shoot Erik's motherif he did not move the coin by the time he counted to th...

    Sebastian Shaw was an extremely persuasive and charismatic man; many who followed him were unquestioning of his power and authority, and his enemies recognized how dangerous he was even without his powers. Shaw was a skilled manipulator, often winning people over with his words rather than his fists, and resorting to violence when necessary. During the war, Shaw proved himself to be an intensely callous man; he did not hesitate at all on experimenting on young Erik Lensherr, or gunning down the boy's mother right in front of him. Under a friendly and fatherly façade was a cold-hearted and sadistic man; while he maintained the former while around him as a child, reacting calmly after Erik's grief-induced rampage and speaking "kindly" to him. He tried to assure Erik that he wasn't like the Nazis, even though his actions proved the contrary beyond a shadow of a doubt. As for the latter, when he reunited with Erik for the first time in years he referred to him as "little Erik Lehnsherr"...


    1. Energy Absorption: Shaw was able to absorb energy in all its forms, proportionality augmenting all his physical parameters until finally metabolizing it. This made him extremely difficult to defeat in battle, as all the kinetic force from an enemy's strike or projectile assaults is another form of energy that would ultimately be nullified while simultaneously strengthening him. 1.1. Enhanced Strength: By absorbing energy, he could enhance his physical strength to inhuman levels, to the poi...


    1. Gifted Intellect: He is very intelligent of knowing about wars, technology and strategics. 2. Skilled Leader: He is very good at leading his own army, during battles. 3. Multilingualism: Shaw was fluent in several languages - including English, German, French, and Russian.


    1. Kinetic-less Assault: If someone does not apply any measure of force while attacking him, he can easily get injured or killed. This was proven when Magneto killed him with a coin moving at a very slow momentum, thereby not applying any kinetic friction, whatsoever.

    In the comics, Shaw's powers are slightly different, since he can only absorb kinetic energy and transform it into physical strength.
    In the video game X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Shaw is revealed to be the owner of the cybernetics lab. His company, Symstemized Cybernetics Lab, is responsible for manufacturing for Project WideAwake...
    The filmmakers had only two choices for the role of Sebastian Shaw: Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon. They decided to go with Bacon as he was American and seemed more menacing than Firth.

    Keith Campbell, James Embree and Colin Follenweider were stunt doubles for Kevin Baconin the role of Sebastian Shaw.

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