The reason X-Men Origins: Wolverine is seemingly in a continuity on its own when it comes to tying into First Class is because the original story producer Lauren Shuler-Donner had writer Josh Schwartz working on was meant to be more like the X-Men: First Class comic series, charting the beginnings of the original X-Men with a young Jean Grey and a young Cyclops as the leads. When Bryan Singer came on board, Schwartz’ draft was scrapped and Singer began with his own ideas.
When you combine the timeline errors of X-Men: First Class with the fact that the studio is also ignoring the Wolverine spin-off when it comes to the X-Men Origins: Deadpool movie, it seems they did almost everything wrong with Wolverine’s first solo outing.
We know that X-Men: First Class sets up a sequel from what director Matthew Vaughn said earlier in addition to Shuler-Donner’s talk of a First Class trilogy, but Singer doesn’t have an over-arching story planned out for the three movies if it happens, at least not yet.
“I think that whenever people claim they have long-range plans for these things… I think what happens is you really have to see how the first one plays, how audiences respond, which characters and points of the story they respond to, and then reassess it and go from there. In my mind, that’s the way I think about it.”
He is interested in potential stories in the 70s, like Vaughn is, and does have ideas for how to relate the X-Men: First Class sequels into other actual historical events. Whether that happens or not, depends on how well it does this summer in the box office. Singer explains that the film’s edginess, its period-focused story and nature of having multiple protagonists are what will make it stand out from the competition.
For the full interview and to see how Singer came to chose Vaughn to direct, head over to IGN.
The X-Men: First Class cast includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Jason Flemyng, Zoë Kravitz, Lucas Till, Oliver Platt, Ray Wise, Edi Gathegi, Caleb Landry Jones and Álex González.
X-Men: First Class hits theaters June 3rd, 2011.
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