X-Men: First Class Is But Isn’t A Reboot

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 7:20 pm,

With the DVD/Blu-ray release of Kick-Ass happening today, director Matthew Vaughn is rightfully getting a lot of media attention and the press is taking advantage of the opportunity to discuss his next gig, X-Men: First Class.

X-Men: First Class, as we know, has had its start date delayed several times and it’s now set to being production in early September. Possibly more worrisome is that it’s been re-written six times recently as well while its release date still sits in June of 2011. If that wasn’t enough, after Vaughn saw Christopher Nolan’s Inception, he had to literally pull out twelve (12!) pages of the First Class script which featured a similar dream action sequence that would have been too reminiscent of Nolan’s latest success.

With all of that in combination with the plethora of headlines about X-Men: First Class casting, fans are starting to wonder what direction the project is taking and whether or not it’s still a prequel or some sort of quasi-reboot.

IGN had a chance to speak with Vaughn on the matter and the British director compared his X-Men movie to what J.J. Abrams did with Star Trek, which hints at the film acting as a sort of franchise “reinvention.”

“Obviously [Abrams] couldn’t make everyone happy with that one, but he did a pretty good job… He made a fantastically exciting reinvention of that world, with those great characters. And I think there will be comparisons a little bit with X-Men: First Class. It’s very similar, in a way. But we’re doing some cool stuff in this movie, some really cool stuff that you haven’t seen before.”

Vaughn continued to praise Bryan Singer’s story with the following (and very interesting) statement:

“The story that Bryan Singer came up with is very, very smart… It’s very clever when you see how he has integrated the characters into the time period where the film is set. I’ll put it that way. I just don’t want to give it away. … It’s a very clever way of getting these characters involved in recent history, in recent world events.”

He refers to “time period” and recent world events. Will time-travel play a role in this film? We’ve expected that there would be flashbacks since X-Men: First Class is incorporating elements from the never-going-to-happen X-Men Origins: Magneto film and there has been talk at Fox meetings about the time-traveling mutant, Cable…

By comparing to Abrams successful time-travel-dependent reboot of the Star Trek franchise and referencing the concept of time, we’re now open to quite a few possibilities for how they’re handling X-Men: First Class. I’ll let you speculate on what this may mean.

Before you start thinking this film is out of continuity though, Rick Marshall at MTV spoke with Vaughn yesterday and directly asked the director if X-Men: First Class is a true prequel to the X-Men trilogy.

“Yeah, I would say absolutely so… You’ve got Magneto and [Charles] Xavier when they first meet… The backdrop of what’s going on in the world when they first meet, it’s very interesting. You see them and their relationship develop and play out with this major political event in the background.”

I’m happy this isn’t a reboot because they’d be off to a poor start due to character selection. Should Fox decide to restart the franchise in the future, they need to do it right and start with the proper roster of mutants and go from there so they’re not breaking further and further from continuity with each successive franchise film.

I’m also intrigued by how they’re going to tie the history of key characters into real-world events of the past. My only concern is that with the delays, rewrites and last-minute scrapping of large segment of the script, that First Class will be rushed since its release date hasn’t budged at all. With Vaughn and Singer at the helm, I’m not too worried though.

Share your thoughts in the comments and with us on Twitter @rob_keyes and @screenrant.

X-Men: First Class stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Alice Eve, Nicholas Hoult, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till and  Jennifer Lawrence. It’s currently still set to hit theaters June 3, 2011.

Sources: MTV, IGN

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  1. You know Rob, I enjoy your (and Vic’s) articles most. More informative than judgmental. Thanks man! Super excited for this movie.

    • Thanks! :)

    • I was about to comment something nearly identical. Some articles around the site maintain that level of information with different writers producing them- but there’s still a distinct sense of professionalism and wit to Rob and Vic’s work.

      Good comment, Marc.

  2. I agree Screen Rant is an awesome website!!! I am also excited about this film, although the negative response it’s received due to the delays, but I believe that it will be a great movie!

    • Let’s hope it is. The franchise *really* needs to turn it around in terms of quality but so far it seems they have the right people involved.

  3. the x-men shouldn’t be rebooted, especially wolverine. Hugh Jackman was a perfect choice.

    • Tony, do you READ X-Men and/or Wolverine comics? Hugh was OK at best. He was watchable with HIS version of Wolverine. Was he a perfect choice? No way, man. No way.

      • Hugh Jackman was a miscast that worked really, really well. His character bears little resemblance to the comic version, true, but his on-screen character is still awesome.

      • They’re not going to recast Jackman for some time to come.
        At most, Wolverine will have a cameo in First Class.

  4. WELL I THINK CONTINUITY FOR THESE FILMS ARE ALREADY CRUSHED BECAUSE EMMA FROST WAS IN WOLVERINE AND WAS WAY YOUNGER THAN THE PROFESSOR,AND BEAST WAS NOT BLUE AND FURRY IN X-MEN 2 ON THE TV SCREEN,AND CYCLOPS WAS RESCUED BY AN OLDER P[ROFESSOR IN WOLVERINE,AND IF THIS FILM FEELS KIDDY THEN I WILL NOT WATCH IT AND IF ITS OUT OF CONTINUITY AND THINGS DONT ADD UP I AM DONE WITH THE X-MEN UNTIL MARVEL GET THE RIGHTS BACK IN WICH THEY WILL IF FOX KEEPS CRAPPING OUT STUFF LIKE WOLVERINE ORIGINS,AND X-MEN 3. SORRY BUT ITS THE TRUETH. YOU MUST KEEP CONTINUITY IN SEQUELS,AND NOT KILL OFF THE MAIN CHARACTERS AND CHANGE CHARACTERS LIKE BLOB,DEADPOOL,AND CYCLOPS. AND YOU MUST KEEP CLOSE TO THE SOURCE MATERIAL,WETHER ITS A FROM A BOOK,A COMIC,OR A VIDEO GAME. THE MAKE FILMS FROM THEM ALL THE TIME AND KEEP CLOSE AND IT WORKS FOR THE FANS WHO ALREADY KNOW WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN AND TO NEW PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD OF IT BEFORE AND IT WORKS BECAUSE ITS ALREADY GREAT AND THE FANS LOVE TO SEE IT COME TO LIFE TO SO TO SPEAK. WHEN YOU CHANGE THINGS IT REALLY JUST RUINS IT AND MAKE PEOPLE THINK THAT HOLLYWOOD THINKS THEY ARE JUST DUMB.

    • chris …. drop the caps it make for a harder read,…

      all i know or care about is if it’s a good movie, with us fan boys/girls it matters but to the general public their attitude is “whip-t-do” they don’t care, but we all want a good /great movie

      till next time

  5. “X-Men: First Class, as we know, has had its start date delayed several times and it’s now set to being production in early September. Possibly more worrisome is that it’s been re-written six times recently as well while its release date still sits in June of 2011. If that wasn’t enough, after Vaughn saw Christopher Nolan’s Inception, he had to literally pull out twelve (12!) pages of the First Class script”

    Since when in the history of movie making has ANY of these things meant a good final product? Any one? Since Singer left the franchise it has been ALL DOWNHILL and I don’t think his return will bring back the quality. All we need to hear of next is reshoots taking place post-production and that will be the final nail in the coffin for those people hoping to get a good X-film from FOX..Actually I lie a little..the first X-Files film was good…

    • When you copy-and-pasted that entire paragraph I wrote, I thought you were about to unleash some Caps Lock fury against me, lol.

      • LMAO!!

  6. for anyone who ses hugh jackman is the perfect wolverine really needs to go back and take a look at that character. in x men 1 yes he was awsome up until the end x 2 he was decent but after that hes noticably to tall and wayy to soft he needs to redeem himself in my eyes i want beserker wolverine back.

    • I don’t think that’s Hugh Jackman’s fault necessarily. Definitely not his fault in the X-Men movies, since he didn’t write, direct, or produce them. He’s a good actor, but we also have to remember they want the movies to make money. If they stayed true to wolverine as much as possible, they couldn’t keep the pg-13 rting, which means less money (no kiddies paying to see it).

      I believe if they decided to do a movie rated R style, it’d be pretty good. But only green makes the world go round :(

      • The Hulk turns the planet?

        I thought so.

    • I kinda agree to a certain extent. In X2 he was ruined at the end when he’s walking around carrying the kid with the lizard tongue for no reason whatsoever.

  7. Hmm this sounds interesting. Why did this leak? Wouldn’t it make people nervous to know that a chunk of your story got copped and now you have to at the very least reconceive the visuals? We may never know if it actually effected the narrative in any way. This has a feed the bears feel to me. We’ve blocked the road and they’ve had to stop their car, so to get us off the road they entice us to the side of the road by throwing out something we might like. That they are working hard to bring us the best story they can. But this really isn’t suppose to be a reboot, in fact it looks somewhat wrong for a reboot. Some of the characters are missing for a reboot that would fit closer to the actual comics. So they still believe in doing things their own way. The first thing it could mean is that when the final product is released you’re going to have a certain sector of the crowd that will walk in expecting the original “First Class” story. I know that sounds a little crazy, like who’s interested in X-Men that hasn’t already heard that this is parting with the comic story. Never the less, I think their will be a certain number of fans that will expect a reworking that at the very least, will bring better continuity between the film and comic worlds of the franchise. The others that don’t believe that will, in the minds of the producers, have to either come around or be left in the minority of grumblers that they’ll write off as being unsatisfiable and could never get their money no matter what they did.

  8. “Should Fox decide to restart the franchise in the future, they need to do it right and start with the proper roster of mutants and go from there so they’re not breaking further and further from continuity with each successive franchise film.”

    Or just call it X-Men : Days Of Futures Past

    Right, Rob?
    :)

  9. I’m happy to see other people realizing that the large movie studios are not handling their comic book movie rights properly. Sony and Fox are doing an abysmal job so far. I can agree with chris’ (capslock) reply when he says if you change too much you fail the character and the fans who pay for the movie and dvd sales. I’m glad to hear Vaughn is changing and rewriting a million times over.

    Maybe these brainiacs in charge of Fox will see you can write a script in a month using the best selling comic storylines through the decades as your source material. AND STOP CHANGING CHARACTERS.

  10. I have very little interest in First class as it stands. I don’t really like that it seems like the producers are trying to twilight it all up. I also never cared for first class as a comic anyway.

    Doesn’t help that most of my best characters are going to be missing from this film.

  11. well if this does go the “alternate timeline” route the need to make cable the central character. PAUL BETTANY FOR CABLE who agrees??

    • Very interesting choice tankD, but my vote goes to Stephen Lang.

  12. Screen Rant is great and I’m very interested on this movie. I trust in Matthew

  13. I’m just excited to see an X-movie WITHOUT Wolverine. Not because I don’t like the character, just how he developed and took over the trilogy. But, yeah, all the delays and rewrites spell doom for this one, but I’ll still probably see it if Singer is attached at all.

    I still haven’t seen Kick Ass, but now that it’s on bluray I ahve to check it out and see what Vaughn can do.

  14. Ok I have to admit it I’m a big Wolverine fan so xmen with out wolvi is a tough sell for me.

    If we got Sinister or Apocolypse I’d be up for it but Sebastian Shaw and Hellfire sounds pretty crapy.

    I really hope they don’t do more crap with pheonix I think this franchise has done the Jean Grey and Pheonix story to death.

    • I could see them going the Phoenix route Daniel but I don’t think that would be a great story either. Beyond the story of Charles and Eric I really don’t see much appeal to this, their just too messed up and on top of it all bringing a newer character like Darwin in just seems desperate. I suppose they have plans though, so they’ll shoot it and I’ll rent it for a buck! No way I’m shelling out $20.00 a head everytime they fail…

  15. Eh, not a big deal.
    Incredible Hulk was and wasn’t a reboot too

  16. You guys do realize that the more i hear of who they are casting for this the more itys starting to sound like Fox has figured out another story to tell that Marvel obviously hasn’t told like the origin of deadpool,(FOX)emma frost,(FOX)Wolverine,(FOX)Stryker,(FOX)Sabertooth,and (FOX)Cyclops..
    I guess they went through the comics with a fine tooth comb and was like let’s tell the story of how it REALLY happened,the real reason why the Hellfire Club hates the X-Men and where this second team came from thus leading into the third team who became teachers etc etc etc..
    If they involve the missing second team,they have to mention Vulcan,Sage,Amelia Voght,and they already got Darwin so- this does seem the direction that they are going with..
    also its just another reason for Fox to stop using the copyrights and stop giving the finger to Marvel..

  17. I read somwhere that there was a rumor that one of the guys from the Twilight films will play a younger Wolverine in the film? Somebody tell me thats not true, PLEASE.

  18. No Wally Wolvi is not in this.

    Twilight kid has only been rumored for beast from what i’ve heard.

  19. @Darren,

    My thoughts exactly. Days of Future Past. Almost making it like a What If?.

    There will be a single point in time that changes. Someone goes back at the end to change that making the previous “X” stuff still valid, while still giving us a look at other characters….

    Again had this stuff not been messed with in the beginning and if people would just stay true to the source material we wouldn’t have to see stupid “poop” like this trying to bend/twist/paint whatever, a story.

  20. They should film this in a pool since it will flop. It seemed like the studios finally got how to use the source material. Now it’s just like an oldies band with one member left, it’s just a name.

  21. I think Hugh was great and I’m a huge Wolvi fan. Sure Logan is suppose. To be short but I dare you to find me a 5’6 actor who could pull off that aggression and actually be physically intemidating.

    • Chris Benoit… and he was really loose upstairs.. :D

  22. So what I gather so far, I’m realizing there will be no Iceman. I mean, I knew this before but it just sank in and it makes me sad :(. I never liked the casting for Iceman in the first 3, let alone the HUGE age difference. But I hope I can cope later on. As a kid I’ve always loved Iceman and Colossus, the two characters that got jipped the most in these movies.

  23. Time travel would explain Darwin being in the movie.

    • Yea Michael maybe he’ll be the one that goes back and erases the mess that’s “X-Men 1-3.”

  24. If this has anything to do with Bryan (superman returns singer’s) version of X-men. STAY AWAY

  25. Cable? OH GOD NO