‘X-Men: First Class’ Sequel Ideas Emerge

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 25th, 2011 at 8:07 am,

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If the early reviews are any indication, it looks like X-Men: First Class has a better than average chance of becoming a dark horse success story this summer.

Despite the fact that a large number of fans have been sharpening their claws and getting ready to make minced meat of this project since its earliest stages of development, there’s been some speculation that the film might actually turn out to be the best entry in the X-Men franchise since the much-lauded X2: X-Men United.

The tide began to turn somewhat after the release of several trailers and clips, but there’s still a surprisingly sizable level of skepticism when it comes to X-Men: First Class. The brunt of the criticism seems to center around the fact that the story takes significant liberties not only with comic book continuity, but also with the timeline established in previous installments. Seemingly straddling the line between being a prequel and all-out reboot, the film certainly has an ambiguous approach to the mythology – but that means there’s no shortage of options for the filmmakers when it comes to deciding where to take the series next.

Director Matthew Vaughn and producer Bryan Singer previously hinted that further installments could be set against the backdrop of the 1970s or 80s, but didn’t go into specifics about the plot. Speaking with HitFix, Vaughn reveals that he’s definitely interested in helming a sequel to First Class – and that he already has an idea for the next film’s opening scene:

“I’ve got some ideas for the opening for the next film. I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto. That would explain the physics of it, and we see that he’s pissed off because Kennedy took all the credit for saving the world and mutants weren’t even mentioned. And we could go from there, and I’ve got some fun ideas about what other mutants to bring in. I don’t want to tempt fate, though. If the film’s a hit, of course I’d be interested. I really enjoyed making it.”

X-Men: First Class has taken some flack for not including more recognizable mutants as part of its ensemble, but Vaughn insists that they chose the characters who would best serve the story. In a separate interview with MovieWeb, he also indicates that if a follow-up were to move forward, he wouldn’t be interested in shaking up the current roster all that much. In fact, he claims that a sequel would only feature one new addition to the team:






“We will only have one more new character. I won’t say who he…I won’t say who he or she is! But we will only be bringing one more new character in. Because, I think, as Professor X is in a wheelchair, Magneto needs to have a nemesis he can fight with. Someone that will be his equal. I know who it is. It would be nice if I could say something, but I can’t, mate!”

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As fans begin to theorize which character Vaughn is referring to, Cyclops and Jean Grey will likely emerge as frontrunners – despite the fact that including either of them would contradict certain scenes from X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Then again, the ending of First Class that Vaughn references above already seems to contradict those same moments. As I stated before, it sounds like this film will give everyone involved a great deal of creative freedom when it comes to plotting out sequels – so I suspect that there really isn’t any character who’s off limits at this point.

X-Men: First Class may be re-imaging the cinematic origins of these beloved characters, but Vaughn says that fans shouldn’t rule out the possibility of seeing Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellen return to their iconic roles somewhere down the line:

“I have worked with Sir Ian McKellen before, and he is a lovely guy. I would love to work with him again. So, never say never!”

A statement like that will probably only make it more complicated for anyone who’s trying to make sense of how all these films tie together (it doesn’t get any less confusing when you consider that X-Men 4 and 5 are evidently still in development as well), but the idea of segueing into the present day incarnations of Professor X and Magneto sounds like  a promising one.

Reservations about how closely the film adheres to the source material are understandable, but it seems like there’s a decent chance that even the most cynical audience members will ultimately be won over.

We’ll find out when X-Men: First Class opens in theaters on June 3.

Source: HitFix and MovieWeb.

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  1. sounds like forrest gump ideas, let’s put the x-men in vietnam, put them at chernobyl, five mile island, 9-11, attempted assassination on reagan, the end of the cold war, let beast invent shampoo and conditioner for dogs, i think they caused the plane to go down on “LOST”.
    this weeks special guest on scooby doo……and on to gilligan’s island

  2. I thinks it more of a alternate history kind of idea. How would this have happened if mutants existed? If Kennedy denied their involvement in the missle crisis, how would Magneto react? I think if they continue with this idea, less and less real world events would be incorparated as the x-men movie world becomes less like ours and more like the one in X1.

  3. I think this film is going to be a hit. The clips coming out are showing some really good story, intense plot, action and character seperations for good and evil.

    It was tragic that after X2, they dropped NightCrawler from the cast. He was by far one of the most interesting characters to come about.

    X3 was a total disaster. The only thing good about it was Wolverine. Killing off Cyclops, Professor X and Gene Grey (and dropping NightCrawler) was absurd and should never have even been considered for the plot. It could have gone so much different if they had some good writers.

    I can’t wait to see this Pre X men movie !

  4. I read Nightcrawler didn’t retern was because Alan Cummings didn’t like the long hrs of make-up etc. being applied everyday & was uncomfortable so chose not to reprise the role another film. The character’s absence was explain in a video game i think or somthing as Nightcrawler declines to be a member of the X-men as he see’s their lifestyle being too complicated or violent or both. That’s why we got Beast instead in X3.

  5. Using Magneto as the explination for the magic bullet theory is brilliant

  6. Shouldnt have criipled charles so soon

    • should also have checked my spelling

    • @ Scott

      I agree with some ideas, but not all. To make this short i’ll typed agreed next to the numbers on your list. But this goes for both X4 & X5 since they mentioned X4’s ending could lead into X5.

      1. Agreed
      2. Agreed
      3. Disagree
      4. Agreed
      5. Agreed
      6. Agreed, unless he has a minor role which he helps the X-men defeat Apolcalypse for example since they’re both very powerful mutants.
      7. Agreed, not only fly but have super strength aswell.
      8. Agreed, Cyclops was always leader, only they didn’t focus that too much in the sequels.
      9. Disagree
      10. Disagree, but have the films less focused on him.
      11. Agreed, if theres no Patrick Stewart in the film, why bother bringing the character back.
      12. Agreed
      13. Undecided
      14. Agreed
      15. I believe Psylocke was killed in X3.
      16. Undecided
      17. Agreed
      18. Undecided, we got Beast who i always liked better, but maybe a minor role or cameo.

  7. I don’t think it would be Jean or Scott. But as it says that they’re keeping the 1st Class cast and it would only be 1 addition, I think it could be Lorna Dane (Polaris.) Cos she’s the only other one I could think of who could be a match to Magneto, and they could add the whole romance with Alex Summers from the comic series. Just a thought…

    • my thoughts exactly. polaris fits the clues perfectly. if its not her their choice will def have blindsided me.

    • Hope they,ll add her in the other … As pestilence at least 😛

  8. Here’s a couple of ideas for 2 sequels to ‘First class’. In the 2nd movie, introduce Jean Grey (leave the Phoenix force out, though) and make Magneto and the Brotherhood the main villians. This was the implication at the end of #1, so it would be logical. Magneto and the Brotherhood could, perhaps, steal some nukes and threaten the world from an island ‘hideout’ (Genosha). At the end, and I know this doesn’t line up with the comics continuity, of the film have Professor X ‘mind wipe’ Magneto as a last resort to stave off his use of these weapons. This would cause, and explain, Mystiques dislike/hatred for Xavier.
    In the 3rd film, the main villian should definitley be Apocalypse and his Four Horsemen (again, comic book continuity is out). He could possess an ‘end of the world as we know it’ weapon (i’m thinking something biological, like the Legacy Virus) and prove such a formitable foe that the X-Men are badly defeated at his hands the first time they meet (say, at the United Nations building in NY). Then, the Professor and his team must go back to Genosha to ‘recover’ Magneto (who’s by himself, catatonic, being nursed by Mystique), body and mind. After convincing him of the need for an alliance, they all face off against Apocalypse in a HUGE battle that ends with Magneto literally ripping Apocalypse apart (a la, ‘Age of Apocalypse’). Magneto and Xavier share one last ‘friendly’ moment, Magneto reminds Xavier that “this changes nothing” and they go their seperate ways, once again.
    Applause, applause…roll credits