Before I get into the latest on the topic of Magneto, this is what I said on October 25th in Part two of my look into the future of the X-Men:
"I’m sorry for the Magneto fans out there but I think the idea of a movie featuring a younger Magneto and Prof. X has been replaced by X-Men: First Class where they can again play with a large cast of characters to market and merchandise. If my predictions on that come true, I think it’s possible we see a younger Magneto working alongside Patrick Stewart’s Xavier in that movie to build and start the school for mutants."
It's not a stretch at all considering all of the talk in the first X-Men movie about Magneto helping build Cerebro and their history of being friends before their different perspectives forced Xavier and Magneto onto different paths. Then of course, the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine which was inserted specifically to lead into X-Men: First Class.
So, now that Bryan Singer is on board and already has the story he wants to tell in mind, this is what he had to say about the story of First Class in an interview with THR's Heat Vision Blog:
"...it’s secret. But it’s basically about the formation of the X-Men. How they began and the relationship between a young Xavier and a young Magneto."
No surprise here. Heat Vision went on to ask about if the X-Men can become overbearing with Wolverine, Deadpool and Magneto all possibly getting new solo movies.
"This story would probably utilize some of the Magneto story because it deals with a young Magneto, so it might supersede that because this would explore that relationship between a young energetic professor and a disenfranchised victim of the Holocaust."
Supersede the Magneto movie? How interesting. It's almost exactly like my thoughts on this. Bryan, give me a call if you'd like an assistant on First Class. ;)
Don't expect a Magneto film anytime soon, there's too much potential in other X-Men properties that haven't been explored yet and more for the title team.
For a little more detail on what we can expect, Singer also touched on the topic in speaking with Daily Variety last week.
"This is the formative years of Xavier and Magneto, and the formation of the school and where there relationship took a wrong turn... There is a romantic element, and some of the mutants from 'X-Men' will figure into the plot, though I don't want to say which ones. There will be a lot of new mutants and a great villain."
For those curious about Singer's other projects, it looks like he may be doing Jack the Giant Killer first (possibly in 3D after he saw Avatar) and they've just finalized the deal for Battlestar Galactica and are still in negotiations for Excalibur.
I'm excited to see Singer back in the fold and I expect he'll bring the franchise back to the high standards he set with his first two X-Men movies. I also would like to see McKellen back for First Class alongside Patrick Stewart, perhaps using that de-aging tech employed in the last two installments. They'd only need McKellen for the first First Class movie if this does end up turning into its own franchise of prequels as producer Lauren Shuler Donner hinted at before.
I promise that more X-Men goodies are on the way, so stay tuned into Screen Rant and follow me on Twitter @rob_keyes.
Bonus: If Ian McKellen were to have his own Magneto movie, here's a cool fan-made concept trailer.
Sources: THR, Variety