While X-Men: First Class was pretty well-received critically – read our X-Men: First Class review – it wasn’t nearly as financially successful as previous X-Men films. In fact, the domestic gross didn’t even make the production budget back, which usually isn't the best news for fans looking for a part 2.
So the big question now is: Will there be an X-Men: First Class 2? An X-Men: Second Class? Or have all X-Men prequel-sequel plans been scrapped indefinitely? Recently, Rose Byrne – the actress who played CIA agent Moira MacTaggert – talked about the possibilities.
Courtesy of IGN Movies, Byrne said:
“Yeah, we all had to sign on for three, I believe. Well, I did anyway. But as of right now I have no idea if they're planning on doing another one. But that was the idea depending on how it all went, I suppose. We'll see though. I loved working on it and loved working with the cast. I loved Matthew Vaughn. I also loved the style. The era and the fashion. And it was kind of kitsch-y and funny. It was a really fun and sophisticated superhero movie. I'm very proud of the film.”
Matthew Vaughn had a number of interesting ideas for an X-Men: First Class sequel that he talked about around the time of the first film’s release, including an opening sequence where the “magic bullet” that killed JFK was controlled by Magneto. Alas, one presumes his ability to make an all-out X-Men prequel/sequel depended upon how amazingly successful his first crack at the franchise was, and First Class was no runaway success.
X-Men: First Class certainly wasn’t a perfect movie – it seemed to suffer from being rushed at the creative level and controlled at the executive level – but the character dynamic between Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) was excellent and deserves another chance to shine.
One hopes, however, that any sequel would lack January Jones’ participation as Emma Frost. As hilarious as hearing her snore through her pithy lines was, it didn’t exactly increase the quality of the film. Furthermore, it always sends mixed signals to the audience when it seems like one of the main actors doesn’t even want to be onscreen.
X-Men: First Class is available on DVD and Blu-Ray September 9, 2011. When we hear more about X-Men: First Class 2, you’ll be the first to know.
Source: IGN Movies
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