Matthew Vaughn Says He Would Start 'First Class' Sequel With JFK Assassination Committed By Magneto

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 24, 2011 7:44 AM
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Also Says Only One New Character Will Be Introduced



With early reactions positioning Matthew Vaughn's anticipated and epic (yes, it runs just under 2 hours and 15 minutes) "X-Men: First Class" as a winner, sequel talk is already underway. While earlier reports have speculated whether or not the film will time jump to the '70s or '80s, it looks like Vaughn isn't ready to leave the '60s setting of his origin story film just yet and he's got a pretty bonkers idea on where to kick-off a followup to 'First Class.'

"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," Vaughn shared in an interview with HitFix. "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."

As most already know, the current film finds the newly assembled mutants brought in to assist with the Cuban Missile Crisis. As Vaughn lets on, they save the day but it looks like America isn't quite ready to reckon with mutants so they are left out of the limelight. As for what new mutants we might see down the road, Vaughn told MovieWeb he's only got one new face planned and he's not gonna say who it is.

"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!," Vaughn hinted. We'll leave the guesswork to others, but producer Bryan Singer recently told IGN that Wolverine coming in isn't out of the question saying, "I think there would definitely be room. I think it would be a very exciting thing. This universe has to establish itself first, but that would be a very interesting and fun thing."

The idea of mixing up the X-Men with real historical events is a great idea, but also tricky. Tackling the Cuban Missile Crisis? Sure. Involved in the most infamous assassination of an American political figure in history? Yeah, that might be overstepping the mark a little bit but if the writers can make it work, we'll give it shot (no pun intended).

"X-Men: First Class" opens on June 3rd.

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9 Comments

  • swell | May 25, 2011 4:49 AMReply

    @rodie

    I wouldn't worry too much. Fans of Vaughn know that the guy talks ALOT and most of it doesn't come to pass. If the buzz on First Class is right though, I'd love to see him stay at the helm and bring some continuity back to this series that has been sorely lacking since Singer left.

  • 4 | May 24, 2011 11:45 AMReply

    @ian

    Devin Faraci tweeted a bunch of times complaining about not getting invited to the Thor screenings other bloggers got to - he trashed the film mercilessly. He gets invited to the fox lot early for x-men, he praises it.

    Yes, there is a connection.

  • 4 | May 24, 2011 11:38 AMReply

    @Ian

    Scott Pilgrim, Kick-Ass, Super 8 - all these movies are flawless and classics and amazing, according to....film bloggers. What do these three have in common? directors who cater to them, invite them on film sets, give them access, etc. It's not rocket science.

    It has nothing to do with being an asshole, or doing interviews, etc, but you can't deny film bloggers have extreme biases. Look at a movie like "Paul." Not that great, but good luck finding a review on a film blog daring to be negative toward Simon Pegg!

    So, shut up. I'm not saying directors can't do press but I am saying a lot of film bloggers are very biased in their writing and coverage. Just like I can tell you right now the Playlist review of Crazy Stupid Love will be positive, and praise Gosling.

  • lol | May 24, 2011 11:21 AMReply

    But not everyone has has his mouth attached so firmly to bloggers' assholes as Vaughn does. So, shut up about people pointing that out.

  • Ian | May 24, 2011 10:16 AMReply

    @4

    As opposed to all those filmmakers that don't give interviews and act nice to film bloggers?

    You do know that most directors have to advertise their movies, right? And why would any of them treat the person interviewing them like dirt? Not everyone's an asshole nor should they behave like one.

    So, shut up.

  • 4 | May 24, 2011 8:44 AMReply

    Matthew Vaughn is the worst...he acts nice to bloggers like Drew and they in-turn gush over everything he does. Awful, what a joke

  • j | May 24, 2011 8:15 AMReply

    " Involved in the most infamous assassination of an American political figure in history? Yeah, that might be overstepping the mark a little bit"

    really? and how is this new? its basically in the credits of watchmen, snyder basically re-filmed the zapruder video (which was only hinted at in moore's original).

  • rodie | May 24, 2011 8:13 AMReply

    That's an awesome idea!

    I just wish he had not spoiled his own movie 3 years before it comes out :(

    Still, I think it is smart to keep a First Class trilogy set entirely in the 1960s. It makes it unique and sets it apart from the other movies.

  • Jack | May 24, 2011 8:08 AMReply

    I love that idea so much.

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