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'X-Men: First Class' Sequel Talk Starts Already, Mutants To Get Down In The '70s & '80s?

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 13, 2011 4:57 AM
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Beast with feathered hair? Emma Frost rocking neon tights? Magneto with a Flock of Seagulls haircut? Charles Xavier with some serious mutton chop sideburns? Thanks to "Mad Men," the '50s and '60s are en vogue, which couldn't be better for "X-Men: First Class" with a setting that studio types are likely hoping will help get more than just comic fans into the seats for the period-set origin story that traces the beginnings of the mutant crew. But, as this is a franchise, sequel talks are already bubbling forth but no decisions yet on what decade any potential followups will find our mutant heroes -- though it has been talked about.

“That’s an idea that’s been discussed,” said producer Bryan Singer to Total Film about the '70s and '80s as possible settings. “How the characters go through time. But only to a point – they can’t age too fast!”

But for director Matthew Vaughn, he's been keen to stick in the '60s -- 'First Class' is set in 1962 -- and explore some of the cultural and societal changes that happen in that decade. “1962 is far more grounded in the world of the ’50s,” he said. “I think it takes about five years for a decade to really start getting its identity, so the fun thing about this for me would be doing [a sequel] in the latter part of the decade, where you’ve got The [Rolling] Stones, The Beatles, Flower Power…”

And overall, he describes 'First Class' as merely a stage to set the world that will be explored in future films, not unlike Christopher Nolan's Batman films. “'First Class' is similar to 'Batman Begins,' where you have the fun of introducing the characters and getting to know them, but that takes time,” said Vaughn. “But with the second one you can just get on with it and have a rollicking good time. That’s the main difference between 'Begins' and 'The Dark Knight.'”

Whether or not there will even be a sequel will likely depend on ticket sales, but barring some kind of disaster, it should be a box office hit with Vaughn revealing the end of 'First Class' leaves the door wide open for an “even more fun” sequel. "X-Men: First Class," in far out '60s gear, lands on June 3rd.

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8 Comments

  • Sean | April 13, 2011 9:50 AMReply

    How could Xavier have mutton chops if he goes bald in this one?

  • jd | April 13, 2011 9:01 AMReply

    Oh, man, could we be talkin' classic 80s X Men? The great Chris Claremont days? Or are they holding to the established film continuity that Wolverine and Rogue, ect, didn't join until much later?

  • B_Lomax | April 13, 2011 9:00 AMReply

    I hope that they reveal that a past president was actually a mutant! I want it to be one of these presidents:

    George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S Grant, Rutherford B Hayes, James A Garfield, Chester A Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William H Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D Roosevelt, Harry S Truman, Dwight D Eisenhower, John F Kennedy, Lyndon B Johnson, Richard M Nixon, Gerald R Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald W Reagan, George Bush, William J Clinton, George W Bush

  • Edward Davis | April 13, 2011 5:58 AMReply

    Carden, they should include every single one of those so everyone gets 2.4 seconds of screen time, GREAT IDEA!

  • Carden | April 13, 2011 5:55 AMReply

    I hope that they include some of the following X-Men members in future prequels/sequels:

    Anole, Ariel, Armor, Bishop, Blindfold, Boom Boom, Cable, Caliban, Cannonball, Chamber, Changeling, Cipher, Cloak and Dagger, Colossus, Cypher, Dazzler, Dust, Elixir, Forge, Gentle, Graymalkin, Nate Grey, Hellion, Hepzibah, Husk, Ink, Joseph, Jubilee, Karma, Lady Mastermind, Lifeguard, Lockheed, Longshot, Maggott, Magik, Magma, Marrow, Marvel Girl, Mercury, Mimic, Mirage, Namor, Northstar, Omega Sentinel, Petra, Pixie, Polaris, Prodigy, Psylocke, Revanche, Cecilia Reyes, Rockslide, Sage, Shadowcat, Slipstream, Stacy X, Sunfire, Sunspot, Surge, Sway, Thunderbird (John Proudstar), Thunderbird (Neal Shaara), Warlock, Warpath, Wolf Cub, X-23, Shen Xorn

    I look forward to seeing some of the following villians in future prequels/sequels:

    Apocalypse, Arcade, Bastion, Black Tom Cassidy, Dark Beast, Exodus, Cameron Hodge, Krakoa, Legion, Living Monolith, Mastermind, Mesmero, Mr. Sinister, Mojo, Cassandra Nova, Omega Red, Onslaught, Predator X, Proteus, Madelyne Pryor, Sauron, Selene, Shadow King, Silver Samurai, Spiral, Stryfe, Sublime, Sugar Man, Bolivar Trask, Vulcan, Wendigo, X-Cutioner, Kuan-Yin Xorn

  • BradZuhl | April 13, 2011 5:43 AMReply

    Without having seen the film I'd personally like them to stay in the 60's for awhile. Why jump ahead to the 70's or 80's? And some of the coolest X-Men's were the ones Neal Adams did at the end of the 60's.

  • jonathan | April 13, 2011 5:16 AMReply

    The last paragraph, err run-on sentence, has a few too many "but"s. It's very hard to read.

  • Serena Champness | April 13, 2011 5:10 AMReply

    X-Men: First Class will not apparently be the definitive depiction of the Hellfire Club as they do not seem to have included anyone apart from Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost. As it stands it will only be them and a bunch of nameless henchmen in the film. They should have included Harry Leland and Donald Pierce as well as Tessa and Selene.

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