James McAvoy Discusses a Possible X-Men: First Class Sequel
06.03.11 by Ryan
Now that director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men prequel X-Men: First Class is in theaters, speculation over a sequel can only increase while this weekend's box office is tallied. Vaughn has already expressed interest in helming a sequel, explaining an idea for a sequel that would include the X-Men in the JFK assassination. All it would take for a sequel is for the movie to be a success.
James McAvoy, who plays Professor X in First Class, told The LA Times that while he hopes a First Class sequel is made "because they found a story they like," the actor admits that he has ideas about what should happen in a sequel.
I know Michael [Fassbender] and I are very much on the same page all the time and we’ll be weighing in to protect that relationship between the two characters. One of the things about this movie is: In all the others Magneto is your bad guy and Professor X and the X-Men are the good guys; in this one, it’s not like that. It’s much more sophisticated or complex, at least, and we need to come up with a way to do that moving forward. The next movie, if there is one, shouldn’t just start off with them being pals again, but I think it also shouldn’t be like the first movies only set in the 1960s. If we get another, let’s not just make Magneto the bad guy; of course he’s a bad-ass and of course he has a whole different ethos, but making a movie that is black-and-white is going to lose the thing that we have in this one….
One consideration for a sequel will be Professor X's hair, or lack thereof. McAvoy suggested that perhaps Professor X gets "some dodgy Australian shampoo" but in an interview with Comic Heroes Magazine (via The Geek Files) McAvoy states that if a First Class sequel is made in the same rushed schedule as the first (Vaughn has about a year to cast, shoot and edit the movie), he "might have [no hair] left" himself. McAvoy also offered an idea on how Professor X's balding could occur.
In the comic books it's clear that he loses it the day he discovers his powers, but they decided not to do that in this one for some reason. It's a different take. We might as well save it for an in-movie explanation. Maybe something else happens to him.
For the second movie, I'm quite interested in the idea that he can't keep the voices out so maybe something f***s him up. Maybe something happens to him on a genetic level that screws with him or something.
Of course, Professor X will have other issues in front of him should a sequel happen. Talking to USA Today, McAvoy explained what exactly Professor X will have to contend with in a probable X-Men: First Class 2.
SPOILER ALERT: McAvoy's response contains MAJOR SPOILERS. Stop here unless spoilers are not a concern.
At the end of this film, (X) is left with, "I know what I have to do." If we do make more movies, the next film is about the movement, really. At the end of this film, two major things happen for him: he gets (expletive) royally by the person he's come to care about more than any other in the world, and he gets the ability to walk taken away from him. How do you deal with that?