Bryan Singer Discusses Possibilities for X-Men: First Class Sequel
06.08.11 by Ryan
Twentieth Century Fox's X-Men prequel X-Men: First Class is currently at the top of the box office, and was given a financial boost from a strong overseas opening as well. Fox has yet to officially announce a sequel, and is likely waiting to see how the movie performs in its second week.
Set against the backdrop of the Cuban missile crisis, First Class explored the mutant connection to the event, while also showing the early days of friendship between Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender). Should Fox want a sequel, director Matthew Vaughn has previously admitted that he would "definitely" like to return, and shared that he would like to include a mutant connection to the JFK assassination.
X-Men and X2: X-Men United director Bryan Singer, who produced First Class and created the prequel's story, spoke to The LA Times before the movie's opening and revealed that history will likely play a part in any First Class sequel.
I don't know if every movie has to be a history lesson. But there's a lot of history to cover. If we sequelized this, it could inhabit a whole world of the 20th century. When [First Class] happened, Kennedy had not been assassinated and the Vietnam War hadn't happened yet.
First Class isn't the only recent sequel or prequel to include history in the story; the upcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon is centered on a Transformers connection to the 1969 NASA moon landing. Even the original X-Men movie tied Magneto's background into World War II, a storyline that was further explored in First Class.
As for what history could be explored in a First Class sequel, Singer thinks that "what's really interesting about the '60s setting is the civil rights movement," which seems like something the marginalized mutants would get involved in.
While 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine also included historical events in the movie's story, Singer echoes the sentiment of many fans when he opined that "Wolverine told a story, but it didn't always feel like a story that was very essential or interesting."
Singer's feeling over that movie doesn't make him hesitate to use the backdrop of a significant historical event should a First Class sequel be approved. "You don't need to hit people over the head with them in every movie or every scene," said Singer. "But having them at the core of the conflict is what I think makes it all work."