Michael Fassbender on the X-Men: First Class Sequel
11.12.11 by Ryan
X-Men: First Class was one the most critically-acclaimed comic book movies of the summer (and, in our view, one of the better adaptations this year), but movement on a sequel has been slow. Despite earning $335 million in worldwide box office (and over a million DVD and Blu-ray copies sold in the U.S. alone), Twentieth Century Fox has yet to officially announce a sequel, though, earlier this month, First Class actor Jason Flemyng revealed that a script for X-Men: First Class 2 was in progress just as it was being reported that First Class producer Simon Kinberg was writing the script.
First Class focused on the early days of friendship between mutant leaders Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), set during the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 1960s. In a recent interview with Collider, Fassbender said that he had "no idea" when production on a sequel would start, but admitted that he was "looking forward to working with all those people again."
I have no idea. I’m looking forward to working with all those people again. We had a lot of fun. It was a great cast and a great crew. Hopefully, I’ll get in at ground level and start putting some ideas together myself, with James [McAvoy] and, hopefully, (director) Matthew [Vaughn], and we can see what happens next.
I’m really interested to see what happens to Charles (McAvoy), in the next one, and see how he becomes Professor X ‘cause we got to see Erik turn into Magneto, in the first one. It will be interesting to see who shaves Charles’ head. When he’s drunk one night, the mutants will go in there and shave his head and shave off his eyebrows. Maybe.
Vaughn and First Class producer Bryan Singer (director of X-Men and X2: X-Men United) have already publicly discussed ideas for a sequel, with Vaughn revealing that he would like to include a mutant connection to the JFK assassination and Singer said that the sequel "could inhabit a whole world of the 20th century," including the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
While Fassbender's return sounds inevitable, Vaughn's return is not. The director has said that he would "definitely" like to return, but with X-Men: First Class 2 only in script stages, nothing is certain yet.