The talent behind X-Men: First Class have revealed possible ideas for the next chapters in the mutant superhero saga.
The ending of First Class sets up a potential sequel that will be “even more fun”, according to director Matthew Vaughn.
“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,” says Vaughn.
“But with the second one you can just get on with it and have a rollicking good time,” he continues. “That’s the main difference between Begins and The Dark Knight.”
With First Class set in 1962, part two could move on to the late ‘60s – a period Vaughn is keen to x-plore.
“1962 is far more grounded in the world of the ’50s,” he says. “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 Stones, The Beatles, Flower Power…”
There’s also the possibility that the next chapters in the planned First Class trilogy will be set in the 70s and 80s respectively.
“That’s an idea that’s been discussed,” admits producer Bryan Singer. “How the characters go through time. But only to a point – they can’t age too fast!”
Finally, James McAvoy says he’d like to see his character Charles Xavier get “really messed up” in the sequels.
“In First Class he uses Cerebro for the first time and maybe it unlocks something in his head – maybe he can’t keep the voices out or something,” the actor speculates.
“So in the second movie his journey could be about getting himself out of a mess. And then in the third movie he become… Patrick Stewart!”
X-Men: First Class hits cinemas on 2 June 2011.
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