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Get Ready For Lots More X-MEN!! Matthew Vaughn and Bryan Singer Say Sequels To 1962-Set FIRST CLASS Will Explore Mutant History!!

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Get ready for lots more big screen “X-Men.”

A new Total Film interview with Bryan Singer and Matthew Vaughn, respectively producer and director of “X-Men: First Class,” suggests both men are keen to make period sequels.

“First Class” is set in the Don Draper era of 1962, but Vaughn says he’d like the next one to be set in the late 1960s:

“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…”

Singer allows that subsequent sequels could be set in the 1970s and ‘80s:

“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!”

Confusingly, producer Lauren Shuler-Donner told Empire Magazine last month that the folks at Fox “love” a treatment for a sequel to “X-Men: Last Stand” and that she plans to produce both “X4” and “X5.”

Throw in the new Wolverine and Deadpool spin-offs in the works, and that’s a ton of movie mutantcy.

Vaughn's prior directorial credits include "Layer Cake," "Stardust" and "Kick-Ass."

Find all of Total Film’s story here.

"First Class" hits cinemas June 3.


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  • April 14, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    I'm down for X4

    by textual

    Not really more prequels

  • April 14, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    What Mutant History?

    by Topher4801

    The one that keeps getting rewritten everytime there's a new X-Men movie?

  • April 14, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Totally don't care

    by slone13

    I've grown so tired of anything X-Men related

  • April 14, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    That's if anybody goes to see this one...

    by rev_skarekroe

    Aw, who am I kidding. Even if this one flops they'll grind out direct-to-DVD sequels until the end of time.

  • April 14, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Also, the new Mystique isn't NEARLY as pretty as Rebecca Romjin

    by rev_skarekroe

    I'm sorry if you're reading this, actress playing new Mystique. Nothing personal. Few women are.

  • April 14, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    wish they would do three movies

    by Eddie_Dane

    60's original team, 70's new xmen, '80's new mutants

  • April 14, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Seriously. Singer, just remake X3, that's what we all want.

    by Nick

    We'd all be willing to forget that Ratner one happened...

  • April 14, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    comic films are done

    by alienindisguise

    If you've seen one you've seen 'em all. It's all the same shit.

  • April 14, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    This was an Total Film article. Why the Empire cover?

    by smallfry

  • April 14, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    What she was saying was.....

    by u.k. star

    But at the mo Fox were defo on Wolverine, Deadpool (both of which were likely to ignore Origins; and she was HOPING to get fox on board with X4,5 and I think 6 too, but Fox weren't sure. I think that's what happened anyway.

  • April 14, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    eddie_dane, I agree.

    by Topher4801

    I would have loved to see a REAL First Class movie. Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel and Iceman. It kind of pissed me off that they're even calling it First Class. They could have done these movies word for word from the comics and followed the real history and they would have been AWESOME! eddie_dane's idea sounds GREAT. 1st movie is the original 5, then do the new group, Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler to save the original five. New Mutants would be cool too. I don't know why they ever felt it was necessary to take characters from all the different times and mix them all up together. It was all downhill from there and they could have been GREAT!

  • April 14, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Com+ic book movies +aren't done

    by u.k. star

    We're barely gettong into the swing of them, there haven't even been 100 of the things so there's a long way to go. You could argue that once you've seen a few of anything you've seen them all, but it's a trite argument and ignores the fact that it's the journey, the how you get from beggining to end that counts. Otherwise thrillers, romcoms, horrors and book adaptations would have been binned decades ago.

  • April 14, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Plus! Charlie Sheen Robert Pattinson Stanley Kubrick

    by MaxCalifornia.

    LMAO. Just seeing those three names bizarrely shoved together boggles the mind. Anyway, how about we consult audiences on what they think of this whole 60s thing before embarking on 8 planned sequels? Cuz if this sucker comes in at under $150 mil, expect a re-pre-bootquelmake with an all new cast and Len Wiseman.

  • April 14, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    I'm Excited About Mutant History


    That would be frickin' awesome. I might be the only person that thinks so . . . but I like it when they make huge hundreds-of-millions of dollars investments just for me. And just ignore certain age issues. The comic books do. We can assume that most mutants, though not all, benefit from their mutanhood and don't age so quickly. Question: will Beast talk like Kelsey Grammar?

  • April 14, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Magneto overload

    by matchesmalone2380

    Can we have an x-men movie that doesn't have Magneto??? There are dozens of x-villlains, but they keep bringing back magneto. Apocalypse, sinister, sentinals to name a few. They've branched out the x-men roster, now do the same for the bad guys!

  • April 14, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    So that means we're looking at:

    by bubcus

    X-Men First Class X-Men (First Class) 2 X-Men (First Class) 3 X-Men (First Class) 4 Wolverine X-Men X-Men 2 (United) X-Men 3 (The Last Stand) Wolverine 2 Deadpool X-Men 4 X-Men 5

  • April 14, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    This means we'll never get a reboot that actually resembles

    by Dennis_Moore

    the star spanning, dimension exploring, weird wonder of the actual books. Going to be stuck in Singer-X-verse for an unfortunately long time.

  • April 14, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    I'm down for more X-men movies. Especially an X4

    by Rebel Scumb

    I didn't hate X3 nearly as much as everyone else. Its dissappointing, and nowhere near as good as X2, but its still decent, has some great moments, like the house coming apart when Xavier dies was pretty amazing. I wasn't sure about first class when it was announced, but I'm really digging the vibe from the trailers, and it will be nice to have an X-film that isn't all about wolverine. I do dislike that Cyclops got the shaft in every single film, but otherwise I really like this franchise, and don't really care how close or not close it is to the comics continuity. As long as its thematically correct, and the characterizations are good then the specific story arcs or the order of who was on the team when doesn't matter at all as far as I'm concerned. I actually thought the X-men evolution cartoon was one of the best takes on the franchise and it didn't follow the continuity at all.

  • April 14, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Really excited for this but Beast looks like a werewolf

    by LowDevil

  • April 14, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Also if Deadpool can have a spinoff, then why can't my "character"???

    by Rebel Scumb

    Oh wait because no one wants a movie about a guy pushing a wheelbarrow through mud.

  • April 14, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Magneto isn't always the villain and....

    by u.k. star

    He's one of the most important characters in the X-Men universe, so he's going to feature a lot. But there's no certainty he'll be in any or all seques to either the prequel or contemporary X-men movies. He wan't in Origins, is highly unlikely to be in either The Wolverine or Deadpool, so he isn't even in all of them anyway.He wasn't "THE villain" of X2 either, Stryker was. Magneto spent most of X2 being abused or helping the X-Men.

  • April 14, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    More like

    by u.k. star

    2011 X-Men FC 2012 The Wolverine 2013 X4 2014 Deadpool 2014 X-Men FC2 2015 Weapon X (Wolverine) 2015 X5 2016 Deadpool 2 2017 Days of Future past mash up part one with X-Men FC 2017 DOFP PT with AKA X6 2018 DOFP conclusion with Wolverine Deadppool and every mutant you've ever seen!!!! /oh and with Banshee flying I'd say the Singer "realistic" X-verse is over. (It was a good idea and the films were a hit because of it, not in spite of it. Especially given that Fox always gave him as little cash as possible.) So maybe First Class can exist in a world where all the other things exist. Also Project Wide awaje etc exist in Singer's universe, he was never given the budget to follow it through.

  • April 14, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Why did Beast get old? Does he de-evolve?

    by sweeneydave

  • April 14, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Why is Mystique wearing clothes? Does she de-evolve?

    by sweeneydave

  • April 14, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    comic movies are going to decline soon

    by Billy_D_Williams

    they've been in fashion for ten years, and every genre goes through cycles...its probably going to be the avengers movie that causes it all to crash and burn. and i cant wait...sick of comic book movies, except maybe batman, and i dont even think Nolan's interpretation is all that great.

  • April 14, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Fuck the Singer universe

    by Adelai Niska

    I love X2 but please lets abandon this continuity. I don't want four movies about the early days of a team where Cyke, Jean, Charles, and Rogue are all completely fucked by X3. It's exactly as retarded as making a prequel about Frost from Blade. Please, Ms. Donner, admit that you royally fucked over Scott Summers and Phoenix, leave Ratner's shit behind, and start building toward Dark Phoenix in Space.

  • April 14, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Fox will keep churning them out until they hit their "Batman & Robin"

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

  • I just hope to God they can at least give me a decent Deadpool movie. Just one homerun, that's all I'm asking.

  • April 14, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    billy d: As always, your scattershot cynicism is refreshing.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    Like a cold glass of lemonade without the sugar.

  • April 14, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST


    by Raggles Wimpole

    Mystique looks like Snooki fucked a Smurf.

  • April 14, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Im sick of comic movies, they almost all suck...

    by Fritzlorrerains

    And the xmen movies are awful

  • April 14, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    They will reboot within 5 years

    by Fritzlorrerains


  • April 14, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Hercules! I'm eXcited for this!

    by Eternal Optimist

    This movie looks... eXcellent... and it looks... eXactly like the type of summer movie I want to watch! That cover is pretty great - I wouldn't mind having that image as a poster. Bring on X-MEN: FIRST CLASS!

  • April 14, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    X4: Make Cyke live, and make him a badass threat

    by David Cloverfield

    He can still turn out to be one of the good guys by the end. In the comics he works because he's an incredible square, but there are moments where he shows he could kick the whole team's ass with little effort. The movies only show him as a nerd, and that makes him a boring ass character. We never saw him die, make him a central character in the next film. Maybe he breaks into the school for some data working with someone new and kicks the whole team's ass. You can have a legitimate threat (and a cool opening sequence). I'm all up for more X movies. They're different from the comics, but that's a good thing. You don't know what to expect.

  • April 14, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    And First Class will own this summer.

    by David Cloverfield

    Making it a period peace is so fucking smart, I can't begin to describe it.

  • April 14, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    I really hope they do reboot the whole goddamn thing.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    Seriously: fresh actors, new style, proper costumes, some actual storylines from the comics, treat it like Star Trek.

  • April 14, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST


    by Judge Briggs

    For fuck sakes, CAN we please get an X-Men movie with some fucking sentinels?

  • April 14, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    This movie is indeed a REBOOT and not a prequel.

    by Thanos0145

    Singer only likes Xavier and Magneto. He could care less about the great X-Men history or the fans. By saying this is a prequel, it gives him cover to use the characters he likes. Only Brian Singer would like shitty characters like Azazel and Tempest. This X-Men:First Class is just a Watchmen ripoff. There is nothing original about it.

  • April 14, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Why is Mystiques face so chubby looking in that pic

    by Lando Griffin

    Jennifer Lawrence is gorgeous but is it some weird combination of the makeup and bad photoshop that make her face looks so damn round?

  • April 14, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    "Comic films are done" yeah right...

    by Andrew Coleman

    "Once you've seen one you've seen them all". Well hmm you can say that about anything. I mean you can that about horror films or action films or romcoms. The problem is with Hollywood ignoring original scripts these days... The only "big" movies are book adaptations or comic book films. Look at the big movies this summer. Almost all of them are comic book films. So I would say they are far from done. If anything this is just the beginning. First Class looks awesome and bring on more sequels as long as talented people are making them.

  • April 14, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    I've never understood the appeal of the Sentinels...

    by Rebel Scumb

    aside from the most basic "giant robots are cool" (and they are!) aspect I mean, even by comicbook standards, the sentinels make almost no sense. You want to hunt down and police the mutants hiding among your populace, to protect the normal humans, are 100 foot tall killer robots really the best approach??? Its one thing in the post apocalptic days of future past setting where the world is in flames. But in the present day... I dunno, just seems kind of lame to me.

  • April 14, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    I've never understood the appeal of the Sentinels...

    by Rebel Scumb

    aside from the most basic "giant robots are cool" (and they are!) aspect I mean, even by comicbook standards, the sentinels make almost no sense. You want to hunt down and police the mutants hiding among your populace, to protect the normal humans, are 100 foot tall killer robots really the best approach??? Its one thing in the post apocalptic days of future past setting where the world is in flames. But in the present day... I dunno, just seems kind of lame to me.

  • April 14, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    No, You may not have that.

    by Diagnostic

    Fox will continue to fudge up these films. <BR><BR>They do not have it in them to do anything else.

  • April 14, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    The X-Men 'World'

    by richievanderlow

    I like that this is kind of building it's world. Marvel is putting together it's Avenger series, and this is kind of the same thing, without the big names. Wolverine is really the only one that seems to be able to stand on its own from the X-verse, IMO. Either way, I'm glad they're not intermixing these...

  • April 14, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    But wait!!

    by NoMotivatioN

    As Loooong as Singer keeps his "Im not a very good writer but a good director" hands off "OldManLogan" Please please. While reading it you can just capture the movie as the stills just ABC the film to your face. It lays it out perfectly as a film. The problem with Singer world is always the Second and third parts of his Xmen movies. Once they put on those ridiculious costumes, the by ability of the movie goes out the window. X2 greatest scene is when logan makes his first kill in the kitchen and screams then breathes uncontrollably and drulling before asking, "you ok?" Then it all goes down hill, Dont forget the worst casting known to man (except,Charles, Wolverine ,even thou Hugh is like 6'7 his face is perfect ) since Tim "the worst director"Burton cast any recent movie. Cant they just redue the whole damn universe and make 'em Sci Fi like the 90s comics and about real gritty racial themes like the early days and , and, and, ohh go fuck myself , Im still young enough to wait it out and enjoy the endless amount of crap of Singer Vers I like crap. Just not all the time, if you knwo what I mean. sorry for the long post, havent really spoken all day lol.......... weirdo me I guess.

  • April 14, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST

    I want an AICN FIRST CLASS t-shirt SOOOOOO bad.

    by Darth_Kong

  • April 14, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Looks terrible

    by Heckles

    The Mystique and Beast makeup, costumes, everything looks just terrible. The one bright spot on the otherwise shit-tastic X-Men: Last Stand was Beast. And of course that is lost. They look like cheap Halloween costumes pasted on goofy looking catalog models. I've seen better in a Party City ad.

  • April 14, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Jennifer Lawrence all smurfed up is not her best look...

    by WriteForTheEdit least in that photo.

  • April 14, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Great things about X3, nono hear me out

    by NoMotivatioN

    One, no Bryan Singer writing input. Two, they killed Cyclops, not the charater mind you the stupid casting of that actor "as" Scott Summers who ends up naked in a roof top in a Chris Rock movie,Killed Jean Grey, the actress again was not a good choice , old women with a young pointless actor playing Cyclops, Their good but not good in these rolls. 3WHICH was supose to be the best part, The END OF these Series!! Which would of lead to a real reboot. Change. Buuuut no , everyone made a fuss about The first two which werent that great. Mediocre at best, great for the world but the world has comicbook movies now, lets Start a New cast and new version of having logan acturally be great plus short. And have Scott Summers the tall older kick ass Cyclops we all know and love First Class does look good thou, I really like that damn actor whos playing Magneto this time around, dudes in everything but you dont catch it at first cause hes that good. Guys a Fucking chameleon. Still I really cant wait for A total brand new vision of "X-MEN" with the real X-Men included. With the team of , archAngel,wolverine,Cyclops, Psylocke,rogue,storm,beast,Jean grey,colossus,Iceman,Gambit,Julibee,Charles, and so on... I like that team best, the real team good too but for a new movie?come on, The two teams in this one team is great.

  • April 14, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    "Plus! Charlie Sheen, Robert Pattinson..."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Really? Kubrick is THIRD to be mentioned on that list?

  • April 14, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    bloated mystiques too?

    by CT1

    the fuck?

  • If they do a reboot. If he was a bit younger Callum Keith Rennie could also have been cool. Not sure about his height, but he's about as Canadian as you get.

  • April 14, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    How good/convincing can the production design on this POSSIBLY BE

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Wasn't Origins: Wolverine supposed to be set in the 70s? Didn't look like it at all to me. Mad Men has really set the bar, as far as recreating the 60's is concerned. What I've seen in the trailers thus far doesn't seem all that detailed or remotely convincing.

  • April 14, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Stop complaining about not having the original 5

    by gandalfs_bong

    I'm tired about people complaining about not having the orginal 5 in this movie and ruining the comicbook continuity. The comicbook continuity does not work anymore. Magneto and professor X are about the right age in this movie, being set in 1962 and magneto being a kid in world war 2. However, if you went and put the original 5 in this movies as late teens/early 20's that would make cyclops, jean grey and iceman almost 60 in the original movie and 70 if X4 were made now. That's okay for magneto and professor X but not the main team. The original continuity does not work so they had to come up with something new...can eveyone stop complaining?

  • April 14, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    why does mystiques suit have large black nipples like a dog?


  • April 14, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    also, there sure are a lot of blue people in the xmen universe


    you know, originally blue was just to indicate something 'so black it's blue' when it would get highlighted. this was also because comics were, by nature, cheaply produced and used the simplest color combinations in the printing. granted, they did eventually say beast was blue, specifically, even though there's no real reason for it. for someone to revert back to nature, mutant or not, where the hell is there blue fur on earth?

  • Saying all that i wish they reboot it..give Scott finally his due. Make Bobby Drake cool again (no pun intended). I mean he was a descent character in the movies..kind sensitive but not the one at all I remember liking etcc.. etcc. I can go on and on.

  • April 14, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    mystique with down syndrome.

    by RedHorseVector

    an exciting new take on the x-men story.

  • April 14, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Jennifer Lawrence has chubby cheeks

    by D.Vader

    There's your answer.

  • April 14, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Remember when Singer was all jazzed about a Superman Returns sequel?

    by SifoDyasJr

    How'd that work out for ya?

  • April 14, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Fuck Lauren Shuler-Donner

    by D.Vader

    All her past comments have shown me is that she is one ignorant producer when it comes to storytelling and the progress of her own properties. And so much for "The Last Stand" being the Last Movie.

  • April 14, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST


    by pauduro

    So they have all the new plans and this crap is not out???? ooooo holywood thays why people hate you

  • April 14, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST


    by Ryan Kinsel

    Cowboys & Aliens is a comic book adaptation! Also Comic book movies on the big screen and small screen are far from over. With Disney aquiring Marvel get ready to see a whole lot more Marvel characters on the small screen. This isn't over by a long shot. There are so many characters and stories to pull from that it might be another 20 years of comic book adaptations. Every movie and TV show has a story board that is illustrated first. Hey...that kind of looks like a comic! What do you know some of the foot work is already done in order for the movie to move forward. Of course they will do there own storyboard for each particular project. Its just to easy to adapt these types of movies because it is easier to visualize these comics as movies. In closing all you haters are really dumb and I'm so tired of reading your cry-baby bullshit. Yeah I don't have to read it but it's sort of like a train wreck I just keep watching. So how bout all you idiots stop making the serious fanboys look bad! You savy son!

  • April 14, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    That sounds, frankly, quite horrible.

    by catlettuce4

    I don't want to see that highly flawed version of X-Men (the movie series) to continue, ESPECIALLY in the hands of Fox. The jury is out on First Class, but I don't plan on seeing it anyhow. I really just want the rights to get back to Marvel so we can see it redone correctly. Their apparent glee at extending this as long as possible makes me want to stay away even more.

  • April 14, 2011, 11 p.m. CST


    by catlettuce4

    If the continuity "works" in the comic, it would work in a movie. Just realize the characters only age selectively, and then at some point stop aging, like they do in comics...

  • They are going to keep releasing and rebooting crappy X-men, Spider-man, and Fantastic Four movies, because if they wait too long, then Marvel/Disney gets the rights back.

  • April 14, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    by AW

    Agreed. Hackner screwed the depresses me that they will continue the storyline from "The Last Stand"

  • April 14, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Beast is NOT BLUE!

    by Acappellaman

    They used blue in the comics for shading and lighting effects for all black-colored characters. Beast is actually supposed to be black. Why can't they get this right in the movies?!?

  • April 14, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Beating the dead horse...

    by AW

    For satistfaction to be had, we need a stand-alone "Dark Phoenix Saga" picture...period, the end.

  • April 14, 2011, 11:40 p.m. CST


    by Uncle Stan

  • April 15, 2011, 12:56 a.m. CST

    fuck no

    by redkamel

    I read the title and without even breaking cadence I inserted "fuck no". What the hell is mutant history? Pre-Xavier? The "early days"? The 60s isn't exactly "history"

  • April 15, 2011, 1:55 a.m. CST

    What's up with all the Jennifer Lawrence hate?

    by ewokstew

    The girl is super hot sans blue makeup. And yes, she's one of those girls who actually looks like a girl should. With some damned curves! I'm sure all you fanboys whining about her "chubbiness" are real f#$@@#% Adonis' yourselves, right? Half of you probably look like the love child of Rainn Wilson and Rhea Perlman.

  • April 15, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    ^ damn

    by CT1

    that is rude!!!!

  • April 15, 2011, 5:16 a.m. CST

    2011: The year comic movie bubble bursts?

    by Fixthe Fernback

    Movie execs will be bailing if Thor/Cap/Xmen fail to make money. I guess it'll be video game adaptations for 2013/14.

  • April 15, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    X-Men Vs Sentinels in Central Park

    by Autodidact

    Until you get that scene, they're half-assing the X-Men movies. I think an X-Men movie based all around the sentinel program, and maybe including the sentinel Nimrod, who is basically unstoppable, would be awesome.

  • April 15, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    ewokstew, I think you're misreading practically everything

    by D.Vader

    Most comments here, I believe, are saying that Jennifer Lawrence is a very attractive girl, but her makeup job as Mystique makes her less so.

  • April 15, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    It's not the material avail, it's the quality of the film

    by VAwitch

    I don't think anyone questions if there's material to do continuing Xmen-verse films - it's the quality of what gets brought to the screen - both of its own, and how it treats the source-material (looking at the shit that was passed off as the Phoenix stryline in X:LS) I'm only a bit geekier than a casual fan, and even *I* knew that the X:LS handling of Dark Phoenix was bull, and the way they'd developed Magneto was tossed in the crapper & ground up when Xavier died (and don't get me started on the lame way he was "saved"). My parents are even more casual fans, and *THEY* thought the DP story wasn't quite accurate (which I confirmed). Just like the bull they tried to pass off as "Deadpool" in O:W. Deadpool is cool enough w/o that sorry-ass crap they tried to pull. I'll give X:FC a try in 2D, in the theater, depending on my cash-flow. But they better bring it, or let W:2 be the end of that whole X-verse franchise. Cuz doing a poor Wolverine movie, set in Japan using that storyline - is inexcusable. I'm curious to see how many X 1/2 & O:W continuity-errors & contradictions are gonna happen. Forget problems w/ comic-source - I just wanna see how badly they do w/in their own Film-verse.

  • April 15, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    How do you think Magneto would have handled Charles' death, based on the way he'd been developed in the previous movies? My problem with Magneto isn't so much the way he reacts to Charles' death but to Mystique being cured.

  • April 15, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Hope this is good...

    by purplemonkeydw

    but I'm not getting a good vibe from what I've seen so far. Love Layer Cake, think Stardust is way underrated, and Kick Ass was great. Fingers crossed Vaughn, hope you pull this off!

  • April 15, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    @tehdude: I think Thor & Cap will do ok

    by VAwitch

    Maybe better than "ok"; but Xmen:FC has a lot going against it. Both the timeframe it's set-in, as well as the fact that the last 2 X-verse outings were very underwhelming. Thor & Cap are characters set to be joined to I Hulk (a moderate success, and seems to be well-liked or better), and Iron Man - which thus far, has proven to be gold. Thor's biggest problem is the balance between the "known" comic-fact that his human persona(s) are rather common-to-meek gents. Striking that balance between his humanity & his godliness will be what sinks or saves Thor. Cap - not sure on this one. From what I've seen, and geek-site heard, sounds like they have the feel down, including the how/why Capt comes into existance. I think the freezing then thawing-in-modern day angle will be what sells him to modern audiences. CA is a character I only have passing knowledge of, outside Wikipedia & similar sites. --I don't know how well he integrates/updates to modern day after he's thawed out to join the Avengers.

  • April 15, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Beast is Blue

    by Autodidact

    It's terribly pedantic to say he's actually black because you possess a little nugget of trivia about outdated comic book industry practices. He's blue you fucking idiots.

  • April 15, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    LSD sucks

    by VoiceOfSaruman

    Meaning, Lauren Shuler-Donner. Everything about these movies has sucked since the credits of X2 rolled and Singer went off and left the franchise in the hands of a butt-nut and some corporate fools. The first two films shit on a lot of decades-old continuity, but at least they consistently held together as a 're-imagining.' But I just don't understand - the Dark Phoenix storyline is one of the top most-loved stories in comics, ever. And they fucked it up terribly and 99% of the world agrees. So everyone involved with that film should be sent to Siberia and never work again. Seriously. Comic movies are big. Big money. "Hey, so let's take one of the most popular comic stories ever and fuck it up. Oh, Wolverine's been one of the most popular comic characters for 30 years? Ok, let's give him his own movie and fuck it up terribly, like a big joke." What the hell is wrong with these people? If they wanted to save the franchise, they should have waited another 5 years with no X movies and then rebooted. Not necessarily going back to the origins, but just made it clear there's no connection to the past films. And/or, if they wanted to set it in the 60's, then sure, give a good Xavier origin story and then start casting for Cyclops, Jean, Iceman, Beast, and Angel. How hard is that? Isn't that a no-brainer? Does it make those Hollywood idiots feel "creative" when they pick randomly from 40 years of comics and just mash it all together, throw in the SFX and cool music? Geniuses! There's easily ten good films worth in an X-Men franchise if they got it right. The 60's beginning, the changeover to the 70's team, the Mutant Massacre, Dark Phoenix, Days of Future Passed, and that's just getting up to the mid-80s. But people like Singer are always moving on to the next thing, and the suits are all over it about how to maximize profit over quality, as if they are mutually exclusive. There are bigger tragedies in the world, but this is all just a testament to stupidity and missed opportunity. I have no clue why Nolan gets bashed here, because whether you like his Batman or not, you might agree that he keeps his eye on the ball, i.e. quality control, and doesn't let corporate thinking taking over. The films are his vision and he's sticking by it, unlike many other directors (and the most guilty, TV show creators who pop back in to write the series finale after years of other people's crap.) Nolan doesn't let marketing people decide who the fucking characters are in his films. Marketing people are ignorant shits. Oh yeah, someone tell Mystique to lay off the ham and cheese sandwiches, and tell Beast to get back to the set of Michael Jackson's Thriller.

  • April 15, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I have little faith in Singer nowadays.

    by Stalkeye

    He did fuck Cyclops over and the ending of X2 was all too simular to Star Trek Wrath of Khan. Oh, and then there's Superman Returns which i need not delve any further. I just hope that First Class makes up for the the 1st and 3rd X film since judging from the trailers, it has good potentual .

  • You could make use of both timelines simutaneously, have young Xavier and magneto get some sort of foreknoledge of the future (The present of X4) about the rise of the sentinels and the "final solution" to wipe out the mutants. Each of them is galvenized by the dark future they see, Xavier to try and repair relations between humans and mutants, magneto to strike first and wipe out the humans. Shaping them into the men they become in the present day films. You could have one of the X-men in X4 go back in time to meet up with young Xavier to warn him, connect the 2 movies that way.

  • April 15, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    This looks so terrible

    by BirdMcMonster

    Again - Let's take a bunch of beloved characters and story lines and totally screw them all up, alienating the true fans and introducing newcomers to the ensuing crap instead! Marvel needs to find a way to get a hold of the X-everything again, and give it to someone like Favreau or an up-and-coming equivalent who will be faithful and give true fans what they want, making tons of money in the process.

  • April 16, 2011, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Lauren Shuler-Donner will ruin the X-Men

    by chien_sale

  • April 16, 2011, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Unhand me, you damned, dirty mutants

    by goatherdingclownhunter

    A pox upon you fools who think J-Law is too chubby or unattractive. Anyone who has seen her sans the blue makeup knows that she is a gorgeous woman. Her curvy frame and her round, fresh face are a sight for sore eyes in this day and age of overly-coked out, disgusting-looking starlet whores (Lohan/Hilton/Snooki).

  • April 16, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    I seriously doubt we'll ever see an "X4"

    by wash

    It's pretty obvious they'll just keep doing reboot after reboot. I'm not sure why there's so much hate from people for First Class. It looks better than X1 and 3, that's for sure.

  • April 16, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    I'll bet Kevin Bacon's pissed...

    by Triple_J_72

    ... that he doesn't get to be on either "Empire" cover.

  • April 17, 2011, 1:56 a.m. CST

    by JAMES S. LIAR

    this show is going into the past i would of went with sentinel future where humans thrive and mutants suffer.with a war torn wolverine fighting the sentinels a great terminater vibe would be achieved but then again maybe thats why they concetrated on the past not the future!!! suntheghost-

  • April 17, 2011, 1:58 a.m. CST

    by JAMES S. LIAR

    the reavers would be a nice addition to the x men cyborgs blowing everything up sounds more exciting than stryker. -suntheghost

  • April 17, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Love Guru: First Class

    by leonardo_dicraprio

    X-men was my favorite comic, but aside from the first third/half of X2, not a fan of the movies. Favreau proved superhero flicks could still be mostly great with IM1, and then that they could mostly suck with IM2. I have hopes for Thor and Cap America, but I wish they'd start making more non-superhero summer fun. and I wish I knew what that guitar-playing hamburger dude was.

  • April 17, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    How come no one ever mentions

    by Dan

    That Havoc is in this movie but is supposed to be Cyclops' brother. Would that mean that the Summers family waited 40 years to have another son? I hate this movie.

  • April 17, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST


    by Thanos0145

    "and I wish I knew what that guitar-playing hamburger dude was." That's an homage to the 1985 movie "Better Off Dead" which starred John Cusack. In the movie, the animated hamburger sings "Everybody Wants Some" by Van Halen.