Matthew Vaughn Confirmed for X-Men: First Class Sequel

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X-Men First Class Movie Poster by Dave WilliamsMatthew Vaughn, director and co-writer of “X-Men: First Class” has already decided to skip “Kick Ass 2″, and perhaps he’s done so in order to focus more on the sequel to his hit mutant movie “X-Men: First Class”.

That certainly seems to be the case, as trade reports have Vaughn (and, we presume, his co-writer Jane Goldman — she usually goes wherever Vaughn goes) officially closing a deal to write and direct the sequel for Fox. Also back, we’re told, is the entire cast of the first movie, though scheduling the very busy Michael Fassbender and the suddenly very busy Jennifer Lawrence, I suspect, will be where the sequel has to do its best work.

Also back are Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg as producers, if that matters to you.

As good as “X-Men: First Class” was, and it was plenty good, it actually topped off at $353 million worldwide, making it the second lowest earning “X-Men” movie, beating out only the $296 million of the first film. I wonder, though, if you were to adjust the 2000 original for inflation, if it, too, would come out on top of “First Class”.

But, perhaps more important than box office (I know, just go with it), is that “First Class” turned a profit and washed away the stink of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “X-Men: Last Stand”, and perhaps that was worth ignoring the whole profit margin thing. Maybe. Or maybe Fox just thinks, on the strength and reputation of the first, a sequel to “First Class” will be where the big money is.

Matthew Vaughn

Via : THR

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    You do mean the stink of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” right?
    And this is awesome news. While fassbender and McAvoy have both said the first movie is about Erik becoming Magneto, McAvoy has said he’d love to have the next film be about Charles evolving into Professor X.

  • Shazam!

    I wonder if January Jones will have another baby after this one??

  • Anonymous

    Aw man, nice to hear. The whole profit margin thing had me wondering when/if we’d get a part two with the same crew and faces. Couple of co-workers and I were thinking a logical cycle for a trilogy (because everyone loves trilogies) would set #2 in the 70’s and #3 in the 80’s. We’d hopefully get a relatively complete origin story for the whole Fox X-Men universe and probably some other origin movies to boot. Hell, even better, I wouldn’t mind a complete reboot where the Sentinels and other mutant factions show up.

    “This Sentinel, by coming here, now, has changed our future.”
    “You mean–?”
    “Yes, an alternate reality!”
    DUN-DUN-DUUUUUUUN!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cody-Armstrong/100000139473736 Cody Armstrong

    Is it sad I would rather watch “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” than “X-Men First Class” again?

    • Juggernaut

      Well, that’s just ridiculous on so many levels!!! Although, to be fair, XOW has grown on me since it has been airing on FX.

  • Juggernaut

    I’m so amped to see what is in store for Vaughn’s direction of the merry mutants. Fleshing out Charles’ road to eventually becoming “Proffesor” Xavier is a must. I really hope that they trim the fat of the first film going forward. They could drop Riptide and Angel Salvadore from Magneto’s roster and bring in a few more interesting members (Mastermind, Unus, Frenzy). I really enjoyed the X-Men line-up in the first film. I hope that they bring in Polaris and maybe Mimic. I’d also like to see them incorporate never before seen villains like they did with The Hellfire Club in the first film. Sinister, Apocalypse and the four horsemen are on my wishlist.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Matermind, and Unus would be cool. Polaris would be an interesting addition, with Magneto on the other side. Mimic could be cool, but I’d love to see them bring back Darwin much like the way they did in the comics, and that his “Death” was his body trying to addapt. Sinister is actually the best bet. I’d play him like the person who influenced Shaw to be on the search for mutants in the first place and he was actually having them recruited for his own means. With shaw’s death, and Magneto usurping the Hellfire Club and turning it into the Brotherhood, Sinister would have to step out of the shadows to reclaim what he sees as his assests. Sinister’s Marauders (which Riptide would switch sides to) would then be the common enemy of Charles’ new team of X-men and the Brotherhood as they fight for their freedom as Sinister tries to capture them all and control them.

      • Juggernaut

        I really like your take on Sinister! My thoughts were to have Sinister be in charge of a mysterious new mutant faction (The Marauders of course) that are hunting down the most powerful mutants. I didn’t flesh out my entire vision for Sinister but the one thing that I incorporated was that he was actually the man in black (Oliver Platt’s character from the first film). Along with X-23 and Nemesis he is behind the dissapearance of Brotherhood member Angel Salvadore and are now trying to capture Havok.
        My view on Polaris is that she is a troubled teen deep into the emerging counterculture of punk, which she uses to mask her naturally green hair. She is sent to a reformatory where she befriends another outcast named Mortimer Toynbee (The Toad). She is recruited by Xavier to join the school. Toad joins her. Once there Polaris meets Havok and the two start a romantic relationship that drives Toynbee to turn on her and his new schoolmates.
        Mastermind,Unus and Frenzy as additions to The Brotherhood:
        I introduced Jason Wyngarde aka Mastermind as an old buisiness aquaintence of Shaw and Emma’s who joins the fold. He was one of Shaw’s most trusted and talented allies during the early days of The Hellfire Club. Using his powers of illusion to change from a bearded beatnick to an aristoctatic member of high society he helped Shaw with mergers and aquisitions before he left and Emma took his place.
        Angelo Gunteri Unuscione aka Unus The Untouchable is the head of the east coast’s major crime syndicate. He was on trial for crimes commited by his mafia family. During his escape after being found guilty he is aided by Magneto and The Brotherhood.
        Joanna Cargill aka Frenzy is a member of the Mutant Liberation Front in the island nation of Genosha. She has steel hard skin and enhanced strengthe and durablility. While fighting against the new mutant apartheid, she is saved from certain death at the hands of the opressive government militia by Magneto and The Brotherhood.

        • Juggernaut

          I also had Angel Salvadore being gone during the second film only to return in the third film as Death, the metalic winged, fourth horseman of Apocalypse!!! She’d join Apocalypse’s other horsemen, Sinister, the man in black who served as the leader of the enigmatic Marauders in the second film, Holocaust (formerly Nemesis), a member of the Marauders who after being nearly killed during the second film by Havok is saved at the end of the movie by a ruby quartz enforced, polycarbonite suit designed by Division X’s Hank McCoy, and Sabretooth, a mercenary hired by the man in black (aka Sinister) and his benefactor the dark rider (aka Apocalypse) to repace fallem Marauders member X-23 and help defeat the X-men and aid Apocalypse in his plans to rule the world. (When Apocalypse and his horsemen are ultimately defeated during the finale of the third film Magneto, having lost Frenzy, Azazel, Unus and White Queen, offers to pay for Creed to join the Brotherhood. Sabretooth accepts the invitation. Magneto, Sabretooth, Toad and Mystique stand atop a mound of shrapnel. Magneto levitated the heap and they disappear into the distance.)

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            I love the Sinister was the man in black angle cause combined with my take it put him on both sides, which is exactly what Sinister would do. Not feeling X-23 in these (and why haven’t they just given her a name yet, I think Talon fits) as she is basically a stand-in for Deathstrike almost. Love your takes on Polaris, Mimic, Matermind and Unus. And even love what you did with Angel and having her become Death in Warren’s place. Frenzy is also a good choice, especially with her coming back in the limelight currently in X-Men: Legacy. I think I could get behind all this excpet Magneto working with/for them. Sinister is a control freak and has only worked for ONE person really and that is Apocalypse, and I personally feel someone as big as that should be in the modern era of the X-men. Have the third film lead into the creation of Master Mold and Nimrod and the Sentinel program. After the worlds governments have finally wittnesed the abilities of mutants on a grand scale due to the battle between The combined forces of the Brotherhood and the X-men against Sinister and his Maruaders, the governments create a global think tank led by Bolivar Trask to find a way to control and if need be eliminate the mutant “threat.” Trask of course goes beyond that and sets off a war against the mutants but when the AI Nimrod takes over control of the Mater Mold program and factory Trask loses control of his creations and is at their mercy. Magneto would have to recruit some new members as would Xavier, and the survivors are what we’d get for the original X-men film.

          • Juggernaut

            I kept thinking that Oliver Platt was too big a name to be just some nameless government drone in the first film. I was waiting for an after credits singer that showed him alive and well as a character from the comics (I feel he’d make a good Sinister although I’d like that look to be a guise and have another actor be the actual Sinister). In my opinion out of all of the villains that the X-Men have Sinister and Apocalypse are their biggest, best and most famous besides Magneto and The Brotherhood. I’d also like to see the sentinels in a film but unfortunately “The Last Stand” kind of put the kibosh on that idea since these films are incorporating the other Fox, “X” movies and it was said that the sentinels were sometime in the near future. That scene in TLS was one of my favorites and enough of a nod to satiate my desire to see “Days Of Future Past” come to life. However, it was alittle short sigted to dismiss the possibility of utilizing them in a prequel. My take on Bolivar Trask in this film series was to have him be a young, genius, military scientist who is part of The Friends Of Humanity. Along with billionaire philanthropist, Cameron Hodge, robotics engineer Steven Lang and miltary strategist, Graydon Creed, he pushes anti-mutant propaganda and lays the groundwork for what will one day be project Sentinel. I thought that having X-23 in there was a nice way to have Wolverine in there without having Wolverine in there. Lol. The same way that they used Azazel in “First Class”. It was like, “Everyone loved Nightcrawler but he’s been done in the original trilogy. How do we do him again in a film set forty years in the past?”. “We could do a character named Azazel who esenscially the same character only red!”. Lol. I really liked the idea of having Angel Salvadore in Warren’s place. It allowed one of the finer points of the Apocalypse storylines (the creation of Archangel) to happen. Since most of my favporite story arcs have the members that are in the original trilogy in them it is really hard to do those.
            Besides the fact thatFrenzy was always one of my favorites, there was a lot that went into picking her as one of Magneto’s new additions. Some members like Unus and Mastermind were no brainers. since they were a part of the beginnings of The Brotherhood. However, I tried to think outside the box a bit when it came to other members for his faction since they did that with “First Class”. Frenzy does have ties to Erik from her days on The Acolytes but she has a different set of powers than any of the characters portrayed in “First Class”. My only reservation was the inclusion of another female on the team. Hence getting rid of Angel during the second installment. INot only was Angel one of the short falls of “First Class” in my opinion, it also worked for the Archangel scenario. Overall she was my favorite new character on Magneto’s side. I liked the backstory of having her be a resistance fighter in Genosha against the mutant aparttheid. Obviously none of this is going to happen but at least I can have it in my head.

  • Anonymous

    just replace whoever that play white queen on the 1st movie!

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    @Juggernaut- Mostly good ideas and points. However let me counter the X-23 for Wolverine/Azazel for Nightcrawler anology. Azazel was an established character with actual ties to Nightcrawler, and was said to be his father, hence him being in the past. X-23 (still think talon is a better name) is a decent character now, but how would we explain her? She’s Deathstrike’s mom? I definitely like the use of Frenzy and not disagreeing with Sinister and Apocalypse being the biggsest villains they have this side of Magneto and such but Apocalypse is too big for this prequel and I’d save him for a franchise reboot or a modern day sequel. The Sentinel thing I just had Xavier using Cerebro to help him erase people’s memory of the incident once it’s done. I would probably only do a few large sentinels and Nimrod, and then do Omega Sentinels which were the people turned cyborg sentinels. But I do like your Frinds of Humanity idea as well.

    • Juggernaut

      Agreed on the Azazel/X-23 subject. The way I was going with it was cutting all ties to the comic continuity. I was making her just be the illegitimate daughter of Wolverine during his excursions before the events of XOW. He has been around forever so he could have a had a fling with a Russian spy (like the comics) before he ran into Stryker and company. Maybe the X-23 character in this sequel could have bone claws! That would be something different! There doesn’t need to be a real explaination for her (there was none for Azazel).
      As for using Apocalypse in this film series I understand where you’re coming from but I think it could be done. He is a grand scale villain but if done in the third installment with only hints of his involvement in the second film it could work. Have him revealed to be behind the whole thing as an after credits stinger. Sinister and The Marauders should be the central threat in the second film. Charles is so preoccupied with the thought of what is going to happen when Magneto and The Brotherhood strike that he is totally blindsided by Sinister and The Marauders. He realizes that there are far worse foes than Erik. It would also be a bit of an eye opener to Erik who, from the looks of the end of “First Class”, was on track to becoming a villain. That has always been the beauty of Magneto,besides the early days, he has never been a real villain. He was just of a different opinion than Charles. The Sentinel angle with Xavier erasing the memories of everyone could work. It would show his more malevolent side. Having the Omega Sentinels could be cool. You could even have an amalgam of the Omega Sentinels and The Reavers!

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        I’ve been trying to fit the Reavers in! I just got it. Make them a group of mutant hating soldiers that volunteer to become Trask’s mutant hunting force. he would’ve stolen some info from Beast’s databse and has more knowledge than most about mutants and their abilities. If they play Apocalypse kind of like in X-men Evolution and what you’ve come up with i could deal.

        • Juggernaut

          I like that. They could be made up of original Reavers members (Donald Pierce, Pretty Boy, Bonebreaker, Skullbuster), members of The Upstarts (Travor Fitzroy, Fabian Cortez, Sienna Blaze) and members of the Sentinel program (Ahab, Bastion). That would be awesome!
          I never watched X-Men Evolution what was Apocalypse like in that?

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Hard to explain really. More of a force of nature type. Ancient, powerful, and dangerous. if you can find a way to watch it it was very good spin on the franchise.

            As for the Reavers that would actually be a very cool amalgam.

          • Juggernaut

            Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
            After the events of the first film the government, to ensure national security, has released a public statement about the existance of mutants. The mutant scare has added to the already volotile atmosphere of the civil rights movement. Many anti-mutant organizations have begun protesting. One such group, The Friends Of Humanity, has embedded themselves within the U.S. government. William Stryker Sr., the newly appointed secretary of Defense, has allied himself with state representative, Cameron Hodge, political activist and FOH founder, Graydon Creed, robotics engineer, Dr. Steven Lang and Military scientist Bolivar Trask to create a new security force to protect the public against the mutant threat. Their new initiative ,codenamed operation Reaver, enhances the abilities of a group of hand picked soldiers.
            Meanwhile, Charles and his X-Men are preparing for the inevitable battle against Magneto and his Brotherhood. Both sides have begun recruiting new members to help young mutants cope in the increasingly anti-mutant world around them. As the battle between the two factions nears a new enemy emerges. A group called the Marauders have begun gathering mutants to execute their shadowy agenda. Lead by the enigmatic, Mr. Sinister, the Marauders (Nemesis and X-23) have targeted their next aquisition, X-Men member Havok. Sinister is a powerfulmutant who had been posing as a Division X agent (The man in black) to gather inteligence on known mutants for his endeavors. He is an extremely old mutant who was also behind Dr. Klaus Shmidt aka Sebastian Shaw’s initial experiments on mutants, including a young Erik Lensherr during WWII. He is now forced to step out of the shadows and take back the recruits that Shaw has gathered to go forward his plans.