Thursday, June 7, 2012

Lets Talk about X-Men: First Class 2

Remember how skeptical I was of X-Men: First Class? How I wrote that humorous piece about the trailer? And then how I ended up loving it?

Yeah, you're not surprised that I'm writing a speculation post about the sequel. Now that we've got a release date (July 18th 2014) we can start counting down for the next two years and throw out ideas about what the second movie is going to be about.

What do we know?

(Wikipedia has the best summing up, so I'm going to quote it here. You can find sources for all the data at the Wiki Page)

 Matthew Vaughn and Bryan Singer will return to direct and produce the sequel, respectively.[63] 
Hurrah! Vaughn and Singer did such a brilliant job on the first movie, I would have been heartbroken and very skeptical if they'd turned down the sequel.

On how First Class 2 could open, Vaughn said: “I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto.”

 My friend Paul and I discussed this, and although it's a very catchy idea, we're skeptical about it actually going through, as it could be very offensive to a lot of people. This quote is from quite awhile ago too, and later interviews seem to indicate a different direction, as you'll see below.

Continuing that a First Class 2 would not necessarily follow the traditional comic-book sequel route of adding more characters to its roster, Vaughn added: “We will only have one more new character. I won’t say who he… I won’t say who he or she is! But we will only be bringing one more new character in, because, I think, as Professor X is in a wheelchair, Magneto needs to have a nemesis he can fight with. Someone that will be his equal. I know who it is. It would be nice if I could say something, but I can’t, mate!”[65] 

I very, very strongly want this other person to be Polaris aka Lorna Dane. For those of you who don't know her, she is the biological daughter of Magneto and possesses his power of magnetism. She also has green hair. AND she is the love interest of Alex Summers aka Havok, which would fit her in perfectly here. Also, the X-Men team is currently ALL guys and I think it would be really really weird if we didn't get another woman on their team in the sequel.

Alas, I think this is very unlikely. They'll likely want a really intensely powered man of mature years. If this is the case, then I'm seriously hoping for Sinister as the new character. We've yet to see him on screen, and he's got a huge place in X-Men history.

However, Fox recently registered the title "Days of Future Past" which is a time travel story from traditional X-Men canon, and would require quite a different roster if it is indeed the First Class sequel and not the rumored X-Men 4.

Vaughn has speculated that a sequel could be set in "in the latter part of the 1960s where you’ve got The Stones, The Beatles, Flower Power."[66] 

Sounds fun to me! Can't you just see Alex and Sean rocking out and Hank just giving them annoyed looks and asking them to turn the music down?

Actor James McAvoy said he has a contract for three movies,[67] and expressed interest in seeing Charles Xavier get “really messed up” in the sequel and speculated that a third film could show his transition into a character closer to the one played by Patrick Stewart in the original trilogy.[66] 

I don't like Xavier particularly in the comics, but I do love the movie incarnations and would like to see them do more with this.

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner has said that the sequel may be set in the 1970s.[70] Writer and executive producer Bryan Singer has stated that it could be set around the Civil rights movement or the Vietnam War,[71] and that Wolverine could once again be featured.[72] Hugh Jackman has said that he would like to return.[73] 

Ughugh no more Wolverine, please? I'm fine with giving him a bit part tied into the Vietnam War, but I would be utterly dismayed if he got a leading role. Nothing against Wolverine, it's just whenever he shows up, he takes over everything and it becomes "The Wolverine Show!" Unless Joss Whedon is in charge, he keeps Wolvie properly equal to everyone else.

Simon Kinberg who co-wrote X-Men: The Last Stand and co-produced X-Men: First Class will write the sequel.[74]

*skeptical eyebrow* Seriously? No one from X-Men: The Last Stand should touch anything to do with any X-Men movie every again.

Actress Jennifer Lawrence has expressed interest in reprising her role as Mystique in a sequel.[75] Rose Byrne and Álex González revealed that they had signed on for one or two more films in the X-Men franchise.[76][77]

Hurrah! I desperately hope we'll get Byrne back as Moira!

January Jones has said that she would love to do another film.[78] 

No offense, but if they don't beef Emma up and give her plenty of snark, they're going to be in huge trouble. I'm willing to give Jones another chance, but I'd rather they recast and give the role to someone with a more commanding presence.

Lucas Till has said that he would like to reprise the role of Havok.[79] 


Jason Flemyng has expressed interest in exploring the origins of Nightcrawler.[80] 

I think all the fans will throw hissy fits if Nightcrawler's origins are not at least alluded to. Even if it doesn't happen until the third movie, they should still set up at least a friendship.

So. Yep. That's that. I don't want to have my expectations too high, but I think this sequel has a lot of potential. My only worry is Emma, my dream is Polaris.

1 comment:

Morgan said...

Yes! I can't wait for the sequel to come out! I didn't know they were considering doing a trilogy but that's great to hear :)

Polaris would be really cool, and they could fit her in since she hasn't been in the previous films.

I think it would be cool if they had Scott or Jean or Storm come in, as a younger character. Of course, they would have to change Scott and Alex's relationship if they wanted it to fit with the old trilogy.

Whatever happens, I hope it's as good as the first!