Matthew Vaughn has been giving a few interviews recently in order to promote Kick-Ass on DVD/Blu-ray, but obviously people are more interested in what he has planned for X-Men: First Class.
In an earlier interview the director revealed he had to change the script as there were similarities with Inception, and in this latest interview he confirms X-Men: First Class is a prequel to the trilogy, and speaks about juggling all the characters in one film.
From Splash Page:
“I have to give a lot of credit to Bryan Singer, because he came up with a very clever, very interesting way of integrating the characters into recent history — not necessarily too recent, though,” Vaughn told MTV News. “I don’t want to spoil it for you, but when I read the script that was around in May, I thought, ‘This is a really clever idea.'”
“It just kind of worked,” he continued. “How [Singer] integrated the characters into the world and the political climate of the time, it was very clever.”
“Yeah, I would say absolutely so,” Vaughn responded when asked if “First Class” would be an official, in-continuity prequel to the “X-Men” movies that came before it.
“You’ve got Magneto and [Charles] Xavier when they first meet,” he explained. “The backdrop of what’s going on in the world when they first meet, it’s very interesting. You see them and their relationship develop and play out with this major political event in the background.”
On the potential to over-crowd the film with too many characters:
“In terms of having a lot of mutants, it doesn’t feel that busy,” said the filmmaker. “I don’t feel worried about it. I think it will be really cool to see all these guys doing their stuff.”
“I’m very keen that it has a lot of heart, this movie,” he added. “You understand where these characters have come from, and you obviously know where they’re going, but to see that very important point of their lives where they’re discovering their power and working out their ethical take on what to do with their power — it’s a very interesting story to tell. I want it to be a very good film, and I’m working very hard to create one for you.”
Will we finally see the romance between Jean and Cyclops now that Wolverine isn’t around to screw it up?
“I can’t shed any light on that at all,” he laughed when asked if the classic X-Men couple will finally get their due on the big screen. “I think that would be giving too much away,” said Vaughn “You’ll just have to wait and see. It’s going to be worth it.”
Luckily for us we have less than a year to wait and, while filming has literally just begun, I’d say we may get a teaser trailer towards the end of the year as 20th Century Fox has The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader hitting screens in December. Just an early guess on my part.
After re-watching Stardust and Kick-Ass I have faith that Vaughn and deliver a good X-Men film. People are wary as 20th Century Fox are still involved and they are responsible for the disappointment that was X-Men: Origins: Wolverine, however Vaughn and Bryan Singer have been given a lot of creative control and neither have a bad movie to their names.