Feedback from early screenings of X-Men: First Class suggests Matthew Vaughn has been able to breathe new life into the X-Men franchise, and if it is a financial success like all previous X-Men films a sequel will no doubt be on the cards.
While doing press for the impending June 3rd release Vaughan said he would “definitely” be interested in directing the next film, and he’s already got ideas for the opening.
From Hit Fix: (possible spoilers)
Would Vaughn be willing to do this again with this cast and this world?
“Yeah, definitely. I really loved working with them, and with Michael [Fassbender] and James [McAvoy], the chemistry was really lovely,” Vaughn says. “I’ve got some ideas for the opening for the next film. I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto. That would explain the physics of it, and we see that he’s pissed off because Kennedy took all the credit for saving the world and mutants weren’t even mentioned. And we could go from there, and I’ve got some fun ideas about what other mutants to bring in. I don’t want to tempt fate, though. If the film’s a hit, of course I’d be interested. I really enjoyed making it.”
X-Men: First Class embeds the Cuban Missile Crisis into it’s story, so following that through in the sequel would be interesting. Magneto killing John F. Kennedy would have some major ramifications if Charles “killing will not bring you peace” Xavier finds out.
In a separate interview with MovieWeb Vaughn said we can expect only one major new character to be introduced in the next film: (more spoilers)
“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!”
Only adding one new character is good news for the current team as it will allow their characters to develop further, however it’s intriguing as to who Vaughn wants to include in the next film. Wolverine doesn’t need to come anywhere near these movies. He’s already had a trilogy centered around him, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and another film in the works. Xavier is in his wheelchair and can’t touch Eric with his helmet, so perhaps it will be a new villain who can give Magneto a challenge.