If X-Men: First Class is a success at the box office (like all previous X-Men films) than 20th Century Fox will no doubt move forward with a sequel. In a recent interview director Matthew Vaughn said the ending of First Class sets up a potential sequel, and producer Bryan Singer suggests future films may be set in the 70s and 80s.
“First Class is similar to Batman Begins, where you have the fun of introducing the characters and getting to know them, but that takes time,” says Vaughn. “But with the second one you can just get on with it and have a rollicking good time,” he continues. “That’s the main difference between Begins and The Dark Knight.”
“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…”
There’s also the possibility that the next chapters in the planned First Class trilogy will be set in the 70s and 80s respectively.
“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!”
Ageing the characters by 10 years won’t be difficult (it’s de-ageing that’s the challenge, as seen with Tron: Legacy). Setting the sequel in 1970/80 would be interesting, as it could potentially pave the way for young versions of Jean, Cyclops and Storm to pop up.
James McAvoy, who plays Charles Xavier, is also looking forward to a sequel as he wants Xavier to get “really messed up”.
“In First Class he uses Cerebro for the first time and maybe it unlocks something in his head – maybe he can’t keep the voices out or something,” the actor speculates.
“So in the second movie his journey could be about getting himself out of a mess. And then in the third movie he become… Patrick Stewart!”