Matthew Vaughn Talks X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, Possible Sequel, JAMES BOND, and the X3 That Could Have Been

     May 24, 2011


With the early reviews of director Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class positively glowing, anticipation is growing even more intense for the Kick Ass director’s take on the franchise. Earlier today, Vaughn took part in a number of interviews with various publications, and contrary to most pre-release press he was actually surprisingly forthcoming. In addition to talking about First Class, Vaughn confirmed that he would definitely be willing to return for a sequel, and he even has an idea of what the opening scene would be:

“I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto.”

That’s definitely one way to open a superhero movie. But it’s conducive to the 1960’s setting for First Class and the threading of the X-Men with other historical figures/events. To check out a roundup of some of the best (spoiler-free) quotes from Vaughn’s interviews today, including further talk about a First Class sequel, the possibility of directing a Bond film, and his version of X-Men: The Last Stand that never got made, hit the jump.

x-men-first-class-movie-image-january-jones-kevin-bacon-01During the interview with HitFix, Vaughn opened up about one of the biggest influences on First Class, the James Bond films:

“I watched all the early Bond movies again.  You Only Live Twice, I watched a couple of times.  I really wanted it to feel like a ’60s Bond film, but with a little bit of reality it could be grounded in.  I wanted there to be just a hint of this world of the mutants coming through.  A mutant in this world having powers needed to be the equivalent of you or I sneezing, as normal as possible, at least until the humans start seeing it for the first time.”

Vaughn also elaborated on a First Class sequel, telling Movieweb that the follow-up would include just one new character:

“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!”

X-Men-First-Class-movie-image-James-McAvoy-Michael-FassbenderThere was a pretty public scuffle over the writing credits on First Class, since the film came to fruition after many different versions, iterations and spin-offs were developed/scripted. Vaughn addressed this issue in speaking with Bleeding Cool and talked about the shape the script was in when he came on:

“Jane [Goldman] and I wrote the screenplay, threw everything out and started again. Sheldon Turner somehow managed to get a ‘Story By’ credit. He wrote a Magneto script that none of us have ever read. I didn’t even know that. I was like ‘Who the fuck is this guy?’ But Hollywood has got it’s own way of dealing with things…The X-Men we used were already chosen by (X-Men/X2 director and First Class producer) Bryan [Singer] and Fox. In the draft they gave me all of the characters were in there.”

Vaughn also spoke a bit about the third film in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: The Last Stand. He was poised to direct that installment before pulling out during pre-production over concerns that he wouldn’t have time to make the movie that he wanted to make:

“I storyboarded the whole bloody film, did the script. My X3 would have been 40 minutes longer. They didn’t let the emotions and the drama play in that film. It became wall-to-wall noise and drama. I would have let it breathe and far more dramatic elements to it.”

x-men-first-class-movie-image-michael-fassbender-james-mcavoy-02Finally, given the immense influence the early Bond films had on First Class, Vaughn talked about his desire to one day helm a Bond flick of his own:

“I sort of want the Brocollis (producers of the Bond films) to regret never hiring me. I was very keen to direct Bond. I don’t know if I am any more, to be blunt, now that I’ve done this. I really love Daniel [Craig], though you know, it might be interesting if they one day decide to cast Fassbender as Bond, then maybe I’ll go ‘Hey!’”

Overall, all signs point to X-Men: First Class being a huge hit. Early reactions are wildly positive, and Vaughn shows promise in taking the franchise in a wholly original and refreshing direction, with hopefully more Vaughn-helmed X-Men flicks to come. The film hits theaters June 3rd and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Oliver Platt, and Kevin Bacon.

  • Jake

    This guy is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors, he’s not made one bad movie(and every one has been different) and i think Kick-Ass is somewhere in my favorite films list, and i have a feeling…well actually, it’s obvious, that this new X-Men movie is gonna be one of the greatest superhero movies to date. Just hope he directs the sequel because everyone knows the sequels have potential to be way better than the first movie(Spider-Man 2, X2, The Dark Knight). Also love how blunt he is about everything, he never lies when it comes to his opinions on his movies or other people’s.

    • John G

      Um, Stardust? Yeah, I didn’t think anyone liked that either :P.

  • darrin

    Fassbender as Bond, i don’t mind, hell if he turns out to be a bond villan, even better

  • Kate Turner

    They should utilise the 64 X-Men members, 32 villains and 28 enemy teams listed on Wikipedia that weren’t included in the previous films in future prequels/sequels and give us new stories while leaving Magneto out of some films after this one. Times change, we need to change as well.

    • SATAN

      and repeat

    • Mr. Me

      Yeah, WTF. Do you just cut and paste your life here and there on movie sites?

      • Roland

        It’s a joke. On every superhero thread, people leave dumb comments like this. This is just taking the ****.

  • nawtnt

    I hope X-Men: First Class is great and may become the comic book movie of the summer to beat and also Captain America and Green Lantern doesn’t disappoint.

    Thor was so great that it is my best comic book movie of the summer.

    Matthew Vaughan seems like a great director.

    • Rorshach Sridhar

      Thor was shit.

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  • John

    Enjoyed his comments on the cluster-f*** that was X3. Loud, choppy, and over-stuffed. Hopes he gets the opportunity to complete First Class as a trilogy. Don’t screw it up Fox!

  • Salfie

    I’m really looking forward to this film but I’m wondering if it ignores the existence of X3 (which I kind of hope it does!) because if Professor X is in a wheelchair at the conclusion of this film, then that would mean that the opening scene in X3 where he and Magneto meet Jean Grey and they walk into the house is sort of rendered moot, right?

  • Malaguy

    Big fan of Vaughn’s ever since I saw Layer Cake in London, on vacation in fall ’04. I’m rooting for him all the way.

  • Jason

    It’s very alarming to me that Cyclops doesn’t seem like he will be a part of this series.

    Why isn’t he?

    Why remove the leader of the X-Men who also just so happened to be, in the comics, the very first one recruited?

    Why has no one brought this up with Vaughn?

    • Jason

      Just to add to my comment that while I understand that it’s a prequel some people say that this is also some kind of reboot, which honestly makes no sense.

      If they are going to do a prequel why further screw up the source material by including Havok here? Are they making it that Havok is now Cyclops’ older brother even though he is in actuality is younger brother? It’s unnecessarily screwed around with.

      • Ryan

        Remember, this is a prequel to the film franchise. If you assume that X-Men 1 takes place in 2000, the year it came out, Cyclops would have to be in his 50s if he were also in the film taking place in the 1960s. We know that Mystique reaps the benefits of extremem longevity, so she’s good, and the only other major characters returning are Professor X, Magneto and Beast. Professor X and Magneto are old men come X-Men, and by the time Beast shows, he could easily be in his 50s (Seeing as Kelsey Grammar was 51). I don’t necessarily like it, but its the only way it makes sense.

      • Jason

        Ryan, I already wrote that I understood it’s a prequel. That’s why I asked why put Havok in it? How are they working him in this? Is he now his older brother or something?

        That’s stupid. They shouldn’t have put Havok in at all.

      • Mike

        I believe they are changing the story of Cyclops around in this film by making Havok his father. I’m not too familiar with the X-Men comics, but I remember hearing this on TV, and they are just ignoring who Cyclops’ real father was in the comics, and changing Havok’s relationship to him as his father. This might just be a rumour, but hopefully it helped you in some way!

      • Jason

        That idea is one of the worst things that could’ve been imagined. Havok is Cyclops’ younger brother in the comics. Cyclops has quite an expansive story behind him that also involves his younger brother Havok.

        To now make it that his Havok’s son is one of the most unnecessary and stupid decisions I’ve heard in adapting a story to a movie.

        They shouldn’t have put Havok in it at all.

      • Peter

        Anyone with any love for the comics knows full well the First Class should be just that: Angel, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman and Jean Grey.
        A good plot would be the Charles Xavier/Cain Marko story, with the crippling of Xavier, the birth of the Juggernaut and the first X-Men thrust into action to stop Juggernaut from killing their mentor and teacher.

  • stoudaa

    its soo fucking messed up that he didnt direct x3 i hate Ratner for what he did to the series and Wolverine movie didnt help xmen either gahh i have high hopes for first class, Vaugh is the man even Stardust was very enjoyable.

  • Leonardo

    He is a great director, but in a few of his commentaries he sounds like a douche.

  • Aidoniciois

    Mathew Vaughan made 4 films…3 of which are pure shite! Lookin forward to this…hope Logan makes a guest appearance should a número toooooo be made:)

    • Peter

      Am kinda hoping Logan gets an uncredited cameo in Captain America, maybe just walks behind Cap in the mess hall, or sits at the table behind him. Just a little something to show that the two did work together in WWII on occasion.

  • Aidoniciois

    Sorry for spelling yer name wrong Mr Matthew!

  • DonHitler

    This movie looks amazing! It’s a great start.

    Maybe they should re-boot X-Men and espicially Wolverine because it sucks asses to the power of ten. F%$# I hate the X-Men movies. Where’s the grit and darkness of the comics. Logan has gone from complete bad-ass to gay ass. Not that I have anything against gay asses. It’s just that it’s quite obvious in the comics that Wolverine is short, ugly and mean as F%$#. Not the type to go ballroom dancing or break out into song. I do like the actor but not in this role.

    Matthew Vaughn. Can you please take over the X-Men franchise and fix it’s rotten ass??

  • Darth H8er

    Everyone seems to be slamming first class, as its (director?) made the public announcment that it was to be the “twilight” of the Xmen series. I give it another 10 years of carrying on this line of sequils before they reboot it again, hopefully then well see a more accurate and true to cannon xmen, and not X men the big hollywood celeb of the day vehicle.

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  • chris

    I don’t know how many poeple read the frist x-man comic book or issue giant size x-man number 1 (x-man class two) but anyone know the frist villan that the x-man took on was Magneto. so it seem Matthew Vaughn never read a x-man or marval comic in his lifetime. I think people should boycott this flim because until marval get some one better to make a comic book to movie flim.

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  • R15K

    Stop whining about how it’s not like the comics. It was never going to be exactly like the original story no superhero movie ever is. It’s merely using the characters and relationships from the original story to create an enjoyable movie inspired by the comic books. You cant condense decades of continueity into a two hour movie without changing things. Just watch the movie and take it for what it is, a movie and a spectacular one at that. If you expected the movie to be exactly like the comic book you’ve obviously never seen a comic book movie in your life.

  • David Bryson

    Wolverine will be the new charachter and I bet they will want Hugh Jackman to play him. I felt this was hinted by Hugh Jackman’s cameo in First Class.

  • Paddy

    I think that the new character in the next film will be cyclops. Wolverine doesn’t come into the story until a lot later on.

  • KraziiIsMe

    It can’t be Cyclops. He is just being born at this point. Wolverine is an interesting option. But I don’t know if he could be in it without Sabretooth, and only one new character is being introduced….also, X-Men makes it seem that that’s the first time Professor X and Wolverine have met.

  • clay

    jensen ackles!

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