Director Matthew Vaughn Talks Sequel Plans for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

     April 13, 2011

We’re still six weeks away from Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, but the director is already talking up potential sequels.  Says Vaughn:

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. But with the second one you can just get on with it and have a rollicking good time.  That’s the main difference between Begins and The Dark Knight.”

Other main difference between Begins and TDK: better villains, bigger set pieces, and a not-completely terrible third act.  Hit the jump for more on what to expect from the First Class sequels (provided the movie is a hit).  X-Men: First Class opens June 3rd.

While First Class takes place in 1962, Vaughn tells Total Film to expect a more 50s-aesthetic since it takes about five years for a decade to find its own style.  So where would Vaughn like a sequel to pick up?

“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…”

And the franchise may not be contained to only the 60s.  Vaughn says that in the planned chapters for the First Class trilogy, future films are set in the 70s and 80s.

For those just tuning in, here’s the official synopsis for X-Men: First Class:

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

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