Having not long got back from watching X-Men: First Class at the cinema, let me tell you that I am buzzing! This is not only one of the finest superhero movies since The Dark Knight, it is also ranked up there with the best films of the year so far! I loved it, a superb movie that had me totally gripped from start to finish and one of those rare films you just don’t want to end. A review for the film will be up later this weekend once I have had chance to let my excitement settle, but to come back to find a recent interview with Charles Xavier himself online I just had to share it with you.
There is nothing concrete here, however James does offer up good reasons and impressive ideas for a possible sequel. He states that a sequel should be made on the merit of the story rather than being driven by money, and I totally agree, however, the story of Xavier and Magneto is one that could easily produce a fantastic sequel the Matthew Vaughn’s superb stand alone movie. Please, read on and enjoy part of his interview with the LA Times, and don’t worry there are no spoilers:
“I keep hearing bits and bobs from the different founts that there are or the different mouths that there are on this job. All I know is that if this one makes some money, they will definitely want to make another one. We’ve had pretty strong critical reaction thus far. I don’t know if they’d make it just on the back of that, if they didn’t make the kind of money they hope for. I don’t know, but I can’t see them making it just on that. I just hope that, if it happens, they make it because they found a story they like rather than making it just because there’s more money to be made. I’ve been lucky that, even though I’ve done a couple of bad or silly movies in the past, that’s the way they ended up; the studios made them because they were passionate about them. I’d hate to be in something that started right off as something cynical.”
“We all want to make money, but there was also a cool idea and a cool story. Everybody thought, ‘Oh great, there’s a prequel/reboot, just what we don’t need,’ but the idea was to explore that thing that fans were crying out for, those tiny moments in the other movies were you see Sir Patrick [Stewart] and Sir Ian [McKellen] come together. Those moments were few and far between, but they were some of the most intriguing parts of those films. I think the idea of building a movie around that is what inspired this and, for me, validated doing this.”
And there’s more…
“I’ve lots of ideas. I know Michael [Fassbender] and I are very much on the same page all the time and we’ll be weighing in to protect that relationship between the two characters. One of the things about this movie is: In all the others Magneto is your bad guy and Professor X and the X-Men are the good guys; in this one, it’s not like that. It’s much more sophisticated or complex, at least, and we need to come up with a way to do that moving forward. The next movie, if there is one, shouldn’t just start off with them being pals again, but I think it also shouldn’t be like the first movies only set in the 1960s. If we get another, let’s not just make Magneto the bad guy; of course he’s a bad-ass and of course he has a whole different ethos, but making a movie that is black-and-white is going to lose the thing that we have in this one… In the comics, Magneto goes back and forth, there are times when they are friends, there are times when he’s running the school. In the first Fox movie, if you want to be a fanboy about it, Patrick Stewart says … that ‘Erik Lehnsherr helped me build Cerebro,’ which is like Professor X’s Death Star. And it is like the Death Star in the other movies, it’s forever being built or being destroyed.”
As I said there is nothing confirmed as yet, but believe me, if you had just got back from watching the movie, ANY piece of news would be good news! Seriously, such a superb movie and I think McAvoy makes a sound case for a sequel. With his level headed thinking, and the fact a sequel would not be possible without him, we could be in for a fantastic second film in the studios and director see its worth doing. I say do it, and make sure Matthew Vaughn is directing again!
By Matt Wavish