Simon Kinberg, the writer of the as yet untitled X-Men: First Class sequel, recently had a little chat with MTV about his plans for the next instalment. What he said was very promising indeed, and it would appear that he has quite a fondness for Magneto’s character, and also of Michael Fassbender as an actor. Now, I loved X-Men: First Class, and even though James McAvoy’s portrayal of a young Xavier was captivating and exceptional, there was just something about Fassbender as Magneto that just tipped it for me as the best character in the film.
There was a darkness, a real tortured soul feel to his character that Fassbender brought to the screen with ease. We all know that he was to turn out bad, but you couldn’t help but care for the poor old sod, which will make the eventual shift into Xavier’s enemy even more exciting and interesting. Thankfully, it sounds like the sequel will continue the slow build and storytelling, rather than go into full on good vs evil mode. So, more of the same would appear to be on the way, and I reckon that it great news! Read on for some of what Kinberg told MTV:
Kinberg said this on Magneto: “That’s what was so cool about the first one and what we want to continue. Magneto becomes the villain ultimately of the franchise but he’s a much more complicated character as a young man. He’s someone you sympathize with, you care about you root for even though might not necessarily agree with his methods, you understand his philosophy.”
Kinberg was then asked about whether the sequel would be a full on good vs evil film, or a continuing story builder: “We’re still figuring that out. I think the truth is ultimately that because Michael [Fassbender] is such an interesting actor, he’ll never be full-on anything. He’ll have a villainous side and he’ll have a sympathetic human side you’ll be able to relate but you’ll also be afraid of him. He becomes Magneto, he says ‘Call me Magneto’ at the end of the first movie.”
Kinberg then shared his love for the X-Men and its actors: “I’m a huge X-Men fan. I grew up loving the comic books and it was really exciting to be able to do the origin story of Xavier and Magneto, and getting those two actors, [James] McAvoy and [Michael] Fassbender, were really amazing,” he said. “So being able to explore those characters with actors of that quality will be exciting a second time around, and doing some things unexpected with those characters, which is the plan.”
By Matt Wavish