X-Men: First Class is looking pretty damn awesome. The idea seemed a little questionable when it was announced — a ’60s-set period origin story for Marvel’s mutant super-team — but many fans have since been won over by the casting and the array of trailers and stills that followed. The folks making the film have apparently picked up on that excitement, as they’ve already given at least a little bit of thought to a potential sequel.
“1962 is far more grounded in the world of the ’50s,” director Matthew Vaughn told Total Film. “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 …”
Producer Bryan Singer also has a few things to say, particularly regarding the possibility that the next movie — if there is one — moves beyond the time frame Vaughn mentions above, into the ’70s and ’80s. “That’s an idea that’s been discussed,” he said. “How the characters go through time. But only to a point – they can’t age too fast!”
James McAvoy, who stars as Professor Charles Xavier, chooses his words more carefully. If he knows anything specific about what’s been discussed for a possible sequel, he isn’t saying. He does, however, express some of his hopes for what path the story will follow moving forward.
“In [Xavier] uses Cerebro for the first time and maybe it unlocks something in his head – maybe he can’t keep the voices out or something. So in the second movie his journey could be about getting himself out of a mess. And then in the third movie he become … [X-Men star] Patrick Stewart!”