Should the upcoming “X-Men: First Class” live up to the hype of the early stellar reviews thus far, and should it fare as well as hoped at the box-office, a sequel seems inevitable at this point.
Of course this film introduces, and in some cases reintroduces, a whole bunch of fresh faces and new mutants. Would a sequel throw that balance off with attempts to introduce another new bunch of characters?
Director Matthew Vaughn has surprisingly revealed a solution to that problem. Speaking with Movieweb, he says that any sequel to “First Class” would only add one major new character – an antagonist.
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Vaughn says “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!”
Vaughn also hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Sir Ian McKellen or Sir Patrick Stewart showing up in the sequel via a “flash-forward” as it were – “I have worked with Sir Ian McKellen before, and he is a lovely guy. I would love to work with him again. So, never say never!”
Vaughn also says the early James Bond films were a big influence on him for ‘First Class’, particularly “You Only Live Twice”. He also has an idea for the opening of the sequel, telling Collider that “I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto.”