X-Men Sequels To Do Different Decades

When the acclaimed 1973-set UK series “Life on Mars” ended, it got spun-off into the 1981-set “Ashes to Ashes”. Now, it seems the “X-Men” franchise may follow a similar course.

The upcoming “X-Men: First Class” is predominantly set in 1962, and producer Bryan Singer says a sequel could skip ahead in time. Asked by Total Film about the ’70s and ’80s as possible settings, Singer says “That’s an idea that’s been discussed, how the characters go through time. But only to a point – they can’t age too fast!”

Director Matthew Vaughn sounds more keen on keeping to the 60’s – “1962 is far more grounded in the world of the ’50s. 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 [Rolling] Stones, The Beatles, Flower Power… “

Vaughn also sounds like he’d be up for doing another entry, comparing this film to Chris Nolan’s first go at the Caped Crusader – “‘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.'”