Exploring the younger years of Marvel’s popular mutants, “First Class” already boasts an all-star cast culled from veteran, fan-favorite actors and relative newcomers who are no strangers to young audiences. The list of mutants set to appear in the film seems to be growing every day, so I checked in with Vaughn to find out how he plans to avoid the “too many characters” problem that has plagued other comic book movies, and to find out if/how the film will fit into existing “X-Men” movie continuity.
“I have to give a lot of credit to Bryan Singer, because he came up with a very clever, very interesting way of integrating the characters into recent history — not necessarily too recent, though,” Vaughn told MTV News. “I don’t want to spoil it for you, but when I read the script that was around in May, I thought, ’This is a really clever idea.'”
“It just kind of worked,” he continued. “How [Singer] integrated the characters into the world and the political climate of the time, it was very clever.”
Still, with a multitude of fan-favorite characters dispersed throughout the first three “X-Men” movies, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and possibly the upcoming “Deadpool” movie, one has to wonder: will “First Class” fit within the existing continuity for Marvel’s uncanny mutants?
“Yeah, I would say absolutely so,” Vaughn responded when asked if “First Class” would be an official, in-continuity prequel to the “X-Men” movies that came before it.
“You’ve got Magneto and [Charles] Xavier when they first meet,” he explained. “The backdrop of what’s going on in the world when they first meet, it’s very interesting. You see them and their relationship develop and play out with this major political event in the background.”
Vaughn added that he isn’t worried about the film being over-crowded with mutants and suffering the same flaws of other comic book movies that went the ensemble route.
“In terms of having a lot of mutants, it doesn’t feel that busy,” said the filmmaker. “I don’t feel worried about it. I think it will be really cool to see all these guys doing their stuff.”
“I’m very keen that it has a lot of heart, this movie,” he added. “You understand where these characters have come from, and you obviously know where they’re going, but to see that very important point of their lives where they’re discovering their power and working out their ethical take on what to do with their power — it’s a very interesting story to tell. I want it to be a very good film, and I’m working very hard to create one for you.”
Oh, and for those hoping the relationship between Scott Summers (a.k.a. Cyclops) and Jean Grey gets a little more attention this time around, Vaughn plans to keep you guessing.
“I can’t shed any light on that at all,” he laughed when asked if the classic X-Men couple will finally get their due on the big screen without Wolverine getting in the way.
“I think that would be giving too much away,” said Vaughn “You’ll just have to wait and see. It’s going to be worth it.”
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