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X-Men: First Class 2? X-Men: Second Class? X-Men: The Sophomore Years? Whatever.

John Hancock

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So cometh the super-hero film, so cometh the sequel.


It was easy to be all about Thor and Captain America this summer, in the lead-up to The Avengers. But lest we forget, there was another, separate Marvel property that did rather well in 2011, and a sequel to X-Men: First Class is now officially underway, with Simon Kinberg penning his first draft as we speak.


Who he? Well most immediately relevant is that he was one of several writers on X3: The Last Stand, Brett Ratner's appropriation of the reigns from Bryan Singer. He's also got writing credits on Mr and Mrs Smith, Jumper and Sherlock Holmes, and is a writer and producer on the forthcoming This Means War and Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.


There's no solid intel on what shape the further adventures of Charles Xavier, Erik Lensherr and the Junior Mutants will take. First Class director Matthew Vaughn told HItfix earlier this year that "I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and reveal that the 'magic bullet' was controlled by Magneto. That would explain the physics of it, and we see that he's pissed off because Kennedy took all the credit for saving the world and mutants weren't even mentioned..."


Bryan Singer meanwhile (still a producer on the series) has said he'd like to see more about the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam.


All just musing at the moment though, with no confirmed crew or returning cast, and no start date. We'll keep you posted.


~ Empire News


For those of you who don't want to read all that;


- Simon Kinberg is going to be writing the script. He was the producer, but not the writer of the original "X-Men: First Class". He wrote "Sherlock Holmes", "Jumper", "Mr. And Mrs. Smith" and, perhaps most depressingly, "X-Men 3: Last Stand". Doesn't look like a good start if you ask me.


- The producers are rumouring possible connections to the Kennedy assassination, the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement


- No news yet on any sort of cast, which characters will be returning, or any new X-Men turning up.

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It's always been a metaphor for civil rights, with mutants being minorities and Dr. Xavier being a sort of Martin Luther King multi-cultural liberal, and Magneto being a separatist conservative, but I think, given the historical context, they're planning on setting that metaphor on fire and actually tying in the X-Men with some sort of overt reference to the Million Mutant March or some such shit.
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