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MOVIES: X-Men: First Class 2 Begins Shooting in January 2013

Posted on April 6, 2012

With its success in the box-office and overall critical acclaim, there was no doubt that Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class would be getting a sequel. And after working around Liongate's schedule with Jennifer Lawrence (who plays the pivitol role of Mystique in X-Men, and who also plays the lead for Liongate's blockbuster hit, The Hunger Games), FOx plans to begin shooting X-Men: First Class 2 January 2013.

Vaughn has already signed up to direct the next picture, and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand) is attached to script. Bryan Singer, who wrote and directed the first two X-Men films, will also be involved with the movie's production. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones and Jennifer Lawrence to return to reprise their roles as well.

There hasn't been any clear details on what the story will be about, but seeing how First Class ended, Magneto has gathered a couple of evil mutants, and Professor X will be starting building his school to train mutants to control their powers. I guess they'll be butting heads in the next installment.

Last year, Matthew Vaughn did throw out a couple of ideas on what we could possibly expect to see in the sequel, but none of this is for sure yet:

"I've got some ideas for the opening for the next film. I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we 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. And we could go from there, and I've got some fun ideas about what other mutants to bring in. I don't want to tempt fate, though. If the film's a hit, of course I'd be interested. I really enjoyed making it."

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  1. Here were my thoughts (bear in mind, this is purely a VERY rough draft)

    X-Men: Second Class (maybe X-Men: New Mutants as an alternate title): will continue to have the Hellfire Club as the enemy again (though being disbanded/destroyed by the end) with Magneto serving as the White King.

    -Act I: It would mostly be Xavier’s X-Men from first movie (with a few additions maybe) fighting Magneto’s team over several years, in different historical situations maybe, up to the 70′s, over the fate of young mutants (gathering new mutant students) and a new virus that’s been going around killing mutants slowly (the Legacy Virus I was planning) (presumed by Magneto to be a biological weapon created by humans). This all leads to where the team has grown older, a member or two dying in the battles or by virus, and/or members going separate ways due to wanting to be things (doctors, scientists, senators, etc); Act I ends with the young mutants that were saved beginning training to be the new X-Men team. “Coincidentally,” Magneto and Emma have been doing the same, forming their own young mutant team, the Hellions.

    -Act II: It would begin mostly as a training montage like in the first movie, as well as a character development of the New Mutants, with maybe news feeds being dropped in about the virus spreading and the death toll. A first battle might also occur between them and the Hellions. Eventually, Xavier begins showing many signs of the virus and is slowly dying in a hospital bed. Magneto hears of this and is saddened by the news of his old friend, despite the rivalry between them, but continues to fight the humans. Magneto then finds a secret lab of Emma’s and discovers that she was the one behind the creation of the virus to encourage the human-mutant war and that she’s been using Magneto as a puppet leader while she called the real shots of the Hellfire Club. Enraged by this betrayal on him and their fellow mutant kind, Magneto destroys parts of the lab and is fought out of the building by the rest of the Club. With no where left to go, he turns to his old friend for help and sanctuary. By now, Xavier has grown weak, and before falling into a coma due to the side effects of the virus, he asks Magneto to take care of and lead the New X-Men. Magneto agrees, knowing a cure or vaccine must exist so the Hellfire Club cannot receive the virus. At first the new mutants resist Magneto, claiming he’s the enemy and possibly leading them into a trap, but they soon come together as a full team and prepare to strike.

    -Act III: This would mostly be the fighting between the X-Men teachers lead by Magneto along with the New Mutant X-Men against Emma Frost and her Hellfire Club and Hellions. Battles rages, mutants pair off against one another, epic fight scenes for the win, with the X-Men victorious and most the Hellfire Club either killed or arrested with a few (Mystique specifically) escaping to return in X-Men Third Class or the original trilogy. Through the battles, Magneto’s team discovers another of the White Queen’s labs where a mutant is being held who has healing powers and was being used for the vaccine; I’m personally thinking Elixir because he’d look cool in his golden skin on screen, plus his powers can play in on the next part. They rescue the healing mutant and take him to Xavier. He cures Xavier of the virus, but also ends up healing up his broken spine, allowing him to walk again.
    With Magneto now back with Xavier and Xavier able to walk, the explanation on why Xavier could walk when he met the other young mutants (Cyclops, Jean Grey, and the others) in the other movies and why Magneto and Xavier were friends all becomes canonically rectified. Also, an X-Men: Third Class is able to be made as well where the kids from Wolverine Origins alongside Storm and Jean can be used as the new mutants of the 80′s and/or 90′s and tells of how they divided again (I have a rough idea for that one too, as well as an X-Men Origins: Phoenix idea also, but I thought I’d save those for later ;] ).


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