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Matthew Vaughn Talks 'X-Men: First Class'

The director of Fox's upcoming superhero adventure describes Michael Fassbender's Magneto as a young James Bond with super powers.
Michael Fassbender's Magneto is described as James Bond with super powers in X-Men: First Class
Michael Fassbender's Magneto is described as James Bond with super powers in X-Men: First Class
Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class will debut in theaters on June 3 and the director recently revealed more details on the project. Here's what he had to say about his new movie and Michael Fassbender's Magneto character:

"The best way of describing it is X-Men meets Bond, with a little bit of Thirteen Days thrown in for good measure. It's set in the '60s, and I basically molded a young Magneto on a young Sean Connery. He's the ultimate spy - imagine Bond, but with superpowers."


He also describes the nature of mutants in this movie, which is set in the 1960s, where the general public is unaware of mutants existence:

"In the beginning of the film, no one knows that mutants exist, and all the mutants don't know that each other exist. They're all in hiding. Kevin Bacon plays a very megalomaniac mutant [Sebastian Shaw] who decides that he can take over the world and that mutants are the future. Erik and Charles then meet each other and hook up with the CIA to try and prevent World War III. You find out everything about what went on between Erik and Charles."


Matthew Vaughn also said that the movie doesn't draw too heavily on the X-Men: First Class comic books:

"Not really. There are a lot of nods to the X-Men world and the X-Men movies, but it's definitely its own beast."


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X-Men: First Class was released June 3rd, 2011 and stars James McAvoy, Laurence Belcher, Michael Fassbender, Bill Milner, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Beth Goddard. The film is directed by Matthew Vaughn.



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  1. Bane5000

    @pjwolsker...i know dude its just all confusing now, they said its not a reboot, and that its a prequel, then say it could be viewed as a stand alone film...so which is it, they need to make up theyre minds instead of just labeling it different things to cover their bases if it fails...

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  2. Pjwolsker

    oh i get what your saying @bane. i was saying maybe she'll be in it for like a couple seconds or something. like how they worked in cyclops, storm, and xavier in wolverine

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  3. Josh

    Making Alex the older brother is not in itself a big deal. They've already done that in the Ultimates comic version. But it still doesn't solve the continuity problems. If Scott is roughly 25 in the X-Men film, he would have been born around 1980, and if Alex is supposed to be roughly 17 in First Class he would have been born around 1945, which makes for a 35 year age gap between the two brothers. Alex is more likely to have been Scott's father in this timeline than his brother.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  4. Bane5000

    thanx to those who agreed what i last wrote will, of course once again, be another plot hole in the continuity of the X-Men films...

    Pjwolsker...i wish but i doubt it dude, look at the scene in X3, Xavier and Magneto arent as young as they will be portrayed in this film, as well as Xavier already being bald when meeting Jean.So if Xavier does end up being bald by the end but him and Magneto are already on bad terms, the scene in X3 will make no sense since they were still friends at the time..

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  5. Pjwolsker

    @bane cameo maybe???

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  6. Youngherm68

    Ok, gandoff2169, first of all I just wanted to address one thing: Pro. X Had hair in the comics and lost it. Mathew Vaugn dug deep, but found a way to tie that aspect into this film. and don't worry, i read up on some early interviews that Vaugn had regarding this film and Pro. X does lose his hair. Don't get me wrong, I do agree with you to some degree, regarding the fact that he is taking risks. I find that introducing Alex summers aka Havok in the 60's making him older than his brother is wrong. First of all Scott was the first Summers That Xaivior met and that was when he was well in his wheelchair and the school had been created. two, scott is older than Alex. I just thought that bringing him into the film was random and stupid. Aside from that, to my knowledge, he isn't even one of the founding members in the original x men series let alone X men first class.

    4 years agoby @youngherm68Flag

  7. moviegeek

    @gandoff By comic books I wasn't referring to X-Men. I was referring to the ones like Spider-Man, etc.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  8. bud2fresh

    Even though this movie has NOTHING to do with the comics i still want to see it.Hopefully Magneto has some really cool scenes.

    4 years agoby @bud2freshFlag

  9. Gandoff

    As I understand everyones like for a fresh take on a comic movie that has been turned into a shadow of what it was. The problem is, the disreguard for the facts of the creation of it all. Imagin a Batman movie, but his parents lived. Or imagine Spiderman movie, and Uncle Ben is alive and well. When you add, take away, and then change "Important" elements of what it is for the characters and over all meaning of them, you risk alot. Xaiver for example, was "BALD" Never had hair in the comics. Any changes would be done soley for the directors wants. And that is a bad thing. Remember who Joel Shumaucker made Bane a mindless mucle man, when he was a smart and cunning person in comics? It was done for the story. But did it work out good? No. If they wanted to start at the begining, and reboot X-men, ok, do it. But dont do a "this is based on the Ultimates version, or such crap" thing. And the powers, was not the focus in the comics @moviegeek. The powers was only a extention used in storylines for battle, or comedic effect. Look at Rouge. Can't touch anyone for the danger of hurting them. Could be used as a real world translation to fear of Aids. She wants nothing more then to feel the touch of Remy. But can't. So there is a real world of issues inside the comics. Powers and battles represent the extrenal wars we as people face with each other on issues similar.

    4 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  10. moviegeek

    I'm glad they're starting with a fresh cast and this has potential. But I have a feeling this won't be as gritty, real, or thoughtful as X-Men ought to be. I have a feeling it will focus more on "the powers" like most comic books rather than dealing with them in a real society; something that (as mentioned previously) was done well with X2.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  11. Dan

    @Sly It did feel like an upgrade and Singer hitting his stride with X2. X-Men had similar themes, but not a smooth, love to hate antagonist like Cox.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  12. the Narrator

    @Slysnide, X2 was definitely a good film. Singer would have brought an entertaining X3, I'm sure.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  13. slysnide

    Fassbender doesn't scream Magneto to me.

    "X2" is still one my top favorite comic book movies for being less comic booky, and more legitimate as a discussion of ethics and morality, as the villain was a cold hearted cowardly bastard. :P Brian Cox was excellent in that, and it was pretty good for it. I couldn't even picture where Singer woulda taken #3 had he not departed for that entirely unecessary "Superman Returns" (2006) outing. Not to say it was bad (haven't seen it), but nothing came of it anyway, and then "X3" suffered greatly for it.

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  14. the Narrator

    Exactly @Josh. I too liked the Singer films a lot, as did others, and we also wanted this to be a reboot and be it's own thing. Unfortunately, Fox would never allow that, the bastards. all I know, is this film will probably be really fun (with Vaughn at the helm), and it might even have a few high moments (especially with McAvoy and Fassbender) and will definitely feature a few sneaky easter eggs, but it will still not give fans what they've been wanting, and that is why we need a reboot after Wolverine2.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  15. CUPID

    @bane Good point.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  16. Josh

    @bane5000: Yet another reason this movie should be a fresh take with its own continuity.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  17. Bane5000

    I got a quick question for anyone who can answer: They said this film was gonna show how Xavier and Magnetos friendship starts and how it diminishes, correct?

    But in the beginning of X-men 3 it shows them both going over to Jeans house as partners for the institute to show her shes not alone and persuade her to go to the school...

    So how will they fit that part from X3 into this film if its already been said Jean will not make an apearance and Prof.X and Magneto will not be friends by the end of this movie...are they gonna completely leave that part out and yet again make another plot hole in the continuity of the X-Films?

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  18. Josh

    I'm supportive of a reboot too, and not because I have anything against Singer's films (I love them), but I wish this HAD been the reboot. I like the direction they're taking with it and I like the casting. It's just a shame they're limiting themselves story-wise by trying to make this fit in the same continuity.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  19. CUPID

    @supes1 I agree

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  20. Dan

    Yeah, it is about time they give X-Men a rest after The Wolverine (at least they'll stop on a presumably high note with that one).

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  21. the Narrator

    Not half bad idea @Josh, but in all reality, this franchise really is beyond saving. After Aronofsky's Wolverine, I'd prefer they stop for 6 years, and then reboot. I know a lot are against that, but these character deserve better, fun ride or not.

    As for the film @Supes with this one.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  22. Gandoff

    @Skywise Thats the thing. Its not simplified. There was only 5 original X-men, including the Professor. Scott Summers; aka:Cyclops. Jean Gray, aka Marvel Girl. Bobby Drake, aka Iceman. Dr. Hank McCoy, aka Beast. And the man, Proffessor X, Charles Xavier. Those are the original cast. He added people who was not there. Magneto was, but he was a friend to Proffessor and not a real memeber of his team. And when the Proffessor and Joseph, aka Magneto meet for the first time, the X-men was some time away from being formed. Shaw dosent show up in this time line either. They put to many characters who was not there, ina begining tale. They are trying to do a Ultimate Xmen, which is what they should have names this. Couse when you tell everyone it is a origins tale, it should be the origins tale and not some years later revamping of what was original wrote.

    And I didnt say I wanted Wolverine in it. I was using how they over used that character in the three X-men movies, despite being entertaining. But over played. And then people felt the Wolverine movie was not wrote to the best as it should be. And I also thought it was entertaining. Might not been, what I was hoping it would be concidering I know alot about comics. If you ever heard of the old Marvel Comic. "ROM" or "The Micronauts" then you know how much I am a comic fan.

    It will look good. The acting will be; good concidering some roles. The special effects will be fantastic. But, all of those was good in the three Xmen movies before and Wolverine. Yet so many had issues with them couse of some story lines.

    4 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  23. Daveactor7

    @kman agreed on that

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  24. K-Man

    @Supes - Agreed.

    However, I still want to see a trailer before I make any assumptions.

    4 years agoby @k-manFlag

  25. CUPID

    That sound so lame.This movie is gonna suck just like the rest.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  26. Josh

    I like the sound of this. And while it does seem like, to a degree, they've just stuck characters in at random to create a team, it should segue nicely into a sequel in which Mystique and possibly Havok have turned bad (a la Pyro in X2), and Beast is the only remaining member of the team (most likely the two filler characters Angel and Darwin will be killed off), after which a sequel several years in the future can have Xavier rebooting the team with an older Beast and a young Scott and Jean. Admittedly the timeline and the continuity is rocky because they're trying to fit this film in with the previous ones, so whether or not they would attempt to include a VERY young Bobby Drake, or retcon Angel into the team would remain to be seen.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  27. skywise

    @Gandoff not having wolverine in the original movies would have upset me more than the overused version we got. But what i like about this story is its simplicity. What i dont like is how rushed this film has been and (like so many others) how the characer timeline is skewed beyond recognition.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  28. Daveactor7

    @gandoff we'll see when we see footage

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  29. K.Guy

    hmm, I can see it now since you described it.

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag

  30. Gandoff

    His description is main reason it will fail... Bad story,, Bad Story,,, Bad Story..... Getting away from the basics of the X-men in the begining, is going to ruin this film.... Might look good, and some actors may even be great in it. But story, just like those who hate Wolverine being to invloved in the X-men movies, and how Xmen Origins: Wolervine Story went. It will do the same for this.

    4 years agoby @gandoffFlag

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