In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Vaughn explained that he jumped at the chance to return to this series because, frankly, he doesn't see the genre sticking around much longer. Here is what the visionary action auteur had to say about his decision to take on this particular film so close to his own well-received Kick-Ass, and how he feels about the future of super hero films:
"It's been mined to death and in some cases the quality control is not what it's supposed to be. People are just going to get bored of it. I've always wanted to do a big-budget superhero film and I think we've kind of crossed the Rubicon with superhero films. I think [the opportunity to do one], it's only going to be there two or three more times. Then the genre is going to be dead for a while because the audience has just been pummeled too much."
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.