X-Men: First Class producer Simon Kinberg recently spoke to Superhero Hype about the follow-up to the successful comic book movie.
Kinberg, who is currently penning the First Class 2 script, has also lent his writing talents to blockbusters such as This Means War, Jumper, and Sherlock Holmes. The writer-cum-producer explained at Comic-Con that the success of the Matthew Vaughn-directed First Class has laid the foundation for an even more ambitious and wholly awesome series of sequels.
“I’m not allowed to even breathe a word of any sort of details but I can say that the things that we thought worked well in First Class were the characters, especially the four or five lead characters,” Kinberg said. “The Charles-Erik relationship was obviously incredibly resonant and James [McAvoy] and Michael [Fassbender] did such an amazing job as those characters. Jen Lawrence and Nick Hoult, that’s a really interesting relationship between Raven and Hank, so we’re really going to be focusing on character and personally I really liked the period aspect of ‘First Class’ so we may well do that.”
The Mr. & Mrs. Smith writer and Elysium producer also emphasised the importance of First Class director Matthew Vaughn, praising the British filmmaker’s gifts.
“We all saw Kick-Ass and we all were like, ‘You know, we wanted him before, he’s a fantastically-skilled director.
“I mean, I thought Kick-Ass was astounding, another sort of groundbreaking movie,” Kinberg continued, “and we ended up back in the X-Men world with him. I thought he did such a great job with First Class that it gave us all license to do some really ambitious things with the sequel.”
Considering that First Class was set in the ’60s, explored the origins and back stories of some of the world’s most iconic heroes, touched on the Holocaust and Cold War, addressed heavy themes like segregation and separatism, and mirrored the Civil Rights Movement’s struggle for equality, First Class 2 will have to be pretty damn awesome, to say the least, if it hopes to be anything as ambitious as the original.
Talk about laying down the gauntlet.