When Mathew Vaughn directed X-Men: First Class it was a breath of fresh air. I loved that it focused on the young Charles Xavier and Erik Leshnerr (Magneto). Of course I concede that the film origins are different from the comics. It's the way it is in the movie industry that they change from the original source. However, First Class was a great movie because it had a totally different team. It also had the element of a movie without Wolverine. I'm not saying that Wolverine is not a great character but he is overused. I feel that McAvoy and Fassbender were absolutely spot on in their roles. I loved the relationship aspect between the two main leads. I loved the original team (should have been more developed) and Kevin Bacon as the excellent Sebastian Shaw. I was really looking forward to a direct sequel to First Class.
Mathew Vaughn was going to direct the sequel to First Class. It was going to be set approximately six months after First Class. The focus was going to be about the Civil Rights Movement and JFK shooting. Something that would of appealed greatly. As Vaughn stated in pre development of First Class 2.
“I don’t know if every movie has to be a history lesson. But there’s a lot of history to cover. If we sequelized this, it could inhabit a whole world of the 20th century… When [‘First Class’] happened, Kennedy had not been assassinated and the Vietnam War hadn’t happened yet.
What’s really interesting about the ‘60s setting is the civil rights movement… You don’t need to hit people over the head with [a history lesson] in every movie or every scene… But having them at the core of the conflict is what I think makes it all work.”
The Civil Rights Movement was going to be the focus of the proposed sequel.
As was JFK.
However, Mathew Vaughn dropped out of the project and Bryan Singer took over. As we all know Singer directed the so called First Class sequel in [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942). But was Days of Future Past a sequel to First Class? I really do not think so at all. Days of Future Past just seemed a Singer comfort zone movie. Singer directed X-men 1 and 2 which were fantastic. They were both excellent movies and it had focused on the original X-men. Wolverine, Storm, Iceman, Rogue, Colossus etc. were great. But the original X-Men trilogy was already told. I wanted a fresh take on the past X-Men. But Singer totally ruined the First Class franchise by filling a movie full of Mutants.
From this huge cast only four characters from First Class was in the movie. But it was meant to be a First Class sequel.
Another thing that Singer did was wipe out the remaining First Class cast. Azazel, Riptide, Banshee, Angel, Emma Frost and Havok (who got a pathetic cameo) were killed off! It was insulting to the franchise. We all know that Wolverine is the golden boy of X-men. But how can other characters develop if Singer and Fox keep highlighting Wolverine in every movie now? To be perfectly honest, Wolverine was not needed in Days of Future Past at all. But Singer included him along with over three dozen other characters.
Now we have [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267). Another time dimensional, mutants v mutants congested story. Granted in the comics it had 12 titles to tell the whole story. It really should be a trilogy on its own. The premise of Age of Apocalypse is..
In a twisted version of the world they knew, the X-Men battle against the eternal mutant Apocalypse as Bishop seeks to repair the timeline. Legion, Xavier's own son, attempts to kill off all of Xavier's enemies; however, when Legion attempts to murder Magneto, Xavier sacrifices his own life to save Magnus. As a result, Magneto casts off his anti-human sentiments and carries on Xavier's dream of peaceful co-existence, thereby founding the X-Men.
Of course the movie will be slightly different (or a lot). But one thing is for sure, Apocalypse does not feature Wolverine as the mainstream character. However, this has not stopped Singer from casting Hugh Jackman again!
Do we really need more of this guy?
Another thing that Apocalypse has in common with Days of Future Past is the very large cast. Again this will dilute the First Class cast in every way. How can this be seen as a First Class trilogy when hardly anyone from First Class is in it?
Some of the Apocalypse cast. Again this movie has only four First Class cast in it.
No doubt there will be added casting in Apocalypse. You still have the future Xmen to be confirmed. Which they will be. Of course along with Apocalypse himself you have the Four Horsemen. That in itself is a very large cast. The First Class cast are marginalised. People need to realise that the Xmen universe is vast. We already had an original xmen trilogy. We had a Wolverine trilogy. Why could we not have a past Xmen trilogy? The same could go for the future Xmen also.
Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse. Really does not do the comic justice at all.
So what does McAvoy and Fassbender go from here? After First Class they were marginalised by Wolverine and Co in Days of Future Past. Now they will suffer the same fate in Apocalypse. Singer ruined the movie of Days by homing in on a weak plot. I mean why would Xavier be so upset that Raven left? Even though he already knew in First Class. Why would he close the school for gifted youngsters? A serum that makes you lose your powers?! Really? Days of Future Past is deemed a classic. But if anyone takes a step back they will realise it's far from it. I fear (and know) that Apocalypse will follow suit.
R.I.P First Class.