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Professor Xavier himself James McAvoy discusses X-Men: First Class and the possibility of X-sequels

Jun. 3, 2011by: George Merchan

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is finally upon us this weekend. And by pretty much all critical accounts, it seems director Matthew Vaughn has put together not just a great entry in the overall X-Men franchise, but quite simply a terrific comic book film.

Part of that success can be attributed to actor James McAvoy who portrays a young Professor Charles Xavier in the film. In speaking with Hero Complex over at the LA Times, McAvoy indulges with a bit of talk regarding the current film, and the outlook for more X-sequels:

"I keep hearing bits and bobs from the different founts that there are or the different mouths that there are on this job. All I know is that if this one makes some money, they will definitely want to make another one. Weíve had pretty strong critical reaction thus far. I donít know if theyíd make it just on the back of that, if they didnít make the kind of money they hope for. I donít know, but I canít see them making it just on that. I just hope that, if it happens, they make it because they found a story they like rather than making it just because thereís more money to be made. Iíve been lucky that, even though Iíve done a couple of bad or silly movies in the past, thatís the way they ended up; the studios made them because they were passionate about them. Iíd hate to be in something that started right off as something cynical."

McAvoy, hopeful that the people in charge will look beyond just FIRST CLASS's box office, adds:

"We all want to make money, but there was also a cool idea and a cool story. Everybody thought, ĎOh great, thereís a prequel/reboot, just what we donít need,í but the idea was to explore that thing that fans were crying out for, those tiny moments in the other movies were you see Sir Patrick [Stewart] and Sir Ian [McKellen] come together. Those moments were few and far between, but they were some of the most intriguing parts of those films. I think the idea of building a movie around that is what inspired this and, for me, validated doing this."

The one thing that FIRST CLASS really nails is character. If sequels were to be made, what sort of dynamics would we see between those characters, whether they be "good" or "bad"?

"Iíve lots of ideas. I know Michael [Fassbender] and I are very much on the same page all the time and weíll be weighing in to protect that relationship between the two characters. One of the things about this movie is: In all the others Magneto is your bad guy and Professor X and the X-Men are the good guys; in this one, itís not like that. Itís much more sophisticated or complex, at least, and we need to come up with a way to do that moving forward. The next movie, if there is one, shouldnít just start off with them being pals again, but I think it also shouldnít be like the first movies only set in the 1960s. If we get another, letís not just make Magneto the bad guy; of course heís a bad-ass and of course he has a whole different ethos, but making a movie that is black-and-white is going to lose the thing that we have in this one... In the comics, Magneto goes back and forth, there are times when they are friends, there are times when heís running the school. In the first Fox movie, if you want to be a fanboy about it, Patrick Stewart says Ö that ĎErik Lehnsherr helped me build Cerebro,í which is like Professor Xís Death Star. And it is like the Death Star in the other movies, itís forever being built or being destroyed."

Sophistication? Complexity of character? In a comic book film? A fun comic book film? Get out of here!

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS opens this weekend.
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1:17AM on 06/06/2011

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Review

I am so down for a sequel! Hopefully they reintroduce CYCLOPS and do him right this time. Check out the WRINKLED MEAT NERD NEWS review here: [link]
I am so down for a sequel! Hopefully they reintroduce CYCLOPS and do him right this time. Check out the WRINKLED MEAT NERD NEWS review here: [link]
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1:46AM on 06/04/2011

bought my ticket

tonight and saw it and i like what i saw..that being said i also agree with some of you that Fassbender "Magneto" and McAvoy Xavier was both the heart and soul of the movie
tonight and saw it and i like what i saw..that being said i also agree with some of you that Fassbender "Magneto" and McAvoy Xavier was both the heart and soul of the movie
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7:01PM on 06/03/2011
"The one thing that FIRST CLASS really nails is character." Without a doubt true. If there's any justice in the world First Class will make huge money and we'll get treated to two more films with this cast at the least!
"The one thing that FIRST CLASS really nails is character." Without a doubt true. If there's any justice in the world First Class will make huge money and we'll get treated to two more films with this cast at the least!
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5:46PM on 06/03/2011
I never saw the original trilogy or Wolverine, so I couldn't care less about the continuity of this film or lack thereof. I never had an interest in X-Men until I saw the trailer for this, with the interesting dialog and action, along with the badass music. Based on that alone I was in a seat last night at midnight.

I really hope they make this into it's own trilogy. I couldn't get enough of Fassbender as Magneto.
I never saw the original trilogy or Wolverine, so I couldn't care less about the continuity of this film or lack thereof. I never had an interest in X-Men until I saw the trailer for this, with the interesting dialog and action, along with the badass music. Based on that alone I was in a seat last night at midnight.

I really hope they make this into it's own trilogy. I couldn't get enough of Fassbender as Magneto.
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5:20PM on 06/03/2011

First Class II

They've already ignored the evnts from Origins Wlverine by introducing an older Emma Frost in First Class, now if they could only ignore what happened in X3 and intriduce Angel (Warren Worthington) Scott Summers and Jean Grey; Sinister would be ideal as the villan and they could introduce or hint at the Phoenix saga which was butchered in X3 and do it justice this time.
They've already ignored the evnts from Origins Wlverine by introducing an older Emma Frost in First Class, now if they could only ignore what happened in X3 and intriduce Angel (Warren Worthington) Scott Summers and Jean Grey; Sinister would be ideal as the villan and they could introduce or hint at the Phoenix saga which was butchered in X3 and do it justice this time.
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2:55PM on 06/03/2011
Planning to see the movie tonight, and I hope it does well. However, with a sequel to this and Wolverine, it seems like we'll have more "pre-xmen movies" than "xmen movies", if you know what I mean. And for some reason that doesn't sit well with me.
Planning to see the movie tonight, and I hope it does well. However, with a sequel to this and Wolverine, it seems like we'll have more "pre-xmen movies" than "xmen movies", if you know what I mean. And for some reason that doesn't sit well with me.
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12:27PM on 06/03/2011

I liked it, but

I thought Michael Fassbender blew James McAvoy out of the water. It didn't help that it seemed the writers were a lot more interested in Magneto's character and really had a hard time articulating Charles Xavier's position. YMMV.
I thought Michael Fassbender blew James McAvoy out of the water. It didn't help that it seemed the writers were a lot more interested in Magneto's character and really had a hard time articulating Charles Xavier's position. YMMV.
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11:03AM on 06/03/2011

The sequel?

I think Lorna Dane / Polaris will be in the sequel. I also suspect the young boy reading a comic book in First Class was supposed to be Angel. I think Singer will ignore X-Men: The Last Stand and have Angel in the sequel to First Class.
I think Lorna Dane / Polaris will be in the sequel. I also suspect the young boy reading a comic book in First Class was supposed to be Angel. I think Singer will ignore X-Men: The Last Stand and have Angel in the sequel to First Class.
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10:01AM on 06/03/2011
I haven't seen the movie yet, but this overwhelmingly positive feedback is really interesting because I know someone who worked on set and he said it didn't look too good. He even said that one of the lead actors said it would never get a sequel because of how bad it he thought it was turning out to be. I guess they were both wrong.
I haven't seen the movie yet, but this overwhelmingly positive feedback is really interesting because I know someone who worked on set and he said it didn't look too good. He even said that one of the lead actors said it would never get a sequel because of how bad it he thought it was turning out to be. I guess they were both wrong.
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9:55AM on 06/03/2011

I'm ready for my thumbs down, Mr. Demille

I'm utterly dumbfounded this is getting the reaction it's getting. I saw it last night and found it to be not just the worst of the X-movies but in the bottom five of all new millennium Marvel movies thus far, down there with the likes of "Elektra" and "Ghost Rider" (and I loved "Stardust" and "Kick-Ass" so I was hopeful). It's juvenile, cowardly, lazy, rushed, obvious, scattered... and it's so poorly written and acted (by most) that I couldn't help but laugh my way through it to alleviate what
I'm utterly dumbfounded this is getting the reaction it's getting. I saw it last night and found it to be not just the worst of the X-movies but in the bottom five of all new millennium Marvel movies thus far, down there with the likes of "Elektra" and "Ghost Rider" (and I loved "Stardust" and "Kick-Ass" so I was hopeful). It's juvenile, cowardly, lazy, rushed, obvious, scattered... and it's so poorly written and acted (by most) that I couldn't help but laugh my way through it to alleviate what would have been boredom. It's just so ludicrous. There's only so far you can go with shoddy filmmaking while having these genetic mutations passed off as evolutionary science work within a great suspension of disbelief... and dragonfly girls spitting bombs with pubescent boys scream-flying is most certainly beyond that point. I won't be back for a sequel unless an official trailer somehow knocks my socks off.
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12:05PM on 06/03/2011
You could always stick with romantic comedies...
You could always stick with romantic comedies...
1:42PM on 06/03/2011
Or you could not watch movies when it's "that time of the month."
Or you could not watch movies when it's "that time of the month."
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9:31AM on 06/03/2011
This movie was indeed awesome!! certainly the best X-Men movie so far, Fassbender was brilliant as magneto, and kevin bacon was also a very cool villian with some epic powers!! this is a solid 2hr marvel masterpiece!!
This movie was indeed awesome!! certainly the best X-Men movie so far, Fassbender was brilliant as magneto, and kevin bacon was also a very cool villian with some epic powers!! this is a solid 2hr marvel masterpiece!!
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9:10AM on 06/03/2011

Early posters

Can we all agree now that judging a movie based on a trailer or poster is not a good idea? Instead, try to focus on the good people involoved with actually making it rather than the studio pumping out posters they think will make the movie money.
Can we all agree now that judging a movie based on a trailer or poster is not a good idea? Instead, try to focus on the good people involoved with actually making it rather than the studio pumping out posters they think will make the movie money.
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8:19AM on 06/03/2011
I'm ready for another X-Men First Class. The movie is so well done.
I'm ready for another X-Men First Class. The movie is so well done.
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6:43AM on 06/03/2011
Just watched a midnight showing. Fassbender and McAvoy are phenomenal in this film. They captured the relationship completely. I'm definitely looking forward to more from this crew, which is awesome considering that after X3 and Wolverine:Origins I'd pretty much written this franchise off. Well done.
Just watched a midnight showing. Fassbender and McAvoy are phenomenal in this film. They captured the relationship completely. I'm definitely looking forward to more from this crew, which is awesome considering that after X3 and Wolverine:Origins I'd pretty much written this franchise off. Well done.
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8:20AM on 06/03/2011
I absolutely agree with you. Their chemistry is spot on. I like Fassbender more than McAvoy. He really capture anger and pain and some sympathy for Magneto very well.
I absolutely agree with you. Their chemistry is spot on. I like Fassbender more than McAvoy. He really capture anger and pain and some sympathy for Magneto very well.
4:48AM on 06/03/2011
Yep, got my ticket for tonight. Really excited after all the good buzz. Can't believe how they managed to turn things around after those awful first promotion photos that leaked.
Yep, got my ticket for tonight. Really excited after all the good buzz. Can't believe how they managed to turn things around after those awful first promotion photos that leaked.
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