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Bryan Singer says Wolverine won't cameo in the X-Men prequel First Class

11.02.2010

Marvel mutant Wolverine may have a healing factor that slows his aging, so he basically looked the same in the 1960s as he does now. But we still won't be seeing Hugh Jackman's boneclaws and muttonchops during that time period in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

A recent internet rumor (which apparently originated from a cab driver) claiming Jackman may make an appearance in the movie has been refuted by Bryan Singer, the original X-director who is currently producing Matthew Vaughn's prequel. As Singer succinctly told the Coventry Telegraph: "He's not in the movie, he's in the Wolverine movies."

(It should be noted, however, that the thought of including the character in the movie crossed Singer's mind at some point, since he did once mystifyingly mention wanting Taylor Lautner to play young Wolvie.)

Singer had a few other tidbits to offer about the early days of Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr: "We've set First Class in a time when the X-Men were conceived in the early 60s, up against political events that were happening - the early civil rights movement - and we have these kinds of events at a time when the world didn't know mutants existed."

Additionally: "It takes place in the early 60s and it incorporates some characters I was able to bring back in time that are familiar, as well as some new characters, new mutants." (Specifically, Darwin, Banshee, Havok and a female Angel, plus young Beast and Mystique and whoever else they choose or create for the movie.)

"Also, there's a new villain component, a really cool villain and villain group.

It's a really cool and fun story. It will be the first Silver Age Marvel movie."

Extra Tidbit: I admit that I do like the idea of a "Silver Age" Marvel movie... just not sure how I feel about cramming it with characters and rushing the production to make a June 2011 release date. Maybe Singer didn't watch X-MEN 3, which faced similar issues.

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