X-MEN: FIRST CLASS 2 writer and producer Simon Kinberg recently spoke with MTV about the developing sequel which will continue the adventures of Charles Xavier, Magneto and mutants aplenty.
“I don’t know what the title is going to be but certainly I’m working on the sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class’ right now” said Kinberg. “I’m a huge X-Men fan. I grew up loving the comic books and it was really exciting to be able to do the origin story of Xavier and Magneto, and getting those two actors, [James] McAvoy and [Michael] Fassbender, were really amazing,” he said. “So being able to explore those characters with actors of that quality will be exciting a second time around, and doing some things unexpected with those characters, which is the plan.”
Kinberg says there are definitely plans to further explore Magneto’s tortured beginnings:
“That’s what was so cool about the first one and what we want to continue. Magneto becomes the villain ultimately of the franchise but he’s a much more complicated character as a young man. He’s someone you sympathize with, you care about you root for even though might not necessarily agree with his methods, you understand his philosophy.”
At the end of the first film, Erik Lensherr donned his classic costume and announced himself as Magneto. Will the sequel make him a full-on baddie or a mix of both hero and villian?
“We’re still figuring that out.” Kinberg continues. “I think the truth is ultimately that because Michael is such an interesting actor, he’ll never be full-on anything. He’ll have a villainous side and he’ll have a sympathetic human side you’ll be able to relate but you’ll also be afraid of him. He becomes Magneto, he says ‘Call me Magneto’ at the end of the first movie.”