Matthew Vaughn Talks ‘X-Men: First Class’

The director of Fox's upcoming superhero adventure describes Michael Fassbender's Magneto as a young James Bond with super powers.
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Matthew Vaughn Talks ‘X-Men: First Class’

Michael Fassbender's Magneto is described as James Bond with super powers in X-Men: First ClassMatthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class will debut in theaters on June 3 and the director recently revealed more details on the project. Here's what he had to say about his new movie and Michael Fassbender's Magneto character:

"The best way of describing it is X-Men meets Bond, with a little bit of Thirteen Days thrown in for good measure. It's set in the '60s, and I basically molded a young Magneto on a young Sean Connery. He's the ultimate spy - imagine Bond, but with superpowers."

He also describes the nature of mutants in this movie, which is set in the 1960s, where the general public is unaware of mutants existence:

"In the beginning of the film, no one knows that mutants exist, and all the mutants don't know that each other exist. They're all in hiding. Kevin Bacon plays a very megalomaniac mutant [Sebastian Shaw] who decides that he can take over the world and that mutants are the future. Erik and Charles then meet each other and hook up with the CIA to try and prevent World War III. You find out everything about what went on between Erik and Charles."

Matthew Vaughn also said that the movie doesn't draw too heavily on the X-Men: First Class comic books:

"Not really. There are a lot of nods to the X-Men world and the X-Men movies, but it's definitely its own beast."

CLICK HERE to read the full interview.

X-Men: First Class was released June 3rd, 2011.

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  • bane5000 • 4 years ago

    @pjwolsker...i know dude its just all confusing now, they said its not a reboot, and that its a prequel, then say it could be viewed as a stand alone film...so which is it, they need to make up theyre minds instead of just labeling it different things to cover their bases if it fails...

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    • pjwolsker • 4 years ago

      oh i get what your saying @bane. i was saying maybe she'll be in it for like a couple seconds or something. like how they worked in cyclops, storm, and xavier in wolverine

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      • shuabert • 4 years ago

        Making Alex the older brother is not in itself a big deal. They've already done that in the Ultimates comic version. But it still doesn't solve the continuity problems. If Scott is roughly 25 in the X-Men film, he would have been born around 1980, and if Alex is supposed to be roughly 17 in First Class he would have been born around 1945, which makes for a 35 year age gap between the two brothers. Alex is more likely to have been Scott's father in this timeline than his brother.

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        • bane5000 • 4 years ago

          thanx to those who agreed what i last wrote will, of course once again, be another plot hole in the continuity of the X-Men films...

          Pjwolsker...i wish but i doubt it dude, look at the scene in X3, Xavier and Magneto arent as young as they will be portrayed in this film, as well as Xavier already being bald when meeting Jean.So if Xavier does end up being bald by the end but him and Magneto are already on bad terms, the scene in X3 will make no sense since they were still friends at the time..

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          • pjwolsker • 4 years ago

            @bane cameo maybe???

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            • youngherm68 • 4 years ago

              Ok, gandoff2169, first of all I just wanted to address one thing: Pro. X Had hair in the comics and lost it. Mathew Vaugn dug deep, but found a way to tie that aspect into this film. and don't worry, i read up on some early interviews that Vaugn had regarding this film and Pro. X does lose his hair. Don't get me wrong, I do agree with you to some degree, regarding the fact that he is taking risks. I find that introducing Alex summers aka Havok in the 60's making him older than his brother is wrong. First of all Scott was the first Summers That Xaivior met and that was when he was well in his wheelchair and the school had been created. two, scott is older than Alex. I just thought that bringing him into the film was random and stupid. Aside from that, to my knowledge, he isn't even one of the founding members in the original x men series let alone X men first class.

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              • moviegeek • 4 years ago

                @gandoff By comic books I wasn't referring to X-Men. I was referring to the ones like Spider-Man, etc.

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                • bud2fresh • 4 years ago

                  Even though this movie has NOTHING to do with the comics i still want to see it.Hopefully Magneto has some really cool scenes.

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                  • gandoff • 4 years ago

                    As I understand everyones like for a fresh take on a comic movie that has been turned into a shadow of what it was. The problem is, the disreguard for the facts of the creation of it all. Imagin a Batman movie, but his parents lived. Or imagine Spiderman movie, and Uncle Ben is alive and well. When you add, take away, and then change "Important" elements of what it is for the characters and over all meaning of them, you risk alot. Xaiver for example, was "BALD" Never had hair in the comics. Any changes would be done soley for the directors wants. And that is a bad thing. Remember who Joel Shumaucker made Bane a mindless mucle man, when he was a smart and cunning person in comics? It was done for the story. But did it work out good? No. If they wanted to start at the begining, and reboot X-men, ok, do it. But dont do a "this is based on the Ultimates version, or such crap" thing. And the powers, was not the focus in the comics @moviegeek. The powers was only a extention used in storylines for battle, or comedic effect. Look at Rouge. Can't touch anyone for the danger of hurting them. Could be used as a real world translation to fear of Aids. She wants nothing more then to feel the touch of Remy. But can't. So there is a real world of issues inside the comics. Powers and battles represent the extrenal wars we as people face with each other on issues similar.

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                    • moviegeek • 4 years ago

                      I'm glad they're starting with a fresh cast and this has potential. But I have a feeling this won't be as gritty, real, or thoughtful as X-Men ought to be. I have a feeling it will focus more on "the powers" like most comic books rather than dealing with them in a real society; something that (as mentioned previously) was done well with X2.

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                      • dan1 • 4 years ago

                        @Sly It did feel like an upgrade and Singer hitting his stride with X2. X-Men had similar themes, but not a smooth, love to hate antagonist like Cox.

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                        • narrator • 4 years ago

                          @Slysnide, X2 was definitely a good film. Singer would have brought an entertaining X3, I'm sure.

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                          • slysnide • 4 years ago

                            Fassbender doesn't scream Magneto to me.

                            "X2" is still one my top favorite comic book movies for being less comic booky, and more legitimate as a discussion of ethics and morality, as the villain was a cold hearted cowardly bastard. :P Brian Cox was excellent in that, and it was pretty good for it. I couldn't even picture where Singer woulda taken #3 had he not departed for that entirely unecessary "Superman Returns" (2006) outing. Not to say it was bad (haven't seen it), but nothing came of it anyway, and then "X3" suffered greatly for it.

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                            • narrator • 4 years ago

                              Exactly @Josh. I too liked the Singer films a lot, as did others, and we also wanted this to be a reboot and be it's own thing. Unfortunately, Fox would never allow that, the bastards. all I know, is this film will probably be really fun (with Vaughn at the helm), and it might even have a few high moments (especially with McAvoy and Fassbender) and will definitely feature a few sneaky easter eggs, but it will still not give fans what they've been wanting, and that is why we need a reboot after Wolverine2.

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                              • cupid • 4 years ago

                                @bane Good point.

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                                • shuabert • 4 years ago

                                  @bane5000: Yet another reason this movie should be a fresh take with its own continuity.

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                                  • bane5000 • 4 years ago

                                    I got a quick question for anyone who can answer: They said this film was gonna show how Xavier and Magnetos friendship starts and how it diminishes, correct?

                                    But in the beginning of X-men 3 it shows them both going over to Jeans house as partners for the institute to show her shes not alone and persuade her to go to the school...

                                    So how will they fit that part from X3 into this film if its already been said Jean will not make an apearance and Prof.X and Magneto will not be friends by the end of this movie...are they gonna completely leave that part out and yet again make another plot hole in the continuity of the X-Films?

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                                    • shuabert • 4 years ago

                                      I'm supportive of a reboot too, and not because I have anything against Singer's films (I love them), but I wish this HAD been the reboot. I like the direction they're taking with it and I like the casting. It's just a shame they're limiting themselves story-wise by trying to make this fit in the same continuity.

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                                      • cupid • 4 years ago

                                        @supes1 I agree

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                                        • dan1 • 4 years ago

                                          Yeah, it is about time they give X-Men a rest after The Wolverine (at least they'll stop on a presumably high note with that one).

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