Filling the gaps with X-Men: First Class 2.

Filling the gaps with X-Men: First Class 2.

In 2006 Brett Ratner’s one and only X-Men film was released, ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ marking the end of what was essentially the first wave of X films, and while plot threads were left unresolved by the end of that film the future of the franchise was uncertain, not so much about whether it would continue, but about what shape the future of the franchise would take.That uncertainty seems in the distant past at this point, given the recent success of ‘X-Men: First Class’, a new wolverine film being well into production and a sequel to first class titled ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ also on the way. The proposed line of ‘X-Men: Origin’ films has long since been dropped (so we should stop looking forward to ‘X-Men: Origins: Magneto’ or ‘X-Men: Origins: Deadpool’).

‘X-Men: First Class’ works almost as well if viewed as either a reboot or a prequel, though the intention of the filmmakers is definitely on the prequel side. For the sequel it was recently teased that Patrick Stewart may be considered for appearing in the role of Professor X once more, and now another cast member of the original trilogy has been quoted as teasing a potential return.

In the role of Jean Grey, Famke Janssen portrayed that character’s arc right through to becoming the phoenix in X3, Janssen recently had the following to say when the question was posed to her about appearing in the first class sequel;

One never knows. Jean Grey, the Phoenix … she finds a way to reincarnate herself constantly, so one never knows

That’s a long way from any form of confirmation, so just consider it a vague possibility at this point, but it does pose the question of returning original cast members. ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ does involve elements of time travel so there’s the option of bringing back some charactersfrom the previous films to encounter younger versions of themselves or other mutants.

Let us know who you’d like to see return!

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.