OPINION POLL: Villain In X-Men: First Class Sequel

Matthew Vaughn has stated that only one new mutant will be introduced in the X-Men:First Class sequel and it will likely be a villain who goes toe-to-toe with Magneto. Sound off and vote for who you would like Vaughn to select.

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By Mark Julian - 8/6/2011
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Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class was widely panned by fanboys and casual movie goers alike while it was in development. Much to everyone's surprise, the movie was quite good and performed very well at the box office. Naturally, Fox Studios is thinking franchise and the actors have been discussing the planned trilogy all summer long. Discussing it with Collider and Hero Complex, James McAvoy stated:



“Ideally you have a story arc that lasts three movies and at the end of the third it leaves you ready for the story in X-Men 1. It would be nice to explore things in two more films. I’ve lots of ideas. I know Michael[Fassbender] and I are very much on the same page all the time and we’ll be weighing in to protect that relationship between the two characters. The next movie, if there is one, shouldn’t just start off with them being pals again, but I think it also shouldn’t be like the first movies only set in the 1960s. If we get another, let’s not just make Magneto the bad guy; of course he’s 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.”



Judging by, the critics review of X-Men: First Class, I would say that a sequel is well warranted.


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Furthermore, with a budget of $150M and a box office revenue of $348,728,454, I'd say a sequel is all but guaranteed. Vaughn chimed in with the following on a sequel:

“I’ve got some ideas for the opening for the next film. I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto. That would explain the physics of it, and we see that he’s pissed off because Kennedy took all the credit for saving the world and mutants weren’t even mentioned. And we could go from there, and I’ve got some fun ideas about what other mutants to bring in. I don’t want to tempt fate, though. If the film’s a hit, of course I’d be interested. I really enjoyed making it. We will only have one more new character. I won’t say who he…I won’t say who he or she is! But we will only be bringing one more new character in. Because, I think, as Professor X is in a wheelchair, Magneto needs to have a nemesis he can fight with. Someone that will be his equal. I know who it is. It would be nice if I could say something, but I can’t, mate!”



With that said, who's the one character to be introduced that can be an equal to Magneto? Based on Vaughn's statement we can dismiss any notions of introducing any of the original team members. And if they want to keep Fassbender's Magneto "grey" in terms of character tone, the new character must be a villain [Fun Fact: Stan Lee originally planned for Magneto to be brothers with Professor X.] Personally, I would like to see Mr. Sinister introduced. He's such a cool character that has deep ties to the X-Men mythology and would be a visual treat displayed on the big screen. Who do you guys think could portray Sinister on the big screen?





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Mr. Sinister:Mister Sinister is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #221 (Sept. 1987) and was created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Marc Silvestri. Mister Sinister is a genetically altered human with superhuman physical and mental abilities. The character is telepathic, able to manipulate the minds of others in various ways, and is capable of energy projection through telekinesis. Using genetic material from the mutant Courier, Mister Sinister gained complete control of his body at the cellular level, allowing him to shape-shift, regenerate and be virtually immune to injuries. Mister Sinister is also a scientific genius, with expertise in the fields of biology, genetics, cloning, physics and engineering.

Fabian Cortez: Fabian Cortez is a fictional character, a mutant comic book supervillain from the Marvel Comics universe and an adversary of the X-Men. Created by writer Chris Claremont and writer/illustrator Jim Lee, he first appeared in X-Men #1 (October 1991). Cortez possesses the ability to bolster another mutant’s power. He could enhance a mutant’s abilities to occasionally dangerous limits beyond their control (temporarily powering them up at the expense of burning out their bodies). In X-Men #1 (1991), while onboard Asteroid M, Magneto returned from a fight with the X-Men having suffered deep lacerations to his lower abdomen from Wolverine's claws. Cortez "healed" Magneto (as he said he had also done with his sister after an earlier battle) and temporarily brought him back to full health. This turned out to be "fake" healing in that Magneto needed to regularly be "healed" by Cortez to stay uninjured.

Mesmero: Mesmero (Vincent (last name unrevealed)) is a fictional mutant, a comic book supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. The character first appeared in [Uncanny] X-Men #49. Mesmero was a mutant who has the psionic ability to mentally control the minds of others. Through a combination of careful planning and skill, he could also manipulate the minds of telepaths; though he had to take extreme care, as a telepath was much more prone to realizing/breaking his machinations than a non-psi. He could hypnotize people into doing what he wanted them to do, and alter their minds with false personalities and memories. He could also make them see him as a different person.

Apocalypse: Apocalypse is a fictional character who is an ancient mutant that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in X-Factor #5 (June, 1986), created by writer Louise Simonson and designed by artist Walter Simonson. Apocalypse is portrayed as an immensely powerful mutant who was capable of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers and Cable at the same time. Even when severely weakened, Apocalypse was able to defeat an assembly of X-Men.

Apocalypse possesses several distinct superhuman powers, some of which are owed to his mutant genetics and others due to technological improvements he has made on himself. After living several centuries, he further augmented himself by Celestial technology, though it is unclear to what degree these enhancements granted him any additional powers beyond what he already possessed. His powers appear to change according to his need to rest his long-lived body and/or the creative team's desires.

Apocalypse was initially portrayed as a shape-shifter on a molecular level, who also had the ability to teleport himself and others over unknown distances. His power set has been greatly expanded since then, and he has displayed immense strength, near invulnerability, rapid regeneration, energy absorption, and projection. He is resistant to telepathy and psychic attack, and may have limited telepathic and telekinetic capabilities of his own.

Apocalypse has complete control over the molecular structure of his body — he can alter his form as it suits him; examples include allowing his body to become extremely malleable, changing his density, and even increasing his size and strength by taking on additional mass from an extra-dimensional source. Apocalypse can stretch or contort his limbs and body into a multitude of shapes and sizes, with elasticity and flexibility far beyond the natural human limits. He can open holes through his body to avoid attacks. He is able to form various weapons (e.g. blades, hammers, guns, or shields) with parts of his body, including wings or jets to enable flight. He is also able to adapt his body to apparently any disease or environment. On one occasion, he has shown the ability to phase his hand through another object/person. Through his shape-shifting ability, Apocalypse can give himself virtually any physical superhuman power and disguise himself in a vast variety of forms.

Cable/Bishop: Time traveling mutants that kick ass! That is all.



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riddlemethis09 - 8/6/2011, 11:56 AM
retcon the issues like how star trek did! that would be the best, and maybe allow some good x-men movies that are meant to be current day!
SageMode - 8/6/2011, 11:56 AM
20th Century Fox should be the next villain.
Zombie137 - 8/6/2011, 11:58 AM
Bacon should have been Sinister in the first movie. The first 15 minutes of First Class could have easily been about Sinister
cable23 - 8/6/2011, 11:59 AM
If Fox can find a way to fix their continuity problems by introducing Cablw(my favorite Xmen) and Bishop, then get those two in there. But if not then, Mr Sinister all the way. Save Apocalypse for Xmen 4. Im surprised that there were not Sentinels and Master Mold on the list.
gambgel - 8/6/2011, 12:06 PM
I vote for Sinister.

But I want Sinister around the same time as young Scott and Jean.

so not sure if Id like him in Second class, or in the third one.
Dickel - 8/6/2011, 12:06 PM
Hey, I like sinister.. but i'd almost guarantee it wont be him. There is no WAY sinister would take on Magneto 1 on 1. He'd use his s$#tkickers to do it for him... and since only 1 extra mutant is getting introduced, you could probably safely say it wont be him.

What about legion?
Dickel - 8/6/2011, 12:07 PM
oh, and cable or bishop would be very cool.
superbatspiderman - 8/6/2011, 12:12 PM
Mr. Sinister should be the villain and add Cyclops and Jean to the class. Mr. Sinister for the 2nd movie and Apocalypse for the 3rd movie.
screams - 8/6/2011, 12:14 PM
I'd love to see Bishop. I'd love to see the Chronomancer saga on screen.
95 - 8/6/2011, 12:15 PM
I want to Apocalypse and Cable! But if they're doing a trilogy, they would be best saved for the third film.

So I voted Mr. Sinister, interested to see the Vietnam War factored in.

superotherside - 8/6/2011, 12:16 PM
how about reboot and put the X-men in the MCU! nuff said...
DarthTesla - 8/6/2011, 12:20 PM
Definitely gotta be Sinister. I've been wanting to see a live-action Mr. Sinister since I was a little kid.

He was by far the coolest of the 12-inch Marvel figures, what with the glowing forehead gem and all.
Luis75 - 8/6/2011, 12:21 PM
Fox should do a proper Reboot to the X-men franchise like Sonys doing with the Amazing Spiderman and WB with Superman: Man of Steel.

X-men: First Class is Overrated Garbage!!!
mtx100 - 8/6/2011, 12:21 PM
Mr Sinister and the nasty boys in the sequel and bring on Apocalypse and the Horsemen for the third outing, failing that, Shadow King, Omega Red, the Sentinels or a new take on Juggernaut. All these villains deserve a proper cinematic portrayl
marvel72 - 8/6/2011, 12:22 PM
the sentinels,but its gonna be magneto yet again.
Sentrybob - 8/6/2011, 12:22 PM
BRET RATNER SHOUD BE THE VILLAIN HES DONE THE MOST DAMAGE TO THE X MEN
Doctorkoan - 8/6/2011, 12:23 PM
How about some alternates:
Could be different and epic
The Brood http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brood_%28comics%29

Delves into the origins of the X-men further
The Shadow King - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_King
DarthTesla - 8/6/2011, 12:24 PM
@Sentrybob: Amen.
GiftedYoungster - 8/6/2011, 12:24 PM
Anything from Chris Claremont
RunDTC - 8/6/2011, 12:32 PM
Keith David for Mr. Sinister!
Doctorkoan - 8/6/2011, 12:33 PM
I think alternates would be great because every X-men cartoon or movie has beaten all the standard X-men villain storylines to DEATH. At least the Hellfire club was a little out of left field and therefore fresher (more fresh?)

Let's see some movies that cover fresh territory and take risks. Tell us a story we've never seen in non-print media.
DeadPoolLax - 8/6/2011, 12:34 PM
nobody! because they should stop making x-men movies so that marvel can get the rights back.
Doctorkoan - 8/6/2011, 12:35 PM
Lol. Just realized that Fox owns the Aliens franchise. So if they use the Brood at least there won't be an IP legal spat.
ColonelKilgore - 8/6/2011, 12:36 PM
Mister Sinister would be good if theyre going off of all the movies. If not, introduce Cyclops in the next sequel, have them defeat Magneto (since he just started The Brotherhood at the end of 1st Class) Then in sequel dos put in Sinister
Doctorkoan - 8/6/2011, 12:36 PM
I'm with you DeadPoolLax 100%. But that's not going to happen until the movie going public cools on CBM's for a while and Murdoch decides to sell off the rights to Justin Timberlake.
AlexDeLarge87 - 8/6/2011, 12:45 PM
Mr. Sinister
The Shadow King
Black Tom Cassidy
Omega Red (He could be Russia´s or should i say soviet union´s answer to the mutant problem. But goes insane and starts to kill everyone and plans to destroy all life from earth. Thats where the First Class comes in with new members young Cyclops and Jean Crey)
OR
Apocalypse
SeaSerpentine - 8/6/2011, 12:56 PM
Either Mr. Sinister or Fabian Cortez.
continuezero - 8/6/2011, 12:57 PM
Sinister!! Easy way to translate into the Weapon X program from BORIGINS and why they were collecting all the mutants like Sinister was. Show him kinda behind the scenes of all that. Would be a great way to reintroduce Taylor Kitch's Gambit. Great way to introduce Cyclops. Save Bishop, Cable and Apocalypse for a future Trilogy set in the future during the wars and make it epic and introduce the Sentinels.

Bam...they should let me write it.
Deadshot - 8/6/2011, 12:59 PM
They really should just cancel wolverine 2 and spend all their x-men related time making the sequel to first class as great as possible. I want this to be as well written as the first. Also I hope it is Sinister who wars with Magneto with Professor X and his team in the crossfire.
xinstituto - 8/6/2011, 12:59 PM
doesnt mater anymore, just must explain how things changed w/ the characters (how Xavier got bald or Moira became geneticist).. and what happend to the ones who will not join the sequel
Macksimus - 8/6/2011, 1:01 PM
It should be the Sentinels, next, but that obviously isn't happening. So I say do Sinister and Marauders in the next movie. Then do Apoc and Cable in the Third; maybe have Apoc and Cable come from the future of the original X-men movieverse; It would be cool to see a cameo of Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, and Patrick Stewart fighting Apoc and the Horsemen.
Deadshot - 8/6/2011, 1:01 PM
One thing I can't stress enough is keep the colorful costumes, we do not need the tight black leather sex outfits again.
xinstituto - 8/6/2011, 1:11 PM
Storm joins X-Men
Brotherhood and X-Men fight against sentinels
Sabretooth cameo (like Logan did in FC)
ColonelKilgore - 8/6/2011, 1:11 PM
As long as Beast doesn't don a speedo, like in the cartoon, I'll be fine.
xinstituto - 8/6/2011, 1:12 PM
Storm joins X-Men
Brotherhood and X-Men fight against sentinels
Sabretooth cameo (like Logan did in FC)
JWStubner - 8/6/2011, 1:27 PM
It's clearly going to be the Brotherhood but it SHOULD be the mothertruckin SENTINELS! Why are they not on the list?!?!?
Mechagino - 8/6/2011, 1:33 PM
Here's what I say they should do, make only two more first class sequels. THEN you finish off the series with Brian Singer directing the 4th and final film of the original series with Apocalypse as the villain. BOOM!
AngryRob - 8/6/2011, 1:49 PM
Proteus! How cool would that movie be?
Dickel - 8/6/2011, 1:50 PM
Bolivar Trask will be the main antagonist, using the sentinels to round up and irradicate mutants, who the world now know of and fear...
Dickel - 8/6/2011, 1:50 PM
then again... sentinels in the 70's seems like a stretch.
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