Is X-Men: First Class a Prequel or Not?

Is <em>X-Men: First Class</em> a Prequel or Not?

Lauren Shuler Donner gives a few details about the film.

Heres the info:

While chatting with Lauren Shuler Donner yesterday at a promotional event for the Blu-Ray release of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" -- the producer of all movie-things X-Men related --we did our best to get as much mutant info as possible out of her. And we did pry a few interesting items out of her -- including a bit on "X-Men: First Class." (Click here to hear what she had to say about Deadpool.)

"I think there are some wonderful storylines I'd like to pursue in "X-Men 4" and 5, but who knows?" she told us. "Obviously Fox is my partner, so we're in discussions about what will be next."

Do said fourth and fifth X-Men films include "X-Men: First Class," the movie we've been hearing about for some time now which is being written by "Gossip Girl" and "Chuck" producer Josh Schwartz? Or is "First Class" a separate project entirely? That's not clear. And neither is whether the film will go back to the tale of the early days of the original five X-Men -- Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, and Iceman -- or pick up the saga with a group of new, young mutants.

"I can't talk about it yet, but yes, they're all good ideas," the producer told us at first. But when we pushed the topic, she gave in a bit and at least admitted that the film takes place in the past…

"I know, I know, I know," she said. "It is the X-Men's first class, and it's way back when… but I can't tell you which characters."

Well, might we see characters like Storm or Iceman get their own spin-off films or guest appearances in future movies?

"Not… well, possibly," she laughs. "I'm sorry to be evasive!"

O.K. then. Does that clear things up for you?

Ozy out.
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LEEE777 - 9/12/2009, 10:07 AM

NO to a X-MEN BORIGINS 90210!

X4 should have CABLE!!!

; )
CaptainAmerica - 9/12/2009, 10:43 AM
Sorry Leee, but im pretty sure it wont be a reboot. Probably gonna show Xavier forming his X-Men team :) Storm, Jean, Cyclops, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch. Maybe even Emma Frost.
Talontd - 9/12/2009, 11:19 AM
They effed this up from the get now your gonna have ICEMAN around the same age as Jean, Scott, and Hank???

How the hell do you do that without a reboot???

Now they seem to be realizing that f*cking with the original story and timeline f*cks EVERYTHING up!

Let FIRST CLASS be a reboot and start the WHOLE THING over again......from the beginning.......AND THIS TIME DO IT RIGHT!!!
flames809 - 9/12/2009, 11:46 AM
they need to do a reboot and yea they need to have storm,iceman,cyclops the leader, beast, angel and they also have to have to show magneto becoming evil and getting his team together and try to capture jean for her powers
LEEE777 - 9/12/2009, 11:54 AM
CAP @ Its best to just REBOOT it then!!!

If they can do it with FANTASTIC FOUR and DAREDEVIL (which i both like better), they can do it with FRIGGIN' X-MEN!!!

The way i see it, ever X-movie that's coming out, is getting worst an worst in Quality!

I don't think i could take something worst then the last SNORIGINS lol!


FLAMES @ STORM comes in alot later, she's not an original X-MAN dude!

Hyson - 9/12/2009, 12:11 PM
Uncertain about all X-Men brand flicks. 3 and Wolverine didn't do much for me. I want to see the rise of the sentinels. Maybe, throw in some Bishop. Personal preference, I guess. Eventually though, I wonder if Phoenix will be redone. I wasn't a large fan of how that was handled, but that is another issue. Hopefully, good things come out of this movie regardless of my hopes and preferences.
LEEE777 - 9/12/2009, 12:19 PM

Bring CABLE in, in X-MEN 4 and he can wipe out all of X1 to X3!!! Heh heh, hey i would work lol.
SdProphet - 9/12/2009, 12:19 PM
Dopenesss please find a way to put archangel gahhhh epicness
ASSASSIN666 - 9/12/2009, 12:21 PM
Things would have made a lot more sense if they had done the premise of first class to begin with. With three movies already done and quite recent I think a reboot would be a citical error for Fox, and X-Men. We need a great X-4, new mutants, new enemies( Sentinels ya f**ks Sentinels) There is no reason that X-4 can't be made with all the material and charecters to draw from. Remember how great X-2 was, well now here's a great chance to follow it up and make up for Brett'I was born out of my mother's ass'Ratner's abortion of a movie.
flames809 - 9/12/2009, 12:22 PM
yo lee there cant be cable because cyclops died in x3 so theirs no cable and i didn't know storm wasn't original x men and they should of started off with first class
LEEE777 - 9/12/2009, 12:31 PM
ASSASSINS @ Well FOX is rebooting FF and DD an i don't think they should be rebooted! X-men why not?

FLAMES @ Time Travel does wonderful things lol, how do you know he hasn't already slept with um, MADELYNE PRYOR and CABLES already born or going to be???

Course CABLE can be in X4!

An no dude STORM is not an original, not by a long shot lol.

Hey LONGSHOT movie anyone? ; D
CaptainAmerica - 9/12/2009, 12:33 PM
@Leee, the thing is that all the xmen films have done really well. They arent gonna reboot it especially with the Magneto film and Wolverine sequel coming out. It wouldnt make any sense.
flames809 - 9/12/2009, 12:33 PM
lee no one knows
Bijous - 9/12/2009, 12:34 PM
What's next...the X-Babies? Why can't they just focus on making good X-Men movies and stop messing around with the spin-offs, prequels, requels...?!?
SuperAsianGoku - 9/12/2009, 12:34 PM
PLEASE FOX REBOOT THE X-MEN!!! AND START WITH X-MEN FIRST CLASS!!! We already have 4 Fox-Men movies I think it's time for a REBOOT. And please no more emo Cyclops!! I want Cyclops to be the Confident Mutant General that he is like in the comics.

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mgalusick - 9/12/2009, 12:38 PM
Storm was one of the new X-men introduced in the 70's.

Cyclops could be alive. We never see his body. Maybe he died but then Sinister brought him back. It'd be a good way to bring Sinister into the series too. Then they could bring Cable into x-5. Could work.
SHHH - 9/12/2009, 12:45 PM
im keepin my exceptations low so im not dissapointed
SuperAsianGoku - 9/12/2009, 12:45 PM
I've been waiting for a good Cyclops characterization in the movies. But because of Bryan Singer and his undying love for Hugh Jackman. All the other characters like Cyclops, Storm, Rogue & others became just a background character.

I want to see an X4 but if it's gonna be another Wolverine lovefest then I guess I'll pass.

I really wanted a REBOOT because I think it's the only way for the other characters like Cyclops, Storm & Rogue etc. to be given a chance to finally shine and be properly portrayed.
ASSASSIN666 - 9/12/2009, 12:56 PM
LEEE- I see where you're going and you do have a good point, but FF, and DD, were not the same money makers as the X-men films. FF and DD were not critically well received, and fans did their own share of complaining about the films. The truth is Marvel learned a valuable lesson with Iron Man, and Dark Knight and now to want to just dig in the recent past and redo them is like putting white out on a misspelled word. It's an admission of guilt like saying yes we really screwed up these movies. They got lucky with Hulk, but it still didn't do the numbers it should have based on the fact that there was a Hulk movie four years earlier that was bashed. This really is a messed up situation with both Marvel and D.C. Maybe they have the power to redo their mistakes, but can they erase some of the bad taste in our mouths from these mistakes? DD, FF, and Superman all iconic heros that suffered through movies that were not well liked by the very fans they were intended for, not good. Share the pain, and share the ideas what to do.
Joe6Pack74 - 9/12/2009, 1:01 PM
Why do a reboot or continue the other x-movies. Just make it Uncanny X-Men and have it be its own thing. They do it in the comics all the time. We got Uncanny, Astonishing, and just plain X-Men and all the rest. Just make it, its own set of movies. Just make one thing certain have one more X-origins movie. The most bad ass X-man. X-Men Origins - Dazzler! HELL YEAH!
bladeshad - 9/12/2009, 1:05 PM
ice man replaced by storm......
(storm can emulate all his powers for plot purposes)

angel replaced by..... hhhmmmm. some one with a physical mutation..... or can fly.....thats a tough one

beast is good as gold cuase he said he was there when the school started in X3
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bladeshad - 9/12/2009, 1:11 PM
maybe emma frost since she was in the origins movie.... and forge..... plus they will fight hell fire club. and emma will defect to the bad guys. beast will mutate....

should be good. what ever angles story ach in first class was might just get thrown out the window
JoshWilding - 9/12/2009, 1:21 PM
From the writers of 'Gossip Girl'!?! Oh christ, now I just know that this will be just as bad as the last 3 X-Men films! :(
LEEE777 - 9/12/2009, 1:22 PM
Bladeshad @ Clearly you are not a X-MEN fan if you want ANGEL and ICEMAN replaced! An STORMS crap!

ASSASSINS @ Yeah you got a point, but i like all them movies fromm DD to SUPERMAN much better than the last two horrible X-movies lol.

SuperAsian @ dunno about PINE, but HELL YEAH to a Reboot, or stand alone movie!!!

CAP @ They can still do them spin offs, but the X-MEN franchise is done, they don't need to be connected anymore!

JOSH @ If they do a X-MEN 90210 spin off from W*NKERINE BORIGINS it'll be a lot worst than X3!!!

JoshWilding - 9/12/2009, 1:33 PM
LEE: well, thats what this is starting to look like unfortunately! :( How come you said on my Batman DLC article that its all BS!?! Its free dude, lol! DLC is great - its a brill way to add stuff to a game to increase their length (2 good examples are LBP and Motorstorm!)
TheGambitFreak - 9/12/2009, 1:36 PM
if there's gonna be a x-men first class, and a "new team" i choose gambit,cyclops,emma frost,rogue,and wolvie.
dellamorte1872 - 9/12/2009, 1:37 PM
Joe6Pack74 - 9/12/2009, 1:41 PM
ASSASSIN666 - 9/12/2009, 1:57 PM
LEEE- I liked them too, I'm a huge fan of Superman returns, and yes X-3 was an abortion, and Wolverine was a step off the ledge, but would doing a reboot this early help, or hurt the potential of any comic book movie. Hollywood is only in for the money, and we're not always going to get a Nolan or Favreau to take care of us.
LEEE777 - 9/12/2009, 2:03 PM
JOSH @ Oh, i thought you had'ta pay for it lol, my bad!

; D

Yeah HOLLYWOOD always will be @ ASSASSINS!

One thing it did like in X3, man i thought MULTIPLE MAN, (Character and actor) was so cool!
JoshWilding - 9/12/2009, 2:07 PM
LEE: to be fair, you're right! most DLC you DO have to pay for! sometimes its a rip off (£8 for a 45min level in The Force Unleashed) but it can be ok sometimes! i prefer to pay £6 for actual games like Burn Zombie Burn, SuperstarDust HD or a little more for games like Ratchet and Clank Quest for Booty! You definitely need to get you PS3 online though man! :)
JonF - 9/12/2009, 2:35 PM
The problem I have is with HOW Cyclops died, not whether he can be brought back! It was out of character for Phoenix and left a bad taste in my mouth! Much like the rest of the film! Ugh!
LEEE777 - 9/12/2009, 2:43 PM
JOSH @ I will man! ; )
bladeshad - 9/12/2009, 2:55 PM
@LEEE777: lets be clear on this one buddy.

I DON'T WANT THEM TO REPLACE THEM. i just figure thats the only logical way to make it fit into the pre existing movie universe.

you all know they're basing it on the end of wolverine origins. there no point in trying to hope for anything else.

we know what they're doing. it's a follow up to origins with a X1 prequal twist.

so since angel doesn't show till X3 that means he will not be in first class. and since iceman wasn't a hero/offical member till X2 that means both of those characters are out for First Class.

so if there's any chance of them following the plot of first class. (and i'll be straight up honest i'm not sure the plot. my guess is magneto. but since we have all seen that a whole lot i think there going to go with HFC)

and i think that cuase emma frost was in X.O:W

so LEEE777 bite my maple syrup flavored ass ;)
GUNSMITH - 9/12/2009, 4:03 PM
StephenStrange - 9/12/2009, 4:17 PM
As unfortunate as this is, bladeshad is correct.

They will find some stupid ham handed way of connecting it all to the other movies.

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here...

As long as Fox handles these movies it truly is a lost cause.
There is no reason to expect any more from them than the mediocrity that has already been done.
GUNSMITH - 9/12/2009, 4:35 PM
Gose - 9/12/2009, 4:42 PM
Osiris - 9/12/2009, 5:00 PM
I knew it was going to be a prequel after Charles showed up at The end of wolverine to get the kids, that was just way to obvious what their intentions were.
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