X-Men Director Reveals Movie's Plot

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X-Men Director Reveals Movie's Plot

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Magneto is essentially going to be James Bond with super powers. 'Nuff said.

The past few days have seen a fair number of details coming out about X-Men: First Class coming into the light. Director Matthew Vaughn has shown that he's a big fan of the source material and clearly thinks of this movie as more than just his latest paycheck. In a recent interview, Vaughn revealed the overall plot of the movie, as well as why the 1960s is a perfect setting for his story.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Vaughn offered a pretty concise summary of the film:

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.

On top of all this, it turns out that Magneto (played by Michael Fassbender) is going to be the coolest character in the movie:

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 ... For me, Magneto is the good guy in the film, but he's a sort of a good bad guy. He literally kicks off the movie, and Xavier goes along on the ride trying to figure out what the hell is going on, and trying to persuade Erik that you don't have to kill everyone.

As I've previously said, I'm a big fan of Vaughn's movies, so I'm already excited about X-Men: First Class. Even if I wasn't already awaiting its theatrical release, Vaughn would've had me at the "Bond with superpowers" idea.

Source: Entertainment Weekly via io9

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I believe magneto will soon be able to claim the "manliest man this side of chuck norris" award.

Sean connery + magneto= pretty dang cool

Yes Bond with superpowers sounds awesome, now I want to see a trailer.

That is officially one of the most convoluted plots I have ever heard.

..So it's basically James Bond with X-Men? -_-

I still think the helmet looks cheap and goofy....

Stelios gets to fight with shades instead of just in them.

anthony87:
I still think the helmet looks cheap and goofy....

Without a matching outfit, any kinda helmet would look stupid.

OT:

Plot not sounding too great. Sounds entertaining, though.

Since when has stepping outside the concept material for any given superhero/villain yielded positive results in movies? If you're willing to set the thing back in the 60's rather than try and adapt it to modern times, why bother monkeying with the characters at all? They already invented the wheel guys, just let it roll.

Seriously? This has just put me off the movie totally.

But then, I suppose it wasn't for me anyway. Just for the new breed who want to see CGI, explosions and boobies.

sounds really interesting. magneto and xaviers backstory is a fantastically interesting plot. hopefully they do it justice

Ummmm so is this supposed to be a reboot of the franchise or is this a prequel to the original X-men movie? Because if this has mystique and beast in it then that means that mystique was in her 60's in X3.....

vansau:

Magneto is essentially going to be James Bond with super powers. 'Nuff said.

Wait WHAT? I'm just a casual fan of X-men and this sentence just doesn't mesh. Yes Magneto is charismatic, Yes he his cool, but, seriously...
I spy with THAT helmet!?!

hungoverbear:
Ummmm so is this supposed to be a reboot of the franchise or is this a prequel to the original X-men movie? Because if this has mystique and beast in it then that means that mystique was in her 60's in X3.....

Well, she IS/was a shape-shifter (and, please, let's just forget X3 for the sake of everyone; that... thing mustn't be remembered).

After X3 and Wolverine:Origins I gave up expecting something good from X-men movies. Although this one definitely looks and sounds way better than the last two, I'm still reluctant of the Erik-Bond-awesome-and-allowed-to-kill thing. X-men has such good stories to tell; about tolerance, hatred, ambition, desire, responsibility, moral choices, etc. I wish they remembered the importance of narrative and the story itself rather than the CGI and crazy effects (they look nice, but so did many stuff in the past; That shouldn't count that much about a movie's quality).

hungoverbear:
Ummmm so is this supposed to be a reboot of the franchise or is this a prequel to the original X-men movie? Because if this has mystique and beast in it then that means that mystique was in her 60's in X3.....

Mystique's powers essentially retard the aging process.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Just for the new breed who want to see CGI, explosions and boobies.

Why would anyone want to use CGI to make boobies explode though? Seems like a waste to me!

Anyhow, I'd be more ambivalent/upset about this film if I wasn't aware that there are (or at least was, I couldn't tell you if that series is still running) X-Men comics out there that do exactly what this script proposes to do: throw out all the established backstory and reinvent everything in a new context that is just similar enough to the old stuff to make existing fans immensely irritated. Continuity is a convoluted nightmare of a mishmash, but when you take that away and re-purpose our established notions of these iconic characters, even if the new "fresh setting" might make sense (from both a narrative and external standpoint), well that just feels like a massive betrayal to the pre-existing fans.

Seen in that light, learning that they're going to reboot everything, set it in the 60s, and have Sebastian Shaw of the Hellfire Club as the primary antagonist... well I can't really get all that mad at them because I can think of shit like this that Marvel has already done to their characters; in the grand scheme of things it's just a stupid reboot, and it might even be entertaining in the end.

Still obligated to hate the idea on principle though.

Gildan Bladeborn:

Anyhow, I'd be more ambivalent/upset about this film if I wasn't aware that there are (or at least was, I couldn't tell you if that series is still running) X-Men comics out there that do exactly what this script proposes to do: throw out all the established backstory and reinvent everything in a new context that is just similar enough to the old stuff to make existing fans immensely irritated.

TBF, there's the Elseworlds(DC) and What If?(Marvel) that have been doing that for years.

I just find the idea of hastily bolting the latest IP onto a slush pile script to be repulsive.

So I'm the only one who looks at that concept and thinks it has real potential?

This has now gotten my stamp of approval

"Magneto is essentially going to be James Bond with super powers. 'Nuff said."

That is 'nuff said about this movie. Forever.

*Faith in movie not sucking...growing!*

I heard Magneto and Sean Connory, that's all I need to know.

The_root_of_all_evil:

Gildan Bladeborn:

Anyhow, I'd be more ambivalent/upset about this film if I wasn't aware that there are (or at least was, I couldn't tell you if that series is still running) X-Men comics out there that do exactly what this script proposes to do: throw out all the established backstory and reinvent everything in a new context that is just similar enough to the old stuff to make existing fans immensely irritated.

TBF, there's the Elseworlds(DC) and What If?(Marvel) that have been doing that for years.

I just find the idea of hastily bolting the latest IP onto a slush pile script to be repulsive.

Oh certainly, there's the whole "Alternate reality" one-offs and what-if scenarios that play out in the comics, and the entire DC-Universe official canon is practically a mobius strip of ret-cons at this point. The offender in question that I was ranting about wasn't one of those though - I can't remember what they were calling it but it was basically presented as a full on reboot of the X-Men, tossing out everything that came before and re-appropriating the more well-known character's likenesses and powers to create "new" (worse) versions of the originals. And then they would wholesale re-purpose older material seemingly just so they could re-tell it wrong, and make me bloody infuriated.

*Excuse me whilst I Google...*

Aha! It appears I am ranting about the Ultimate X-Men, just another part of the whole "Ultimate Marvel" initiative that I loathe utterly with every fiber in my being. I picked up the first trade paperback of that series and all I could think was "What the hell is this bullshit?! Why would they do this?! So much rage!!!" and I never read another issue after that. My cursory research tells me that other people like that crap, but the bit of my brain that shrieks "That never happened! That's wrong!" just can't be reasoned with.

With the films though they've been getting things wrong from the word go if you examine them from the perspective of a canonical stickler, so a new film that continues to get things wrong (but in different ways!) isn't quite so horrible in the grand scheme of things. Would I prefer they make a movie that's set in some entirely new IP with that plot rather than co-opt the X-Men? Oh hell yes, but even the good X-Men films were never very faithful to the comics except in the broadest of strokes; that makes it hard for me to get too angry at them for shit like this (the Spider-Man reboot on the other hand... yeah... Kill it with fire!).

I always find it odd that these articles never mention that Matthew Vaughn was at one point the director of X-Men 3. In fact he's the reason Jugernaut was included and Vinnie Jones got the role. That in mind, I'll wait for reviews before I decided to put down $25 for tickets but I'll definitly consider giving this a rent eventually (altough I have yet to actually see all of X3 yet).

The_root_of_all_evil:
Seriously? This has just put me off the movie totally.

But then, I suppose it wasn't for me anyway. Just for the new breed who want to see CGI, explosions and boobies.

I like boobies.

This hasn't sold me on it, either. Especially X and Magneto joining the CIA? Yeesh...

Does anyone actually care about this movie? I find it hard. I am the among the most hardcore of fanboys... but I can't summon an ounce of care for this film.

They need to realize that what works on the pages of a comic book can't work on in a movie, it's literally impossible. Get rid of the helmet for gods sake. Goes to show how unable they are to understand the characterization of the comics. They NEED the helmet because otherwise NO ONE will know he is Magneto.

I'll rent this... maybe.... I would hate for the film to be successful, they might actually make another one.

So basically this is a movie about Magneto and Xavier joining force with CIA against Shaw and his hellfire club... with White Queen as his sidekick. Sounds like the other X-Men are just going to be accessories. Plus Shaw seeing the mutant as the future... isn't it the same story that went on with Magneto in the other 3 movies? It's hard for me to be excited about First Class. It may end up being a good movie, but I'm getting sick of hearing "reboot"... seems like the easy solution whenever they run out of idea or screwed up with the last movie. Here are the official and rumored movies set for reboots; X-Men, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Daredevil. According to popular voice, X-Men 3 and Spider-Man 3 weren't really good and F4 and DD were just awful.

...I don't like the way this guy uses his words. It's just wrong enough to be really annoying.
Then again, he's the director, not the writer.

I believe the term for "good bad guy" is antihero.
Besides that, I don't really like this costume (prefer the all-red affair myself).

Could be good, I like the interpretation of Magneto as a well intentioned extremist better than the more generic-brand Hannibal Lecter villain from his previous incarnation.

kypsilon:
Since when has stepping outside the concept material for any given superhero/villain yielded positive results in movies? If you're willing to set the thing back in the 60's rather than try and adapt it to modern times, why bother monkeying with the characters at all? They already invented the wheel guys, just let it roll.

Nolan stepped out side of the source material with his batman films and yet the comic-fan(me included) don't howl at him and his films.

Vaughan stated that this movie would please twilight fans. That kinda cancells out the whole badass Bond-Magneto thing. IŽll reserve judgement until i see a trailer.

Baresark:
Does anyone actually care about this movie? I find it hard. I am the among the most hardcore of fanboys... but I can't summon an ounce of care for this film.

They need to realize that what works on the pages of a comic book can't work on in a movie, it's literally impossible. Get rid of the helmet for gods sake. Goes to show how unable they are to understand the characterization of the comics. They NEED the helmet because otherwise NO ONE will know he is Magneto.

I'll rent this... maybe.... I would hate for the film to be successful, they might actually make another one.

The reason Magneto has the helmet is to enhance his powers... just saying. Also comics can make good films e.g. Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim Vs the World, spider-man 1 and 2 weren't bad, despite some deviations from some of my fav bits in the comics or even Iron Man. What about the Dark Knight? comics can make good films.

alrekr:

Baresark:
Does anyone actually care about this movie? I find it hard. I am the among the most hardcore of fanboys... but I can't summon an ounce of care for this film.

They need to realize that what works on the pages of a comic book can't work on in a movie, it's literally impossible. Get rid of the helmet for gods sake. Goes to show how unable they are to understand the characterization of the comics. They NEED the helmet because otherwise NO ONE will know he is Magneto.

I'll rent this... maybe.... I would hate for the film to be successful, they might actually make another one.

The reason Magneto has the helmet is to enhance his powers... just saying. Also comics can make good films e.g. Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim Vs the World, spider-man 1 and 2 weren't bad, despite some deviations from some of my fav bits in the comics or even Iron Man. What about the Dark Knight? comics can make good films.

Those were all fantastic movies. And very well done. I am simply saying that copying the look of the comic, especially in this case, is not a good idea always. Batman Begins and The Dark Knight were completely fantastical. Look at what came out before that though. They tried to copy the look of the comic exactly, the bright colors, the over muscled chest pieces, and it was truly bad (speaking of Batman and Robin and the one before that). They can have a helmet, and they can use it the way it's supposed to be used, but they should probably refrain from using the exact look of the one from the comics and animated series, that is my opinion on it anyway.

Guh. Magneto as the anti-hero that wants to kill every normal human. Where I come from, they call that a villain. And working with the CIA? My internal bullshit meter is screaming WTF?! CIA goes- ooh, lets knock these freaks out and make them work for us! Yeah, like THAT would never happen! Sorry guys. This fails the reality test for me. My brain would explode out of my skull to get away from the stupid insanity on the screen.

This just leaves me more confused :s

" He literally kicks off the movie"

~Should be good to see

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