Monday, November 24, 2008

X-Men: First Class - A Sequel or Prequel?

There is much discussion on the upcoming film "X-Men: First Class," where I first discussed here. Josh Schwartz will be the scribe for this next X-Men film, but will it focus on the young versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey and other early X-Men or will it take place after "X-Men: The Last Stand" and be about a new group of X-Men?

MTV interviewed comic book writer Marc Guggenheim, who pens the comic Young X-Men (which is about Cyclops forming a new, young X-Men team), about the upcoming "Fist Class" movie.

Guggenheim apparently learned about the new movie the same way most film fans did, by reading the article in Variety.

“It’s funny,” Guggenheim told us, “when they first talked about doing this [before Schwartz was attached], Variety had the project as ‘Young X-Men,’ so I thought it might be coming from the comic. But the idea of a junior group of X-Men has been around long before I started writing it.”

According to MTV News, "In the ’80s, there was 'The New Mutants,' which focused on Cannonball, Psyche, Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Karma, and of course, Kitty Pryde, who resented being put on the junior team. (This also gave rise decades later to 'Academy X,' with characters like Surge, Icarus, Elixer, Wallflower, and Wind Dancer.)

In the ’90s, there was 'Generation X,' where you had a group outside of Professor Xavier’s Academy for Gifted Youngsters being trained by Banshee and the White Queen, including Jubilee, Husk, Skin, M, Chamber, Psych, Synch, Penance, and Mondo. And this decade, Grant Morrison upgraded the concept of the junior X-Men in ‘New X-Men' (although if wasn’t the whole focus) by enlarging the school and including students such as Dust, Angel Salvadore, Beak, quintuplets the Stepford Cuckoos, Quentin Quire, and the Omega Gang.

But it’s from 'The New Mutants' class that Guggenheim draws from the most in his current series, 'Young X-Men,' which also includes new members like Ink. So if Schwartz’s “First Class” dips into his 'Young X-Men' series, he won’t mind."

“I certainly don’t feel like he’d be treading on any territory that I’ve established,” Guggenheim said. “The idea’s been around for a while. But I hope I’ve put new characters on the chessboard that he’d want to play with.”

According to The Geek Files, "Guggenheim says he's available for consultation on X-Men: First Class and would advise Josh to focus on the next generation of mutants from Last Stand, rather than doing the early years of Cyclops and Jean Grey. He also believes he should not feel bound by what's in the comics but should create some new characters from his own imagination."

“What movie would you rather see?” Guggenheim asked. “There’s more in the next generation than the junior versions of the very first group, now that you already have movies where they’re established as adults. Do a sequel, not a prequel.”


bandito said...

I agree with Guggenheim, it should be a sequel. Adventures with new characters is what I want to see

Head Hero said...

We will just have to wait and see. I only hope for it to be better than X-Men: The Last Stand and be more faithful to the comics.
New or more characters would be nice.