Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies and is producing X-Men: First Class, is already hinting at the next chapter in the series and what characters could step to the forefront.
In an interview with Hero Complex, Singer says that while the movie X-Men: First Class doesn't necessarily correspond with the continuity of the comic book, there will be connections that fans can pick out.
Singer cites the character of Havok (played by Lucas Till) as an example. Although in the comics Havok (real name Alex Summers) is the brother of Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, that relationship does not exist in the movie, which is set in the '60s.
"Yes, the timeline is different," Singer explains. "It wouldn't physically fit for him to be the brother of Cyclops. We take some liberties on that." But he adds, "I don't want to give away certain interrelations, but let's just say there are some things that do adhere to the comic books and do so in a way the fans will get a kick out of."
The First Class comic, of course, has focused on the first students of mutant professor Charles Xavier (played by James McAvoy in the new film), a lineup that included Cyclops, Beast, Iceman, Angel and Jean Grey. Only Beast as we know him (played by Nicholas Hoult) shows up in the film, along with mutants like Azazel (Jason Flemyng), a younger version of Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Emma Frost (January Jones), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones) and others.
Singer hints that future X-Men movies could focus on these characters and possibly introduce more from the comics, saying, "That's one reason we wanted to call the film First Class even though it isn't the [Jeff Parker-penned story arc called] First Class in the comics as fans know it. You couldn't really tell that story without going even earlier and explaining how they got there and how it came to be. I liked the title, so we kept it, but this is a prelude in a way that will eventually lead to the [scenarios] that fit in more clearly with the First Class comics and situations."
Does this all this mucking around with the comics continuity bother you? Or does none of it matter as long as Singer and director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) deliver a killer X-Men movie on June 3?