I have been waiting for this news for a while! Bryan Singer is returning to the X-Men film series and will be helming an origin/prequel X-Men: First Class.
The film will likely be Wolverine-less and focus on Professor Xavior’s first class of students, established in the prior films as Jean Grey (maybe now they can call her Marvel Girl), Scott Summers (Cyclops), Hank McCoy (The Beast), and Ororo Munroe (Storm). This differs from the comic’s first class, which included Angel and Iceman, who joined the team later in the movies.
Going back to an origin/prequel is both good and bad. It lets us avoid the horrible conclusion of X-Men: The Last Stand, and gives Singer the freedom to do something new with fresh young faces. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a bad film, but some of the young versions of the team worked well. Tim Pocock as Scott Summers was a good fit, and Tahyna Tozzi looked the part of Emma Frost. What are the chances that First Class could be the team against the Hellfire Club? Would be awesome, but I doubt we’ll ever see it. I didn’t like Taylor Kitsch as Gambit upon first viewing, but he has been growing on me in repeat viewings. With a better script, and better director, I think he could be good.
X-Men vs Mr. Sinister? The “First Class” meets the Morlocks? There are so many possibilites for this film and sequels. Maybe they could have Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine pull a “Days of Future Past” type of deal and come from a Sentinel run future to stop it. Hopefully, with Singer back at the helm, X-Men will be as great as it can be.