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Fox Announces Release Date for 'X-Men: First Class' Sequel

Mark your calendar, the next X-Men movie is coming in 2014.

It's safe to say that people pretty much enjoyed X-Men: First Class. The movie had a reported budget of $160 million and has grossed $353,624,124 worldwide. It's long been reported that a sequel would be made. It's also been reported that Fox and director Matthew Vaughn agreed to begin filming in January 2013 in order to allow Jennifer Lawrence to film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Lawrence will be returning as Mystique along with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, January Jones, Caleb Landry Jones, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till.

Fox has announced that the untitled sequel will be released on July 18, 2014. Looks like they're betting on it being one of their summer tentpole releases. It's an ambitious release date. You have to wonder what else will be released at that time. It's also around San Diego Comic-Con.

As for other comic book movies in 2014, we know Captain America 2 will be released on April 4, 2014 and Marvel will have another untitled/unannounced movie on May 16, 2014. Sony is tentatively planning on releasing a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man on May 5, 2014. Will Warner Bros/DC Entertainment have anything coming in 2014?

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Posted by cattlebattle

Can't wait....

Edited by deadpool25mm

X-men: First Class was awesome, even when some things didnt make sense in the timeline ;)

Magneto was Great, Cant wait!

Posted by Recoil1985

I'm thrilled to hear about this and the Rise of the Planet of the Apes follow-up. Fox is definitely starting to make up for their previous movies :D

Posted by feargalr

Boom :)

Posted by fables87

Cain't wait! Any one know if they're going to add any other mutants yet? Would love to see some of the New Mutants in the next one. They often get left out in all the fun.

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Posted by G-Man

Guess I missed the official announcement that January Jones was returning. Blergh.

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Posted by pspin

I hope they don't shake up the cast much by adding mutants just to get their names because that made the previous trilogy suck along with other things but that is another topic entirely.

Posted by Namor1987

Only a handful of new mutants like 2 or 3 should be added. I want Jubilee, Warpath, or maybe 1 of the New Mutants or Blink

Posted by SimonM7

I just hope they don't overlook James McAvoy on their Fassbender, uh, -bender. Fassbender's Eric is great, but I feel like the gravity with which McAvoy delivers his Xavier - while bringing levity and charm to it - is grossly underrated.

Posted by The_Tree

Looking forward to it, I was pleasantly surprised by how awesome the first one was.

Posted by War Killer

When's the new Wolverine movie coming out?

Posted by Bergquist

Does Wolverine want to join the team?

Posted by Sheep-Kill

I would like to see Sunfire in it as a threat but then as a some what ally. But I would love to see Sauron. First as a life sucking human but I would like to see his pteranodon form. Maybe have him wear a necklace of a pteranodon claw and when he feeds on Havoc it blends DNA just cause I don't think they would add the Savage Land. But I would also like to see Unus duel with Beast and also the Reavers.

One thing I would Love to see as a part of the story would be Banshee getting drafted in Vietnam with another mutant Rusty Collins. There they as one point get kidnapped and sent to an underground blood sport arena run by Mojo Admas. he doesn't know there mutants at first but when he does he wants to kidnap more mutants for the blood sport and make money off it threw his pirate television station. So he forms the Reavers to attack Australia to kill many but to see if any mutants would defend themselves so that the mutants can be spotted. So maybe we can have Lifeguard in there. Also another mutant fighter can be Omega Red before the operation and just with the death spore power. This could spark the rivalry between Omega Red and Banshee.

Posted by jcbart

Now if only they can actually write Emma Frost as a competent character that shares any resemblance to her comic book counterpart, that would be swell.

Posted by TheShame

Great, talk about cashing in. What are they gonna call the sequel? X men Second Class?

Posted by MAGIC_HORSE

Can't wait for this, glad they set a date!

Posted by Scott757

@jcbart: Then they would have to recast the role, because January Jones is horrible (even as Betty Draper). That said I am really looking forward to First Class 2 (or whatever they decide to call it), the previous film was a welcomed surprise from the bad taste left in my mouth by X-Men 3, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Posted by FierceWolverine

@Bergquist said:

Does Wolverine want to join the team?

My favorite part!

Posted by Or35ti

Aw man we're gonna have to wait for this even longer than the new DC video game announced. I'm so excited tho!

Posted by Mega_spidey01

@deadpool25mm said:

X-men: First Class was awesome, even when some things didnt make sense in the timeline ;)

Magneto was Great, Cant wait!

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

We have to wait a little for the movie, but at least we have a date for the movie

Posted by lykopis

@G-Man said:

Guess I missed the official announcement that January Jones was returning. Blergh.

-_-

She must have finagled a contract requiring the reprisal of the role BEFORE the first film even began production.

Her portrayal of Emma was horrific. No excuse for it - and knowing she will back at it just --- ugh -- I shudder.

Posted by Bestostero

i would be thrilled had the first one been good...which it wasnt in my opinion.

Edited by X35

Screw the January Jones hate. She's beautiful and you can't expect her to just somehow be Emma Frost when the writing wasn't there. An actor can't suddenly pull out all the wit and charm of a character like that when it's simply not in the script at all.

January Jones as Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class
Posted by Shanana

^_^

Posted by MonsieurShogun

I wonder who will be the villian this time. Apocalypse? Sinister?

Posted by zackattack529

im looking forward to more magneto action! X)

i wonder who the new characters will be

Posted by TheHeat
@Bergquist said:

Does Wolverine want to join the team?

I so LOVED this scene! The whole theatre broke out in laughter here. I hear that Wolvie will make another cameo in the X-Men: First Class sequel.
Posted by Funrush

@FierceWolverine said:

@Bergquist said:

Does Wolverine want to join the team?

My favorite part!

Likewise.

Can't wait.

Posted by FoxxFireArt

@G-Man:

She's one of a few reasons why I still haven't watched FIRST CLASS and wont see the next one. I don't see the point of giving a character a name and make them nothing like what they are based upon.

Posted by superschure

I loved First Class and can easily re-watch it and still get a good kick out of it but as many times as have passed I can still only see Betty Draper reading people's minds. Them both being in the sixties doesn't help matters much, lol.

Posted by AlKusanagi

Boo... I was really hoping it would jump a decade and pull a Giant-Sized X-men with an all new team.

Edited by deadringer6565

Sorry this movie was an abomination for me. Give me a real first class movie with the actual first class, not just random X-Men. Oh and don't put Wolverine in it.

Posted by Gambit1024

I hope Sinister and Gambit make an appearance ;)

Posted by Dman1366

X-Men first class 2? awesome.... i totally forgot how darwin was even around before 2000. or how pixie was called angel, and was apart of the first class and not the new class. OH! and how Havok is older than cyclops, not to mention the lack of Bobby and Jean. McCoy was cool, but the non-existence of Warren bugged me.

can't wait until this comes out!!!!!! not

Posted by Danial79

I re-watched First Class just the other day, and honestly, the only good thing about the film was Magneto and Charles.

Posted by WildStyle

Meh. It'll be Interesting to see how much Fox butchers the X-Men franchise this time around.

And January Jones was trash in the movie.

Posted by Dman1366

@Danial79 said:

I re-watched First Class just the other day, and honestly, the only good thing about the film was Magneto and Charles.

truth

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Two years. Not bad! I can wait...or can I? Darn...so conflicted...

Posted by Danial79

@Dman1366 said:

@Danial79 said:

I re-watched First Class just the other day, and honestly, the only good thing about the film was Magneto and Charles.

truth

I think most people were so impressed with Fassbender's portrayal of Magneto that they forgot just how bad the rest of the movie was :)

Posted by SimonM7

If anything, the X-Men movies have shown that the writers will completely and utterly change characters when their turn comes to be put in the spotlight. Mystique's transformation from a mute plot device into a relateable, fleshed out character is very telling. They don't even seem to mind much that they're trampling their own continuity with the ferocity of that.. dinosaur chase sequence from Peter Jackson's King Kong. I wholly agree with 's sentiments that unless the writing is there, you really can't judge a character based on the actor portraying them. Look at *the whole* of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Nothing in that movie worked, with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine looking around with pleading eyes, begging for something half compelling to say or do. Based purely on that film, Hugh's Wolvie - while attractive and buff - is terrible.

And like I alluded to, these films are no strangers to screwing characters over. Remember X-Men 1's Sabretooth? Remember.. oooohh.. ALL of their Scott Summers and Ororo Munroe? James Marsden isn't a bad Cyclops, but the SCRIPTS' Cyclops is an unappealing, smirking jerk that never left Marsden a fighting chance.

I feel like this is where Marvel's involvement would've been most beneficial. They're not really into sacrificing a secondary or tertiary character just to play up one that's being pitched as the protagonist. X-Men as a comic is an ensemble thing, but these movies have always had main characters, with throwaway ones backing them up, even with the latter being big names in the comics.

One of the successful choices when structuring First Class was to make it *more* of an ensemble thing than earlier ones, but I still think it has a ways to go before it truly evokes the comics and gives every character their due. In the meantime we'll just have to settle with the fact that unless they're given more importance to the story, they'll be written as part of the scenery.

Posted by cattlebattle
@Dman1366 said:

.... i totally forgot how darwin was even around before 2000.
 

Chronologically, Darwin was apart of the second class of X-Men...he was on the team before Wolverine, Storm and Nightcralwer...... read.Deadly Genesis
 
@Dman1366 said:

 how pixie was called angel, and was apart of the first class and not the new class. 


Angel Salavtore is a character from the X-Men comics that is called Angel....Pixie is a different character altogether
 
 
Read an actual X-Men comic before bashing the movie will ya.
Posted by SimonM7

In terms of matching continuity with the comics, why even bother? If you can't go into these things accepting that they'll make their own concessions to the story and what makes dramaturgical sense in assembling a fitting roster, then you probably shouldn't watch them at all.

Now, the way they dump all over their OWN established continuity, however, is a far more viable complaint. Given the frequency of their character missteps in the past - and mostly present - though, I guess I'd rather see them progressively correct that than stick to their errors.

Posted by Master_Thief

its gonna probably have to do with senator kelly being a bigot and magneto wanting jean grey and her introduction

Posted by viin

man...I cant wait for Marvel to get the X-men rights back....

Posted by Snickersss

Huh well it would to early for a Man of Steel sequel, and I doubt they will reboot the Batman series that soon. So maybe Green Lantern 2? or RED 2? A Justice League movie is still years away but a Flash movie could kick start it. I really don't know what DC is going to do after Man of Steel.

Posted by Gambit1024

Guys... After the very first X-Men movie in 2000, do you honestly think they'll make an X-movie that sticks with the source material? No, so just accept it and move on. Trust me, you'll be much happier after the fact. Would I love an actual First Class movie with the actual First Class? Absolutely, but sine we're not getting it, and we probably will never, I'll settle for this.

That being said, I'm looking forward to this one. The last one was a very good movie, and one of my favorites of the superhero genre (I'd even place it in my top 5).

Edited by cattlebattle
@SimonM7 said:

 If you can't go into these things accepting that they'll make their own concessions to the story and what makes dramaturgical sense in assembling a fitting roster, then you probably shouldn't watch them at all.


Exactly.....you don't pick up a comic from the Ultimate Comics series expecting a direct adaption, these movies are going to be different, hell every comic film is drastically different from its source material except for maybe Watchmen......if your expecting something identical, stay home and read the comic
Posted by Dman1366

@cattlebattle: i apologize for not checking my wiki before i posted this. i think memory fails me after the first few hundred books

Posted by 4thhorseman

2014? Ugh...that's going to be a long wait...

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