Bryan Singer Reveals ‘X-Men: First Class’ Will Be Set in the 1960s

by | August 23, 2010 at 3:15 PM | The Movies

On the heels of the news that January Jones has been cast as Emma Frost in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, producer Bryan Singer recently shed some light on the details of the plot and setting, revealing that this prequel will be set in the early 1960s and show how Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) were once friends who built the X-Men together.

Among the details revealed:

  • The film is set during the Kennedy administration in the midst of the rising civil rights movement and the ideological battle between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, to which Xavier and Magneto are parallels for the mutant world.
  • Kevin Bacon will be playing Sebastian Shaw, the Black King to Emma Frost’s White Queen of the Hellfire Club, which on the surface is an exclusive organization catering to the base instincts of rich and powerful members (along the lines of Hugh Hefner’s old Playboy clubs) but which also has a top secret Inner Circle of crafty villains.
  • Xavier will not be bald yet, nor will he be in his wheelchair, but we’ll see how he became paralyzed (a sign that they are discounting the events of X-Men: The Last Stand)
  • The film will have an international feel, as it starts with Xavier at Oxford University in England and also involves the USSR at some point. The technology available will be more along the lines of classic James Bond stuff, and the costumes will hew much closer to the traditional comic-book outfits than we’ve seen in the past.
  • As you may recall, Singer was the man who directed the first two X-Men movies and is largely credited with really making Marvel’s superhero movie blockbusters possible. With any luck, this film will hearken back to the quality of the best of the franchise, Singer’s X2: X-Men United, of which you can watch a cool clip below.