One of the big problems with Marvel’s super hero franchises being split up among several Hollywood studios is that continuity and lore goes out of the knowing hands of Marvel and into several different hands, most of which never communicate. So when rumors started floating around that Hugh Jackman was making a cameo appearance as Wolverine in the upcoming X-Men: First Class film, you could imagine the complaints fans had.
Not only does this story take place in the 1960’s, well before Wolverine comes across Weapon X, Adamantium, or anything to do with Xavier’s mutants, but they would have to shoehorn Jackman into a world that he clearly doesn’t fit in. In a recent chat with Coventry Telegraph, Bryan Singer spigave us more of a look into this new take on the classic team of mutants.
Asked about the First Class storyline, Singer explained: “It’s about how Xavier – if you know X-Men universe – how Professor Xavier and Magneto kind of met and became friends and how that friendship turned into something else.
“It takes place in the early 60s and it incorporates some characters I was able to bring back in time that are familiar, as well as some new characters, new mutants.
“Also, there’s a new villain component, a really cool villain and villain group.
“It’s a really cool and fun story. It will be the first Silver Age Marvel movie”, he said.
Asked if Wolverine would make any kind of appearance in the First Class project, he dismissed the idea, stating: “He’s not in the movie, he’s in the Wolverine movies.”
So there you have it. Expect to see a 60’s-style film with way more Xavier and Magneto as BFF’s and absolutely no Wolverine. X-Men: First Class is currently shooting and expects to see a June 3rd, 2011 release date.