X-Men screenwriter: Here's which mutant will be the sequel's star

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Dec 16, 2012

Planning is already underway on a sequel to the hit X-Men: First Class, and a writer on the film says the follow-up will give proper attention to the mutant team's most famous frenemy.

In an interview with MTV News, screenwriter Simon Kinberg said the sequel will dig deeper into the motivations of young Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender in the first film.

"That's what was so cool about the first one and what we want to continue," Kinberg told MTV of exploring the supervillain's origin. "Magneto becomes the villain ultimately of the franchise, but he's a much more complicated character as a young man. He's someone you sympathize with, you care about, you root for. Even though might not necessarily agree with his methods, you understand his philosophy."

As the First Class story continues, Kinberg said he hopes to follow Magneto's journey from Xavier's (James McAvoy) ally to his enemy, and eventually reach the uneasy respect the two shared in the original X-Men trilogy.

"I think the truth is ultimately that because Michael [Fassbender] is such an interesting actor, he'll never be full-on anything," Kinberg said. "He'll have a villainous side, and he'll have a sympathetic human side; you'll be able to relate, but you'll also be afraid of him. He becomes Magneto, he says 'Call me Magneto' at the end of the first movie."

Kinberg said he had a blast with the first movie and can't wait to write another period piece with mutants, telling the story of how the modern-day team came to be.

"I don't know what the title is going to be, but certainly I'm working on the sequel to X-Men: First Class right now," Kinberg said. "I'm going to be writing and producing it. I'm starting now, with Matthew Vaughn directing. I'm a huge X-Men fan. I grew up loving the comic books, and it was really exciting to be able to do the origin story of Xavier and Magneto, and getting those two actors, [James] McAvoy and [Michael] Fassbender, were really amazing. So being able to explore those characters with actors of that quality will be exciting a second time around, and doing some things unexpected with those characters, which is the plan."

(via MTV News).