Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class was an odd entry in the long-running X-Men film series at the time it was released in 2011. Although a period piece depicting the original formation of the team, it wasn’t exactly clear if it was supposed to act as a reboot for the series, or as a prequel. If it was a reboot, then the presence of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Rebecca Romijn’s Mystique seemed to be odd allusions to the original films, yet there were continuity inconsistencies and anachronisms that made the idea of it serving as a prequel problematic as well. The release of Days of Future Past last year cleared everything up, though, realigning the continuity and setting things up for the future in both a new and familiar way.
One of the characters introduced in First Class as one of the founding X-Men was Alex Summers, aka Havok. Played by actor Lucas Till, Havok generates powerful energy blasts, and can absorb cosmic energy. In First Class, his inability to control his body’s raw energy expenditures causes the death of a man, and it’s the guilt over that incident that leads him to become an X-Man in the first place. Using new equipment developed by Professor X and Hank McCoy, he’s able to focus and control his ability to a far greater degree. in Days of Future Past, Havok only appeared briefly, having joined the United States Army and operating in Vietnam under the command of William Stryker. We now know, though, that Havok will be returning in X-Men: Apocalypse due to an Instagram post by director Bryan Singer.
This is actually pretty interesting, especially considering that Singer recently cast actor Tye Sheridan as a younger version of Cyclops, the most recognized leader of the team in the comics. In the source material, Havok and Cyclops are brothers, and their relationship can often float between contentious and outright hostile. When Havok was about to be introduced in First Class, Bryan Singer — who was a producer on that film — stated that Havok may not have been depicted necessarily as Cyclops’ brother, but as being “related” to him in some fashion. On the relationship between the two, SInger said at the time,
It wouldn’t physically fit for him to be the brother of Cyclops [in the timeline of First Class]. We take some liberties on that. There are notions, but, um, I don’t want to give away certain interrelations, but let’s just say there are some things that do adhere to the comic books and do so in a way the fans will get a kick out of. And those things can, perhaps, move forward into the future…. That’s one reason we wanted to call the film ‘First Class’ even though it isn’t the ‘First Class’ in the comics as fans know it. You couldn’t really tell that story without going even earlier and explaining how they got there and how it came to be.
X-Men: Apocalypse is expected to begin shooting soon, for release on May 27th, 2016. For more on the anticipated sequel as it happens, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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