Despite a few people who had gripes I simply didn't understand, X-Men: First Class has been hailed as a classic of superhero cinema. The script was tight like a the inner-workings of a Swiss watch, the acting (with one exception) was masterful, particularly the interplay between Michael Fassbender and James Macavoy, and the story was perfect for the themes, the era, and the characters.

I had previously thought FOX was flushing X-Men down the toilet (especially after that abysmal Wolverine movie), but then they hired Matthew Vaughn and Bryan Singer to reinvigorate the franchise after Brett Ratner's abortion of an X-film.

Well, for those of us who enjoyed this film and the team behind it, Deadline is reporting that they are back!

Fox has just closed a deal with Matthew Vaughn to come back and direct the sequel to X-Men: First Class, with Simon Kinberg writing the script and Bryan Singer back as producer.

There's some other Marvel related news in that story, too:

The studio is so delighted with the job that Josh Trank did on the upcoming under-$20 million thriller Chronicle that he is being eyed for a big assignment, possibly the reboot of Fantastic Four.

Which I'm neither here nor there about.

In any case, intelligent bots of the world: Rejoice about a First Class sequel!

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