Director Matthew Vaughn has revealed that the X-Men franchise as we know it could have been quite a bit different had he continued on after X-Men: First Class. Vaughn helped reboot the series with the younger cast that is about to appear once again in Dark Phoenix this weekend. He had originally planned to do a full trilogy. However, he eventually stepped away to do Kingsman: The Secret Service instead. Now, we know what he would have done differently, and it would have included a young Wolverine.

During a recent interview, Matthew Vaughn laid out his full plan. Fox decided to do Days of Future Past right after X-Men: First Class. Vaughn felt they should do a movie with young Wolverine in between those two so that they could climax with both casts uniting together. What's more, is he was going to cast someone other than you Hugh Jackman, possibly Tom Hardy, in the role for the second entry. Here's what he had to say about it.

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"My plan was 'First Class,' then the second film was new young Wolverine in the 70's to continue those characters, my version of the X-Men. So you'd really get to know all of them, and my finale was gonna be 'Days of Future Past.' That was gonna be my number three where you bring them all... because what's bigger than bringing in McKellen and Michael and Stewart and James and bringing them all together? When I finished the 'Days of Future Past' script with it ready to go I looked at it and said, 'I really think it would be fun to cast Tom Hardy or someone as the young Wolverine and then bring it all together at the end.' Fox read 'Days of Future Past' and went 'Oh, this is too good! We're doing it now!' And I said, 'Well what do you do next? Trust me you've got nowhere to go.' Then they did 'Apocalypse' and it's like... If you flip that 'round even it would have been better. Hollywood doesn't understand pacing. Their executives are driving 100 miles-per-hour looking in the rear-view mirror and not understanding why they crash."

There's a lot to pick apart there. For one, people have been saying for years Tom Hardy would be great for the part, so this is pretty interesting. Granted, that's not to say this was anywhere near a done deal, that's just Matthew Vaughn saying that was someone he had in mind. Vaughn also does have a point. Even though Days of Future Past did extremely well at the box office and remains one of the most well-regarded entries in the entire series, the studio didn't really have anywhere to go from there that felt appropriate. That movie felt like a climax. A conclusion.

So, instead, we got Apocalypse which proved to be a disappointment both critically and commercially. So far, Dark Phoenix has been getting trashed by critics and will have a tough time performing well at a crowded box office. All of this to say, maybe Matthew Vaughn was right? We'll never know. This news was first reported by The topper art was created by fan art legend BossLogic.

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