After helping revitalize the stagnant X-Men franchise with the stellar prequel First Class, Matthew Vaughn was deep in development on eventual sequel Days of Future Past before departing to make Kingsman: Secret Service. Turns out his version of X-Men would’ve looked a whole lot different.
There’s no denying Vaughn brought a fresh perspective to the X-Men franchise, though passing the baton back to original X-Men director Bryan Singer for Days of Future Past worked out perfectly and resulted in one of the best films in the franchise. But had the studio opted to wait on Vaughn to return, the series would bear little resemblance to what we know today.
Whereas Singer used Days of Future Past as a way to “fix” many of the mistakes still lingering from Brett Ratner’s critically panned X-Men 3: The Last Stand (while also telling an extremely awesome spin on a classic comic story), Vaughn wanted the studio to make a 1970s-set sequel first, which would allow him time to make Kingsman, then return for a version of Days of Future Past set in the 1980s. Instead, the studio set Days of Future Past in the 1970s, and the upcoming Apocalypse will take place in the 1980s. Oh, and Singer is at the helm instead of Vaughn.
But even bigger than all that — had Vaughn gotten his way, he was planning to recast Wolverine with a younger actor in his proposed 1970s sequel, then bring both the new actor and Hugh Jackman back for Days of Future Past. Obviously, we still have a ton of questions as to exactly how he would’ve made this work (since Wolverine ages so slowly, he would’ve looked the same for decades, or centuries), but it’s still an intriguing concept.
Check out Vaughn’s explanation to MTV below:
“I had a whole different idea of how X-Men should go. I thought Days of Future Past should be the next one and be set in the '80s. So, when I wrote the treatment, I then wrote Kingsman and got confused about which film I should direct next. The I said to Fox, 'Let me do Kingsman now, get somebody else in and we'll do the ‘70s version, recast Wolverine, and then we do Days of Future Past with the new Wolverine and Hugh, and make it the biggest spectacle we've ever seen.”
If you’re still a bit confused, here’s the video version of the interview. Give it a look and let us know what you think:
So how do you think Vaughn would have made all this work? Do you wish we could've seen this version instead? And who could have matched up with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine?