Original pitch for X-Men: First Class sequel featured young Wolverine

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Mar 25, 2021, 8:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Director Matthew Vaughn breathed new life into the X-Men franchise with the pre-boot First Class, and it turns out he even wanted to put a fresh spin on Wolverine before Fox decided to move ahead with Days of Future Past.

In an interview with UPROXX, Vaughn opened up about leaving the X-Men franchise and his original plan for a follow-up to First Class. Turns out, Vaughn pitched the studio on a different idea that would’ve served as a bridge to Days of Future Past. His idea? A prequel story that would’ve introduced a younger Wolverine and another new character. Then, do Days of Future Past to wrap up that prequel trilogy, and feature both Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and this younger Wolverine (much like we had young and old versions of Xavier and Magneto).

Here’s the choice excerpt from Vaughn’s pitch:

“The reason I haven’t done sequels in the past is they just weren’t exciting me. And on Days of Future Past, even though I co-wrote the bloody thing, the reason I bailed out of it is two things: First, I respect Bryan Singer hugely and X-Men is Bryan’s world and I feel he let me play in his sandbox. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t my sandbox. I wanted my own sandbox. And, second, I didn’t want to do Days of Future Past next. I felt that one should be in a trilogy and Days of Future Past should be the finale of that story. I would have done a film in-between where you meet the young Wolverine and a new character, and then in Days of Future Past became the young Wolverine and the old Wolverine and just really blow it out.”

We've already heard Vaughn was considering a younger Wolverine for Days of Future Past, but this is the first we've heard of it being a whole different project. Though it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Jackman in the role of Wolverine, it’s a bit surprising to hear the studio balked at casting a younger actor.

Fox obviously must’ve been looking ahead to a post-Jackman era that has since arrived, and it would’ve made the most sense to introduce a replacement with Jackman still on the board to soften the blow. But Fox was keen to get Singer back in the mix with Days of Future Past, so they skipped Vaughn’s First Class 2.

What’s your take? Would you have liked to see Vaughn stick around this universe with a story more akin to First Class?