X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughan didn't return for the film's immediate sequel, and now he's revealed the reason why - including his personal sequel pitch, which involved featuring Tom Hardy as "young Wolverine" before bringing together two generations of X-Men.
"That’s one of the reasons I didn’t continue, because they didn’t listen to me. My plan was First Class, then 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," Vaughan told ComingSoon. "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."
Vaughan's "young Wolverine" idea is interesting, considering Hugh Jackman's brief cameo (and F-bomb) as Wolverine in First Class.
Director Bryan Singer wound up taking the director's chair on X-Men: Days of Future Past, which followed through with Vaughan's pitch.
Dark Phoenix, the final film in 20th Century Fox's core X-Men movie series, is due out in theaters June 7.