Matthew Vaughn Reveals Original Plans For Sequels To ‘X-Men: First Class’

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Matthew Vaughn discussed his original plans for the sequels to X-Men: First Class during a conversation with

The current iteration of the X-Men movie franchise is set to conclude with the release of Dark Phoenix, the fourth entry in the film series focusing on younger versions of the team that launched with director Matthew Vaughn’s First Class. While Matthew Vaughn ultimately never returned to the director’s chair for the X-Men: First Class sequels, the filmmaker recently discussed his original plan to conclude a trilogy with Days of Future Past:

“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.” 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?”

However, Matthew Vaughn explained Fox wanted to move forward with Days of Future Past as the second entry in the new X-Men trilogy:

“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.”

Would you have preferred to see Matthew Vaughn’s vision for the X-Men: First Class sequels or are excited that Dark Phoenix will be the final chapter of this saga? Let us know below!

Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain.

Dark Phoenix will be released in theaters on June 7, 2019.


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