As the Dark Phoenix release nears, X-Men: First Class helmer Matthew Vaughn once again (yes, he’s already revealed this, so, no, it isn’t news) discusses his original plans for an X-Men trilogy, including casting a different actor to portray a past version of Wolverine. Vaughn specifically name drops Tom Hardy as his apparent actor of choice, and as spectacular as that probably would’ve been, it also would’ve made no sense.
Based on the timeline established in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Logan is somewhere around 170 years old in the 2000s-set original X-Men, though his mutant healing factor is keeping him appearing in his 30s during that period. (Actor Hugh Jackman was 32 in real life at the time, so….) Even discounting the canonicity of Origins’ dubious continuity, the character is still meant to be significantly aged.
If Vaughn had gotten his wish back in late 2011 (the earliest production would’ve begun on a First Class sequel), Hardy would’ve been 34, two years older than the actor that played the same character—who is only supposed to have aged some 10-15 years in the last 150, yet look in his 30s—30-40 years in the future! Yes, that’s as confusing as it sounds.
Even completely retconning Origins by setting Logan’s birth later in history and casting a 20-something actor instead of Hardy or a comparable, Vaughn still would’ve had a big continuity problem: Vaughn himself already featured 42-year-old Jackman as Wolverine in the 1962-set First Class!
I know these are just films and the cinematic X-Men universe has played fast and loose with established plot points for years, but come on, guys.
Still, the rest of Vaughn’s plan, a trio of flicks saving Days of Future Past as the saga capper, sounds conceptually solid and, at worst, would’ve likely saved us from the mediocre-at-best Apocalypse…and maybe the imminent Dark Phoenix.