Whilst the hyperbole upon release suggested “X-Men: Days of Future Past” was the best film in the franchise, in subsequent months there has been some minor stepping back with some interesting arguments emerging regarding which is the better of the “X-Men” films – the second one, ‘First Class’ or ‘Days’.
The man responsible for one of that great trio of films (and my personal favorite), “X-Men: First Class,” is filmmaker Matthew Vaughn who took a back seat on ‘Days’ as Bryan Singer took over as director. That wasn’t the initial plan though, Vaughn was originally all set to do ‘Days’ but had to pull out due to his “Kingsman: The Secret Service” commitments.
Just as Singer’s involvement on ‘First Class’ is often underestimated, so to is Vaughn’s on ‘Days’. The surprise is when Singer came onboard he changed very little of Vaughn’s plans for the film, only tweaking a few sequences including the film’s most acclaimed one – the Quicksilver scene. Speaking with Collider recently, Vaughn was asked how much of his and Simon Kinberg’s script for ‘Days’ remained on screen:
“I’d say 90%. I mean, we worked on the script [Simon] Kinberg and I. It was a really tough decision for me, because I pulled out just because I’d finished the Kingsman: The Secret Service script at the same time and I was like ‘My god if I don’t make a fun spy movie right now, somebody else’s going to do it.’ And I think there’s five coming out next year now. So we’re going to be the first of it, not the last.
Bryan [Singer] did a few things, which I thought were genius that weren’t in my script. I had Juggernaut breaking into the Pentagon, he changed it to Quicksilver and did that fucking brilliantly, I have to add.
My idea was the sentinels at the end, I wanted them to look like Mystique. I thought there should be thousands of mystiques attacking them in the future. He changed a few more of the mutants, but it was pretty close. Yeah, it was pretty close.”
Vaughn isn’t involved in the writing of the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse,” Kinberg remains onboard and is being helped by “X2: X-Men United” scribes Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty.