Fans disappointed that logic and timelines have blocked Patrick Stewart from returning for X-Men Apocalypse as Professor Xavier might be excited to hear this news.
During an interview with The Oregonian, Patrick reveals he’s apart of James Mangold’s untitled sequel to The Wolverine which is being referred to as The Wolverine 2/Wolverine 3.
He also possibly confirms that Ian McKellen is indeed apart of X-Men Apocalypse after all.
Ian McKellen, is certainly going to be in [‘X-Men: Apocalypse’]. And what I’m very excited about is that we have been talking about a ‘Wolverine’ movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together,” Stewart said. “Wolverine and Professor Xavier. That would be a very different sort of ‘X-Men’ from the four movies that I’ve already done.
We don’t know how big Patrick’s role will be but I’m sure this will certainly give fans new hope that we could be seeing other cast members return in the film as well. There had been some talk that Days of Future Past was going to be a send-off of sorts to most of the original cast but that doesn’t seem to be the case for Patrick and Ian.
Hugh Jackman was keen to see Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan story to be adapted for the sequel. Which might explain the return of Stewart’s Professor X. Old Man Logan would be considered an extremely “different” X-Men film for sure with it’s post-apocalyptic setting and limited amount of mutant characters.
Considering Fox doesn’t own the film rights to a majority of the characters in the comic it’s possible they’d have to re-imagine most of it and place characters they do own in certain roles. Tweaking the story to include Xavier and other mutants wouldn’t actually be too difficult but would mean a dark aspect to story might be removed or retooled for the film version.
I could see Xavier possibly taking the role Hawkeye had in the comic making him a lead in the film.
Seeing someone like Wolverine baddie Omega Red added to a cinematic take of the material could happen as well taking the place of villains like the Red Skull. I’ve been rooting for the mutant supervillain to finally join the franchise and this might be the best chance we have to see him show-up.
I could also see Mister Sinister’s Marauders or The Morlocks replacing The Hulks unless they’re being saved for The Gambit movie in 2016.
Director James Mangold (Cop Land) is currently writing the film with screenwriter David James Kelly who had been previously working with 20th Century Fox to reboot their Daredevil franchise.
The Wolverine sequel is set for a release on March 3rd, 2017.
SOURCE: THE OREGONIAN