A couple of months ago, Patrick Stewart dropped some surprising hints that he would be involved with Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine movie.
What I’m very excited about is that we have been talking about a Wolverine movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together. Wolverine and Professor Xavier. That would be a very different sort of X-Men from the four movies that I’ve already done.
He made it sound as if this would be a full on team-up movie, which is weird, but since both of those guys are awesome nobody really seemed to mind. Well, it turns out he will be in it! Stewart was chatting with Collider and let it slip, confirming that he will indeed be appearing in the next solo outing and that it’ll be more than a cameo.
“I think what you say is true. There is a project in development. I understand that Professor Xavier will be making more than an appearance, however, and that intrigues me.”
This is especially strange after Comic-Con, where Jackman dropped the bombshell that they would be adapting the Old Man Logan arc for the movie. That follows a much older Wolvie living in an America run by supervillains, who gets roped into doing one last job for a blind Hawkeye – and then there’s something to do with a cannibal Hulk. Of course, Fox doesn’t actually own the rights to the majority of those characters involved, so it makes sense that they would rewrite it to include some of the ones that they do own, like Professor X. He even talked about that story a little bit.
“And the idea of an old Wolverine – I’m really looking forward to Hugh Jackman getting old. You know, damn him. He looks so great! So I’m hoping to see him covered in prosthetics, you know? And then he’ll make me look better if that’s the case.”
I’m interested to see how they fit him in, since to follow a truly old Wolverine then the film needs to be set quite a while after Days of Future Past. Could we be in for more time travel…? Or maybe some mind shenanigans. I don’t know, but it’s always great to see more Professor X. Perhaps this will have a sort of ‘greatest hits’ quality, with several supporting characters popping up in some way.
Regardless, I’m hyped. Hugh Jackman’s dedication to the character isn’t something that can be taken for granted, and I’m sure all of us will be getting a little emotional in theaters come March 2017.