Next year, fans are going to be saying goodbye to Hugh Jackman as Wolverine onscreen, after over a decade and a half of playing the character and becoming widely acknowledged as giving one of the best comic book movie performances in the genre’s history as Logan. However, it looks like the still untitled Wolverine 3 may not be the final X-Men film for just Jackman either, thanks to some disappointing new comments from his co-star, Patrick Stewart.
Set to reprise his role as Charles Xavier once again in the upcoming third installment, many believe that the new film will be a film adaptation of the iconic “Old Man Logan” storyline from the comics, though any and all official plot details from the movie are still being kept under wraps for the time being.
Stewart has already been spotted on set of the film as well, looking like a very different version of Xavier than we’ve seen him play previously, and according to a new interview with ITV, Stewart thinks this may be his last time playing the beloved character:
“I would imagine this is probably the end of this franchise for me. But the thing about science fiction and fantasy is that you can never, ever say it’s the end, it’s over.”
Of course, many people probably thought Stewart had already played the character for the last time when the franchise was “rebooted” with X-Men: First Class and James McAvoy was cast as a younger version of the character. That was, until Days of Future Past was announced and Stewart, along with some of the franchise’s other original cast members were all brought back again, so basically, this is probably the end for Stewart’s run as Professor X also, but it’s not a for sure thing yet.
When asked about the character in the new film as well, Stewart teased a much different version of Charles than anything fans have seen before, though he couldn’t elaborate much further than that:
“A very different Charles Xavier, that’s all I’m allowed to say. Nothing like the Charles Xavier you’ve seen in the past.”
Honestly, as far as I’m concerned, thanks to both Stewart and McAvoy’s performances as the character, Professor X has emerged as one of the biggest players in the current X-Men universe onscreen. Not only have both actors given consistently solid performances even in some of the franchise’s more disappointing outings as Professor X, but the character has been allowed to grow and be shaded in with many more layers of depth than I think most fans probably had expected when the franchise first began all those years ago.
At this point, I don’t really know what the plan for the X-Men franchise is after Apocalypse this year though, a film that filled the entire future of the main franchise with an unexpected sour taste. Apparently the next movie is going to be set in the 1990s with the same characters, even though that still makes absolutely no sense timeline-wise, but right now, it’s looking more and more like the non-X-Men movies are the ones with the most promise anyways, with this, New Mutants, and Deadpool 2. Well, all of them except for Gambit at least. Poor Gambit.
The Wolverine 3 is set to hit theatres on March 3rd, 2017.
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