What a time to be alive. Comic book fans could only wish that all the major movie studios will return them a favour by giving them a better cinematic universe of their favourite comic books. After Marvel announced that Spider-Man will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Welcome home, Spidey!), “X-Men” franchise star Patrick Stewart hinted that the older versions of Professor X and Magneto will return to the X-Men Universe through the new “Wolverine” solo movie and “X-Men: Apocalypse” respectively.
That’s an exciting piece of news, considering how the timeline has already been reset in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” for James McAvoy’s young Professor X and Michael Fassbender’s young Magneto to create a new future.
Earlier in January, Patrick Stewart revealed that both Ian McKellen and himself will not return to “X-Men: Apocalypse” as the storyline will focus on the earlier lives of all the major characters. But now, the “X-Men” franchise star dropped hints that both of them may return to the “X-Men” Universe during an interview with Oregon Live.
At that time, Oregon Live asked if he will return as Charles Xavier in “X-Men: Apocalypse”, to which he replied:
Yes, I understand that it seems to be very unlikely that I will be in the next “X-Men” movie, which is almost getting ready to start shooting in Montreal.
But that’s not all.
But Magneto, Ian McKellen, is certainly going to be in it. 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. Wolverine and Professor Xavier. That would be a very different sort of “X-Men” from the four movies that I’ve already done.
[MILD SPOILER] Now, we do know that Patrick Stewart’s Xavier met Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine by the end of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” but since the new “Wolverine” movie is going to be a standalone movie, does that means it is a continuation from the “X-Men” sequel? Will it take place right after “X-Men: Apocalypse” instead?
The new “Wolverine” solo film has been in development since 2013 and it is slated for release on 3rd March 2017. No one knows the storyline yet but Hugh Jackman mentioned that “there are some very exciting things about integrating the whole X-Men world, including the Wolverine movie.”
Until Bryan Singer or 20th Century Fox chimes in, we can only speculate how Fox is planning the X-Men Cinematic Universe. According to ScreenRant, “X-Men: Apocalypse” may end with a lead-in to the story from Marvel’s “Age of Apocalypse”. The story centres on Professor X’s son, Legion, who accidentally kills his own father when he heads into the past to kill Magneto. Thus, the timeline has been altered. Apocalypse conquers Earth in the name of mutant supremacy and Cyclops rises as a villain instead. Magneto becomes a hero in honour of his late friend Charles Xavier.
And of course, this is all just a speculation and we certainly don’t know about anything. Yet.
Speaking of “X-Men: Apocalypse,” director Bryan Singer recently offered us a sneak peak of the movie through a new post on his Instagram.
If you have seen the previous “X-Men” films, you would’ve recognise this “old door”. That’s right, it’s the door to Cerebro in the X-Mansion.
However, he also offered a crucial detail about this particular door as he said “there’ll be something new behind it”. We don’t want to jump into conclusions but what do you think about Singer’s tease? Is there someone else controlling the Cerebro? Also, who do you think should appear in the “Wolverine” solo film ? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.