While shooting is still very much underway on the still unnamed third Wolverine movie, Sir Patrick Stewart has just announced that it will be likely his last performance as Professor X.
He said: “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.”
This is very true. If you can remember, Stewart’s Professor X already died in X-Men: The Last Stand. As the story had been rewritten in X-Men: Days of the Future Past, however, Professor X is still alive.
Does Stewart’s statement mean that Charles will die for good this time?
At this point of time, we can only speculate what he really means by this, however, he gives us one other clue to what is happening to his character.
According to Stewart, we will see “a very different Charles Xavier” who will be “nothing like the Charles Xavier [we’ve] seen in the past.”
This was already true for McAvoy’s younger version of our favorite Professor, yet we’ve only seen Stewart as the caring and peace-wanting Xavier.
What can we get out of all of this? In the end, the real question is will Charles turns bitter again, like that one time when he took pills so he could walk again? Or if he does a whole Jean Grey turn around, become the next Phoenix and die just like Jean did.
The latter is probably very unlikely, but as Stewart already said, you’ll never know when it comes to science fiction and fantasy.
We will definitely stay curious to know what will happen to Charles Xavier, even if we have to wait until March next year to finally find out!