X-Men: Patrick Stewart's next outing as Professor X will be his last

'But the thing about science fiction and fantasy is that you can never, ever say it's the end, it's over'

Though X-Men: First Class saw something of a spiritual transference of the role of Professor X to James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart's still been no stranger to the X-Men universe of late.

Clocking up appearances in 2013's The Wolverine and 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past, the actor's set to return in the untitled Wolverine film pitched for a 2017 release; though he now reveals it will likely be his seventh, and last.

Speaking to ITV, Stewart seemed to confirm his departure from the franchise, while still appearing quite open to the idea of a possible return down the line. "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," the actor rather democratically revealed.

Indeed, Stewart's comments seem largely in line with the general direction of the X-Men universe, with the franchise starting to move past even McAvoy's generation of mutants; thanks to upcoming films Deadpool 2, YA-slanted The New Mutants, and (eventually) Channing Tatum's Gambit film.

There's been a general lack of info surrounding the new Wolverine installment, though rumours are the eventual title will either be Weapon X or Wolverine: Weapon X. A glimpse at Hugh Jackman's look for the film also leaked online earlier this year, hinting at a possible inclusion of the Old Man Logan storyline.


Wolverine is set to hit UK cinemas 2 March 2017.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in