It looks as though the older Magneto may return to the X-Men franchise, as Patrick Stewart reveals that Ian McKellen will appear in X-Men: Apocalypse’.
During an interview with Oregon Live, the 74-year-old thesp explained that he probably won’t be back in X-Men: Apocalypse… but Sir Ian McKellen will.
“I understand that it seems to be very unlikely that I will be in the next X-Men movie,” he explained. “But Magneto, Ian McKellen, is certainly going to be in it.”
But it seems that’s not all. While Patrick Stewart will be sitting out the upcoming X-Men sequel, it looks as though he could return in the next Wolverine movie.
“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.”
Of course, how that plays out remains to be seen. After all, Days of Future Past seems to have created an entirely new continuity…
Does this mean that the events of Wolverine even happened? And what about X-Men Origins? It’s likely that this soft reset will have wiped the slate clean. And that might even open the door for some extraordinary X-Men cameos.
We already know that Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm will appear in the upcoming X-Men sequel… and that means they could still exist by the events of the upcoming ‘Wolverine’ solo film.
But does that mean we’ll see them on screen? And could James Marsters and Famke Janssen reprise their roles? For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
Either way, it’s encouraging to see the return of Charles Xavier in the form of Sir Patrick Stewart. After all, it was his generation of mutants that made the X-Men what they are. Will this be his swansong, or will Professor X and Magneto return once again?
Let’s hope it’s the latter.
X-Men: Apocalypse heads to cinemas on 19 May 2016.
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