Professor X Will Play a Substantial Role in the Third Wolverine Movie

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At least, that’s the answer that Patrick Stewart gave when asked about it. And he seems really taken with the idea of doing the “Old Man Logan” story for this movie.

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This isn’t a huge surprise announcement, since Stewart’s been in negotiations for this for a while now, but his comments to Collider go beyond “talks:”

I think what you say is true. There is a project in development. I understand that Professor Xavier will be making more than an appearance, however, and that intrigues me.

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He also added his support to “Old Man Logan” as a plot, if only as a joke:

And the idea of an old Wolverine – I’m really looking forward to Hugh Jackman getting old. You know, damn him. He looks so great! So I’m hoping to see him covered in prosthetics, you know? And then he’ll make me look better if that’s the case.

The use of the Mark Millar arc has been rumored for approximately 9 bajillion years, so it’s hard to tell if everyone talking about it is real or a very carefully executed double-bluff. If they are using this plot — which takes place in a villain-conquered future and has Hawkeye (which Fox doesn’t have the rights to) recruiting the former hero’s help — then there are going to have to be substantial changes. If only to sort out who he’s traveling with.

Which I somehow doubt will be Professor X, but we’ll see.


Contact the author at katharine@io9.com.

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Brian Burns

Hawkeye is just part of the licensing problem if they tried to make Old Man Logan. It would be easy to swap in a different character to fit Hawkeye’s role in the story, but the primary antagonist of the story is Hulk, and a secondary antagonist is Red Skull, neither one of which Fox has rights for. In fact, I can think of only a single character from the story that Fox would own (Emma Frost) who is the only other mutant in the comic. There is a brief look at Dr. Doom, but Fox has already said FF4 characters won’t cross-over into the X-Men movies. So if you want to have a desolate future where the bad guys have won and the few remaining good guys are mutants, we’re talking about Age of Apocalypse, not Old Man Logan.