To this point in the franchise, one could make the argument that Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are the true kings of the X-Men movies. The former has appeared as Wolverine in every single installment, while the latter has played as Professor Xavier in every title other than X-Men: First Class. As a result, the two actors seem destined to make comic book movie magic together for many years to come - and if new quotes from Stewart are to be believed, then their next adventure side-by-side might actually be coming very soon.
While all signs are pointing towards Patrick Stewart's Professor X not making an appearance in Bryan Singer's 2016 blockbuster X-Men: Apocalypse, now there is news that the next installment of the spin-off Wolverine franchise may feature Stewart teaming up with the titular mutant for their own special story. Speaking with Oregon Live to promote his new film Match, Stewart was asked about his future with the comic book series, and he replied,
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, when Stewart identifies the four movies, he's likely referring to the titles where he had full roles - X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past - and not the one where he just had simple cameos (X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine).
I must say that I personally love this idea. In the movies, Professor X and Wolverine have had an immensely complicated relationship from the moment they met, and over the course of many years it has been amazing to watch their cinematic pairing really grow and transform. The two men are opposites in many ways - the physical vs. the mental, rage vs. peace - and bringing them together to lead their own story has incredible potential - especially with James Mangold back at the helm.
The only thing disappointing about this news is that Wolverine 3 - or whatever it winds up being called - is still a pretty long ways away. The project has been dated for March 3, 2017 by 20th Century Fox, and that's a release that exists beyond a ton of Fox-related Marvel movies, including this summer's Fantastic Four reboot, next February's Deadpool movie, X-Men: Apocalypse in May 2016, and even the Channing Tatum-led Gambit solo flick dated for October 2016. But while it may be a long time to wait, you can be sure that we'll be waiting with bated breath, and highly anticipating the start of production on the film within the next year.
For now, stay tuned for more details!