Whilst Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox has some citing the House Of Mouse as having an unfair monopoly in the world of cinema, one thing that must be seen as a positive for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the fact that MCU supremo Kevin Feige has a few new toys in his toy box to play with now that he has the rights to previously Fox-Owned properties such as The Fantastic Four and The X-Men.
Whilst fans are full of theories as to how these characters will eventually be introduced into the MCU, it’s probably fair to say that most have figured on the recasting of the characters with new actors to give a new and fresh dynamic in future superhero teams-ups, but apparently that may not be the case.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Patrick Stewart gave quite the revaluation when he revealed that he had met with Feige to discuss the possibility of him returning to the role of the leader of the X-Men, Charles Xavier.
Stewart dropped this little bombshell;
“I met with Kevin Feige a couple of months ago and we had long, long conversations,” he explained. “And there have been moves and suggestions, which include Charles Xavier.”
Stewart apparently backtracked on his initial comment;
“Here’s the problem… If we had not made Logan, then yes, I would probably be ready to get into that wheelchair one more time and be Charles Xavier. But Logan changed all that,” Stewart added. “Here’s a tiny anecdote. The first time that Hugh [Jackman] and I saw the film in public was at the Berlin Film Festival, which is where the movie premiered. Shortly after Xavier’s death scene, I found myself getting very emotional but I had to keep a hold of myself because we were sitting in the middle of this cinema. And then I saw Hugh’s hand come up to his eye and wipe away a tear. I thought, ‘Dammit, the bugger’s crying. Oh, let it out Patrick. Hugh took my hand, and we held hands with the last seven or eight minutes of the film because there was so many things we were upset about,” Stewart recalled about the tear-jerking scene. “We were moved by the story. We were moved by one another. We were moved by the movie. But we also both made the decision that we were saying goodbye to our characters as well. In that sense, it was not just the deaths of those two men in the franchise, but it was also goodbye to our part in them as well.”
Whilst Logan provided the perfect goodbye for Stewart’s iteration of the character, there could be the possibility of Charles Xavier showing up in the MCU sooner rather than later and there does appear to have been some consideration given to Stewart making a return. One of the possibilities could perhaps be a time travelling cameo but one thing is for sure and it’s that Feige is looking to bring the mutants to the MCU at some point in the near future. Watch this space.
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