Patrick Stewart flew straight from the Montreal set of X-Men: Days of Future Past to Texas for Comicpalooza this weekend where he was the star of his own panel Saturday. Here he spoke about his life and returning as Professor Charles Xavier for the next X-Men team-up film, a role he thought he may never get to play again after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand.
Not only did Stewart label Days of Future Past "the blockbuster of 2014" and joke about "what's her name" (Jean Grey) killing him off in X-Men 3, but he teases returning to life and time travel, confirming that the movie will fully explain how it is he's back from the dead.
Even if time travel were not the plot device of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the post-credits scene attached to X-Men 3 gave a way out for Fox to bring back Stewart by way of him transferring his mind into another body, one that could be explained to be his braindead twin. But with alternate realities and different time periods at play, Singer has a lot of leeway with what direction he can take the ambitious story, one that aims to be more than just a massive cast reunion.
"I think it is certainly going to be the X-Men of all X-Men pictures."
In the video above, Stewart also addresses the issue of the massive ensemble - with the casts of the original trilogy and X-Men: First Class all returning - and the complications of making the production work with conflicting schedules. He explains he was on set for four-five weeks so his role is more than just a few scenes, unlike Halle Berry and another special guest who may have only been on set for a very limited time.
Another highlight from Stewart's words is the fact that Hugh Jackman is there for the entire shoot, seemingly indicating that as the poster boy of the X-Men film franchise since Singer first brought the mutants to the big screen in 2000, he remains the star. It also means he's crucial to both time periods. We already saw a pic of Jackman in '70s duds and he's certainly part of the post-apocalyptic Sentinel-filled future. And as Marvel Comics readers know, there's even a chance there's another version of the Wolverine from further into the future.
Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore.
The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on July 18, 2014.
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Sources: Comicpalooza, X-Men Films