If you’re hungry for more Patrick Stewart, well you’re in luck. The actor has confirmed that he’ll return as Professor Charles Xavier in director James Mangold’s Wolverine 3, bringing the original leader of the X-Men back to life on the big screen.Stewart’s return as Professor X is an interesting one considering the character doesn’t have a role in 2008’s Old Man Logan, the comic book series that serves as the film’s alleged inspiration. However, it opens up some unique story possibilities for the upcoming superhero feature to explore. Professor X And Wolverine Hit The Road
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The original Old Man Logan series is set in an alternate history future of the Marvel Universe, where supervillains have taken over the globe and Wolverine has long been retired from hero duty. Unfortunately, he’s forced out of retirement to pay his rent (to a family of Hulk’s relatives), taking a job from a blind Hawkeye to deliver a secret package across the country. Obviously, they’ll be making changes to that story, but at its core the book sees Wolverine and Hawkeye hitting the road on a cross-country adventure. Given the recent news, an easy switch could find Professor Xavier replacing the blind archer as Wolverine’s travel buddy.
While it might be the most obvious choice, it’s also probably the least likely. After all, Stewart’s already 75 years old, and considering the movie will probably be set in the future, that means the character will be even older. Sending an old man in a wheelchair on a road trip, while potentially entertaining, probably won’t be likely.
Expanding The Mentor/Student Relationship
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For Wolverine star Hugh Jackman, the relationship between Professor X and Wolverine is pretty significant. As the actor told ScreenCrush back in February:
“I’ve always thought that was a key relationship [for Wolverine] from the very beginning, from ‘X-Men 1.'”
Throughout the series Professor X has provided Wolverine with motivation, advice and mentorship that’s guided the antihero away from his dark past. An Old Man Logan-inspired film could find that happening yet again, with a firm focus on Wolverine only magnifying the depth of that relationship.
Wolverine is the star of this film through and through. While other X-Men may appear, there’s no doubt it’s his story. Professor X could provide a call to arms for the retired hero, bringing him back into the fold of the continued battle for peace between mankind and mutants. Moreover, their complex relationship could be vital to the film. After all, it was Professor X who brought Wolverine into the world of the X-Men. What were his motives from the start? Has he manipulated Wolverine for his own purposes throughout the years? Why come to the retired hero now? These questions all work to touch on greater themes of heroism that the film is likely to explore. The Death Of Professor X
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Old Man Logan is set in a world where the villains won and they were able to do that because — SPOILER ALERT! — Wolverine killed all the heroes. It’s revealed that Wolverine was manipulated by the villains to kill all of the X-Men, essentially aiding the evil takeover. If the film is really based on the original Old Man Logan miniseries, this reveal is almost certain to be included. What better way to drive that home than by showing Wolverine murdering his mentor and de facto father-figure? The film will reportedly seek an R rating, and there’s no doubt that Mangold will take advantage of that. Committing Wolverine’s massacre of the X-Men to film, culminating in the death of Professor X, would certainly earn the movie the R rating it seeks.
What do you think will happen to Professor Xavier and Wolverine in Wolverine 3? How can the leader of the X-Men be effectively injected into the story? Let us know in the comments below.