With the upcoming First Class sequel officially titled X-Men: Days of Future Past, speculation has been rampant on exactly what the story will deal with and whether or not some of the members of the original X-trilogy will return to reprise their roles. Adding intrigue to the matter even more happened to be a set photos from the current production of next summer's The Wolverine in which many have started to wonder if the two X-films currently in development will in fact be linked together.
While Hugh Jackman is always up for popping his claws as Logan, the rest of the cast certainly have kept quiet on whether or not 20th Century Fox may be tapping the old guard to assist their younger characters. Now, it seems like we may have a hint at who else will be showing up to bridge the gap: Professor X.
Bleeding Cool has reports that on the latest episode of The Comic Book Club, the show has a scoop in which one of the hosts who works at an Apple Store ran into Patrick Stewart himself. When asked "another X-Men movie", Stewart simply nodded in response to seemingly hint he'll be returning as Xavier at some point.
For now, we'd take this with a grain of salt as there is no confirmation as to whether or not we'll see Stewart roll up in the wheelchair once more. But, the assumption isn't exactly farfetched.
Just a little while ago, a set photo from The Wolverine seemingly revealed the logo for The Jean Grey School of Higher Learning which sent a round of rumors that perhaps we could be venturing into the future so that Wolverine could retell his Japan origins. Stewart's Xavier appeared, walking to boot, in the previous installment X-Men: Origins Wolverine while also his character does in fact appear with Logan in the first issue of Wolverine and the X-Men in which Logan opens the school for business. However given that Xavier perished in X-Men: The Last Stand, it seems like a bit of a stretch.
But, could he appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past? That seems to be the safest bet. As many have speculated Stewart could be back with a number of characters to establish that the First Class timeline is separate from that of the original trilogy, much like the fan-favorite story arc sets up a future in which the X-Men fail to prevent the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by The Brotherhood. It's that dimensional time travel that really leaves the world open to possibilities along with the returns of nearly anyone.
Then again, there is still the long-standing talk from producer Lauren Shuler Donner last year that 20th Century Fox was impressed by an X4 and X5 pitch from, so who knows exactly what the studio has planned for the future of The X-Men.
We still have a little while to go until production kicks off on X-Men: Days of Future Past, but we'll keep you updated as more news surfaces.
The Wolverine is scheduled to be released on July 26th, 2013, while X-Men: Days of Future Past is set for a date on July 18th, 2014.