So far there’s been a lot of talk about Hugh Jackman leaving the “X-Men” franchise after the third standalone “Wolverine" movie. However, there hasn’t been much revealed about the actual plot of the character’s eighth and final outing as the immortal mutant hero.
Well, thanks to a reveal from “X-Men” recurring actor Patrick Stewart, fans are starting to develop a pretty good theory regarding the movie’s potential storyline. As previously reported, both Stewart and Jackman have teased a film that would essentially co-star Wolverine and Professor Xavier (Stewart). Recently, while speaking with Collider to promote his new Starz series “Blunt Talk,” the 75-year-old actor confirmed an expanded role for Professor X in the yet-to-be titled “Wolverine 3.”
“I think what you say is true,” Stewart said. “There is a project in development. I understand that Professor Xavier will be making more than an appearance, however, and that intrigues me.”
So, while this gives fans a small peak behind the curtain of the new movie, Stewart's further comments on the super-powered pairing sparked theories of a comic-book tie-in.
“And the idea of an old Wolverine - I’m really looking forward to Hugh Jackman getting old. You know, damn him. He looks so great,” Stewart joked. “So I’m hoping to see him covered in prosthetics, you know? And then he’ll make me look better if that’s the case.”
As CinemaBlend points out, any talk of an elderly Wolverine brings up strong connotations to the fan-beloved Marvel comics storyline “Old Man Logan” by Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven. The plotline sees an elderly Wolverine trying to keep his family and friends alive in a futuristic, post-invasion America.
Unfortunately, this is all just rumor until anything official is announced by 20th Century Fox. Until then, fans have until March 3, 2017, and check out the “Old Man Logan” comics to see if it would be worthy of a finale for the character. After all, he already sported a lock of handsome grey hair in his last outing in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”