Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart (pictured) and Hugh Jackman teased that Professor X is coming to the next stand-alone "Wolverine" movie. Reuters

Following the upsetting news that Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier will not appear in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse,” both Stewart and actor Hugh Jackman are hinting that this might not be the end for old Xavier. In a recent interview with Oregon Live, Stewart revealed he has been in talks to reprise his role in the stand-alone sequel to "The Wolverine."

“What I'm very excited about is that we have been talking about a 'Wolverine' movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together. Wolverine and Professor Xavier,” Stewart said. “That would be a very different sort of ‘X-Men’ from the four movies that I've already done.”

Wolverine and Professor X’s father/son dynamic has played a subtle but vital role in almost every "X-Men" movie so far. It would make perfect sense to explore that relationship in depth in the next “Wolverine” film. While Stewart confirmed the conversation was happening, recent remarks by Jackman seem to indicate that the buddy-mutant movie actually is coming together.

Speaking to CinemaBlend at a press junket for his upcoming movie “Chappie,” the actor was asked directly about Stewart’s involvement in the follow-up to James Mangold’s 2013 film. “We haven’t had [Charles Xavier] in the 'Wolverine' movies, and it’s always been a really important relationship to understand. ... I’m not gonna deny it, but I’m not gonna not not not say it’s true ... not. You got it?” Jackman said.

Little is known about the plot of the upcoming “Wolverine” movie. However, CinemaBlend notes that Jackman has revealed that the story will be based on an existing comic book arc. Wolverine is such a popular character that he has shown up in a bevy of crossovers, stand-alone comics and team-ups.