– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Ever since it was announced that THE WOLVERINE 3 (currently rumored to be titled WOLVERINE: WEAPON X) was going to be a thing, we’ve known it would be Hugh Jackman’s last outing as the titular mutant. The actor made no pretense that he’d be able to play the character in perpetuity and chose this final film in the trilogy to be his swan song. As such, every little bit of information about this flick has been a big deal — we want the best for it, after all, since this is Jackman’s last time.

But interestingly enough, it doesn’t sound like WEAPON X will be the last film for just Jackman. Nope. Like Jackman himself, Professor X has been one of the pillars on which the X-MEN franchise has been built. Ever since the first film hit us in the early 2000s, fans have been able to look forward to seen thespian Patrick Stewart reprising his role as the fatherly figure in every X-MEN film that’s called for his presence. However, if a recent interview with Stewart is any indication, it sounds like his time in the series is nearing its end.

“I would imagine this is probably the end of this franchise for me. But the thing about science fiction and fantasy is that you can never, ever say it’s the end, it’s over.”

This quote seems to indicate that Stewart himself is all but done with playing the role. Hey may even be hinting at the fact that his character may be, once again, dying on screen, which is something that’s already happened in X-MEN: THE LAST STAND.

However, the actor is no stranger to the Hollywood game, and there’s always a chance for a character to come back. Clearly, he sees the possibility for his version of Xavier to return at some point, but for now, he appears blissfully content with letting the WEAPON X be his last foray into the franchise.

In many ways, this is the perfect way to end things. The first X-MEN film saw Logan ushered into the X-Men team, and with this film likely taking place in the future, seeing both Jackman and Stewart end their X-MEN careers with one last performance with one another is beyond artistically fulfilling.

But don’t expect the same Charles to be present in this film. Stewart goes on to say that he’ll e playing a “very different Charles Xavier… nothing like the Charles Xavier you’ve seen in the past.”

What do you think about WOLVERINE: WEAPON X potentially being Stewart’s last time playing Charles Xavier? Let us know your thoughts down below!

WOLVERINE: WEAPON X hits theaters on March 3, 2017.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.