Patrick Stewart Retiring From X-Men After Logan

Logan will be Hugh Jackman’s last outing as the Wolverine. Those have been the big, bold headlines to come out of that movie for the past several months. We knew it was coming, and we still have a hard time believing it. This is the guy who made us believe that a man could slash for the past seventeen years, and letting him go would be a tall order. For the longest time, his fellow X-Men compatriot Patrick Stewart (who plays Charles Xavier in the franchise) had an uncertain future? Would he also bow out in this last film? As recently as last week, Stewart had told ET Online that he wasn’t quite ready to give up on the role just yet.

Well, as happens quite often in the film industry, Stewart has seemingly changed his mind. As great as it was hearing we may be seeing Stewart again in another X-Men film, it looks like it’s not mean to be.

Speaking with EW, Stewart gave an honest, heartfelt explanation as to why Logan will be his last in the franchise.

“A week ago, Friday night in Berlin, the three of us sat, watching the movie. And I was so moved by it, much more moved than I had been the first time of seeing it. Maybe it was the company of these two guys, but the movie ended and — this is an admission — but at one point [Hugh] reached out, and he took my hand in those last few minutes, and I saw him go [mimes wiping a tear from his eye] like this, and then I realized I had just done the same thing. Then, the movie ended… and we were going to be taken up on stage, but not until the credits were over. So, we had some time to sit there and, as I sat there I realized there will never be a better, a more perfect, a more sensitive, emotional, and beautiful way of saying au revoir to Charles Xavier than this movie. So, I told [Hugh] that same evening, ‘I’m done too. It’s all over.’”

That quote is enough to make any fanboy weep. Not just for what he says, but how beautifully he said it.

We have to say, as much as we hate hearing that, you can’t argue with the man. He’s put in hard work into several X-Men film, shaping the minds of fandom for nearly two decades. When a man like that knows in his heart that it’s over and he’s ready to move on, we owe it as fans to accept his word and move on with him.

It’s been a great run, Mr. Stewart. We’ll miss you very much. But yes, perhaps there will be no more beautiful way of saying au revoir to the character.

What do you think? Are you ready to say goodby to Patrick Stewart? Let us know in the comments down below!

Logan hits theaters on March 3, 2017.

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