Sir Ian McKellen will have a part to play in upcoming mutant sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse.
Despite previously reporting that it was unlikely, Sir Patrick Stewart has now said that the older version of Magneto will be appearing in Bryan Singer’s next Marvel Comics/20th Century Fox film.
While this will be great news for fans of the series, Stewart did go on to say it was “very unlikely” that he would be reprising his role as Professor Charles Xavier.
This may lead many comic fans to speculate on whether the new movie is actually based on the comic series Age of Apocalypse.
In the comic Legion, son of Professor Xavier, travels back in time with the intention of killing Magneto. However, Legion travels to a time when Magneto and Xavier were still friends and Legion mistakenly kills his own father trying to protect Magneto. This in turn creates a new timeline where Magneto is responsible for creating the X-Men and the super-mutant Apocalypse has all but taken over the world.
Given the fact that the older Xavier will not be appearing in the movie and as the title suggests, the main villain of the piece is likely to be Apocalypse, then it isn’t that much of a stretch to think that some elements of this story-line may be used for inspiration.
Stewart went on to hint at the possible appearance of Xavier in the next stand-alone Wolverine movie for an interview with Oregon Live.
“And 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. That would be a very different sort of X-Men from the four movies that I’ve already done.”
Both Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart were last seen on screen as Magneto and Xavier in last years hugely successful X-Men: Days of Future Past.
X-Men: Apocalypse will star James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence and is due for releaseIan Kc on May 19, 2016 in the UK and opens on May 27, 2016 in the US.