Yesterday’s big news in the comic book movie world was the fact that Spider-Man is on his way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that alliance with Sony in place, Marvel has just one more roadblock to finally reclaiming all of their characters: Fox and their X-Men/Fantastic Four franchises.
I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that Wolverine to team up with the Avengers though, as it sounds like Fox has some pretty big plans for their series, and they don’t involve Marvel at all.
What does the future of the X-Men series look like?
In short, 2016 is a stacked year for X-Men movies. First up is Deadpool in February, followed by Apocalypse in May, and finally Gambit in October.
If that wasn’t enough, 2017 will see a sequel to The Wolverine, with Hugh Jackman adding yet another movie to his record for the most appearances as the same comic book character. That movie in particular is the basis of an interesting new factoid from one Patrick Stewart.
Stewart, who plays (the older) Professor X in the series, recently sat down with radio show Oregon Live. According to him, he’s got a starring role in the upcoming Wolverine sequel, with the story focusing on a team-up between Xavier and Wolverine.
Here’s what he said:
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.
Yeah I know, right? A buddy cop movie featuring X-Men’s two best characters? Yes please!
How might this fit in with the current timeline?
My assumption would be right where the first Wolverine left off, with Professor X approaching Wolverine in the airport. I previously assumed that this was a lead-in to Days of Future Past, but that’s not necessarily the case, especially given how much time there is in between that stinger scene and the post-apocalyptic “future” timeline.
When is The Wolverine 2 coming out?
We’ll be seeing it on March 3, 2017.