Before reporting on what Patrick Stewart told attendees at Comicpalooza about X-Men: Days of Future Past, you should really watch this moving and personal response he gave to fan regarding his childhood and dealing with domestic abuse. Moving on to lighter material, Stewart talked about Bryan Singer‘s upcoming X-Men sequel. He told fans, “I think it is going to certainly be the X-Men of all X-Men pictures, and one doesn’t want to tempt fate, but perhaps also the blockbuster of 2014.” While he’s obviously doing to talk up his movie, it does fall in line with Hugh Jackman‘s recent comments that Days of Future Past will be like The Avengers of X-Men movies. That’s not too much of a surprise since Days of Future Past will mash up characters from the first three movies with X-Men: First Class and then add even more mutants.
Hit the jump for what Stewart had to say about Professor Xavier’s return and more. The film also stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, and Peter Dinklage. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens July 18, 2014. [Warning: possible spoilers after the jump.]
For those who haven’t seen X-Men: The Last Stand or need a brief refresher, Professor X got slightly disintegrated by the Dark Phoenix (Famke Janssen), but in the post-credits, it seemed like he was alive somehow, and the whole audience responded, “Huh?” Stewart addressed his character’s return in Days of Future Past [via CS]:
“It’s been 6 or 7 years since X-Men 3, where you will recall that Charles Xavier was vaporized by whats-her-name, Jean Grey. And you’re asking yourselves, ‘If you were vaporized, how can you be in the next X-Men movie?’ Anybody got any ideas how that came about?” One audience member yelled out “Time travel,” to which Stewart responded: “Yeah, that’s exactly it. I guess. There will be an explanation, but it was a little puzzling for me because I thought my X-Men days were over. So, it’s something to look forward to.”
Perhaps the First Class X-Men change the timeline somehow? Stewart says he’s already wrapped filming on the picture, so we probably shouldn’t expect to see too much of him in the movie. However, Stewart did reveal that Jackman will remain on set until the movie wraps in August. These movies really are “Wolverine and the X-Men“, but Jackman has the character down cold, so as long as the script is good, I have no problem with his increased presence.
Here’s the video of Stewart’s comments: