While the release of Logan on March 3 marks the purported swan song of Hugh Jackman’s legendary 17-year onscreen tenure as Wolverine in the X-Men films, its co-star Patrick Stewart hasn’t quite put in a similar notice for his role as Professor Charles Xavier; one that he shares with a younger counterpart in the movie timeline played by James McAvoy. Pertinently, a question posed by a fan about Stewart possibly fielding the role in an appearance opposite Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool garnered an intriguingly cheeky response.
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Appearing in a levity-lifted Huffington Post Twitter Q&A alongside Logan star Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart was posed a fan question that likely interests all comic book movie connoisseurs regarding another onscreen run as Xavier to meet Merc with a Mouth Deadpool, prospectively in the imminently shooting Deadpool 2. After reading the question aloud, Stewart’s ensuing answer – while seemingly riddled with sarcasm – was provocative to say the least, stating:
“Might we ever see Charles Xavier meet Deadpool? I would love that. Just set it up!” Looking over at a curious Jackman, he adds, “You have influence in these, right? Make it happen, Hugh.”
Jackman, who seems to be genuinely thrown off by Stewart’s answer, attempts to nudge the celebrated knighted thespian, asking, “Is it gonna happen?” with Stewart cheekily answering, “Yeah, sure!”
At that point, Jackman seems to play along with the “joke,” further nudging Stewart about possibly making an announcement of some kind, which Stewart – sporting a Cheshire grin – flatly refuses. However, a clearly intrigued Jackman then states, “I love it. I would pay to see that.”
Indeed, it’s safe to say that legions of fans across the world would also pay to see that. However, with Deadpool 2 recently adding ace writer Drew Goddard as a consultant on the verge of a May production date, it doesn’t seem likely that a Professor Xavier appearance – at least, one worthy enough of Stewart signing onto the film – could be concocted so quickly. Yet, such a meeting remains in the realm of possibility down the line, especially with Deadpool making a funny callout in the first film to Xavier, and, for that matter, Patrick Stewart himself, answering Colossus’s request to speak to “Professor Xavier” with a fourth-wall-wrecking response, “McAvoy or Stewart? These timelines can get so confusing.”
Deadpool also made light of its own low-budgeted nature, stating of the conspicuously-empty X-Mansion, “It’s a big house. It’s funny that I only ever see two of you. It’s almost like the studio couldn’t afford another X-Man.” While Hugh Jackman has already expressed his refusal of a Deadpool Wolverine appearance (despite the first film skewering him multiple times), the first film’s gritty, insular, low-budgeted nature became one of the qualities that endeared it to fans. Yet, it does seem inevitable that some A-list X-Men players will eventually start showing their faces in the Deadpool films and having Xavier, specifically Stewart’s, show up, whose post-contemporary Days of Future Past, pre-Logan iteration mostly lines up with their place in the “confusing” X-Men movie timeline, would be a great way to codify the series’ rather clunky shared universe dynamic.
While Stewart’s enthusiasm should be taken with a telepathic-powered grain of salt, we can count on the fact that Deadpool 2 is set to commence production soon, with a release date penciled in for March 2, 2018.