Marvel Studios and Disney are still quiet on their own rendition of the X-Men for some time now. Most of us expected some kind of news at SDCC or D23 but only got a short tease at the end of the SDCC panel teasing their involvement in the MCU at some point. New Mutants received a new trailer that still kept it open if it is still part of the original Fox storyline or opening the floodgates for mutants in the MCU. We know they will appear at some point yet are going to have to wait until Phase 4 ends. In a recent interview with Digital Spy, former Charles Xavier, Patrick Stewart, revealed that he has met with Kevin Feige to discuss the future of the X-Men. He did point out that he only offered some suggestions for the franchise and, naturally, Professor X. There were no talks about him returning and he gives a very good reason for it.
““Here’s the problem… If we had not made Logan, then yes, I would probably be ready to get into that wheelchair one more time and be Charles Xavier. But Logan changed all that”.“
Logan was a perfect send-off to those versions of Wolverine and Charles Xavier. It even was the inspiration for him to return to play Jean-Luc Picard in the upcoming Star Trek: Picard series. Still, just like with the return of J.K. Simmons in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Feige is open to looking back at the films that have come before for inspiration. It is great to hear that he took some pointers from the man that made the role iconic when the original X-Men franchise started all the way back in 2000. While it is sad to know that we won’t get Patrick Stewart back in the iconic role, it makes sense to recast. Their biggest challenge will be to create a distinction between the original franchise and the new interpretation, which they managed quite effectively with the latest Spider-Man reboot.