Patrick Stewart could be returning to the X-Men franchise less than a month after he ruled himself out of appearing Apocalypse. While promoting his latest film, Match, Stewart announced that he has been in discussions with the creative team on Wolverine 3.

“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.” 

Last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past successfully revived the franchise. In one swoop the damage caused by Brett Ratner’s The Last Stand and X-Men Origins was erased. Now, the future of the superhero saga is filled with potential. Hugh Jackman has teased his involvement in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse that starts filming very soon, rumour has it that Jackman would shoot Apocalypse and go directly into Wolverine 3. 

Stewart might be sitting Apocalypse out, but he has also revealed that Sir Ian McKellen will be back as the older version of Magneto; “Ian McKellen, is certainly going to be in it.”. There’s no confirmation from Bryan Singer or 20th Century Fox that Stewart’s comments are correct, but I’m hardly likely to call Professor Xavier a liar. At this stage, it’s best to take Stewart’s comments with pinch of salt, but it would certainly add a new element to the Wolverine sequel with extra Xavier. 

X-Men: Apocalypse is due for release May 19, 2016 and stars James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Rose Byrne and possibly Hugh Jackman. The X-Men will face their most dangerous enemy to date in the form of ancient mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). Set against the backdrop of the 1980s, this chapter of the franchise will introduce younger versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm.