Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen Won’t Return for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

Patrick Stewart Ian McKellen X-Men Apocalypse

Patrick Stewart has confirmed that he and fellow first generation mutant Ian McKellen won’t appear in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

Stewart made the announcement during an interview with Larry King on “Larry King Now,” first reported by Yahoo Movies.

“I was learning quite a lot more about it last night, and it is going to be looking very much at the earlier lives of all our characters,” Stewart told King (the full episode airs Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT on “And so I don’t think we’ll be making an appearance.”

The last “X-Men” film, “Days of Future Past,” featured both Stewart’s Professor X and McKellen’s Magneto as well as their young counterparts, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, thanks to its time travel plot.

The cliffhanger ending of “Days of Future Past” hinted that Professor X will appear in a future installment, so he could possibly make an appearance in Channing Tatum’s “Gambit” and/or Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool” spinoffs or a later “X-Men” sequel.

“X-Men: Apocalypse,” directed by Bryan Singer, hits theaters on May 27, 2016.

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  1. Brian says:

    I just hope they give Professor X, Magneto, Mystique and Wolverine some space. All compelling characters, but I’d like to see more of what other mutants can do. Mystique’s powers aren’t surprising anymore. Wolverine has been done to death. X’s powers aren’t surprising either anymore. And every movie Magneto is in is like, “What enormous thing can he lift towards the end of the movie?” Don’t get me wrong, I love the X-Men movies for the most part. But let’s see some awesome, crazy abilities! Nothing beats the opening of X2, for instance.

  2. Matt Parker says:

    The ending of the last film didn’t necessarily imply that Patrick Stewart’s older Professor X would return, but based on what we know of the villain Apocalypse it is logical to think time travel could still be involved.

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