20 years later, Patrick Stewart is once again leaving Star Trek for the very same role.
It’s ironic that when Patrick Stewart was done with Star Trek in 2002, he seemingly jumped all in on another franchise’s iconic character in the X-Men’s Professor Charles Xavier. At this point in time, he was done with Trek and had seen the first X-Men film hit the theaters. He would go on to play Charles Xavier across five films with some bizarre cameo in a sixth.
When Stewart was killed off in Logan, the last film for both he and Hugh Jackman, many thought that was it. In fact, the film was such a hit with critics, that Stewart wanted to do his own version of Logan in Star Trek, which essentially became the Picard series.
Stewart was, for intents and purposes, done with Xavier and Picard, but just as Stewart came back to Picard two years after Logan ended, it appears that Stewart will be returning to the X-Men universe after all.
Patrick Stewart is in talks to star in Deadpool 3
Stewart already returned to the world of Marvel comics in 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in a cameo role. He played a version of Professor Xavier that is more than likely not the one that appeared in the Fox-made X-Men films 20-odd years ago.
By all accounts, his appearance in Deadpool 3, should the report from Giant Freaking Robot be correct, this Xavier will possibly be a brand new one as well, though who knows how all this is going to work. Deadpool is technically in the Fox timeline of X-Men movies but also not. So it’s entirely possible that this Xavier isn’t the same one from Logan, who ended up dying.
It’s also possible that this Xavier could be from an earlier point in time from the X-Men universe that ended with the Logan film.
Who knows at this point, it’s all so convoluted.