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Patrick Stewart Talks ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ Says It’s the ‘X-Men’ of All ‘X-Men’ Movies

With ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘ continuing production (to hopefully reveal at least something small during this year’s Comic-Con), Sir Patrick Stewart is hard at work reprising Charles Xavier — or rather, he was hard at work. The beloved actor recently finished his four-and-a-half weeks of work in front of the camera, and from there he hit up Comicpalooza to give fans something to look forward to.

He certainly didn’t hold back on the hyperbole: “I think it’s going to certainly be the ‘X-Men’ of all ‘X-Men’ pictures. And one doesn’t want to tempt fate, but perhaps also the blockbuster of 2014,” he told applauding fans. It’ll definitely be a grand-scale production, considering the immense cast of both veteran and newbie ‘X-Men’ actors, time traveling and the inclusion of Sentinels!

But what of Professor X? Regarding that factor, Stewart had this to say:

It’s been six, seven years since ‘X-Men 3′ when you will recall — I hope you will recall, I certainly do — that Charles Xavier was vaporized by what’s-her-name, Jean Grey. And you were asking yourselves, “Well, if you were vaporized, how could you be in the next ‘X-Men’ movie?” Anybody got any ideas? [After someone in the crowd shouts, "time travel," he says] Yeah, right. That’s exactly…I guess something like that. There *will* be an explanation, however. But it was a little puzzling to me in a way because I thought my ‘X-Men’ days were over, but not so.

Helmed by the original ‘X-Men’ movies director, Bryan Singer, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ takes its name from the comic book, in which Kitty Pryde travels back in time from an apocalyptic future to warn the X-Men of an assassination that, if prevented, could change the course of history. However, it looks like the movie version might be straying from this plot line just a bit.

Stewart stated that Hugh Jackman will be present for the majority of filming, implying that Wolverine could have a much larger part to play. Previously, James McAvoy (playing past Xavier) also said that Wolverine has a big role, which led to talk that this mutant might be the one traveling back in time instead of Ellen Page’s Pryde. But (incoming stinger) only time will tell.

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