Patrick Stewart expects that his appearance in Wolverine 3 will be the end of hs time as part of the X-Men franchise, ITV reports. While speaking with a reporter at the University of Huddersfield he said, "I would imagine this is probably the end of this franchise for me."
However, he added with a laugh that "the thing about science fiction and fantasy is that you can never, ever say it's the end, it's over" so it's not a completely definitive thing. The reporter noted that the character has already died once and Stewart said "Yes, Jean Grey vaporized me! You'd think there'd be no coming back from that, but watch out. In March, I'm back on the screen".
He also describe the Xavier in the upcoming movie as "a very different Charles Xavier". He cotinues, "that's all I'm allowed to say. Nothing like the Charle Xavier you've seen in the past. "
Xavier was indeed killed by Jean Grey in X-3, though in the post-credits scene he appeared to have transferred his mind to another body or something. The whole deal was kind of moot anyway, since Days of Future Past had Wolverine change the timeline and as a result, both Charles and Jean were alive and back to their old selves. Or supposedly back to their old selves. It sounds like the timeline reset may have led to Charles turning out differently than the one from other movies.
Wolverine 3 is also supposed to be the last appearance of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, so it looks like this movie will be the swan song for a lot of actors in the franchise.
I'll miss Patrick Stewart, but he has appeared in seven movies, so I can't blame him for deciding enough's enough, if it was his decision. What do you think of Stewart leaving? Will you miss him?