Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart Are Not Part of 'X-Men: Apocalypse'
by Ethan Anderton
January 19, 2015
Last year X-Men: Days of Future Past brought together the casts of X-Men: First Class and the original X-Men trilogy with a time travel storyline that took place in the distant future and also the groovy 70s. With X-Men: Apocalypse, we already know the story takes place in the 80s, but that didn't mean time travel wouldn't come back into play. However, it doesn't look like there will be anything happening in the future timeline this time as Patrick Stewart (Professor X) sat down with an interview Larry King (via Yahoo Movies) and confirmed that neither he nor Ian McKellen (Magneto) will be appearing in the 2016 sequel.
When asked about any involvement in X-Men: Apocalypse, Stewart said:
"No. Nor Sir Ian McKellen, either. 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. And so I don’t think we’ll be making an appearance."
Of course, that doesn't mean that there couldn't be some future set post-credits scene or something like that, so maybe we shouldn't count out the possibility entirely. Anyway, it's clear that X-Men: Apocalypse will continue the timeline with the X-Men: First Class cast, and we already know that familiar mutants like Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm will be getting involved this time, though casting is still underway for the younger versions of those characters. We're certainly interested to see how the relationship between Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) develops this time. Stay tuned.