POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW
We already know that Jean Grey will be popping up in James Mangold’s “The Wolverine”, probably in a flashback sequence, most likely as one of Logan’s memories. There might have been a desire to keep this a surprise, but after word leaked online, it didn’t really seem to matter and the filmmakers went ahead and showed off Jean Grey (once again played by Famke Janssen) in the trailers for “The Wolverine”.
But will there be a second surprise cameo? It certainly sounds like it.
Joblo reports that a spy has told them that “The Wolverine” recently underwent a brief, one-scene reshoot at an airport that featured Logan, returning home (from Japan, perhaps — which would seem to indicate this takes place after the events of the movie) and meeting with someone.
And who might that someone be?
Professor X, as it turns out, played by Patrick Stewart. And get this — the good Professor isn’t in a wheelchair, either. Nope. He’s walking in the scene alongside Logan.
So what does this mean? I haven’t a clue. Perhaps it’s Fox’s way of connecting “The Wolverine” to the rest of the “X-Men” movies, maybe even Bryan Singer’s upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. We already know that “The Wolverine” takes place after Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand”, and Professor X was one of many mutant casualties in that movie, along with Cyclops. But if comic books have taught me anything, death is but a minor annoyance.
I guess we’ll find out for sure when “The Wolverine”, starring Hugh Jackman, Brian Tee, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Rila Fukushima, James Fraser, Tao Okamoto, and Hal Yamanouchi, opens this July 26, 2013.