Good news, X-fans!
Sure, Marvel Studios and Sony may have dominated yesterday's superhero news with the (awesome) announcement that Spider-Man is joining the MCU - but that doesn't mean Fox's X-Franchise isn't also preparing a ridiculously fantastic-sounding crossover for our eye-watching pleasure.
Now, sadly, we still don't have any word on whether we'll ever see that Wolverine/Deadpool team-up movie we've all waited so long for - but what we seem to be getting instead could well offer up the greatest, geekiest, most comic-book-iest slice of X-action yet.
Professor X and Wolverine Are Going to Get Their Very Own Team-Up Movie
And, honestly, if that doesn't sound like the most fantastically nerdy movie team-up combo, then I don't know what does.
After all, Professor X has - in the movies, at least - come to symbolize old-school Marvel awesomeness (a role Cyclops largely took in the comics) while Wolverine increasingly represented a newer, more modern action-movie way of doing things.
Add the two together, and you've got one hell of a potential X-movie. Oh, and the best part?
Professor X'll Be Played by Patrick Stewart
For it was he, when recently speaking to Oregon Live, who totally managed to break the news, revealing first that he was "very unlikely" to appear in X-Men Apocalypse, but that "Magneto, Ian McKellen, is certainly going to be in it."
Which is a pretty big one-two punch of bad and great news, all by itself.
He followed it up, though, with this:
"What I'm very excited about is that we have been talking about a Wolverine movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together. Wolverine and Professor Xavier. That would be a very different sort of "X-Men" from the four movies that I've already done."
Which is pretty much as solid a confirmation as it's possible to get without Fox actually saying a single word.
What'll This Mean for the Movie, Though?
Well, seeing as the present day X-time-line we saw back in X-Men, X-2 and X-Men: The Last Stand has, presumably, been permanently altered by the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, could we be set to see a very different version of the X-universe to the ones we've seen before? After all, the ending of DoFP saw a very different X-Mansion...
Could we even, perhaps, see an X-Universe in which - much like the modern-day comics - Wolverine has evolved into Professor X's right-hand-man?
Although, since that did kind of take the Professor dying again to make it stick, that could suggest we aren't all going to like the ending of Wolverine 3...