Patrick Stewart to return to the X-Men universe?

Having run aground slightly toward the end of the noughties, the X-Men franchise is in rude health once more, with long-awaited sequel The Wolverine finally making its way towards cinemas, and X-Men: Days Of Future Past also in the pipeline.

All this success seems to have piqued the interest of series veteran Patrick Stewart, who suggested he might be in line for a return, when quizzed by a fan at the Montreal Comic Convention.

"I think there is every possibility," he said, when asked whether he might return to the franchise. Confusingly, he then began to list the names of some of his female co-stars ("Halle Berry! Famke Janssen! Rebecca Stamos! Anna Paquin!") before concluding, "Yes, I'll be reprising..."

Where exactly he might fit in remains to be seen, although it has been suggested that there will be a time-travel element in Days Of Future Past , so perhaps he might play an older incarnation of James McAvoy?

Or perhaps he’s just messing with us. In any case, it’s just one more reason to eagerly await the return of the mutants, when X-Men: Days Of Future Past opens in the UK on 18 July 2014.