Charles Francis Xavier (Professor X)

professorxfilmFinally I’m back, with a ton of characters to speak about. In these days, I managed to see The Wolverine, and there are a couple of very well known characters appearing in the mid-credit sequence. The first one is Professor X, leader and founder of the X-Men, portrayed in almost every movie of the series by Sir Patrick Stewart. The younger version of Charles Xavier that appeared in X-Men: First Class was portrayed by James McAvoy, and both actors will return in X-Men: Days of Future Past next year. The movie version of the character has more or less the same personality and powers as the comics’ one, but differs in many details regarding his past. Sure, Xavier was a friend of Magneto and started to fight for mutant rights along with him, but in quite a different way than the one portrayed on screen. Let’s see together.

Charles Francis Xavier was the mutant son of Brian and Sharon Xavier, a wealthy couple from New York City. The child’s powers were incredibly strong since before his birth: Sharon, in fact, was pregnant of two twins, but fetus-Charles, sensing the innate evil nature of his sister (who would have later become Cassandra Nova) tried to kill her with his already developed psychic powers, leading to a miscarriage. When Charles was a child, Brian Xavier died in a car accident, and Sharon, looking for a father to her son, married Brian’s colleague, Dr. Kurt Marko. Marko was a cruel man, interested only in Sharon’s money, and he immediately started neglecting her, driving her to alcoholism, and beating his step son Charles and his natural one, Cain. Trying to control his newly found psychic powers, Charles tried toprofessorxcomics1 “cure” his step brother Cain from the trauma of his violent father, but his attempts managed only to fill Cain with rage against him: Cain was stronger and envious of Charles’ intellect, and the latter became the object of his brother’s bullying. Sharon Xavier died because of her alcoholism soon after, and this only made Kurt Marko even more violent with his sons. When Charles tried to stop the umpteenth fight between Kurt and Cain, some of Marko’s lab equipment exploded, and Kurt managed to drag out the two children before dying; during this occasion, cain learnt of Xavier’s powers, and regarded him as an enemy from that moment on. Using his father’s fortune, Charles entered Oxford University, and started a brilliant career, gaining both scholastic and athletic success. At university, Charles met Moira Kinross, and the two fell in love; they were about to get married, but Xavier was called to serve in the Korean War…in the same unit as Cain Marko. When his step brother tried to desert, Xavier followed him to bring him back, but managed only to watch helplessy as Cain found the mystical Ruby of Cyttorak and became the invulnerable Juggernaut a moment before the cave they were in collapsed. Xavier believed his brother dead, and came back to his unit. In the army, he became known as the Good Shepherd, loved and trusted by everyone. When he came back for a licence, Moira broke up with him with no apparent reason.

Depressed after Moira’s departure, especially after he learnt that she had married her ex abusive boyfriend Joseph MacTaggert, Xavier used his immense fortune to travel abroad. He left the Army and went everywhere in the world, until he arrived in Egypt. While in Cairo, Charles met a young pickpocket, Ororo Munroe, that seemed to have some special gifts just like him; while trying to contact her, anyway, Xavier was attacked by another powerful mutant going by the name of Shadow King, barely winning the psychic battle that ensued. Xavier decided that he would have dedicated his life to protect normal human beings (homo sapiens sapiens) from evil mutants, and innocent mutants (homo sapiens superior) from the fear and the abuses of humans, trying to build an utopia of peaceful coexistence. professorxcomics2Xavier kept travelling until he reached HaifaIsrael, where he met a holocaust survivor, a man calling himself Erik Magnus Lensherr. The two of them became friends, and spent hours debating what would have happened if humans found out about a new race of superhumans, both being unaware of each other’s mutation: while Xavier was optimistic, Lensherr, having lived the lager experience, believed that cohabitation was impossible, and that the new minority would have been oppressed and hunted just like every other one in history. When the group of volunteers they were working with was attacked by Baron Von Strucker and his Hydra survivors, the two mutants revealed their respective powers and fought together, vanquishing the Nazis; when Erik tried to kill the Baron, anyway, Xavier stopped him, thus alienating Lensherr. Believing their views on humanity were incompatible, Erik left Xavier and escaped with Von Strucker’s gold, and Charles started his wanderings once again. Charles went to IndiaGreeceRussia and many other places, meeting good and bad mutants, and falling in love many times. He lost his hair thanks to the energy constantly emitted by his brain, and lost the use of his legs in a fight with the alien Lucifer. When he came back to the US, he had decided to educate a new generation of mutants to his ideals of peaceful cohabitation with humans, founding a school with the help of FBI agent Fred Duncan. Xavier transformed his manor in the School for Gifted Youngsters, and, after losing his new girlfriend, Amelia Voght (who believed that the best way to protect mutants was to keep them hidden from the world) and his old friend Erik, who he confronted once again after he had become the mutant terrorist Magneto, Xavier found his first students: Jean GreyScott SommersHank McCoyBobby Drake and Warren Worthington III, five mutants looking for a guide. When the first superheroes appeared, Xavier decided that some mutant superheroes would have helped the people accept the new race, and transformed his students in the first X-Men, heroes protecting humans from other mutants. His dream was far from being fulfilled, but the first step had been taken.

Charles Xavier is a wise and extremely intelligent man, an idealist that believes in a world with no hatred or fear between humans and mutants. Despite many mistakes and “necessary lies”, Xavier fights truly and sincerely for his dream, sure that it will lead to a better world. A proficent hand-to-hand fighter and a genius in many fields, Xavier’s greatest ability is surely his mutant power, that makes him the world’s most powerful telepath. His mutation grants him the ability to control people’s body and mind, to locate anyone in any part of the world, to erase or manipulate memories, to make himself and others “invisible” or different in appearance by erasing his presence from other people’s perception, and much more. His abilities can become even stronger when Xavier uses Cerebro, a machine that Professor X himself built after his confrontation with the Shadow King. Despite being on a wheelchair, Xavier is one of the world’s most powerful men, able to change people’s mind with a simple thought…but, despite this, he choses to change it through comprehension and peaceful persuasion.

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  1. […] woman: Jubilee, who’ll be protrayed by Lana Condor. In the movie, she’ll be one of Charles Xavier‘s new students, a pyrotecnic mutant with a taste for fashion. She already appeared in the […]

  2. […] chose to stay, believing she could learn much about her powers from the institute’s director, Professor X. Unfortunately, Mojo was still watching her and the other mutants through the cybernetic eyes he […]

  3. […] MacTaggert. In the previous movie, she was a CIA agent who became romantically involved with Charles Xavier after monitoring him and his students, in a government-run research on mutants. Moira’s […]

  4. […] film, apart from the fact that he’ll be part of the new team of teenager X-Men gathered by Charles Xavier (maybe his relation with Mystique will be finally explored). Of course, he already appeared in X2: […]

  5. […] a group of Wild Sentinels, controlled by the deranged mutant Cassandra Nova (the twin sister of Charles Xavier), attacked Genosha, killing 16 million people, including Magneto and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Her […]

  6. […] also makes a small, uncredited cameo in First Class, as a young boy with red sunglasses seen when Charles Xavier uses Cerebro to detect mutants. Just let’s hope that his resurrection will lead to a […]

  7. […] character appearing in X-Men: Days of Future Past outside the main storyline: when young Charles Xavier uses his newly refound powers to explore Logan‘s mind, he gets some glimpses of his tragic […]

  8. […] Angel already appeared in First Class as a stripper who becomes one of the first recruits of Charles Xavier‘s and Magneto’s school, but she abandons her companions to join Sebastian Shaw after […]

  9. […] weapons, such as the all-powerful Cosmic Cube, and new abilities: recently he has fused part of Charles Xavier‘s brain with his own, gaining telepathic powers. Unstoppable, pitiless, determined and […]

  10. […] who uses a widespread fear of mutants to revive his old program and to attack the school run by Charles Xavier, kidnapping as many mutants possible. He’ll meet his fate by the hands of Magneto and his […]

  11. […] of the X-Men. In X2: X-Men United she battled Mastermind along with Nightcrawler to free Professor X, while in The Last Stand she unofficially became the team leader after Cyclops‘ and […]

  12. […] campaign against mutants, warning normal humans of the threat the superhumans represented to them. Charles Xavier decided the thing had gone too far, and challenged Trask to a tv debate. Trask accepted, but, […]

  13. […] small cameo: she was the girl, portrayed by Sumela Kay, walking through a wall while Wolverine and Professor X were talking in the latter’s office. In X2: X-Men United she was portrayed by Katie […]

  14. […] of the mutant massacre brought on by the Sentinels, entering in the rogue team gathered around Professor X and Magneto in a last, desperate attempt for survival. It’s unknown if his powers will have […]

  15. […] be among the few mutants survived in the future dominated by the Sentinels, trying with Professor X and Magneto to prevent the war influencing the past. In the first X-Men, she was targeted by […]

  16. […] mutants survived to the Sentinels‘ attack on the entire species. He’ll gather around Professor X and Magneto with other young mutants, trying to prevent the war from ever happening. Nothing […]

  17. […] be one of the few mutants who survived the Sentinels‘s attack, and he’ll assist Professor X and Magneto in their last stand…displaying a new beard. The character already appeared in […]

  18. […] her role: she’ll be one of the few mutant survivors in the future timeline who gather around Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr to try and stop the Sentinels before their hunt for mutants began. Her […]

  19. […] Lily as a child and by Jennifer Lawrence as a young woman: she’s been revealed to be Charles Xavier‘s childhood friend and almost sister, the first mutant he met and he took care of (sort […]

  20. […] First Class we left him as a young mutant trying to control his extremely destructive power, with Charles Xavier building for him a containment chest-plate that helped him focus the energy blasts coming out from […]

  21. […] movie yet, or how big it’ll be, but he’ll appear in the present part, along with old Professor X and Magneto. Let’s see who this Russian mutant is in the […]

  22. […] especially after Hank had stopped a robbery during a football match: the first one was Charles Xavier, another mutant who was looking for gifted young people to form his first class of mutants for his […]

  23. […] come from a future so distant as the one in the comics, but “just” from the future old Professor X and Magneto belong to. So, he’ll act as an ally to the current X-Men team to contact and […]

  24. […] and started volunteering in a psychiatric hospital for Holocaust victims. There, he met Charles Xavier, a young idealist who became his best friend. Despite they didn’t reveal each other their […]

  25. […] the series, and the main antagonist of the third one. In the movies, Jean is portrayed as one of Professor X‘s first students, a regular member of the X-Men, and the centre of the love triangle which […]

  26. […] met the X-Men many other times, always helping them (she also became part of Mutant Underground, Professor X‘s secret information network). She teamed up with Wolverine and his pupil Kitty Pryde in […]

  27. […] given for dead after his battle with Onslaught (a nearly almighty being created by the fusion of Professor X‘s and Magneto‘s minds); when he came back from the dead, Pepper and Happy decided to […]

  28. […] the others, but especially the second generation of X-Men. He has become very close to Charles Xavier‘s dream of peaceful cohabitation between mutants and humans, taking part in many line-ups of […]

  29. […] for stopping the notorious Grady Gang. Media weren’t the only ones interested in Angel: Charles Xavier, a powerful telepath who dreamt of building a world in which humans and mutants could live together […]

  30. […] Stryker used to control Kayla. She later escapes with all the other prisoners and is taken by Charles Xavier to his school. The younger version of Emma is considered non-canon (as much of the movie), and the […]

  31. […] encounter. Gambit and Ororo travelled to the Gulf of Mexico, but they were eventually found by Charles Xavier, the leader of the X-Men, who had just come back from a long adventure in space. Xavier revealed […]

  32. […] Cain met not only his “new mom”, but also a stepbrother he didn’t know to have: Charles Xavier, an educated and intelligent yung man who soon became Kurt’s favourite. The athletic and […]

  33. […] Jorgenson, hoping he could assist him in the search for a cure; Jorgenson was an old friend of Professor X, who sent his X-Men to save him along with Spider-Man, and the Living Vampire once again found […]

  34. […] lived believing he was just an abnormal man until he was reached by the original X-Men, sent by Professor X to recruit him in their team: smitten by Jean Grey, Fred agreed to follow them to the X-Mansion, […]

  35. […] bad; the archive footage is all from X-Men: First Class, where Banshee was portrayed as one of Xavier‘s first recruits for both his school and the X-Men, and he was one of his most succesful […]

  36. […] characters appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse, we find one of the juiciest cameos of the movie. When Charles Xavier finally visits Moira MacTaggert in her office, we see behind her desk a series of pictures […]

  37. […] most powerful telepath, Charles Xavier, was in Israel, he had an affair with Gabrielle Heller, a Holocaust survivor he awoke from her […]

  38. […] and tried it once again on himself, but Lizard returned: this time, Curt’s former colleague Charles Xavier sent his X-Men to track him down, and at the end of the fight Iceman froze the monster, […]

  39. […] Shaw set sight on the X-Men: he ordered the assassin Warhawk to bug Cerebro, so that everytime Professor X used it to locate a new mutant Shaw knew it; this way, he believed he would have had the chance to […]

  40. […] to cast illusions so powerful that they can trick even the world’s most powerful telepath, Professor X. Jason first appears in X2: X-Men United, portrayed by Michael Reid McKay: in here, he’s […]

  41. […] else: a group of the smartest heroes in the world, the Illuminati (Mr. Fantastic, Black Bolt, Professor X, Dr. Strange, Iron Man and Namor), had sent Hulk in space. Plus, the giant had ended up on a […]

  42. […] Four) had apparently been killed by Onslaught, the superhuman threat resulting from the fusion of Professor X and Magneto. Following the chrisis, people felt quite uncertain about the future, and new heroes […]

  43. […] evolution, the cybernetic Pierce will lead his team, the Reavers, into the hunt for Wolverine, Professor X and young Laura. In the comics, Pierce is quite an old acquaintance of the readers, an enemy of […]

  44. […] here in Logan‘s first trailer: X-23, the little girl Wolverine is assigned to protect by Professor X. Real name (sort of) Laura Kinney, the young mutant will be portrayed by Dafne Keen, and […]

  45. […] State of Israel, and she spent there some years after the war…until a new doctor arrived: Charles Xavier. Xavier proved to be more capable than all of his colleagues in reaching for his patients and to […]

  46. […] a hand in the camp hospitals. It was during the war that Daniel met an extremely gifted colleague, Charles Xavier, who appeared to be the best instinctive psychologist Shomron had ever met: apparently without the […]

  47. […] that he’s actually Amahl Farouk, the Shadow King, the very first mutant who ever confronted Charles Xavier in the comics. In the show, we know that Xavier gave his son away precisely to hide him from […]

  48. […] help from others, such as the Asgardian warrior Balder. While battling the X-Men, Medusa ran into Professor X, who theorized she could be a mutant and offered to restore her memory with his telepathy: as […]

  49. […] wasn’t the only one who had found her, however: also Professor X, with Cerebro, had identified her as a mutant, and had sent his X-Men to retrieve her. Lorna was […]


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