We’ve known, for a while, that James “The Killer” McAvoy will be playing a younger “Chuck X” in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, but we’ve yet to hear the Scotsman talk about his take on the X-Men’s founder. Until now, at least. While talking to MTV recently, McAvoy discussed his plans to “bury Patrick Stewart’s performance.”
Relax. He was joking.
Speaking more seriously, the man once known as Mr. Tumnus did say that he wanted to try his own ideas for the character instead of just simply modeling his portrayal after the man also known Captain Picard. This is Xavier at a different point in his life, after all, and considering how drastically people can evolve (without even gaining mutant powers), he’s basically going to be a different character.
So spoke Mr. McAvoy…
"I think the fun about these films, when you go back and you either reboot or do a prequel, is you get to see how people became who they are… That means that you have to do them differently and by the end of the movie you have to do them the same way. The interesting journey is what happens to them, what changes them, what makes them evolve — not just mutate, but emotionally and psychologically evolve. I would suggest by the end of the movie and the start of the next movie, it'll be more like what Patrick does… Or maybe not. Maybe it will still be in a period of flux, if there is a new movie."
When this movie was first being discussed, I was honestly a little leery of seeing a movie where Xavier’s the main character. Is he an important part of the mythos? Absolutely. Is there a wealth of back-story that could be explored? Certainly. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find anybody who lists Prof. X as one of their favorite X-Men. Doing a movie about him is equivalent to doing a movie entirely about Alfred or Jor-El. == TEASER ==
That being said, considering how strangely this movie is shaping up, and how McAvoy's putting forth some ideas here that’ll make Xavier more interesting as a leading man, I’m definitely willing to give him a bigger benefit of the doubt.
He also brings up the possibility that FIRST CLASS might be the start of a series of its own. If you can fill ten seasons with stories about Superman before he’s Superman, do you figure we can have an entire trilogy about the X-Men before the X-Men are ever formed?