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X-Men: First Class Character Profile: Professor X

A look at Professor X & what the movie will have to do to focus on the (arguably) most important character.

While X-Men: First Class features a large ensemble cast, at it's core, it's all about one man: Charles Xavier. It serves as a flashback to a simpler time, where Xavier's dream was still in its infancy and mutantkind hadn't experienced the horrors that they were destined to conquer. Charles and the man who would become Magneto were still close friends and colleagues, and the world wasn't as skeptical about the mutant "threat."

But questions remain: what will Professor X's role in the move be, and can James McAvoy do justice to the role Patrick Stewart pioneered?

== TEASER ==

Professor Xavier will be one of the main focuses of X-Men: First Class, which is to be assumed. I mean, the film is about the team he started, so why wouldn't he be?

However, what I want to see out of Charles is something we don't often see in the comics: his humanity. I want to see an insecure Charles. I want to see a contemplative Charles. I want this flashback movie to actually do its job and give us a picture of a man who hasn't figured out everything that makes him an extraordinary person in the present day.

And of course, I want him to have a dynamic with Michael Fassbender's Magneto. I want to see the friendship that's always touched on in the comics. I want to see them have a plan for the way mutantkind should go, and a divergence that will ultimately drive them apart. I really don't want to see bickering from start to finish: they were friends at one point - give us a realistic portrayal of that.

Not relevant to the movie, but damn, Charles looks boss smoking a pipe.

I'm also interested to see how he'll interact with his students. The Professor X we know has had decades of experience dealing with teenagers and their bull; however, in First Class, we will hopefully not only have a vulnerability within himself, but a one with the people around him.

If Charles can't be a competent leader in the field while dealing with the insecurities of his students, how can be expected to become a great mutant leader in the future?

I'm also quite curious to see how he interacts with Moira MacTaggert, romantically. Both characters eventually become key figures in mutantkind, so I'm almost as curious to Moira in the past as I am Charles. While Chuck is a little old to be dealing with teen angst within himself, it'll be interesting to see how he handles love, raising students, his best friend betraying him and the implied military problems the cast is to face.

X-Men: First Class will fail if they don't make the film focus on Charles as a person, instead of his usual role as a figure of authority. This is their chance to humanize Xavier (forgive the pun) and develop him as someone we, the audience, can really sympathize with.

If they can do that, the team behind X-Men: First Class will succeed at adding something crucial to the X-Men universe as a whole: the ability to look at people who have extraordinary powers and bring them down to a level that's common with us, the viewer. I'll be looking forward to see if they can pull it off.

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Matt Demers is a Toronto columnist and is a staff writer for ComicVine. You can follow him on Twitter or Tumblr; send him messages! He loves it!

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Posted by KRYPTON

Best Character Profile yet

Posted by Eyz

Xavier looks badass in that comic panel! XD

Posted by Osiris1428

Also, will they show how he wound up in the wheel chair, and will it be a result of the divergence in philosophies between Professor X and Magneto.

Posted by SC

Charles No!!!!!!! 
 
Get outta my head Charles! 

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Posted by Osiris1428
@SC said:
Charles No!!!!!!!  Get outta my head Charles! 
Charles, nooooo...! What is this &(*&^@?? You got me trippin' on acid!!
Edited by SC
@Osiris1428 said:

@SC said:

Charles No!!!!!!!  Get outta my head Charles! 
Charles, nooooo...! What is this &(*&^@?? You got me trippin' on acid!!
 
Where are my pants, and why are all these people staring at me. Charles Nooooo! WTF Charles! Get out of my head!!!!!!!!! 
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Posted by Doctor!!!!!

Loose your Hair already Charles! You can't have better hair than me!

Posted by Out_of_Space

Professor X has a lot better character profile than the other  characters.

Posted by kitsuneconundrum

i just want to watch the movie to find out what cripples him and makes him go bald.

Posted by jubilee042

he is going to be awesome and i want to ask the british that how was the film because it was supposed to be released in the uk on june 1 so if u haven't watched it watch it and if you have how was it .......................................................................................................fingers crossed everyone

Posted by Out_of_Space

Nice !
Posted by The Impersonator

The Man Behind the Curtain.

Posted by Osiris1428
@SC said:
@Osiris1428 said:

@SC said:

Charles No!!!!!!!  Get outta my head Charles! 
Charles, nooooo...! What is this &(*&^@?? You got me trippin' on acid!!
 
Where are my pants, and why are all these people staring at me. Charles Nooooo! WTF Charles! Get out of my head!!!!!!!!! 
WTF, CHARLES?!?!?!? LMBO!!!!!!!
Posted by Mbecks14
Despite all the over promotion and some ugly ugly posters (amongst good ones) my extreme reservations towards this movie have been quelled by the overwhelmingly positive reviews from early critics. I will actually watch this movie now.  
I'm probably more interested in this movies than the last 3, probably because Wolverine ISN"T in it. 
 
@kitsuneconundrum
said:
i just want to watch the movie to find out what cripples him and makes him go bald.
oh wow.
Posted by Pabba

Smoke that pipe, Charles!

Posted by jcbart

Saw it this afternoon, by far the best X-Men film. By far. I loved it, the direction was brilliant, Matthew Vaughn has my full respect now. I have some small issues (centred around Emma Frost, though nothing major and things that can be worked on/rectified in the sequel).  
Spoilerish: 
 
You do indeed see how Charles ends up in his wheelchair, I won't spoil it however. 
Also, just for note, there is no scene after the credits. I sat through them all for nothing :/

Posted by Icon

I love that First Class poster

Posted by craigbo180

Charles is a boss.

Posted by SilverZeo

Hope this movie brings him back to the mainstream universe...

Posted by sa5m

I hope he can do well

Posted by miki

great charakter profle!

Posted by umbrafeline

maybe in the sequel we can see him going bald?