For the better half of his acting career, James McAvoy had been crushing the big screen with his portrayal of one Charles Xavier in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men series. Playing the role of Professor X has been a big highlight in his life as well as his career, which in turn made him iconic in the role to a point where the character and the actor are inseparable from each other. But alas, the film series had to end at some point in time, which also meant the end of the actor’s era of playing the famous Mutant mentor.
But there was still hope at the end of the tunnel, which also happened to be named Marvel Studios. In 2019, Disney acquired 20th Century Fox studios along with its subsidiaries, which finally brought the rights of X-Men back to Marvel. This meant that the long-elusive film franchise might finally make an epic crossover in the MCU where it belonged. But it seems like Marvel Studios might have someone else planned to take the name of Professor X this time.
James McAvoy Might Not Be Professor X Of The MCU!
James McAvoy had been the top pick for many X-Men fans to reprise his role as the premier mentor of the Mutants in the Marvel Studios’ revival of the X-Men Franchise. His iconic role as Charles Xavier was almost as great, some might say even better, than what Patrick Stewart was able to accomplish with his reign as the older, wiser version of Professor X. Thus, many were hoping to see him back in the action in the MCU.
But as is with any revival project of a previous series, there are some prior plans that are thought of, which are to be implemented in the upcoming project. So naturally, Marvel Studios have plans on what they want to do with the franchise, and what things they want and don’t want with this endeavor. McAvoy talks about how he has not been contacted by the cinematic juggernaut to reprise one of his most iconic roles. He said:
“I’ve definitely not got the call. And if I did I would definitely not be telling you.”
This might be a downer for a lot of folks who have been expecting some kind of good news from the actor, but remember that stars have to keep details about the projects under wraps as part of the embargo.
The X-Men’s Return!
The inclusion of the Mutants from the world of X-Men in the MCU has been confirmed by Marvel Studios’ CEO Kevin Fiege with the introduction of the mercenary with a motor mouth Deadpool’s appearance in the upcoming Deadpool 3, which also brings back the legendary Hugh Jackman as his most iconic role of the Wolverine. With this, it’s just a matter of time before the whole of the members of the X-Men franchise makes an appearance, possibly in later films of the MCU.
Deadpool 3, in cinemas on 8th November 2024