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Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen Reportedly Being Sidelined By MCU For X-Men, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender Will Take Over as Professor X and Magneto

Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen Reportedly Being Sidelined By MCU For X-Men, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender Will Take Over as Professor X and Magneto

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will eventually feature its own X-Men characters, distinct from those in the Fox X-Men universe. Many assumed the X-Men will enter the MCU through WandaVision or Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness, although this remains to be seen.

Professor X and Magneto in X-Men movies
Professor X and Magneto

What we do know is that the MCU would not exist without the first X-Men film, as well as its sequels and prequels. Of course, these films were met with various degrees of enthusiasm. Many consider Logan to be the finest film in the X-Men world, whereas others such as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: The Last Stand, Dark Pheonix, and The New Mutants fell short.

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James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender to return in the MCU for X-Men

Avengers: Secret Wars is shaping up to be a multiverse epic on par with Avengers Endgame. According to fresh speculations, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender will reprise their X-Men roles as Magneto and Professor X in the MCU. 

Following Fox’s merger with Disney, Marvel Studios acquired the rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool. Fans were thrilled when Sir Patrick Stewart appeared in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as a variety of Professor X from Earth-838, and it now appears that he won’t be seen again as the 82-year-Charles old’s Xavier was killed off yet again in Doctor Strange 2.

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender
James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender

Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, has been rather tight-lipped about the studio’s plans for the X-Men. The X-MCU Men’s debut, on the other hand, is absolutely in the works and has been confirmed to happen sometime in the near future. Indeed, there have been some indicators that the reintroduction is already beginning with the introductions of Mutants in the MCU like Ms. Marvel and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

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Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen won’t be leading the X-Men in the MCU

It should be noted that, while the MCU has successfully taken several Marvel products to the big screen, it has never had to rely on earlier Sony or 20th Century Fox editions. For example, Spider-Man: No Way Home included prior iterations of Peter Parker without overshadowing Tom Holland’s starring performance. 

However, giving Patrick Stewart’s Professor X an MCU premiere may eventually stifle the franchise’s growth. Stewart has portrayed the same Marvel superhero since 2000, making him the longest-running actor to do so.


Another potential stumbling block here is the age gap between Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and the one who may be presented in a future X-Men MCU relaunch. Patrick Stewart, 82, and Ian McKellen, 83, will most certainly be significantly older than whoever portrays the future Charles Xavier, and while multiverse age differences are not a new notion, the initial X-Men appearances in the MCU will most likely be at the start of their tales.

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Even with the Multiverse’s do-over possibility, as amazing as it will be to see Patrick Stewart as Professor X and Ian McKellen as Magneto on-screen again, the consistency issues it generates are worrying. As the MCU will be planning to establish the X-Men for a long period of time.

However, there is a possibility that we might get all the four actors to reprise their roles as their respective characters in the upcoming Marvel film, Avengers: Secret Wars. Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Secret Wars will arrive in theaters on May 1, 2026.

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