X-Men star James McAvoy doesn’t rule out a future return as Professor X, but is also willing to leave the role to another actor.
X-Men Star James McAvoy is fine not to play the role of Professor X anymore, but he won’t rule out the possibility that he will return one day. McAvoy joined the cast of the X-Men franchise in 2011 X-Men: First class, plays a younger version of Charles Xavier, a role made famous by Patrick Stewart in previous films. McAvoy would repeat his role in 2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past, 2016 X-Men Apocalypse, and 2019 Dark phoenix, as well as a non-speaking cameo in Deadpool 2.
In 2017 Disney acquired 20th Century Fox and with it the film rights to the X-Men. It became clear that the characters would join the MCU, reinvented from the characters in 20th Century Fox’s 20-year franchise. With many Phase 4 projects setting up the Multiverse and with actors from the previous Spider-Man films taking their roles in Spider-Man: No way home, many suspected fan favorite versions of the previous X-Men could appear in the MCU. The top picks for many include Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, both Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender as Magneto, and Patrick Stewart or James McAvoy as Professor X.
McAvoy appears to be done with the X-Men franchise, however, and it’s perfectly fine to move the role to another actor. In an interview with Collider, McAvoy said that while he wanted to explore more with Charles Xavier, he thinks he has had a good run with it. However, he does not rule out a return and leaves the door open that maybe one day he could return. McAvoy said:
“I feel like yes. I feel like I have to explore, not all of the things I wanted to explore because there are certainly always more, but I have a lot of Professor X to explore and I’m pretty happy with what I am put out by him as a performer. It’s not to say that you never wanna come back, you never wanna come back, and you never wanna do it again and all that stuff. You never say never like I think James Bond once said. But I do don’t chew on it. I won’t be gutted and desperately sad if it never happens again. “
As of this writing, Marvel Studios has not made an official announcement about an X-Men-related film or television series. Kevin Feige has pointed out mutants coming to the MCU at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, but no news has been announced since then. Much like Spider-Man and the Hulk, Marvel Studios will likely want to restart the franchise with an entirely new cast to differentiate their recording from the version that audiences already know. Given the criticism and box office disappointment from X-Men: Apocalypse, Dark phoenix, and New mutants, It’s likely they don’t want any major ties to the 20th Century Fox films, other than Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool, which is getting a third film in the MCU.
not how Hulk Star Eric Bana, McAvoy hasn’t ruled out his return to the X-Men franchise. Yet after nine years as Professor X, it’s understandable that the actor would not want to be tied to the franchise for a while and have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of roles in different genres. The future of X-Men remains uncertain, and with a multiverse now available to Marvel, a door is always open to McAvoy to return to the role of Professor X in a later project if he and Marvel so wish.
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