Since Disney acquired the rights to mutants and related characters in early 2019, fans have been abuzz about when and how they’d make their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fox made 13 characters with the films over 20 years with New Mutants wrapping up their efforts in 2020. Now it’s Kevin Feige’s turn to bring the characters to the big screen. Despite initially teasing them at SDCC ’19, very little has come to light about their plans and while rumors continue to swirl that we’ll see some holdovers from the Fox films make an appearance at some point, James McAvoy, who played Charles Xavier during the 2010 era film, isn’t quite so sure that’s what Marvel Studios has in mind, as he explained in an interview with ComicBook.com.
They’re clever people. They’re so good at putting their stuff together. They’ll figure out where to do it, but that might not involve people who’ve done it before. It might be a complete reimagining. And as a fan, I’m down for that as well and I’d be excited to see what happens next. If what happens next involves us, then that could be cool, but I’m not sure what way they’re going to go with it, basically. But as a fan, I’m excited to see whatever way they go.
As the Comic Book points out, Hugh Jackman seems to have made peace with his time as Wolverine and put it behind him. A recent round of rumors have Professor X making an appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. If true, could it be McAvoy reprising the role, would he be interested in doing so or, like Jackman, is he ready to move on?
I’m all about doing good stuff, and when I got asked to play Charles the first time, it was good stuff. It was good writing, and I was excited. If people offer me good writing, I’m always going to be excited, but I do feel like I’ve had a good ending with Charles and I got to explore some really good stuff, particularly in the first two movies that I did for him as a character. So if my time is done, I’m happy with the time that I spent and the time that I was given and if good writing comes in and people want to do stuff with me, I’ll always be open to that, but it’s got to be good.
That certainly sounds like someone who is in no hurry to return to the role of Professor X. If McAvoy is out and Patrick Stewart, who in early 2020 implied he had met with Feige and turned down the opportunity to play Charles again, can be taken at his word, it seems an all-new, all-different actor would have to portray Charles in the Strange sequel, inline with McAvoy’s comments about the MCU’s mutants being a complete reimagining. Of course, it’s possible that one or both of McAvoy and Stewart aren’t being entirely truthful and we could see one of their domes in a hover chair next March.