James McAvoy Gives Disappointing Update on Professor X MCU Return

By Russ Milheim Updated:
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Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is just around the corner, and with will come a variety of cameos—at least, according to rumors. One of those appearances will be Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, who can be heard in the most recent trailer. As exciting as Stewart’s return will be, what about the other famous live-action Xavier played by James McAvoy?

McAvoy made his first appearance in X-Men: First Class all the way back in 2011. He went on to feature in a total of four different films, not including his brief cameo in Deadpool 2.

So with the likes of Patrick Stewart coming back, could fans see another version of Professor X show up somewhere in this Multiversal madness? Well, according to McAvoy himself, audiences probably shouldn’t get their hopes up.

James McAvoy's Professor X Will Never be an Avenger

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During an Instagram Live broadcast, former Professor X actor James McAvoy answered some fan questions.

A fan asked McAvoy if he missed playing Charles Xavier, to which the actor responded: “No, I don’t think so.”

When inquired about if he was going to make an appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, McAvoy gave an even blunter response: “No.”

The actor could always return as a brief cameo from the multiverse, maybe Avengers: Kang Dynasty or Avengers: Secret Wars? But for now, it does not seem like James McAvoy is eager to take on the role of Professor X in the MCU, making his character appearing alongside other Avengers like Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange very unlikely.

Giancarlo Esposito, who notoriously played Gus Fring in Breaking Bad, has indicated that he has had meetings to play Professor X in the MCU.

James McAvoy does not want to be the MCU's Professor X

Patrick Stewart is great, of course, but it would have been equally as awesome to have James McAvoy back. As flawed as most of the X-Men films were, McAvoy’s Professor X was easily one of their best elements.

The chemistry and rivalry between McAvoy's Xavier and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto were always the stars of the show. Having that leak over into the MCU, even if only briefly, would be enough to make many fans lose their collective minds.

Actors denying their roles in unreleased projects is nothing new. So this denial only means so much. However, given the actor’s delivery and directness, the odds don’t seem great.

If McAvoy actually missed playing the character, maybe the chances would be higher. Audiences can probably blame his disinterest on the former folks at Fox who consistently mishandled the X-Men projects (such as the financial flop of Dark Phoenix), something likely responsible for turning more than a few people off from superhero projects.

- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.