New ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Set Photo: James McAvoy as 1970s Charles Xavier

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Director Bryan Singer continues his one-man social media campaign for X-Men: Days of Future Past with yet another teaser photo of a cast member on set. Given that this new X-Men movie will jump between a dystopian (future? Present?) populated with characters from the original X-Men Trilogy and a ’70s era populated with the characters of  X-Men: First Class, there have been quite a few casting photos for Singer to share.

We previously saw Patrick Stewart as (old) Proffessor Xavier on the DoFP set - looking quite badass in dystopian gear – but his younger Charles Xavier counterpart played by James McAvoy has remained unseen… until now. Scroll down to see McAvoy really playing up the style of the 1970s.

Back when First Class director Matthew Vaughn was still attached to this project – and before the focus shifted to the massive cast and mixed continuities - it was suggested by cast and crew that Charles Xavier’s transformation into Prof. X might be a major focus of this next film. After all, First Class ended with Charles suffering his infamous spinal wound that would leave him confined to a wheelchair; the filmmakers’ thinking was that Charles’ hard adjustment to his new state of existence (powerful brain, crippled body, etc.) would be a way to showcase how the brash and confident young man painfully transitioned into the more zen-like and serene “Prof. X” that Patrick Stewart portrayed.

Well, Singer’s latest teaser (humorously captioned with the hastag “Serpico”) certainly suggests that Charles hasn’t exactly had an easy transition in the eleven years since he was crippled:


James McAvoy as Professor Xavier on set of X Men Days of Future Past 570x760 New X Men: Days of Future Past Set Photo: James McAvoy as 1970s Charles Xavier

Am I the only one who is getting a Lieutenant Dan (from Forrest Gump) vibe from this pic? But I digress.

It certainly seems as though old Charlie has upgraded his wheelchair – though we already knew that from one of the earlier pics that Singer sent out, which featured this iconic tease (McAvoy’s chair being the one on the left):

X Men Days of Future Past Professor X Wheelchairs 570x336 New X Men: Days of Future Past Set Photo: James McAvoy as 1970s Charles Xavier

It has been hinted that the majority of DoFP will take place in the 1970s - in fact, a betting man might wager that, with the exception of a few characters capable of time-hopping - like Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) – the majority of the Original Trilogy characters will only appear in brief cameo or sporadic intervals (cutbacks between past and future, that sort of thing…).

That’s all to say: It would be nice if we still got a solid dramatic arc from McAvoy’s Xavier while in the midst of  the sci-fi madness. It’s an interesting point in the character’s life to explore, and rest assured, McAvoy can deliver proper drama. It’s already enough of a shame that old and young Prof. X will never meet onscreen

Check out pics of these other Days of Future Past characters if you haven’t seen them:


X-Men: Days of Future Past will be in theaters on July 18, 2014.

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  1. Very interested to see how Singer is going to pull this movie off.

    • I’ll bet a lot of hype.

  2. well, he aint going bald yet!

  3. Many average moviegoers are going to be confused after this, I just got that feeling. I promise you the most “What the f*** happened there?” looks since Cloud Atlas.

      • I guess you obviously didn’t pay much attention to X-Men and X2 movies.

  4. What’s next? A bald Beast?


    • He is…he’s dating your girlfriend!

  6. why do I suddenly have the feeling that this is the young Charles from another 70′s reality?u

    I mean, an alternate reality from the FC one. Maybe just maybe we see more than one alternate reality, and not just about the future. Just a thought

  7. I’m probably in the minority, but I liked First Class WAY more than the the Singer films. I’m not really excited for this.

    • Not the minority. That DOES seem to be the consensus.

    • I’ve always believed that Singer is weak when it comes to action scenes. Even X-men2 the best of the trilogy didn’t have that much of any action sequences in it,and we saw how Superman returns turned out.

      • X-1 and 2 did not have the greatest action sequences and as time has gone on Singer has never seemed to get a handle on directing special effects and fight sequences. As much as he might want to be involved in these types of films he just may not have the style for it.

      • I think you´ve missed the scene where Nightcrawler invades the White House. Or Wolverine vs. Deathstrike.

      • yes, because Nightcrawler intro scene is the worst of the trilogy, right? Lol

        Tell me one fight on the non Bryan Singer films that was better than that

    • Yes, but what’s funny is that only sparse character continuity happened from the first three X-Men movies and ‘First Class. No Angel, Iceman, Cyclops, or Gene. Departing with the source material so radically leaves a giant hole in character development. DOFP is saddled with not only telling a story and fixing continuity errors but filling the audience in and getting them to care more about the characters. Sure the fans want Cyclops, Gene, and the professor back but the average movie attendee? How are they going to care? The way they’ve put the past films together weakens the drama and interest that one could feel for the characters. They become flat cardboard characters.

      • Who is this Gene your are talking about? You mean Gene the cow from Fringe? :P
        Just kidding, I know you mean Jean.

  8. So, how exactly was he able to walk in X-Men Origins?

      • What movie? (Just go with it…)

    • That “movie” isn´t official canon. That´s how.

    • Because that was just a mental projection, he wasn’t really there. Xavier just made everyone think they saw him… At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

  9. Haha Lieutenant Dan. Definitely!

  10. You Got Magic Legs!

  11. Lieutenant Dan!!!

  12. Hello this is awesome

  13. Where the heck is Cyclops??!!

  14. bryan singer is a terrible director

    • Yeah, because The Usual Suspects was soooooo bad.

      • And Apt Pupil was even worse. (<- sarcasm)

  15. I dig the pic. I feel a bit better if the original cast is limited to cameos. This needs to be a First Class sequel first and foremost. However I’m extremely worried with the bloated cast.

  16. I can’t wait for him to test out his sea legs.

  17. It looks like Charles is ready to “get down” with Lilandra, Lieutenent Dan-style! There’s gonna be some STARJAMMIN’ at the x-mansion tonight! I’m hearing Dazzler on the radio, and Forge takin’ Wolvie on a spirit journey. Boogie down!

  18. *fart noise*