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Every Live-Action Movie Starring Professor X, Ranked By IMDb

Since its beginnings in the 2000s x-menthe character of Professor X was a staple of the x-men films, appearing 11 times in the series and starring both Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy. This centrality in the franchise stems from his role as the founder and mentor of the X-Men in the comics.

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With Patrick Stewart appearing in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessalmost certainly as Professor X, how did IMDb feel about each of the movies the longtime character has (so far) appeared in?

X-Men: Dark Phoenix – 5.7

X-Men Dark Phoenix Professor X Charles Xavier James McAvoy

Critics and audiences were far from kind when it came to their feelings about 2019 dark phoenixthe last appearance of James McAvoy and the x-men the series’ second attempt at adapting the classic “Dark Phoenix” storyline from the comic books.


Released after Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox (and thus the first x-men film distributed by Disney), there was little interest in the film as it was clear that Marvel would be rebooting the franchise for the MCU. dark phoenix didn’t even open at number one.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine – 6.6

Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier in X-Men Origins Wolverine

With the first x-men the trilogy ends with The last StandFox sought to create spin-off origin movies featuring the most popular characters from that trilogy, and there was no better place to start than Wolverine, it seemed.

However, X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a disappointing mess for fans who had come to love Hugh Jackman’s performance. However, IMDb gave it a much better treatment than Rotten Tomatoes, and the movie made Wolverine a pretty good video game. It’s Patrick Stewart’s lowest-rated appearance, and he’s lucky he only got one appearance at the end.

The glutton – 6.7

patrick stewart professor x xharles xavier the wolverine 2013 post credits scene

This sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine also ensured follow-up X-Men: The last Stand, dealing with the psychological consequences of Wolverine killing Jean Grey. When a man he saved during the atomic bombing of Nagasaki contacts Wolverine to thank him, the hero is drawn into a new conflict.

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Like with OriginsPatrick Stewart’s Professor X only appears in this film as a cameo at the end, alongside Ian McKellen’s Magneto, setting up, MCU-style, the next film in the series, the 2014s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

X-Men: The Last Stand – 6.7

Professor X confronts the Phoenix in Jean's old house in X-Men: The Last Stand

The series’ first attempt at adapting the “Dark Phoenix” saga ended up being the low point of the original trilogy of x-men films after the financial and critical success of x-men and X2: X-Men United. The multiple storylines crammed into a single movie didn’t help either.

While it would be the franchise’s highest-grossing film until dead Pool broke his record in 2016, his success did not continue in subsequent films, resulting in a soft reboot with X-Men: First Class. While not IMDb’s least favorite, it’s clear how much more fans expected.

X-Men: Apocalypse – 6.9


The first one x-men movie in the rewritten timeline, X-Men: apocalypse was billed as an epic battle between the X-Men and one of history’s most powerful mutants, En Sabah Nur, known as the titular Apocalypse.

x-men: apocalypse disappointed compared to its predecessor, days of future past, and Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse failed to match Magneto as a villain. While Professor X’s fight on the astral plane with Apocalypse has its moments of interest, the film’s unnecessary backstory for his hair loss is absurd.

X2: X-Men United – 7.4

After the first x-men the film had a massive financial and cultural impact, the 2003 follow-up X2 met IMDb user expectations, coming closer to its predecessor in ratings and only being placed lower because it received fewer user ratings than the first film.

X2 raised the stakes of the first film by having Professor X and Magneto join forces to fight a common threat to the mutant genre in the form of William Stryker, a mutant-hating army colonel. Inspired by the scenario “God loves, man kills”, X2 everything was a sequel to x-men need to be.

x-men – 7.4

To avoid bankruptcy in the 1990s, Marvel sold its film rights. That’s how 20th Century Fox ended up acquiring the rights to, among other things, the X-Men, with their first release in 2000 being the start of Marvel’s hero bank at the box office.

Told from the perspective of Rogue and Wolverine, Professor X’s role as a mentor is established from the start, and his feud with Magneto over the smooth running of mutant-human relations is what drives the first film’s conflict.

Deadpool 2 – 7.7

Although Deadpool was part of the Fox X-Men deal, his disastrous first outing in X-Men Origins: Wolverine nearly killed his character’s cinematic future, until he was resurrected in the huge 2016 hit dead Pool.

In Deadpool 2, Deadpool ends up at the X-Mansion and breaks the fourth wall to point out that there are few connections between his movies and the main series, only for a brief reveal that new X-Men characters, including Professor X from James McAvoy, are in the other room. It probably wasn’t a big factor in Deadpool 2 become one of the most successful x-men movies, but who knows?

X-Men: First Class – 7.7

Native X-Men Origins: MagnetoMatthew Vaughn’s prequel film reinvigorated the X-Men franchise with First class introducing, in part, younger versions of Professor X, Magneto and Mystique, played by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence respectively.

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First class also switches genres, replacing regular superhero fare with a Cold War spy thriller about revenge and identity, while creating the fundamental rift between Professor X and Magneto. McAvoy more than earned his right to inherit the role with this performance.

X-Men: Days of Future Past – 7.9

Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy as Charles Xavier in X-Men Days of Future Past

Audiences, including IMDb users, loved this film, which combined both versions of the X-Men characters. Released in 2014, days of future past acted as something of a passing of the torch between the two generations, with McAvoy and Stewart even sharing a stage together as their respective versions of their characters.

You can almost see the basic form of the multiversal diversions of Spider-Man: No Coming Home and the time adventure of Avengers: Endgame in days of future past, as well as. This combination of worlds, while very successful, resembles Fox’s attempt to copy the success fueled by the 2012 crossover. The Avengers. It’s also disappointing that his rebooted timeline was only explored in the past, not the new present.

Logan – 8.1

Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Logan, 2017

Patrick Stewart’s Last Fox Appearance x-men the series was in the emotional whirlwind of 2017 Logan. Represent a timeline distinct from all others x-men movies, in which mutants were seemingly nearly wiped out, Logan is a dark superhero film, but also one of the best of its kind.

Any argument against LoganCheering is definitely an unpopular opinion of Wolverine. Much of the acclaim it received was due to the performances of Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, and their versions in this film are the most impressive of the entire series.

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