James McAvoy addresses whether he’d return to play Professor X in the MCU

By Stephen Ippolito | September 27th, 2021

Since Disney purchased 20th Century Fox in 2019, it’s been widely known that Marvel Studios is planning on rebooting the X-Men franchise. However, with the Multiverse now in play in the MCU, it’s also entirely possible that actors from the previous franchise could crossover.

During an interview with ComicBook.com, actor James McAvoy, who played Charles Xavier in four X-Men films, was asked whether he’d be open to reprising the role in the MCU.

“I’m all about doing good stuff, and when I got asked to play Charles the first time, it was good stuff,” McAvoy says. “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.”

It seems like McAvoy wouldn’t be that upset if he didn’t ever play the X-Men leader again.

Personally, I don’t think his return is in the cards for the studio anyway. If they were to bring a previous Xavier actor back, It would more likely be Patrick Stewart. In fact, earlier this year, Stewart revealed that he’d actually passed up an opportunity to reprise the role.

Later on in the interview, McAvoy talked about Marvel Studios’ past work and discussed how he’s excited to see how they will reboot the franchise.

“They’re clever people,” he says, referring to Feige and his team at Marvel Studios. “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.”

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