Xavier and Magneto Lovers? James McAvoy Explains



It’s safe to say the majority of us were pleasantly surprised with the recently revealed X-Men: First Class trailer; the Matthew Vaughn directed prequel to Bryan Singers X-Men films. Mutants. Cuban Missile Crisis. Planes. Xavier with hair. An oh so sexy Emma Frost and a bunch of other snappy cuts tuned to a foreboding score. It was a satisfying trailer indeed. Now, as we know, this prequel establishes the formation of the X-Men (one not canon to comics, but that’s a whole other argument) and it starts with the friendship of Charles Xavier (bald leader of the X-Men) and Magneto (master of magnetism. evil dude). What the trailer didn’t show us, was the homo erotic undertones of their partnership. Xavier and Magneto gay lovers? “Before he was Professor Xavier, he was Charles. Before he was Magneto, he was Erik………..X-Men: First Ass”.

Well, honestly, their not gay, but James McAvoy is certainly playing up a whole “two friends falling in love” bit. In a new interview with La Times’ Hero Complex, McAvoy discusses his character Charles Xavier, working with Mathew Vaughn and Michael Fassbender (Magneto).

McAvoy address the bromance between Xavier and Erik Lensherr (Magneto):

It’s kind of a love story, like “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” which, really, was a love story between two men. This is the first time in their lives they’ve met someone who is an equal of sorts, someone who understands them and can connect and push them too. Especially Charles, he’s fascinated with Erik and his potential. For Erik, Charles is the first person he’s trusted to really tell about his past and the first person to understand the horrible things he’s been through.

If Professor X utters the words “I just can’t quit you”, I will walk out and never see another comic book movie again! Moving on, McAvoy goes on to talk about his character and his relationship to Raven(Jennifer Lawrence), who will of course become the shape shifting Mystique.


Charles is caught up in himself. He enjoys success and is proud, and he’s not the selfless person that he becomes. You look at the relationship with Raven – who becomes Mystique – and you examine that relationship and the way he treats her like a living experiment. She’s an assistant to him and he cares for her, but there’s his ego and condescending big-brother attitude as well. You see it in the way he treats the others. In the “later” movies, he’s exorcised that from his personality. For me, trying to keep that ego as an underpinning of the character is important.”

Geoff Boucher (producer) then asks McAvoy what he thinks of Mathew Vaughn’s earlier comments about Hollywood wringing the life out of the super hero movie. Mentions the Dark Knight.

“All fashions go around. At some point, the audience taste and stamina might be less, and then you see the cycle of fashion and it goes away for a while. I look at the Christian Bale movies, the Batman films, and that shows you that superhero movies don’t just have to be about men in tights. I think ‘The Dark Knight’ was really quite interesting, and if you can make movies that are that interesting, it sort of goes beyond fashion. You just try to be as good as you can and try not to get fired. Seriously, that’s a real threat with these superhero movies. People get fired all the time, and I don’t want to lose my job.”

OK, one more gay joke. Now we know why Xavier becomes bald…It’s from years and years of his head slamming up against Magneto’s head board.

Gay or not, X-Men: Fist Class has got a solid cast, good director and the trailer is pretty snappy. I think FOX may redeem themselves with this one.. maybe.

source : Hero Complex



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