When X-Men: First Class, which set out to tell the tale of how Marvel’s Merry Mutants came together, premiered a few years back, fans of the X-films and the comic books were generally pleased with the result, with most people pointing to the relationship with Professor Xavier and Magneto carrying the movie. However, as comic book fans are sometimes wont to do, they became nit-picky about seemingly random changes in continuity with the previous films and comic books. Why was Cyclops’ brother Havok one of the first X-recruits and not Cyclops? Why was there no mention of Mystique growing up with Charles Xavier in the other X-Men movies? However, the biggest concern that viewers had was why wasn’t Charles Xavier bald? (You know, important, hard hitting stuff.) James McAvoy, who portrayed a younger Charles Xavier in both First Class and this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, spoke out recently about Professor X’s coiffure and sought to put fans’ follicle fears to rest.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, McAvoy addressed what little he was at liberty to say about 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the follow-up to Days of Future Past. The film, which will be set in the 1980s, will focus, presumably, on the X-villain En Sabah Nur, the long-lived mutant known as Apocalypse. Perhaps it’s the stress that comes with such increased stakes that will cause Xavier to finally lose his hair
I’ll be older in this one. [And] I think I’m losing my hair, finally. And yeah, that’s kind of all I know. I got an email from [the producer/writer] Simon Kinberg who informed me he was getting dead excited about stuff, but he didn’t want to divulge anything for a couple of weeks, so I don’t really know.
A bald McAvoy could contribute a good deal to Apocalypse, as odd as that might seem. For one, it could be a way to provide the necessary continuity to the other X-films and Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier that Fox, which produces the mutant movies, seems to want to do. Further, the filmmakers could, by proxy, glean some of Stewart’s gravitas and statesmanship as mutant leader and apply it to McAvoy, which might make him appear to be more comfortable in his role as mutant leader and activist.
We still have a bit of time before X-Men: Apocalypse’s release date of May 27, 2016. However, you can get your X-fix when X-Men: Days of Future Past hits stores next month on Blu-ray and DVD. In the meantime, be sure to check out James McAvoy in Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which premieres today.
Source: The Huffington Post