Professor X aka Professor Xavier born Charles Xavier, is part of the two ‘founding fathers’ in Marvel’s X-men Universe. The founder and leader of the X-Men he is gifted with an extraordinary level of telepathy allowing him to read and control minds. Created by the dynamic duo of Stand Lee and Jack Kirby, Xavier has been around since September 1963 with the release of the first X-Men issue number one. Gathering the first few members of the X-Men force, he is responsible for the training of notable mutants, including Scott Summers or Cyclops, Jean Grey, Ororo Munroe or Storm and Logan or Wolverine. He has been portrayed for literally decades in comics, animated series and live-action movies. In the original trilogy he was portrayed as an old man by renowned actor Sir Patrick Stewart, who has played the role in five films and counting. In the modern reboot and adaptation he is played as a younger man by the critically acclaimed actor, James McAvoy, in X-Men: First Class circa 2011 and X-Men: Days of Future Past circa 2014. Both actors are to continue in the role of two eras of Charles Xavier in the upcoming film X-Men: Apocalypse circa 2016. As a character he has highlighted disability in his being a paraplegic for the majority of his career in the X-Men. One of the most powerful mutant minds in the X-Men world he is also a “scientific genius and a leading authority on genetics, mutation, and psionic powers.” As depicted in the movies Charles opens the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, or less formally known as the Xavier Institute with the help of his adopted sister Raven Darkhölme aka Mystique, good friend Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto and colleague Henry Philip “Hank” McCoy aka Beast. It was meant to be a safe-haven where mutant children could learn to control their powers and to protect them from the outside world. As reports of mutants become more and more public, hostility towards them leads Mystique and several others to join Erik, now under the guise of Magneto to form a more radical group of mutants who are opposed to human integration. Revealed by creator Stan Lee years later in an interview, he based the Xavier character off of the non-violent Martin Luther King during our own history of civil rights protests and minority oppression.
As with any character that has been around as long as Charles Xavier, there will be multiple eras of costume to choose from. Below we have provided guides to both the classic and modern movie adaptations of the Professor X Costume.
Professor X Costume: The Basics
Professor X Costume: X-Men Evolutions
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