Professor Xavier – Not The Same

I am not sure what to say.  I just found out today, that they were using a new actor for Charles Xavier (instead of Patrick Stewart) in the new movie, “X-Men First Class”. I am not even sure what to think about that.  It kind of bothers me, to a large extent.  The original series (the very first X-Men comic ever made) had the character like it molded to fit Patrick Stewart. It was as if their original idea behind the character stemmed from him. Ever since then he has been the only actor that has ever played Charles, as well as the only one who ever did his voice acting (as far as I know).  He is a perfect fit, and it’s like he “IS” Professor X.

Overall, I am really upset about their decision.  I am not happy at all about changing the actor.  I have nothing against the guy who is playing him, but I am really not happy with Marvel’s decision.  I did some digging..I see a variety of people share the same opinion. I do not think he is going to be able to stand up to the pressure of the position he’s portraying.  I see him as a good actor, and it does not matter who took the place.  It’s the simple fact that Professor Xavier and Charles IS patrick Stewart.  To me, they might as well be one and the same.  It’s like replacing Wolverine with Chuck Norris.  He would do really good in the part, but….it’s just “Not” The guy who generally plays Wolverine. It isn’t “Wolverine”  It just doesn’t mesh well.

All I can do, is sit back and hope that they are making the correct decision.  I really have a bad feeling about the repercussions this is going to have in future movies. I hope they do not permanently take Patrick Steward out of all the newer movies. I would like to see the legend return in any (preferably every) movie that comes after this.  Watching this movie is going to feel like the character isn’t even Charles.  It’s going to feel like it’s not even really an X-Men movie.

To be honest, I believe this is another act of Disney, screwing up Marvel Comics.  I hate to say it…I like Disney…but they bought out something they had no right to buy out.  They don’t “know” comics.  I felt this was going to be a disastrous thing a long time ago when they bought it, now here I see them changing out actors, which most of the peoples opinions I have read were completely against this.

Below are some other related posts that I have found on this subject.

– Snarkerati
– Patrick Comments
– Patricks Thoughts

I was very upset when I found out that Disney was buying Marvel. This decision did not make me “like” them any more at the time, however over the last few years I have noticed that disney has done some amazing things with the movies, and Marvel in general. Overall I am pleased with the progress I have been seeing, with my favorite comic company.

Please note these are opinions only. If you have feedback/opinions, feel free to leave them in the comments.

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