Darkish Phoenix doesn’t do a complete lot proper, to be trustworthy, however certainly one of its most attention-grabbing facets is the extra advanced portrayal of Professor X. There’ve been instances the place Charles Xavier has been depicted in a darker manner – the aged and harmful Patrick Stewart model from Logan springs to thoughts – however we typically consider him because the smart, morally-implacable chief of the X-Males. On this movie, although, he’s arguably acquired blood on his fingers.
As touched on in The Final Stand as properly however explored deeper right here, Darkish Phoenix reveals that Charles has been manipulating Jean Gray because the day she arrived at his college. Not solely did he not inform her that her father survived the automotive crash that killed her mom, however he additionally suppressed her reminiscence of the occasion. This got here out of a spot of affection, as he was making an attempt to spare her feeling of guilt and grief, however the discovery of the reality is what pushes Jean to lose management as soon as she’s possessed by the Phoenix Drive – ensuing within the loss of life of Mystique.
Xavier himself, James McAvoy, actually feels that his character’s accountable. Whereas chatting with CBR concerning the Prof’s complexity, the actor defined that he feels Charles’ vainness and want to repair the mutants in his care is his deadly flaw.
“I’ve been fortunate! I feel notably in Days of Future Previous and this one, he’s been actually advanced. He was broken in Days of Future Previous and needed to heal himself, or let different individuals assist him heal, and on this one, he’s not broken however he’s damaging — from a superb place. He’s nonetheless hurting individuals, , as a result of he’s acquired this vainness and this god advanced the place he thinks he can repair all people. This mantra he has, that there’s good inside everybody, that’s a gorgeous factor, however I feel it’s taken to the purpose the place he feels he has to win that. He has to show that to show that he’s proper, and that’s not essentially the identical factor as doing what’s proper for the particular person in entrance of you.”
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Darkish Phoenix additionally means that Charles is at fault for pushing the X-Males to danger their lives as superheroes simply to additional his private desires of making a extra mutant-tolerant society. In actual fact, it’s him who encourages Jean to do extra within the workforce’s area mission that causes her to turn out to be contaminated with the Phoenix entity.
McAvoy touched on this concern as properly with CBR, saying:
“He’s additionally acquired this fatherly factor the place he believes his youngsters are able to a lot extra and he’s acquired limitless potential for all of them. And that’s nice! That sounds optimistic, however the place does that cross over into pushing your child too far? Not that she’s a child, however she’s type of like his daughter. He pushes her manner too far and she or he suffers horribly due to it.”
It’s an actual disgrace the remainder of Darkish Phoenix isn’t as wealthy as its depiction of Professor X. Not solely has it earned the sequence’ lowest Rotten Tomatoes rating, however it additionally opened to the weakest field workplace gross of the franchise. Ouch!