Within the X-Men universe, Professor X is the antithesis of Deadpool. He's stable, reliable, stoic, sensible — none of the attributes you'd use to describe Wade Wilson's tempestuous psyche. In a mutant world full of turmoil and hard to tame superpowers, Xavier is the reassuring core at its center. Deadpool, on the other hand, is incessantly playful, and happily acts on impulse.
For that reason alone, the unlikely duo sharing a screen would, in some weird way, balance the universe. The only problem is, Patrick Stewart has already announced that Logan is his final mind-reading excursion in the role, so we can forget about this becoming a possibility in live-action. Right? Wrong.
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Patrick Stewart Wants Professor X To Appear In A 'Deadpool' Movie
In an interview with MTV, acting legend #PatrickStewart mischievously planted the seed of hope by explaining that the one condition he'd consider returning to the X-Verse — by joining forces with #RyanReynolds's #Deadpool. In response to a question on whether Logan really is the end, he said:
"I would have said yes, but the discussion just now about Deadpool makes me think, well, maybe there is a proper justification for the revival of Charles Xavier."
Although Xavier's inclusion would no doubt confuse the hell out of Wade "McAvoy or Stewart? These timelines can get so confusing" Wilson, there's something about the meeting of the pair that feels so wrong it's undoubtedly right. The timelines would fit; events in #Logan take place in 2029, while the Deadpool series is set in the present, so any cameo (or full-blooded) appearance will take place some 12 years or so before Wolverine's adieu.
Realistically, Professor X's entrance into the lurid world of Wade Wilson will be too late for #Deadpool2, but that doesn't mean it will never happen. It's already been confirmed that Deadpool 3 is in the works, and Stewart is clearly interested — these comments add to his affirmative response when asked whether he'd star with Deadpool during a live Q&A, to which he said: "I'd love to. Set it up."
It's unlikely that Professor X would have a big role, but almost any scenario could make for hilarious viewing, if not because of the huge contrast in character mentioned above. Here are some highly inspired suggestions (just in case you're reading, Fox):
Deadpool turns up at the X-Mansion, again looking for Colossus or Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Again, Wade makes a fourth wall breaking quip about how Fox still can't afford any more X-Men. Then, on the way out of the driveway, he bumps into Professor X. "Holy SHIT! James McAvoy, you've aged!" he exclaims, as Stewart's aged Xavier wryly responds with "you should really watch your language."
The X-Men Timeline Explanation
Deadpool goes to meet Weasel at Sister Maragaret's bar. He notices a familiar face in the corner of the room, sullenly embracing a beer. Deadpool approaches the man, to discover it's none other than Patrick Stewart. Yes, Stewart cameos as himself in Wade's world, where within that meta world, Stewart is a famous actor who portrays Professor X.
Deadpool is fully aware of this, and wants to make the most of the situation. He asks Stewart to explain the X-Men timeline, and he eagerly agrees, spending the next hour or so explaining the timeline to Wade, who struggles to understand the concept. Stewart then hands a signed photograph of himself to Deadpool, before walking off into the distance.
The Mind Reading Fourth Wall Break
Stewart appears as Professor X to give some paternal guidance to Deadpool. Upon learning of Xavier's psychic ability, he encourages him to read his mind. This leads to a bizarre conundrum — Professor X reads Deadpool's mind, and unleashes his own ability to break the fourth wall.
Xavier stares, dumbfounded, directly at the camera, peering out to the audience. Deadpool quickly brushes it under the carpet with a quick joke, but Xavier remains perplexed and, possibly, suffering an existential crisis.
Do you want to see Professor X appear alongside Deadpool? Do you have any of your own idea scenarios?