Those who've been paying close attention to the X-Men franchise, post-First Class, might've noticed a glaring aesthetic difference between James McAvoy's Professor Charles Xavier and the comic book version of the same character: more specifically, his bald head (or lack thereof).
In the comics, the psychic paraplegic loses his locks by the end of high school; a side-effect of having his powers. However, the movies clearly take place in a slightly altered timeline, with a young Charles still sporting a hefty head of hair in Days of Future Past below:
Say goodbye to that scruffy '70s-era mop, because McAvoy has just gone full on cueball, transforming himself into the Professor X we all know and love, and I have the pictorial evidence to prove it.
I present to you the first ever image of...
The New / Old Bald-Headed Professor X!
The Scottish actor pulls the streamlined look off surprisingly well! I wonder if he knew just how smooth his naked head was before busting out the razor...
The picture was posted on Instagram by director Bryan Singer, who wrote:
#Xavier reborn (in process)
I loved getting to see more of Xavier's origin story in the last two movies, especially witnessing that fateful moment when a bullet to the back tragically left him paralyzed. But the question has to be asked:
Why Shave Now?
With Apocalypse not due out for at least another year, we're left to speculate as to what this can possibly mean for the little-known narrative.
As mentioned previously, Charles lost his hair in high school because of his powers in the comics, which begs the question: In this timeline, what happens to cause the mutant paraplegic to go bald?
Could it have something to do with the serum he was self-administering in Days of Future Past, which he used to sacrifice his powers in order to temporarily walk? Perhaps alopecia was an unintended side-effect, or maybe the Professor simply decided hairlessness better reflected his now wiser, older self and did it himself.
In any case, Xavier is now one step closer to reaching his final, and most badass form of...
If only becoming P-Stew was a destiny all of us were marching toward...
X-Men: Apocalypse stars returning cast members McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Lucas Till, and Nicholas Hoult, as well as franchise newcomer Oscar Isaac.
It hits theaters on May 27, 2016.