Last week, in my weekly “My Favorite Scene” column, I talked about my favorite scene from X-Men: First Class: The Point Between Rage and Serenity. It’s one of my favorite Xavier/Magneto scenes. Then I started to think how many iconic scenes there have been through the seven films that have contained Professor X and Magneto, and thought a top 5 list was in order.
It seemed almost impossible that suitable matches could be found to carry the torch for Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan after they made those characters theirs starting in the second scene in the first film. However, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have proven to be every bit their equal, and have had better, meatier parts of the Xavier/Magneto relationship to work with as they chart their friendship and the schism between them that would divide mutants. Quite frankly, you could make the whole list out of chess matches, but I tried to spread them out. Here are my five favorite (plus the scene I already wrote about, which you can see by clicking the link above).
Chess in a Plastic Prison, X-Men (2000)
The Breaking Point, X-Men: First Class (2011)
We Are the Future, X-Men (2000)
You Abandoned Me!, X-Men: DOFP (2014)
Gifts, The Wolverine (2013)