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Professor X was originally a cast member of Age of Ultron.
Last week, I discussed whether Age of Ultron’s ending (which revealed that Angela was now part of the Marvel Universe) was edited from an original ending involving Marvelman and that that change was the reason why Age of Ultron was so delayed (it was originally intended to be released before Avengers vs. X-Men but ended up coming out after it). It was not, but reader Tony F. wrote in to point out that the delay DID lead to a relatively notable change in the comic, a change that reader Chris C. had written in to me to suggest I feature a number of months ago (that number is three), which is that originally, Age of Ultron was going to feature Professor X but since it came out AFTER Professor X died in Avengers vs. X-Men, a change had to made and Emma Frost took Xavier’s place in the story.
However, the Professor still ended up in the background of one panel.
Rich Johnston posted the above panel at Bleeding Cool but more notably, showed that the original version of this scene…
was this one…
The interesting thing is that one of the twists in the Age of Ultron is the revelation that the comic is set “now” because Ultron went back in time to Avengers #12.1 to take over the Marvel Universe so what we’re seeing is the “now” that was created when he changed the timeline by going back in time to take over the world. So since Xavier was alive at the time of Avengers #12.1, he could have still been alive in the Age of Ultron timeline. However, showing him alive in issue #1 would reveal that that was the case, so obviously Marvel did not want to give that twist away (as the hook for some time was “The events of Age of Ultron are happening right now”) so even though he didn’t need to be removed from a continuity standpoint, he had to be removed for the story to work from a surprise standpoint.
Thanks to Tony and Chris for suggesting this and thanks to Rich Johnston for getting that great original panel featuring Professor X!
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