Things Charles Xavier really needed to hear for his own damn good
Not saving Jean would have meant killing her as a child, which would have been for Charles’ own good, but would seem to be the opposite of the implication here.
Well, the premise and handling of the Dark Phoenix arc in X-Men: The Last Stand feels extremely problematic to me, since it seems to imply that a woman entrusted with great power is liable to be intoxicated with it and inevitably go berserk, and so should be saved from herself by benevolent white male father/lover figures through well-meaning attempts to limit her agency. My passionate love for Charles Xavier aside, that trope deserves to be killed with fire. Since Jean is blessedly alive in the ending montage of Days of Future Past, I’m taking it as a sign that Charles learned from his mistakes with Raven and chose not to impose blocks on Jean’s telepathy for her own good. In fact, I’m crossing my fingers hard that we’ll some get adorable scenes of Charles bonding with bb!Jean in X-Men: Apocalypse.
I was your most helpless student and you unlocked my mind. You showed me what I was. You showed me what I could be. I don’t know how to do that for you. You’re right, I don’t. But I know someone who might.
L o o k i n t o m y m i n d.
This is such a GREAT scene. Charles is so angry and frustrated and uncertain and so damn reluctant to even try. And Logan’s face in that 3rd gif - look how patient and kind and open he is. That’s a HUGE thing coming from a man who is himself angry and reticent and bristly by nature. Logan bares his mind (and his soul) for Charles to help him find his peace, strengthening a bondalready built (with future!Charles) on trust and friendship and respect. Juxtapose this with the antagonism that exists in DOFP between Charles and Erik (and frankly for most of movie ‘verse) and you can maybe understand why this relationship is so precious and appreciated by Charles fans…
My shipping loyalties lie firmly with Charles/Erik, but yeah, this is a touching, well-acted scene and it always makes me happy to see another character offering Charles the concern and friendship that he unconditionally extends to anyone in need of help. And yeah, Logan would never have thought of himself before as the “patient and understanding type,” but he turned out to be just the friend Charles needed at that point.
I love his unfocused gaze, the intake breath, the way we can see his mind focusing on each bright individual as it crosses his internal field of vision, chasing it, unwilling to let it pass from view except that there’s another, and another, and another. The view is too marvelous for him to be reasonable about the time he spends looking.
“He lost everything. Erik, Raven, his legs. We built the school, the labs, this… this whole place, then just after the first semester the war in Vietnam got worse. Many of the teachers and all their students were drafted, I mean it broke him. He retreated into himself. I..I wanted to help, do something, so I designed a serum to treat his spine. You know, derived from the same formula that helps me control my mutation. I take just enough to keep myself balanced, but he takes too much. I tried easing him back, but he just couldn’t bear the pain, the voices. The treatment gives him his legs, but it’s not enough. He’s…he’s just lost too much.”