Like, things just have not been going great for Charles.
After the only two people he ever loved basically hightail it out of his life without a second word, he still tries to make his school work after years of arduous work, and then that fails.
And when Hank is trying to be nice to make the struggle a little less for Charles, Charles basically drug spirals into adopting “fuck it” as a personal motto.
The one thing he thought he could count on was grounding himself in hatred of Erik, and then Time Travel McGee over here comes and tells him that lol no you’re back with Erik again. And because a tiny part of him always wanted to take Erik despite what he’s (believed to have) done, I can’t see that last frame as anything other than Charles thinking “ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffuuuuuuuuu—-“
Where’s the AU of XMFC as the cliche high school sports movie?
Charles is the new biology teacher that all the girls have crushes on, and Erik is the grumpy English teacher who, well, also has a crush on Charles. When the old math teacher retires unexpectedly and leaves the school without a [insert sport] coach, no one expects Charles to volunteer for the job. Coaching these students, some of whom come from tough backgrounds, is more difficult than Charles was expecting. But thanks to hard work, good times, and his blossoming friendship with Erik, Charles leads the team to their first regional playoffs in five years. They win the big game, and Charles gets the girl big kiss from Erik he’s been hoping for all season. And the soundtrack is all Motown.
I love Charles in teaching mode, and I really, really love how he sounds when he tells Alex “I will teach you to control this” and “I have complete and utter faith in you.” Chaaarles. *________*
Also a shout-out to Hank, who clearly shares Alex’ misgivings (and how!), but Charles says he’s got faith so Hank also doesn’t budge.
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.
I saw DoFP again last night, and man, I have so many feelings about Charles. Most specifically the difference between dark future Charles and new timeline Charles - because dark future Charles still, in 2023, was so focused on the whole “Raven’s first kill will set her/everyone down this dark…
I fervently hope that Charles’ character growth in DOFP will be carried over into XM: Apocalypse, since I confess I’m a bit worried given Bryan Singer & Co.’s spotty track record with regard to character and narrative continuity, among other issues