In X-Men 3: The Last Stand, which was explicitly in continuity in the timeline from which Wolverine was sent back to the past, Jean destroys Xavier's body.

The answers to How can Professor Xavier be alive? and Why did Professor X smile before being killed by the Phoenix? explain that, as shown in the post-credits scene for The Last Stand, Xavier escapes to a comatose body which is actually his identical twin (hence still played by Patrick Stewart).

But surely this twin would never have received the gunshot wound to the spine which causes his paralysis, so why is he still in a wheelchair?

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    Thanks guys. Editing the question to concentrate on the one aspect that the linked questions don't answer
    – Shisa
    Commented Jun 30, 2014 at 16:16
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    Xavier is just too lazy to walk around, goddamnit Professor Commented Jun 30, 2014 at 18:11
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    I don't think this is a duplicate of the other questions, because it's dealing with his lack of mobility in essentially a "fresh" body, not why is he alive.
    – Monty129
    Commented Jun 30, 2014 at 21:06
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    You're assuming facts not in evidence, how do you know DoFP was in the same reality as X-Men Last Stand? In the books it was eventually implied that the reality from the DoFP story arc might have taken place in the future of Earth-811 not the prime reality of Earth-616. Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 4:38

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The reason for this is because Xavier transferred his body into his comatose brain dead twin. It's implied by movie makers that the comatose patient was in fact his twin.


In the beginning of X-Men: The Last Stand, Xavier was teaching a class about mutant ethics and used a case study of Moira's with the very same patient on whether or not it was ethical to put the mind of a dead psychic into the body of a comatose patient, who according to movie-makers was Xavier's twin brother, whose psyche was erased due to growing Professor X's powers during the prenatal state. In the comic books, Xavier had a twin sister, yet during screenplay writing the idea of a sister was changed to a brother, for obvious reasons.

It was implied that the comatose patient was born like that... It was like his body was an empty slate. If this is the case we can assume that the patient's body never really formed properly and most of his body was never used to walking or even standing... His muscles could be atrophied to the point that they do not work so he's effectively paraplegic...

  • It's a possibility to think of, I guess - though if Charles' twin's body was a paraplegic / suffering from general atrophy, wouldn't he he having trouble with his arms and upper body etc., too?
    – Shisa
    Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 6:45
  • It could be that they were able to do physical therapy to the point that he had some form of mobility but for the most part is confined to the wheelchair. It's also possible that when he transferred himself into the body, since the brother was like a complete blank slate it was as if he just copied himself into that body including all physical maladies. Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 14:20

It is important to remember, as pointed out by KHW, that Prof. Xavier cannot walk due to a psychosomatic pain as opposed to the widely believed paraplegia.

In the movie X-Men: Days of Future Past we clearly see that young Charles could in fact walk1, albeit with extreme difficulty and severe pain.

He takes his 'medicine' to numb the pain, which he says is caused due to the overwhelming amount of pain and suffering he hears from other peoples' minds (psychosomatic pain).

  • Is this true outside the comics, in the movie continuity as well? Could you supplement your answer with information from the script?
    – Shisa
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 1:57
  • Not necessarily exactly the same: the psychosomatic part comes from the comics, whereas the 'can walk but just too painful' part comes from X-Men:DoFP.
    – Möoz
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 2:41
  • Thanks. I don't think comics continuity can be taken as an answer to movies unless explicitly true in the movies continuity too. For the 'can walk too painful' thing from DoFP, do you have a reference? :)
    – Shisa
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 2:53
  • In the context of this question, we are discussing the movie universe... In X-Men Days of Future Past the medicine wasn't just to numb the pain it was designed to alter the DNA... from what I understand it effectively was capable of curing a paraplegic's injuries possibly... The Professor was simply taking too much of the drug because he wanted to numb the pain of having his powers and failing to actually stop Magneto. Commented May 25, 2016 at 22:03

Because the spine is part of the central nervous system, and when Charles basically transferred his mind into another body, his mind still couldn't make the connection to his spine to tell his legs to move because his mind is permanently injured and stops him from using his legs. It's a mental injury which cannot be healed. Which also explains how the medicine he takes in DoFP lets him walk. It boosts his mind to make that connection to his spine.

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